Has come and gone.
Now I’m feeling sad and blue,
October, I can’t wait to see you!
I had a great time this Readathon! I cheered a lot on Twitter, which really helped me to interact with people- my favorite part of Readathon. This was my first time reading for charity, but that didn’t go quite as well as I envisioned simply because between cheering and book club (and napping and sleeping) I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would. So new plan, next Readathon I will CHEER for charity. I’ll donate a buck for each cheer I give, and for each cheer I get. However, because I was prepared to underwhelm in the reading of books department, I set a $30 minimum to give to First Books. Reading for charity was a last minute kind of decision, but it won’t be next time.
End of Event Meme:
- Which hour was most daunting for you?
The one I fell asleep during? I was off the internet by then, curled up listening to Cinder on audio. I knew I wanted to get some sleep, but I stayed up later than I thought I was going to so that I could finish the book (which I did!), so it was about 2:30am-ish EST here. I set my alarm for the last hour of readathon, but I hit snooze one time too many. Le Sigh, this Midnight Book Girl might have to change her name to Sometimes as Late as 11pm Girl!
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I really love audiobooks, Cinder was amazing! Short books are always good, and I really like going back and reading favorites from my childhood- Still got the copy of Bunnicula or Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing? It’s worth digging up!
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Hmm… More woodblocks? Seriously it’s been so well run the last few Readathons that I can’t think of any improvements. Oh! Maybe get someone loud and British to yell at me over the phone about how pathetic I am to help motivate me to stay up the full 24 hours? 😉 I’d also accept Jillian from Biggest Loser, because then I’d probably have to move around more too.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Everything, but I have to say, I was overwhelmed with how many people cheered! We had so many teams to cover so many bloggers, and it worked great! I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been if we’d only had a few cheerleaders.
- How many books did you read?
3! I finished Death of Bees (which I had started prior to Readathon, but only 100 pages), read the graphic novel of The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Tripps, and listened to Cinder on audio. Book club kind of got in the way and the fact that I can’t cheer and listen to audiobooks at the same time. I mean, I could, but because I try to make up the cheers as I go along, and try to make them a bit personal, I can’t do that and concentrate on the book. Which is fine, because although I love reading on Readathon, for me it’s a time to really socialize and I love interacting with all of you!
- What were the names of the books you read?
Death of Bees
The Stand Vol. 1 Captain Tripps
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
- Which book did you enjoy most?
Cinder!!! Why the hell did it take me so long to read it??? I’ve been meaning to for a long time, but when the author offered to donate to charity for every book or short story of hers read during Readathon, I immediately threw my other audiobook plans out the window. I’ve already downloaded the second book.
- Which did you enjoy least?
The lack of breakfast food. I really let myself down by not getting something scrumptious for breakfast. Oh, you mean books. There really is no answer to that, thankfully, as all the books were good.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Honestly, cheerleading is it’s own reward. You get to interact with so many cool people, and I LOVED cheering on twitter. I was afraid that the 140 characters would limit me, but I had a blast. Of course, I’ll probably be rhyming words in my head (read!) all week now, but totally worth it (lit!).
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Like 1 million billion trillion percent likely! Hello, October Readathon is always my favorite! Don’t get me wrong, April, you’re fun too- but I’m a Halloween girl, so I love doing readathon surrounded by Halloween decor and scary books. And if the reason you’ve never participated in Readathon in the past is because the whole 24 hours part is daunting- remember, you can participate as much or as little as you want!