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24-Hour Read-a-Thon: Final Thoughts

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Whew! You wouldn’t think reading all day would leave you exhausted, but here I am, ready to spend all of Sunday being lazy and watching football. I finally called it a night about 1:30 a.m., but managed to sneak in a few pages after my last formal update. Here are my final Read-a-Thon stats:

Pages Read: 956
Books Finished: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss
Books Partially Finished: The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone, The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson (audio book)

Total Time Reading: 10 hours and 37 minutes
Total Time Listening: 33 minutes
Total Time Reading/Listening: 11 hours and 10 minutes

Comparisons to Prior Read-a-Thons

  • October 2011: 1,113 pages in 9 hours and 20 minutes
  • April 2011: 1,420 pages in 8 hours and 52 minutes
  • October 2010: 376 pages in 4 hours and 15 minutes

And finally, here are my answers to the End of the Event Survey:

Which hour was most daunting for you?

I actually didn’t find any of them daunting – I took a walk when I was getting punchy around hour 10 and headed to bed when I got tired late in the evening. Maybe Hour 1, since I didn’t wake up in time?

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

This probably isn’t for everyone, but I thought Pitch Perfect was absolutely delightful.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope, it looked like everything went really smoothly.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I liked a lot of the mini-challenges, even if I only completed a few of them.

How many books did you read?

I finished three, and read/listened parts of two others.

What were the names of the books you read?

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone (partially finished), Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, The Black Count by Tom Reiss, The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Which book did you enjoy most?

Pitch Perfect

Which did you enjoy least?

None of them.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Oh definitely, when it works with my schedule. I didn’t sign up to be a cheerleader this time and I sort of missed that. I might be a cheerleader again in the future.

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  • Vasilly October 14, 2012, 9:35 am

    Congratulations on finishing the read-a-thon!

  • Amanda October 14, 2012, 10:41 am

    I love Seraphina! I read the prequel to it (just a short story) as one of my RAT selections. Thanks for coming out to visit Morrigan. He apparently really likes your blog. Saw you were reading a book that one of his brothers had recently read (Friends With Boys) and was tickled. 😀

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 7:56 pm

      I didn’t know there was a prequel — I will have to go find that. I think Morrigan’s blog is a lot of fun. I didn’t get to read Friends With Boys during the read-a-thon, but I hope I can get to it this week (especially with a recommendation!)

  • bermudaonion(Kathy) October 14, 2012, 2:11 pm

    You had a terrific readathon!

  • Caitie F October 14, 2012, 3:27 pm

    Yay! I need to get Pitch Perfect. i adored that movie, seems like it would be fun to read too!

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 7:57 pm

      It was a really fun read. Some of the background/politics of college a cappella was a little dry, but the stories about the different groups was just as fun as I hoped it would be.

  • Jane October 14, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Glad to see you’re going to sign up to be a cheerleader next time! I’m also going to cheer because I feel like that was the one thing lacking about this whole thing.

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 7:58 pm

      Yeah, the cheering did seem a little light, but I also think you get back the effort that you put in — reach out and people will find you, regardless of the cheerleaders.

  • Laurie C October 15, 2012, 4:51 am

    Great stats! I usually work on Saturdays, so haven’t joined in on the readathons yet, but it’s fun to read about them in the update posts!

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 7:58 pm

      I hope you will get to participate in a read-a-thon soon!

  • Jennifer October 15, 2012, 5:49 am

    Yay Readathon! Wasn’t that the most fun? It was my first and I can’t wait until the next!

    I’m curious about what you thought of The Black Count, I’ve been hearing bits and pieces about it.

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 7:59 pm

      It was super fun. I usually only get to participate in October — something ALWAYS seems to come up in April — so I try to enjoy it as much as I can.

  • claire October 15, 2012, 8:53 am

    Looks like you had a great readathon! I almost made it to 10 hours of reading but caved in just before. 🙂

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:00 pm

      10 hours is nothing to be ashamed of! This was my first time making it is over 10 hours.

  • Meg October 15, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Looks like everyone had a great time with the read-a-thon, and I’m glad to hear Pitch Perfect was so much fun! I’ve heard good things, and I definitely want to see the film.

    • Kim October 15, 2012, 8:00 pm

      The movie was totally charming. My sister and I both LOVED it and had so much fun. I highly recommend it.

  • susan October 15, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Quite impressive. I’m tired just thinking about it. nice going

  • Andi (@estellasrevenge) October 19, 2012, 3:54 pm

    I’m glad you were able to join us, Kim!