It’s an hour before the readathon and I’m up making tea and posting encouraging comments to fellow readathoners on Facebook and twitter. The kids are cramming in as much computer time as they can before the readathon starts. Solomon will actually play computer until his regular computer-off time, which is 9 a.m., then get ready for his soccer game. He’ll join us for reading early in the afternoon. But he did make his TBR stack last night:
At the bottom of the picture you can see the very edge of the reading log sheets I stayed up and made for everyone last night. They are broken up into two hour periods, because over time I’ve learned that’s my optimum for making updates.
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
We are reading from Lansing, Michigan (United States)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
With such a big stack, it’s hard to say! Maybe A Country Doctor’s Notebook, which I’ve been meaning to read for absolutely ages. I love Bulgakov, and I recently watched the TV series. Jefferson says there isn’t one he’s most excited about, but Solomon says he’s excited to finish Wings of Fire.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Peanut Butter Monster mix (from Target). I love it so much, and we pretty much only buy it for readathons.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am really excited about having so much dedicated time to read because I’ve been so busy publishing the first book for my micro press that I haven’t had much time to read for fun! It’s called A Ruin of Shadows, and it’s a fantasy novella about a older black woman who is a General assassin badass and is filled with lots of murder and mayhem. It would be a great readathon read, if you’re looking for another ebook to download. 😉
I’m reading with my kids — Jefferson, who is twelve, and an old pro at these readathons, and Solomon, who is eight, and who is theoretically interested in these readathons but has not been interested in sitting still for very long in the past. So we’ll see.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I made some slightly different snack choices this time, since the kids didn’t know how to pace themselves in the past and had a tendency to sugar up until they made themselves ill. Plus we’ve fine-tuned our recording log. But the most significant difference is that my brother-in-law is out of town — his birthday is always right around the spring readathon and we usually end up going out to dinner in the evening that Saturday — a break that is probably good for us but usually makes me anxious. This time we’ll read straight through. We’ll see if I don’t end up missing the break. 😉