Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Blatherings: Read-a-Thon Finish Line

Good morning!  I actually woke up way too early for what time I went to sleep.  I finally couldn't focus anymore at about 4 am.  Yea, I tried, but caved an hour from the finish time.  I'm okay with that.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by to cheer me on! 

Here's what I read:

To finish off, I'll complete the end of event survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Surprisingly, it was late afternoon--around 4-5 pm.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  She's Come Undone was such an off the wall story, and so dramatic, that it definitely sucked me in and kept me reading.  My favorite read ever?  No, but it kept me reading.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  No.  I think it was really great!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  All the communication online.  If you got online and tweeted or hopped on the site, there was a lot of great stuff going on to keep you moving.

5. How many books did you read?  5, although only three of them were from start to finish.  I also got half way through Encyclopedia of the Exquisite, which I'd hoped to finish before I went to bed.

6. What were the names of the books you read?  See picture above.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?  As far as "enjoy" goes--I liked Ghostopolis and Bloody Valentine.

8. Which did you enjoy least?  Although engaging, it would have to be She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  I've read another book by Lamb before, so I kind of recognized the weirdness factor that he packs in his books, but the depression-quotient was a bit high for a read-a-thon.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  Nope. They had quite a challenge keeping up with everyone.  I just tried to jump on and cheer too!

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 participate.  I'd love to host a  mini-challenge, but I'm not very creative in coming up with ideas for them.  It would be fun though!

In the end, this was a great experience.  I'm a book rotater, so it's always pretty difficult to stick to one book long enough to finish.  Thankfully, I used the read-a-thon to skip around in my reading list, so besides finishing things up, it also helped me move some of my reads along.  Today I plan on laying low and actually doing some more reading.  I'm on Spring Break, so I feel no pressure to do anything for school yet (although it's coming), but I will need to do some work in my online class.  Otherwise, it's now time to recover from the read-a-thon.  How about you?


  1. Great job - I saw you out there pretty late last night and it seemed you were going strong! You also read a lot of book! Congrats!

  2. You read a lot! I only managed to finish one book.

  3. Sounds like this was totally enjoyable. I joined one year and had fun, but just did not have time to devote this time.

  4. You did amazing! It sounds like you read some good books. I'm a book rotater too!

  5. Definite kudos for going for the Lamb during the readathon. Not only are his books gigantic but a little heavier.

    Congrats on a great readathon!! Hosting a mini-challenge does sound like fun but not sure it's for me. I'm better with pom poms. ;)

    Happy reading!