I made it! I feel like I accomplished virtually nothing from a reading standpoint, but that's OK-that just means there's more for me to read later! I want to give a big, big thank you to everyone who put this event together! I thought everything ran great, and I was impressed by just how much stuff you had going on!
Some final tallies:
Total time spent reading: 7 hours 3 minutes
Total pages read: 270
Mini Challenges completed: 6
Posts posted: 16 (counting this one)
Snacks Eaten: 4 (add popcorn to the list of previously enumerated snacks)
Items Fished Out from Under Stove by Cat: 1
VH1 Top 20 Countdowns Watched, Wherein I was Pleasantly Surprised to see Lady Antebellum topping the chart: 1
Naps Taken: 1
Merrie Monarch hula Performances Watched: 2
Teeth Brushed: 29
Minutes Spent Conversing with the Cat and the Dog: Lots. But to be fair, they are both serious talkers.
Books read: 3
Books finished: 1
So, Jennifer wants to know:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Probably the ones where I was sleeping. No, wait, actually those were pretty calm and restful. OK, I'd say right around the halfway point. So probably around hour 10 I started to hit the wall. I broke down and took a nap during hours 11-12, and convincing myself to get out of my big comfy bed to come read and sit in front of the computer was haaaaard!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I think any of the Fables would work well-they go quickly and you feel like you are making progress. That was the only recommendation I really have from my reading today. Recent reads that I could recommend though would include The Maze Runner, The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, The Sparrow, even The Pillars of the Earth, which is a total chunkster, but if you can actually devote the time to sitting down and reading it, it goes pretty quickly.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Move the start time up so that it starts a little bit later, (just by an hour or two!) but I'm not sure how everyone else would feel about that! Barring that, could we have a personal scribe on hand so that we can just tell them what to write while we keep reading? No? OK, so maybe just the time thing then?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think the hosting was great-there was always something to do, and it seemed really well-organized.
5. How many books did you read? Read 3, finished 1
6. What were the names of the books you read? The Best of The Best American Science Writing, The Cellist of Sarajevo, and Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
8. Which did you enjoy least? The Cellist of Sarajevo
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not a cheerleader.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I'm sure I will probably participate on some level again. Next time I think I might like to host a challenge or two and then just sort of read along on my own. That way there's no pressure either way-I can be on line as much as I want or I can read as much as I want and I won't feel like I'm not spending enough time, or too much time, on one or the other. I realize the pressure is totally self-inflicted, but it takes away from the fun a little bit.