So, I kind of feel asleep around midnight and never updated before passing out. Also, I am totally NOT beating myself up for sleeping because I have to work a health fair today at 10:30 a.m. and it’s probably best to be awake for that.
The books I read before going to bed:
First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky – 224 pages – Well, I am on the fence with this book, one of the characters is a huge manic pixie dream girl and I find that off-putting.
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams – 352 pages in verse format – well, the format really leant itself to readathoning, but the book was really draining emotionally and I had a few problems with it.
The Celery Stalks At Midnight by James Howe – 111 pages – so this was legit the perfect book to end with, what with the giant type and the pictures and the humor. Also, Chester is the shit. Seriously, I am not a cat person, but CHESTER made cats seem awesome.
Listened To: Well, I haven’t finished Helter Skelter but throughout the marathon I listened to 4 hours and 9 minutes of this audiobook and only have 1 hour and 32 minutes left until it’s done! YAY!
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I only lasted until midnight, so hour 16? So yes, that hour.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Anything by Roald Dahl, your childhood favorites, Divergent, comic books
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Better advertising/publicizing ahead of time, I mean maybe just emailing the prior readathon participants like a month before to let them know a readathon is coming up. I know a lot of people had no clue there was a readathon until the day of.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Lots of fun mini challenges AND twitter was rocking.
How many books did you read?
What were the names of the books you read?
Too lazy, but you can check out my previous updates.
Which book did you enjoy most?
OMG The Invention Of Hugo Cabret was FANTASTIC and perfect for readathoning.
Which did you enjoy least?
Tough one. Probably First Comes Love, I was just so irritated by the female narrator.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not one this year. But I have been in the past — so my advice would be to google cheers and use those so you don’t spend a ton of time coming up with cheers and instead use that time to actually give an encouraging word.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I am SUPER likely to participate again. I do it every single readathon. I hope for the October readathon I won’t have anything going on the next day so I can stay up a little later. I will definitely participate as a reader and maybe I’d like to sit on the publicity committee, I have a loud mouth and am pretty good at getting the word out about things.