I didn’t make the last two posts as planned because once I finished my third book, it was bedtime for this very tired girl. Plus, I really felt terrible. I could have powered through sleepiness if I hadn’t felt like I’d had too much to drink (trust me when I say I didn’t have even a single drop!). I might be a little late to the game, but here’s my end of event meme!
- Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 20, which was when I decided to call it a night. I’d just finished my third book and felt awful as I was updating my reading stats (dizzy and queasy). I felt fine when I woke up so it was definitely just exhausti
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Well, not really. Because I’m not a fan of graphic novels (don’t hate them, they just aren’t my style, aside from the Maus books) I don’t have any to suggest. Maybe just aim for shorter books on your list..
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I don’t! I really have a good experience. Well, I have a wish, but it’s an impractical one. It would be awesome to arrange some kind of meet-up for people who are local-ish, but again, I’m aware that people are ALL OVER the world as they participate, so that really just isn’t logical/practical/doable!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Cheerleading spreadsheet. So helpful to see who’d already done what and where I could fill in gaps. In general, it really felt like a huge community event. People at home kept asking how I could possibly feel connected to the strangers reading with me and all I can say is I did! Between cheerleaders commenting on my blog posts, the interactions on twitter, and reading others’ blogs, it was totally awesome.
- How many books did you read?
- What were the names of the books you read?
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith (not Joy in the Morning as I called it all day yesterday!)
- Which book did you enjoy most?
A Good Man is Hard to Find, which I knew would happen because Flannery O’Connor is one of my very favorite writers.
- Which did you enjoy least?
The Phantom Tollbooth. I did enjoy it, but not in the way I think I would have enjoyed it if I was a kid and that kind of word play was totally novel to me.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Have fun! I didn’t write any cheers, but I just tried to be genuine as I encouraged people to read and have fun. If you are cheering on twitter, make sure you check out their accounts the day before if possible so you can get a sense of who they are!
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Totally. See you in October! I think there’s a few things I will do next time: a) read: I will read in October as my primary participation in the event but since I felt so sick at the end of the event this time, I will either sleep in and start a little later or make sure I get a solid night’s sleep (I was going on five very interrupted and uncomfortable hours yesterday!). I will also try to find a way to minimize distractions. I had a lot of last-minute things pop up just because I was around my family (I needed their internet!). b) cheer: I would love to cheer again, and I will probably try to do it on twitter. c) community: Next time I think I’ll redo how I blog. I did a blog post every three hours with updates which worked fine but I also broke each of those three hours down and that was more work than it was worth for me! So I might figure out a different way in October. I also didn’t participate in any mini challenges which was a bummer so I will try to be more intentional about checking those out!
That’s a wrap, folks! Happy reading!