For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes. In recent years, this event has grown to encompass Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other channels as well!
– From the Read-a-Thon FAQ
Well… it’s over.
This has definitely been a crazy 24 hours! Well, the first twelve were fine… it was really the second half that didn’t go quite as I was expecting.
I took a break toward the end of Hour 14 last night to do sj’s Ghostbusters drinkalong. Originally, I’d figured that would be the end of the Read-a-Thon for me. But I was having so much fun that I decided I wanted to wake up early and at least catch the tail end.
I went to sleep on the couch, so my early alarm wouldn’t bother my husband… but then a couple hours later, I woke up to scurrying sounds in my kitchen cabinets. We had a mouse a couple weeks ago that caused some late-night excitement for us, and it seems he had a friend.
So… since I was up… I figured, what the hell?
So here I am. Finishing out the readathon after what was basically a two-hour nap.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Definitely Hour 21 (3-4am, for me). This was right after I woke up, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go back to sleep, but I wasn’t really up for reading (or even Twittering). An audiobook was perfect for this (although I stuck with Harry Potter; figured the middle of the night was probably not the best time to start on Feed).
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Babysitters Club worked really well. I don’t know that they’re high-interest, exactly, but anything you have strong nostalgic feelings for… and bonus if they’re quick, easy reads!
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Overall? Nope. For myself? Have a better plan in place and stick to it. If I want to stay up the whole time, or as much as possible, or at least be around for the beginning and the end… account for that ahead of time.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Again, just sticking with myself here, I really liked spending the majority of the time at the library. It’s too bad they’re only open for eight hours!
5. How many books did you read?
I finished five, came very close to finishing a sixth, and listened to part of a seventh.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Kristy’s Great Idea (BSC)
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)
Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (BSC)
The Truth About Stacey (BSC)
Hyperbole and a Half (didn’t quite finish this one)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (listened to some on audio)
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Hyperbole and a Half is hard to beat, but I’m very glad I re-read Wit’ch Fire, and I’m sorry I didn’t even get started on the next book in the series… but that was definitely not something fit for the final hours!
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Harry Potter. I’m just really not into audiobooks. Not only do I have trouble concentrating on them, but the voices a lot of times annoy me rather than add to the story.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’m definitely hooked. I think it’s likely I’ll stay just a reader for a while, although it would be fun to co-host or host a challenge sometime.
So… what were my final stats?
Total time spent reading/listening: 11:37
Time spent listening to audio: 2:13
Time spent physically reading: 9:24
Total pages read: 1318
Books read/listened from: 7
Books completed: 5
Congrats to all my fellow Read-a-Thon-ers! We did it!