1. What are you reading right now? – I’m in the middle of Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos (which is hilarious and wonderfully translated) and Embers by Sándor Márai (which is lovely but slow-paced as many classics tend to be.)
2. How many books have you read so far? – I’ve finished one book so far – A Country Year by Sue Hubbell.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? – I’m really getting a kick out of Quesadillas, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that one wraps up. I’m really curious about some of the Yoshimoto and Munro short stories in the stack, too.
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? – I got lucky this time. The man-guy is away until tomorrow evening, and my son is house-sitting for a while yet. So, other than attempting to arrange with the cat that I need to actually see the text on the page instead of attempting to read it through her fur by some sort of absurd osmosis, no arrangements needed to be made this weekend.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? – Yep. I just dealt with them as they came and tried not to stress too much or be grumpy about lost reading time.
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? – I can’t believe how incredibly sleepy I have been all day long – even in the first couple of hours. It’s the weather, I think.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? – Nope. The organizers have done a great job.
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? – Ideally, I will sign up earlier next time. I didn’t know if I’d be able to participate until yesterday, and I somehow missed that this year had a deadline for readers to sign up if they wanted to be cheered. So it’s been significantly quieter here on my blog than last read-a-thon.
9. Are you getting tired yet? – Ha ha ha! I’m half asleep. Sometimes I’m whole asleep. I’m trying to roll with it and just read as much as I can.
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? – Short books. Humorous books. Avoid long, dense or dry books. Keep the temperature at a level that keeps you most wakeful. (I get sleepy if it’s too warm or too cold, so it’s a pain.) Music – either stuff without lyrics that is neither a sleepy nor a totally frenzied tempo or something you’re so familiar with that you don’t get distracted trying to parse the lyrics anymore.