Wow, I am beat! Anyone else who did Dewey’s Read-a-Thon totally brain dead today?
Despite my excursion to the ballet, I managed to finish four books (1,113 pages) in 9 hours and 20 minutes, which I’m totally happy with. I don’t feel like I did as much cheerleading as I did in the past, but I’m not sure.
Here’s my End of the Event Meme, then I’m going offline to watch football, clean my house, and do some crocheting. Happy Sunday!
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Probably hours 17 or 18. After I finished When She Woke by Hillary Jordan, I was pretty tired despite my best efforts to keep myself awake with sugar and Mountain Dew.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell was a great graphic memoir that improved my afternoon. And When She Woke was just an overall fabulous book that highly recommend.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really. Per usual, the main blog was really well-organized and the mini-challenges looked fun, even though I didn’t participate in any of them.
One personal change I am going to make is not set such specific goals. I didn’t mind having a reading time goal (more than 9 hours), but the page and book counts made be feel sort of tense, so I won’t do that next time.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The Cheerleading HQ was awesome, and really helped me feel focused when I was cheerleading. One thing that was a challenge (and is always a challenge) is going through the list of participants and figuring out who is actually participating, since people sign up really early but then don’t actually participate.
It would be nice if there was some way people could check-in to the Read-a-Thon on Saturday so you’d only be working with a list of current participants. I loved the check-in around Hour 20 for current readers (even though I was already asleep then).
How many books did you read? What were the names of the books you read?
4: Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum, Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, and The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell, When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Which book did you enjoy most?
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
Which did you enjoy least?
Umm… Ghost Hunters? But not because it was bad, just because the font was small which made my reading feel slow.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Not really. Cheerleading felt very organized this year, which I appreciated. It would be GREAT to have more cheerleaders — it’s a lot of work.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Definitely! I’ll probably do the same thing next time — primarily read, but also sign up to cheer when I can.