By the time I finish this post, the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon will be finished. Phew! What an amazing event. Dewey has asked us to complete post-event survey…so here goes:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The 16th hour was when I finally crashed and needed to sleep. Then when I woke up during hour 20 I was really done in. This last hour has been a struggle.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I was really happy with my last book: Down River, by John Hart. It is a very good, compelling read that kept my attention despite my fatigue. I also think choosing a book of short stories is good.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None what-so-ever. This was a fantastic challenge – very well organized and with enough stuff to keep participants going.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I thought the cheerleaders were amazing and also other participants who stopped by and left comments. I tried to visit people and leave comments because I know how much that was helping me.
5. How many books did you read? I finished 2.5 books and read one individual short story.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
- The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse (read my review)
- Short Story: Mr. Bones, by Paul Theroux
- Springtime on Mars, by Susan Woodring (read my review)
- Down River, by John Hart (finished 1/2 of this one)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Probably my current read – Down River.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Mr. Bones – because it was a little deep and I think it is hard to appreciate deep reads during these kinds of events.
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? Oh, I’d definitely do this again…and I’d be a reader again.
My final stats for the Read-A-Thon are as follows:
- Book I’m reading: Down River, by John Hart
- Number of books read since I started: 2.5 plus 1 short story
- Pages Read since my last post: 69
- Total pages read in the challenge: 491
- Amount of time spent reading since my last post: 90 minutes
- Total amount of time spent reading in the challenge: 615 minutes (10.25 hours)
- Mini-Challenges completed: 11
- Intro (Darcie)
- Comics (Nymeth)
- Quotes (Vasilly)
- Comments on Readers of the Hour blogs (Andrea and Samantha)
- Comments on Readers of the Hour blogs (Jennie and Somer)
- Get some Exercise (Dewey)
- Mid-Event Survey (Dewey)
- Poetry (Vasilly)
- Setting of current book (Dewey)
- Comments on Readers of the Hour blogs (Misa and Sean)
- Thanks to the Cheerleaders
- Total amount of time spent blogging: 310 minutes (5.2 hours)
- Blogs visited since I last posted: Dewey (The Hidden Side of A Leaf)
- Time spent visiting other people’s blogs: 125 minutes (2.1 hours) and left 27 comments
- Down Time: 6.5 Hours (of this, 4.0 hours spent sleeping)
- Total Time spent on the Read-A-Thon (blogging, visiting, doing mini-challenges and reading) = 17.5 hours
- Prizes I’ve won: None
Many thanks to my one lone sponsor – the fabulous Terri who is donating $30 to Reading is Fundamental (RIF). I’ve decided to match her donation to support this worthy cause…so Team Caribousmom raised $60 to help put books into the hands of children.
Also thanks to all the cheerleaders and other participants who visited me and left comments during the challenge…and finally a HUGE thanks to Dewey who hosts this extreme event each year!