24 Hour Read-A-Thon: The Wrap Up

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
    1. The House at Midnight, by Lucie Whitehouse (read my review)
    2. Short Story: Mr. Bones, by Paul Theroux
    3. Springtime on Mars, by Susan Woodring (read my review)
  • 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
    1. Intro (Darcie)
    2. Comics (Nymeth)
    3. Quotes (Vasilly)
    4. Comments on Readers of the Hour blogs (Andrea and Samantha)
    5. Comments on Readers of the Hour blogs (Jennie and Somer)
    6. Get some Exercise (Dewey)
    7. Mid-Event Survey (Dewey)
    8. Poetry (Vasilly)
    9. Setting of current book (Dewey)
    10. Comments on Readers of the Hour blogs (Misa and Sean)
    11. 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!

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  1. Thanks for participating! Congrats!

    • Trish on June 29, 2008 at 09:39

    Congrats on finishing Wendy–doesn’t it feel great? I think the last two hours were even tougher for me than the one before taking my nap (at 3). I like how you’ve broken your time out into detail–I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time.

    • Misa on June 29, 2008 at 09:43

    Congrats on finishing!!

    • Eva on June 29, 2008 at 09:49

    Congrats!! I’m glad you had fun!! And go you for raising money. 😀

    • Lenore on June 29, 2008 at 10:44

    Glad you’re enjoying Down River. It’s winking at me from my bookshelf.

    • Wendy on June 29, 2008 at 10:49

    Vasilly, Trish, Misa, Eva – thanks and congrats to all of you as well!

    Lenore: It is turning into quite a page turner!

    • Erin on June 29, 2008 at 16:07

    Congratulations on finishing the challenge. I hope you were able to get some rest today!

    • 3m on June 29, 2008 at 19:13

    Great job with participating in everything, Wendy!

    It feels so great to knock out some books, doesn’t it? That’s one of the things I love about the readathons.

    • Myrthe on June 30, 2008 at 06:28

    Well done, Wendy! Congratulations!

    • Wendy on June 30, 2008 at 09:41

    Erin: Thanks. I took two short naps yesterday, then slept 10 hours last night! I think I’m caught up now 🙂

    Michelle: Thanks. Because I did both read-a-thons this month, I managed to read 11 books! An all-time high! YAY!!!

    Myrthe: Thank you!

    • Teddy on July 1, 2008 at 18:40

    Congrats on finishing the challenge Wendy! I wish I had the stamina! Maybe I could try being a cheerleader next time.

    • Wendy on July 1, 2008 at 21:02

    Thanks Teddy! I didn’t make it the whole 24 hours, but I was pretty happy with how I ended up doing 🙂

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