So this brought my read-a-thon activity to a close. I accomplished a lot more than I thought I would, so I would say all in all, my read-a-thon was a success.
Here's my end-of-the-event meme:
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Oddly enough, it was along about hour 8 or 9 -- the middle of the afternoon. I think it was probably just a normal middle-of-the-afternoon slump, and easily remedied with coffee and a snack. I didn't stay up all night but if I had, I have no doubt that some of the higher-number hours would just about have killed me.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? None of my books were super high-interest, although once I got into the Gaiman, it chugged along pretty well on the interest meter. I noticed that a lot of people were reading graphic novels this year, and I expect those would work pretty well for those times where interest might be flagging.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, this was my first read-a-thon so I don't have many expectations that were not met. Maybe next time. :-)
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleading and posting at the main website seemed to go off really flawlessly. I'm sure there must have been quite a bit of hair-pulling and cussing behind the scenes, but it was not at all evident.
- How many books did you read? Two, and two standalone short stories.
- What were the names of the books you read? All Hallows' Eve by Vivian Vande Velde; The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; and the two short stories mentioned above.
- Which book did you enjoy most? Definitely the Gaiman.
- Which did you enjoy least? This doesn't really apply since I had only two books. I really liked both of them.
- 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 would love to be in the situation where I could actually try to read for the whole 24 hours -- maybe next time. And next time, I might be willing to be a cheerleader.