- Which hour was most daunting for you? I think I was the most daunted around 8:00pm, my time, which was...hour 13 or 14. That's when I typically start getting a little sleepy and begin thinking about getting into bed to read soon, so I really wanted to take a short nap, but I knew that that would not rejuvenate me and I'd wind up deciding to go to sleep upon waking up from the power nap. I took a shower instead and stayed up until almost 1:00am (hour 18). If I didn't have work on Monday, I would have tried to find a way to stay up later.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Where'd You Go, Bernadette? was really pretty good. I started it back in the spring and wound up finishing it yesterday. The story is primarily told in letters, emails, faxes, and a short bit of narrative to fill in gaps. The Black Dahlia was also pretty good to read. Not a difficult plot, moved fairly quickly, kept me interested. I think The Secret History would be another fantastic readathon book.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think some sort of morning after hangover readathon would be good. :) Seriously though, I remember in one of the readathons in the last year, one of the cohosts had readers do the Twist as a way of getting the blood flowing. More physical activities (or reminders of physical activities) might be fun?
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The social media aspect of it was really good. I loved chatting throughout the event. I also loved the blog posts that the co-hosts posted.
- How many books did you read? I finished one book and made a pretty good start on a second. I did a bit of flitting around in the first couple of hours because I wasn't really focused.
- What were the names of the books you read? Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and The Black Dahlia.
- Which book did you enjoy most? I enjoyed both of them. They were different. They were easy to focus on for long periods. But the stories really don't compare and I'm not finished with The Black Dahlia, so I really couldn't judge.
- Which did you enjoy least? See previous answer.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A But I loved that my cheerleaders were Team Otter! It would be nice to have more information on who the cheerleaders are or the teams or something ahead of time. I would have loved reveling in Team Otter-ness all day.
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Hell, yes, I'm participating in the next one! (assuming it's on a free day) I will definitely be reading. Maybe I'll host a mini-challenge or something though...find a way to be more involved.
It was a great day! I finished one book, made quite a bit of progress on another. I ate some good food. I was super comfortable. I stayed up later than my original goal.
I think next time, my game plan needs to be to read thrillers. Those books have a fast paced plot and I typically have no trouble getting into them for hours on end, but other fiction is definitely hit and miss. I kept thinking about possibly trying The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, but I didn't want to risk not liking it--I wanted to get quickly sucked in. I wish that I had had The Secret History by Donna Tartt to read again for the first time. I had her second book, The Little Friend, at my side, but I was afraid to start it. Basically, book selection is always my biggest problem because I wind up flitting from book to book really easily.
So, I got in bed around 1:00am. I slept until 7:45. I felt super hungover. I decided to try the hair of the dog that bit me--I read some more. I read until 10:15 and took a nap...until 12:30. I've been awake, lounging, doing nothing productive, all day. It's been pretty enjoyable. Reading the day after the readathon is definitely a must.
Thank you to the cheerleaders. You guys are great. I really appreciated you checking in on my posts and giving me encouragement. It really helped until I hit my stride. Thank you so, so much to the organizers of the event. It is absolutely amazing and really cool that you guys are coordinating an event that includes over 400 people. I cannot wait for the next one!