Saturday, October 13, 2012

Last Eight Hours

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.


  1. You're definitely brave to pull out a chunkster like that at this stage of the game. Hope you're getting some great reading done!!

    Go reader
    Go go go reader!!


  2. WOW. You've read that many books? Freaking awesome, congratulations!! :) :) I loved loved this event! I had an incredible time :)

  3. Sedaris is a good idea for a readathon.

  4. I love the idea of reading Sedaris for a readathon! I'll keep that in mind for the next time around. You read a lot of books, way to go!!

    The Relentless Reader