So it's hour 14 and I just finished my 2nd book during the Read-A-Thon. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
While I'm glad to see stories with disabled protagonists become more common, I was once again troubled by how much the author appeared to be writing a stereotype rather than a person. Rain Reign is written for the Middle Grade audience, so perhaps some of why I found it a bit superficial is due to the intended audience, however the folks over at Disability in Kidlit have a more nuanced review (I had not read this review prior to reading Rain Reign, but based on the reviews I'd seen there for other popular works with Autistic Protagonists, I'm not surprised that their opinions matched mine).
Now that I've surfaced for air, here's a belated response to the Mid-event survey:
1. What are you reading right now? Just finished Rain Reign
2. How many books have you read so far? 2
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Looking forward to the stack of picture books I grabbed for late-night. Trying to decide between a re-read of Sunshine by Robin McKinley or Humans by Robert J. Sawyer for what is likely to be my last big book
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, I had interruptions, but I am thankful that my Husband is letting me take the day to play with y'all around the needed things that come from being a Mom
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How much fun my son had devouring books along with me (though that is pretty typical for what he does with his free time any Saturday)
Totals part-way through Hour 14
Hours read total: about 6
Pages read total: 623
Other participants cheered for: 11
I'm off to peek at the GoodReads group, since I haven't really spent any time there, and find another short story to listen to while I take a movement break
Unfortunately, I have to be functional tomorrow (that Mom thang) so my plan is to read until around mid-night, update one last time and then go get a few hours of sleep. I am planning to set an early alarm to be up for the last 2 hours of the Read-A-Thon, but I haven't decided whether to spend that time reading or cheering.
P.S. My son easily finished Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey before his bedtime having devoured 458 pages in about 3 hours. I'm sure he missed a lot of subtleties reading that fast, but that's his way and he's got plenty of years to read and re-read to pick up what he missed.