…of my very first readathon as a reader. First, we have the obligatory:
End of Event Meme:
- Which hour was most daunting for you? None! I started at 5am and went to bed at 10:30, so it felt like a normal (ish) day. And I spent the morning doing normal weekend morning things (a run, some errands) while listening to an audio, so I think that being out and about really helped. By the afternoon, I really was ready to just settle on the couch for the rest of the day.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Sorry, no. I need to plan ahead on this one for next time.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope! I trust Andi and Heather, because they have All. The. Ideas. Seriously ladies…thank you for doing this!!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I didn’t really get involved in the community aspect much, so I can’t say.
- How many books did you read? I finished five (note: I didn’t start all 5 yesterday), plus two chapters of a sixth.
- What were the names of the books you read? World War Z, Carrie, Brave Companions, The Angel of Losses, On This Day, and two chapters of Drood
- Which book did you enjoy most? None of them knocked my socks off. I did like World War Z, but yesterday was the last 100 or so pages, and I was getting ready for it to be over.
- Which did you enjoy least? See above. None of them were bad, either. I just felt kind of meh about my choices.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I haven’t cheered in years, so no can do. Except I have to say…900 plus participants?!? Holy crap, they deserve medals.
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? If the day works, I’ll be there! And I don’t know…Trish asked me last night which I prefer, reading or cheerleading, and this was my response: “I like the cheering for the community. And the energy. And the reading for, well, the reading. Equally fun, but different moods/experiences.”
And here are my personal stats:
one last minute decision to participate (really…I signed up at 10pm the night before)
17.5 hours of participation (including naps and breaks)
832 pages read, 139 of them non-fiction
3 hours, 10 minutes of listening
3 books finished, 2 more started and finished, and some more progress made in Drood
3 regular meals, plus muddy buddies and an evening run to Trader Joe’s for taquitos and peanut butter cups
1 giant mug of coffee at home, 1 venti latte from Starbucks, and about half of a diet Dr. Pepper
lots of water
and no readathon hangover