Whew, the Readathon is over, for now! First I have to say, thank you, thank you, thank you to the fantastic organizers, my super-human co-Cheerio Trish, and our amazing cheerleaders. You guys did such a wonderful job!!
I’d love to catch up with everyone today, but instead I’ll be studying like mad and then driving home from my parents’ house. I hope you had a great time readathon-ing!
As is traditional, here’s my event wrap-up and answers to the end-of-event meme:
I ended up reading for 8 hours and 20 minutes, listening for 30 minutes, and cheering for 3 hours and 15 minutes. I also spent some time doing admin-y type things for the cheerleading side of things, which I probably should have counted as cheering time but neglected to track.
For all that reading, I only got through 420 pages, finished one book (The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen) and started two others (The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness). I will definitely finish both — I only switched in an attempt to keep myself awake!
Usually I love the minichallenges and do almost all of them. I didn’t do any this time! I think a large part of it was that I’m not at home, so it was harder to find book titles to make a sentence, for instance. Also, I spent a lot more time doing non-reading things this time around, and I think I (a) didn’t want to take away more reading time, and (b) didn’t need to use the minichallenges for breaks the way I have in the past. I did host my first minichallenge, though, which was tons of fun! If you missed it, check it out. The contest is closed, but some of the answers are awesome.
- Which hour was most daunting for you?
That would have been hour 17, when I was getting sleepy and then my favorite cat came and snuggled into my lap. I definitely took a little nap, then woke up and went to bed in hour 18! I probably could have gotten myself going again, but I start a new job tomorrow and didn’t want to be completely dead.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I wish I’d started A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness earlier, because it would have been perfect! Last year I read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster, which was great. The Readathon is the perfect time to breeze through those lighter books you’ve been planning to read!
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Probably have a list of readers on the main site. Would be a pain to add, but the cheerleader list isn’t complete — it only covers readers who have some sort of contact link the cheerleaders can use.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The new Google forms sign-up. As an organizer, it was SO much easier to use this than I’m guessing the linkys of the past have been.
- How many books did you read?
Only one. Though I did start two others. And I listened to a little of my current audiobook.
- What were the names of the books you read?
The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen, The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton, and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I also listened to a bit of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
- Which book did you enjoy most?
I don’t think I can say, since I only finished one! I can say that I’m definitely looking forward to finishing the two I only started.
- Which did you enjoy least?
N/A this time around. I enjoyed them all!
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
If next year’s cheerleaders are as awesome as this year’s, it’s going to be a great Readathon!
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Oh, I’ll be participating if I can. I really don’t know what role I’d take. Definitely reader. I think it will depend on how much time I have to devote to the actual event as well as in the days leading up to it.
Did you participate in the Readathon? Tell me all about it! If you didn’t participate, do you think you ever will in the future?