It's not really the home stretch - I'd say that will come at 1am, when I'm scheduled to settle in with Telegraph Avenue (I'd meant to tell Michael Chabon how thrilled I was that I had a new book to read for the Read-a-Thon, but I managed to make a complete idiot of myself just asking for an inscription - without telling him my name - that I couldn't bring myself to say anything other than a heartfelt "Thank You.").
I'm not sure what I'm going to start next. I pulled The Corrections out, but it feels like more of a commitment than I'm prepared to give right now. I might browse the bookshelf for something comforting and familiar instead.
Happy reading everyone!
End of Event Meme:
Which hour was most daunting for you?
The last hour - I haven't managed many coherent pages since about 3:30am PST.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I think once you hit the final hours of the Read-A-Thon, it's good to have books that can be tackled in short chunks, so that the feeling of accomplishment at finishing each one keeps you going. Short story/essay collections have been my late-night saviours.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think it's great as it is.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
There were tons of prizes for readers and cheerleaders.
How many books did you read?
I finished five and started a sixth.
What were the names of the books you read?
Vinyl Cafe Diaries by Stuart McLean
Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
Walk Like a Man by Robert Wiersema
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
The Empty Stage by Peter Brook
Started: Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Which book did you enjoy most?
Dress Your Family - David Sedaris always makes me smile.
Which did you enjoy least?
The Empty Stage - I was way too tired to tackle cultural theory.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'll definitely participate again - I was out of town last April, but I'm less likely to have conflicts then. I'll be a reader, but if I don't lose a chunk of the day, I'll try to spend some time as a cheerleader as well.