It’s the end of the read-a-thon and I pretty much had my nose or ears buried in a book except for three hours between 6 and 9am. The final challenge is just a good wrap-up, so here goes.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I had trouble at 6am, when I had been awake for nearly a day save a quick nap just before the kick-off of the read-a-thon. I believe that was hour 10 or 11.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I find a good humorous book is an excellent choice. Mary Roach always does it for me, delivering facts and funny about interesting topics.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the read-a-thon next year?
Make sure comments work across all blogs. Blogger has the potential to be a really unfriendly platform, and I couldn’t participate in at least one challenge because of it. Also, the number of challenges focusing on romance or supernatural romance seemed higher than one might expect.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s read-a-thon?
The challenges were mostly pretty good and my personal scheduling was way better than last year, although it still left something to be desired.
5. How many books did you read and what were the titles?
I read 4 books: I finished Catch-22 and Witches Abroad, but I also worked on Packing for Mars and The Return of the King. I also read a bit of Cracked now and again!
6. Which book did you enjoy most?
It’s hard to say, although I guess it’ll have to be Packing for Mars. Not only did it make me giggle, it also flies by!
7. Which did you enjoy least?
Hyperion. I only persisted because I went out walking and had no other audiobook choice. Towards the end of my stroll it started to improve, and I’ll probably finish it because I do a lot of walking here, but as it stands, I’m not reading the next books in the series.
8. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I think I will definitely go for it again in October, since I’ll be preparing to go home and I’ll really be under pressure to clear out my bookshelves! I might host a mini-challenge or cheerlead for an hour or two.
While I read for 21 hours out of 24, my actual reading time was closer to 15.5 hours due to participating in read-a-thon events and other necessary tasks such as food. I’m still really satisfied with this, and consider it to have met my goal. Goals for next time: read less library or other borrowed books, and more of my own mess!