HOORAY! I made it to the end of another wonderful 24-Hour Readathon! My husband helped me celebrate by preparing this feast on our gorgeous balcony – complete with a bottle of Prosecco! Salute!
When I did this Readathon last October for the first time, I realized that I was grossly unprepared. I didn’t really think through book selections or prepare snacks in advance. There is nothing like needing a good snack at 4am, only to realize that there is absolutely no food in the house. This Readathon, I was much more prepared. I had my reading station prepped in advance with lots of books to choose from and plenty of snacks to get me through.
I am grateful for everyone of the readathoners that sent me messages of encouragement. It is always nice to feel like you are not alone during the most difficult hours. The hourly postings were also well done.
While I was more prepared with snacks this year, I noticed some many people with book-related gear and accessories. Some of these items were fantastic! Loved it! I feel I need more items like this for next time.
My favorite moment of the Readathon was when I made a comment on Twitter about my husband stealing one of my snacks that I prepared in advance. A fellow readathoner replied, “what a crime! Tell him to keep his grimy hands off!” Both he and I enjoyed response immensely, and he didn’t steal anymore of my snacks for the remainder of the Readathon.
Here are my responses to the final survey:
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 15 was where I started to fade. That was also 4am my time, so I am normally not awake at that point anyway.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? If you want some enjoyable short books, you could read anything by Roald Dahl. I have enjoyed some more recent bestsellers like The Martian by Andy Weir, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (read during this readathon).
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I felt that the mini-challenges this time were a bit more time consuming that last year. I don’t want to spend all my time doing the challenges when there is reading to be done.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I felt that I had a lot of support this year – cheerleaders encouraging me during the hardest hours. I also loved all the posts prior to the readathon to help us prepare and get excited for this event.
- How many books did you read? I finished 3 books.
- What were the names of the books you read? Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, After the Fall by Arthur Miller and Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
- Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed Big Little Lies a lot more than expected. There was a twist at every corner that kept me very interested through the end. When I finished I had that moment of sadness that I would never experience reading that for the first time ever again.
- Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed After the Fall the least, but I still enjoyed it. Arthur Miller plays can be hard to really get into. I normally don’t really start enjoying them until at least halfway through.
- 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 again. Now that I have improved some of my own failings from the first time (last year), I would like to maybe be a cheerleader the next time. The support I got from fellow readathoners was fantastic!
See you next time!!!