Mid-Event Read-A-Thon, Otherwise Known As The Thirteenth Hour

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?

I’m struggling with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Only on page 74, it’s a book I’ve been anticipating reading for quite some time. But, it starts out with so much information from the business world! I’m feeling a bit lost, and every page has a new character. Hopefully, I’ll be able to sort it all out soon.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Only Oh! A Mystery of Mono Aware and the first seventy pages of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. To answer your question, one book.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Figuring out the plot and eating my Terra chips.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

I tried to clear the day, but a luncheon planned by my husband for his mother and my son’s Homecoming Dance with his still-in-high-school girlfriend were unavoidable.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Actually, I guess a few interruptions are good. Who can read for hours and hours without any break at all? Not me!

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I’m delightfully surprised that though the participants are separated by miles and homes, it feels as if I’m reading within a community. A living, breathing company of friends. And, the encouragement from the “cheerleaders” is really something. I plan to visit new to me commenters when this event is over.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Add one a month? Just kidding, I can’t imagine improving on something so fun.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

Barricade myself on an island?

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Nope. But, that could be due to the nice bowl of Edy’s Special Edition Peppermint ice cream I just ate, followed by two fun sizes of M&M’s. Got a nice little sugar buzz going on over here.

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?

I think taking small breaks is essential. I think not setting your goals too high is also essential. If I only complete one book, let me make peace with that, and be happy for the participant who’s read ten thousand.

22 thoughts on “Mid-Event Read-A-Thon, Otherwise Known As The Thirteenth Hour”

  1. Finishing one book would be wonderful. The point is not too rush through as many books as you can during the read-a-thon, but to understand and savor what you do read. Stick with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It will "make sense" before too long.


  2. Hi Bellezza! Just popping in to say "hi" and tell you that I hope you're finally getting pulled into your book :o)I'm not participating officially, but I've been visiting others today when I can and have been doing a little reading myself. I'm workiing on The Seance by John Harwood.


  3. Hello, Bellezza! You have a great attitude. I'm working on my first, and perhaps only, book for the RaT. I'm trying not to compare my stats to some of these other speed readers. Keep up the great work!


  4. Hey girlfriend! How's it going? I think I need a sugar buzz right about now! I have some Dove chocolate squares I can nibble on. Wish I had thought to get ice cream. I never really care to eat it in the winter. Makes me too cold!Yep, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starts out slowly, but it will pick up. Hang in there! Once you get all the characters figured out, the plot thickens. :)I've only finished one book myself. I keep dipping into a pile of four. Now I'm going to head back downstairs and try to finish The Graveyard Book. Yay for sleeping in tomorrow morning, right? 🙂


  5. Isn't it amazing how much community is felt? When people hear me talk about the readathon and learn I'm doing it on my own they don't realize that I'm NOT alone alone…So glad you're having fun, Bellezza!


  6. I'm all for the island. I didn't want to say this on my last response, but having suffered through Girl with the Tattood Butt, or whatever the title is, I say, toss that one out. Go to the next one. Not worth reading to the end except for more disappointment.Next book. Keep reading, girl. Keep reading.


  7. Now that it's past midnight and our eyes are drooping lower, it's time for us night owls to get our second wind! So here is a big HOOT from Alabama. Keep on Reading!!!! Just a few more hours to go!!!! Go Reading,Go Reading,Go Reading!!!Rebeccathe Transcendentalists team!


  8. I'm looking forward to your review of Oh! as I have it on my shelf waiting to be read. I haven't read nearly as much as I'd hoped either this read-a-thon but it's still fun regardless. Enjoy the rest of it, and happy reading!


  9. I'm so glad to finally hear this side of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I thought I was the only one in the universe who felt that way. I finally turned it back into the library after only about 50-70 pages. Maybe I'll try it again later…we'll see. Did you end up finishing it?


  10. CONGRATULATION Meredith :DFinally I was not able to participate but will in April. I did 2 years ago and I was so tired after 24 hours, but enjoyed it.Enjoy your Sunday


  11. Looking forward to hear your final thoughts on Girl With The….I loved it, but fully agree that there are a lot of characters etc to keep track off during the first pages. I read all three in the trilogy and loved them all.Well done on the read-a-thon!!! Hope you've had some rest now.


  12. Did you solve your problems with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?I read WAY less than I expected (and I didn't expect much since I am a slow reader 😉 but I feel accomplished anyway. The community aspect was so much fun!


  13. Gnoegnoe, I did solve the problem with The Girl…I'm currently on page 208, and I'm loving it! It started out so complicated, and with the business aspect I was a bit lost. But, I love good mystery/thrillers, and now I'm really intrigued in the plot. Like you, I loved the community aspect of the Read-a-thon. It was bonding even though we were separated by time and place.


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