Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Halftime!

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?  
Going back to read some more of The Magicians by Lev Grossman

2. How many books have you read so far?
2 - Blankets by Craig Thompson and The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?  
If I finish reading The Magicians, then I get to read Changeless by Gail Carriger (a self-imposed challenge), which I am super-excited about and which I know will allow me to stay up much later than my usual bedtime!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?  
I stayed after school on Friday so that I could finish all of my lesson plans for next week! 

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?  
I have a short attention span, so I'm constantly interrupting myself. Just keep swimming, as Dory says.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  
How BIG it is! And how challenging it really is to consciously spend a whole day reading. It's always on my mind.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  
I wish there was a way for me to quickly check which participants' blogs have been most recently updated when I get online for my own updates - maybe there is, and I just don't know how! Short of subscribing to them all, I suppose.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?  
So far, I like my pace, and I feel like I haven't changed my normal routine that much. 

9. Are you getting tired yet?
A bit, yes. But it's also almost feeding time... 

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
For Readers, I can only say - if a book's not holding your attention, go grab another! And take lots and lots of breaks. Especially between books! I think the Cheerleaders are doing a fabulous job. :)
Natalie

7 comments:

Felicia S. said...

You are doing fantastic!

As a cheerleader I set up an RSS feed the night before when we got the list so that I could see when people updated. It has been the easiest way for me to see as people update :)

softdrink said...

Readers rule
Readers rock
As the hour grows late
I wouldn’t be reading any John Locke

Staci said...

I loved Blankets!! Sounds like you've got this reading thing down!!! Yay to you for getting your lesson plans done for the week!!

Cheering you on!
Staci

Shanyn said...

In a Story Book

At night when sunshine goes away,
And it's too dark for me to play,
I like to come inside, and look
For new friends in a story book.

cherylbaryl said...

You are doing a great job. Hurray!

carolsnotebook said...

A story is a special thing
The ones that I have read
They do not stay inside the books
They stay inside my head.
(author unknown)

Enjoy the rest of the read-a-thon. You're doing great!

Cassandra said...

I agree with the part about it being challenging to consciously think about reading. It's not quite as relaxing as just sitting down and reading through an entire book at once just because you can't stand to put it aside.

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