After all of my excitement and talking about the Read-a-thon this year, I most certainly did not do a very good job. I wanted to read for 10 hours, and only read for 5 hours 20 minutes. I was trying to read 10 books and only read 6 - 2 I had started previously, 1 was a children's book, 1 was quite short, 1 I only read the first quarter of (for a separate read-a-long I'm doing), and just 1 was read from start to finish. Oh well. I plan on doing much better this fall!
Pages read: 846
Time reading: 5 hours 20 minutes
Books completed: 6 (well, 5)
Blogs visited: 14
Mini-challenges completed: 3 (including the one below)
Hour 24 Mini-Challenge
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 18, when I first fell asleep.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Persepolis and Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - though from what I hear, anything she writes would work
Metro Girl and Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Any of the Royal and Evans series by Rhys Bowen
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Blankets and Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope! Everyone does such a fantastic job, I can't imagine improvements.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-thon? Everything. The assigned cheerleaders, the AMAZING hosts, fun mini-challenges.... it was all great!
5. How many books did you read? 6
6. What were the names of the books you read? Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, A Treasury of Royal Scandals by Michael Farquhar, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl, Hood by Stephen Lawhead (partial read), More Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins, and Corked by Kathryn Borel.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Corked by Kathryn Borel. I got this for review and I enjoyed every second of it. I hope she writes another book!
8. Which did you enjoy least? Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi. Though there wasn't any one thing about it that didn't really work for me, I just remember thinking "thank god this book is short and filled with pictures". Plus, the absence of page numbers drove me crazy.
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 will definitely do this again, though I'll be sure not to plan anything extra on the side. One thing would have been fine, but two was too much. I'll be a reader again for sure, and will think about being a Cheerleader. It would be fun to have to read a bunch of blogs and comment, but I'd like to improve my reading stats also. Maybe next April I will trying Cheering.
For now, that's all! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to comment, and I look forward to running into you all again in October - maybe even sooner!