Monday, October 22, 2007

Post-Read-a-Thon Survey

The 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, hosted by Dewey, has been over for more than twenty-four hours now, and although I've not yet completely recovered (boy, I sure need my sleep!), I wanted to post the end-of-event survey.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I ended up asleep between 1:30 and 3:30, just not able to keep my eyes open another minute.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I think young adult books are maybe the best choice. The one I read (see no. 6) was easy-to-read and moved quickly. I actually started a new YA book yesterday before going to sleep after church that I wish I'd read during the read-a-thon: If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko. Note: I'm seeing that the publisher marked this book at "ages 9-12", but my library put it in the YA section.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Not that I'm complaining at all - because they were so much fun - but I think I would have fewer mini-challenges - or at least I'd force myself to participate in fewer of them, so I could actually read more.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

The "cheerleader" concept was brilliant. I didn't realize that I would get so much energy and will to continue by the comments that were left while I was reading. I loved that!

5. How many books did you read?

I read 100 pages in a novel I'd just started the day before. I read one entire novel. And I read 130 pages - about a third of the total - of a third novel.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

These books were The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Pretties by Scott Westerfeld, and Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich, respectively.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

I liked Pretties a lot. It was light and fast-moving enough to keep my attention, and I also enjoyed the social commentary.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

I didn't dislike either of the other two books. The Historian is beautifully written, but I had to think too much while reading, so it didn't move quickly enough for a read-a-thon; I will get back to it, though, especially because the storyline is compelling. I'll also finish Motor Mouth, which is typical Janet Evanovich screwball-comedic mystery.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Not applicable.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

If my schedule permits, I will definitely be participating as a Reader in the read-a-thon again next year! My older daughter (currently 16yo) would also like to play along (as long as we can convince her dad).


  1. I hope you'll feel rested soon! I've added the Uglies trilogy to my TBR list, I hadn't heard of it before, and it sounds really interesting!

  2. Congratulations on making it through.
    Hope you manage to catch up on your sleep this week!

  3. I am not sure I get it. Do you read for an entire 24 hours--no breaks?

  4. I'm still not quite sure I've recovered fully, but I'm already looking forward to next year! My 10-year-old daughter wants to participate with me next year, too. She'll never be able to stay awake, but she reads so much faster than I do, so she'll undoubtedly still end up with a lot more pages read!

  5. Sounds like a big challenge, well done! We have SO many of the same books on our lists! I am also reading the Historian right now and So Many Books, So Little Time. How did you like that one?
    I also have The Secret History and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on my nightstand ;) I got great referrals on both. I just finished Snow Flower and the Secret Fan-I would say it is now on my top ten favorites list, a fast read because you get so drawn in. Please do reviews on some of these, I would love to hear (read!) them. I have to catch up on my reviews, I have about 10 to do! Oh, and curious how you like Life of Pi, it went on my just couldnt do it list. :) Thanks for keeping us in the know, I get so many great reads from your blog!