Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Wrap Up

I started the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon as a cheerleader during Hour 2 and passed out as a reader during Hour 21. I read from Hour 13 to Hour 21, with a couple of half hour breaks mixed in with hourly five minute breaks. I ended up reading a total of 398 pages. (Really, Ruth? You couldn't have fallen asleep after breaking 400?!)

I participated in the following mini-challenges:
The Introductory Questionnaire
Book Spine Poetry hosted by Scuffed Slippers and Wormy Books
Self Portrait hosted by The Estella Society
Book Sentence Challenge hosted by Midnight Book Girl and Fake Steph
The Mid-Event Survey
Clear the Cobwebs and Recharge Yoga Challenge (which I won!) hosted by Elizabeth-Michelle

I had company during the read-a-thon.
End of Event Survey
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I fell asleep halfway through Hour 21 (around 5:30am my time), glasses still on, my arm thrown over my book. I had started yawning about an hour before.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I went with a young adult theme for this read-a-thon. I think fast paced, action-packed reads like The Hunger Games series, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, or Graceling by Kristin Cashore make good read-a-thon selections.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? 
I think everything went well. I would like to see more cheerleaders during the next read-a-thon. I had a lot of fun cheering and I'd like to see a little more emphasis on that.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? 
Instagram. So fun to see what others were reading, snacking on, or seeing from their reading spots (A lot of us enjoyed great weather and outdoor reading) in real time. 
How many books did you read? 
What were the names of the books you read?
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.
Which book did you enjoy most? 
See above. City of Bones was definitely a page turner for me.
Which did you enjoy least?
Not applicable.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? 
Don't forget about Twitter in the wee hours. I stopped blogging and switched over to Twitter as the night went on. It might be nice to have both the blogger's blog URL and Twitter handle available on the Cheerleader Team pages.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? 
I'll be back in October! I'm planning to do a mix of cheering and reading again then, since that worked so well for me during this read-a-thon.

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