April 2012 Readathon Final Update

Hola Amigos!

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 Katie Kacvinsky Book Cover

First Comes Love

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 Carol Lynch Williams Book Cover


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 James Howe Book Cover

The Celery Stalks At Midnight

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!

Readathon Final Survey:

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?

NINE! Holla!
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.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Great job on your readathon!! I’m sad to hear that the Kavinsky book wasn’t all that. I really liked Awake and am hopeful for this one.

  2. I can’t stop laughing at the title and cover of the last book… Though that might be partly the reduced amount of sleep…
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  3. NINE?! OMG April you definitely rock!! 🙂 😉 Glad you’ve enjoyed it 🙂 😉

  4. I really need to do this next year. And you can bet the farm I’ll be adding some Dahl books to my list. Probably some Chronicles of Narnia too, for good measure.

    You rocked the casbah on this biz.
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  5. Sounds like you had a great read-a-thon! Finishing 9 books is awesome! Next year I really need to add in some shorter titles. Meant to this year but they were on my ereader which was charging in other room…and even when I knew it was charged I was just too lazy to get up and get it.
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  6. Again, I love that you read James Howe and I’m really sad I didn’t read a book by him this Readathon. Great job!
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  7. I read First Comes Love early early early in the year. And I really loved it. Like, I liked it a lot. And I’m crossing my fingers, hoping, waiting ( <— see what I'm doing here) that S&S sends me Waiting for contemporary month because that's one that I want to read. I didn't realize it was verse – somehow I missed that. I like the verse novels!

    Yay for your readathoning!
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  8. So glad you loved Hugo! I loved it too! And YES to Celery Stalks at Midnight I LOVED THAT BOOK, HIGH FIVE APRIL. Ahem, I mean, you have an impeccable taste in books.

  9. I love the Bunnicula books!

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