Whew! The Readathon is over, and after a few hours’ sleep, I’m awake. I made it to hour 22 before I fell asleep in my reading chair; when I woke up, I threw in the towel and climbed into bed. I could’ve kept going, but I was reading at a snail’s pace and wouldn’t have remembered a thing I read anyway, so really…what would the point have been? I had a great time during my 21 hours of participation, though, and already can’t wait for the next Readathon!
One more big thank you to all the cheerleaders out there, both official and unofficial. You guys rock! I appreciate your energy, enthusiasm, and endurance so much. And thank you to those who had a hand in planning the Readathon! It’s a wonderful event, and it would never happen without all your hard work.
- I finished 3 books (listed below in question #2) totaling 797 pages
- I read for 14 hours and 10 minutes
- I didn’t listen to any audiobooks!
- I cheered for 1 hour and 25 minutes
- I completed 12 minichallenges and 3 memes (counting the one below)
- I won two fabulous prizes!
I’d hoped to get one more book read, but alas, no such luck. The three I did finish were all reading commitments, and it feels good to have them read! I really enjoyed reading all three, and they were different enough that I didn’t feel bored.
Next time, I think I’ll do a couple of things differently. First, last time I went for a walk with an audiobook in the evening, and I think that helped wake me up and keep me going. I’d like to do that again. Second, I’m thinking next time I’ll try taking an hour nap or so around the hour 16 mark. I have a feeling surrendering an hour to sleep would make my final reading hours much more productive!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 22, when I discovered I’d inadvertently taken a nap in my reading chair. It was the beginning of the end!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I loved all three books I read this time around: Nazareth, North Dakota by Tommy Zurhellen, Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterly, and Hush by Eishes Chayil. Last time, Something Missing by Matthew Dicks and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster were great for the Readathon.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Not at this moment!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked how Facebook was utilized; I think the Readathon reached more people that way. I also liked the Google form where participants could submit the books they’d read; I can’t wait to see the list!
5. How many books did you read? Three
6. What were the names of the books you read? See question #2!
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Honestly, all three.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Hush went the slowest for me, just because I was so tired, but I still really enjoyed it.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Schedule blocks of time for cheering. I find it’s easier to take an hour break from reading and check in with people than to pick a few blogs here and there. Also, take a moment to at least skim update posts. I know there are a lot of them, but if you can personalize your comments just a little, it’s even more exciting to get them!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very, schedule permitting. I’ll definitely read and cheer; I might also look into hosting a minichallenge or something.
Did you participate in the Readathon? How’d it go for you?