Read-a-Thon: Round Up

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Well, as you may or may not have noticed, I dropped at the beginning of Hour 20. I had just finished a book and felt a little too overwhelmed to get involved with another one.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Gates by John Connolly kept me laughing, but I would just advise having 4-5 short books to choose from so when you’re super tired you don’t feel dumbfounded trying to decide which book to read.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think everything was great!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The mini-challenges were fun, the cheerleaders were amazing, and the encouragement spectacular. A+ to everyone. (What is with my weird obession of grading everything? Must have missed my true calling as a teacher.)
5. How many books did you read? Three and I started a fourth.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman, The Gates by John Connolly, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson (which put down and went back to Olive because I was getting too nervous. Don’t try to tell me that book is not exciting.)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Gates was really funny, but Olive Kitteridge lived up to it’s high praise. Just, note to self, make sure to read happier books next time.
8. Which did you enjoy least? I liked all my books, some were just not exactly Read-a-Thon appropriate.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I am probably about 96% likely to participate in April. Now that I have the benefit of my experience, I know to rush the graphic novel section.

Other important things to note for next time:

  • I managed to mess up not only my grand total of pages read, but also I deleted a post by accident, and I’m sure some of my sentences didn’t even make sense. Next time: prepare the posts in advance, with the ability to plug numbers in, which will make it easier to spend a few minutes actually writing instead of just posting boring things.
  • I orderered a pizza at 12:30 and it got here at 1:15. I had to go to sleep by 2:00. Next time: get a pizza earlier, because it was delicious. Also, not from the place I orderered it from, because there wasn’t enough cheese.
  • NEXT TIME: HAPPY BOOKS. Honestly, Olive Kitteridge is the most depressing book I can remember reading that didn’t involve dead moms and/or surprise!cancer. Don’t get me wrong, Olive is really well written, the characters are real and almost too relateable, and I’m glad I read it; BUT the emotions got a little intense. I knew I just should have picked up Alice In Wonderland.

A super big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to comment and leave some inspiration. I couldn’t have done it without you.


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4 responses to “Read-a-Thon: Round Up

  1. I ended up reading books that while not particularly scary, all dealt with some sort of supernaturalish theme. My dreams when I went to bed at 7:30 this morning were very very strange. So we both can make the Happy Books promise to ourselves for April!

  2. Ohhh boy. I almost read The Strain, which is about vampires and/or zombies or something, and now I'm so glad I didn't. I tried to just read the shortest books I had buuuuuut that didn't really help, lol. I like the sound of "Happy Books Promise." Maybe I should make that a mini-challenge for the next read-a-thon!

  3. Happy, short books! Sounds like good advice!

  4. Great job!I like your reminders to yourself at the bottom of the post. I think I'll do that next time as well.