This year I crashed around 4 am, which was pretty good for me. I still got up at a normal time though, so I'm not sure how happy I'm going to be about this whole thing today. We'll see! I did feel, however, that I got back into my reading mojo. That was SO worth it! I've been so out of the loop and down and out in my reading, that this was an excellent way to get back to it. Let's see where I go from here...
End of Event Meme:
- Which hour was most daunting for you? First, at 9pm, which is a normal bedtime for me. Once I got past that, 4 am--when I noted that I kept blanking out on what I was reading and realized that I kept falling asleep in the middle of my reading. I would literally have to shake myself back awake and re-read what I had just read. That got a bit too annoying and I finally just tossed in the towel!
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I've thought about this from year to year and can now say that you should pick whatever you feel you can finish. There really is something to be said for feeling like you can finish something (at least it is for me). I left a couple of books for the readathon that I was within 100-150 pages of finishing. That helped me feel a bit more successful and left the high point of the novel for the readathon.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope. I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into it. I always feel guilty for not taking more of a role in helping out in some way!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I really liked the Goodreads page. That was a nice addition this year. :)
- How many books did you read? 4, although I only read one from cover to cover. The rest were books that I finished up from various stages in reading them.
- What were the names of the books you read?
Love Life by Rob Lowe, Always Emily by Michaela MacColl, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz, and I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis.
- Which book did you enjoy most? Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was really amazing. I knew it was an award winner and so I had high expectations for it, but I was really surprised by the story's direction and the sensitive way it handled the main character's personal growth.
- Which did you enjoy least? None of them. I passed up a book if it didn't interest me. The readathon is too short to stick with something for too long! :)
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very likely! I really enjoy and appreciate the focused time the readathon gives me. It's a great time to get back into the reading groove. In the future, I need to get more involved and try out some mini-challenges maybe or even host.