In the end, I read (on paper) for 680 minutes for a total of 1656 pages. I also listened to about 120 minutes of an audiobook. I may try to convert that to a page count later. I believe that I read for at least half of every hour other than when I joined my family for dinner.
Thank you to all the cheerleaders, and a huge thank you to the organizers! Thank you to my family as well, for being reasonably understanding about the whole thing :-).
End of Event meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
- EvidentlyI found Hour 24 the most daunting, since that is when I stopped!
- I found that the popular romances I read worked well for me– Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell.
- The only thing I can think to add would be more random drawings for prizes :-).
- The hourly posts were great. The cheerleaders were wonderful.
- I read 5 books on paper, part of an audiobook
- These were:
- Murder Sucks: Chiana Ryan, (sort-of) PI by June Whyte
- Vision in White by Nora Roberts
- Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger
- Spell Hunter (Faery Rebels, #1) by R.J. Anderson
- (unfinished, in audio) Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruisie
- Vision in White and Blue Smoke and Murder
- After 4 hours, I decided Anyone But You really didn’t work for me.
- No Cheerleader advice here!
- I’d like to participate again. I may decide to cheer for the April Read-a-Thon and read for the October one, I’m not sure.
My personal lessons learned
As it turns out, I could have stayed awake longer, but my eyes gave out. Since they’ve always been one of the few parts of my body that works well, this was disappointing. I thought about switching to cheering, but I simply couldn’t change gears at 4 am :-).
What I’d do differently next time
- Rest my eyes more as the day goes on. I’d look into having a cool compress available, and taking regular audiobook breaks before they
- Put more effort into picking an audiobook before the Read-a-Thon starts. I wanted something short, but I need to have a good reason to think it will hold my interest as well.
- Get more short books with large print. Even before midnight, focusing my eyes was an issue.
- Make solid dinner plans for my family, so I don’t have to break to deal with it.
- Get out the veggies for a snack durning the day. I couldn’t believe I was craving them after midnight, and I did feel better after eating them.
- I’d have a tracking template and a posting template ready to go before starting. It would have been hard this time, since I’d never participated before.
It’s been a lot of fun!