Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon: The End!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  
Hour 17 because I fell asleep. I totally thought I could hold out longer than that.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Manga, graphic novels, picture books, short chapter books. I was too ambitious and neglected much of my graphic novel pile in favor of books I was currently reading. Bad decision. 

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I liked the variety of challenges and the hourly updates, so no. :)

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
See above. Oh, and I really appreciated my cheerleaders' support!

5. How many books did you read?
2 finished, 3 in progress

6. What were the names of the books you read?
Blankets by Craig Thompson
The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman

In Progress:
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Jinx by Meg Cabot
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan & John Green 

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

8. Which did you enjoy least?
The Magicians really wasn't holding my attention, but that's my fault because it's really not a readathon-type book. This is one that I read slowly and deliberately with frequent breaks. Definitely should have left it for another day.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'd be willing to try it again as a Reader. I think I have a little more insight as to what makes a successful reading day now. Some things only experience can teach, I suppose. 

Hours spent reading: 10 hours

Pages read: about 930 (including audiobook estimate)

Final thoughts?
What a day! I think I unnecessarily stressed myself out and put too much pressure on myself to read books I wasn't really feeling at the moment, but I know better for next time. I'm glad that I got to spend so much time outdoors because I would have been pretty grumpy cooped up in the house all day. I'm sure that I have spent more time reading in a single day of my own volition before, but the act of reading as a community was fun and exciting. For my first readathon, I think I did just fine. 

In other news, my Unsung YA Giveaway ends tomorrow night at 12am CST, but I won't be announcing winners until sometime Wednesday. Reviews will trickle in towards the end of the week, as I'll be out of town tomorrow and Tuesday. 

Happy Sunday!



Lenore said...

Yep, I learned to read short, fast paced books from experience!

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