Minutes since last post: 175 (last four hours)
Pages since last post: 172
Books finished since last post: 1 - Al Capone Does my Shirts
TOTALS for the entire Read-a-Thon:
735 minutes (approx 12.25 hours--this could definitely improve next time with some time management!)
3 books finished (The Translator, Stardust, and Al Capone Does my Shirts--165 pages read from Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!)
8 or so mini-challenges entered
0 prizes :(
Countless blogs visited (or so it seems!)
Here are the post-event survey questions:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I think the last two hours were the most difficult. I kept falling asleep while reading Welcome to the World and had to get up every 20 minutes or so to walk around. Well, and I had to take a little catnap from 2:45-5:00 this morning.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Stardust was fantastic! And I think that it helped that I am familiar with the movie and so didn't have to think too much about the plot. Al Capone Does My Shirts was also a fun read and very light. I think lightness is the key to a successful read-a-thon (for me anyway)
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I got SO confused about the mini-challenge deadlines that I missed a few of them. I finally made a spreadsheet with my time zone, the challenge time zone, and the hour numbers to help, but even still there were some discrepencies between Dewey's blog and the challenge blog (no one's fault!!).
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The Cheerleaders were freakin' awesome (especially my unofficial cheerleader, Laura)! Everyone's support was really fantastic and I know I couldn't have done it without y'all. I liked the minichallenges but I wish that I could depend on them being posted at a certain time each hour or every other hour so I didn't have to keep getting up to check for updates.
5. How many books did you read?
I finished 3 and a quarter books!! I had NO idea I would read over 700 pages--which is about 2 weeks worth of reading for me--at least! When the cover of each closed I felt such a sense of accomplishment.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Translator, Stardust, Al Capone Does My Shirts, and part of Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Stardust--hands down. It was funny and magical (and a page turner!)
8. Which did you enjoy least?
None. They were all very very different but all enjoyable in their ways. Next time, though, I'll think twice before picking up a 400+ page book. The shorter books worked better for me.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a cheerleader but I tried to cheer others on. Y'all did a great job!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
YES!!!! I had an amazing time. This experience was such a journey from start to finish and I loved every minute of it (even when I was doing the headbob on the couch). I'll still read next time but pay more attention to my posting. I tended to stick to the blogs in my google reader since it was quick and easy, but I'd like to reach out a little more next time.
Dewey, I can't thank you enough. I wasn't going to do this but yesterday morning I thought--what the hell. I am so glad for the experience and can't wait for the next one.