Instead of doing a bunch of posts, I’m just going to keep track in this one post.
I spent the first half and hour+ on cheering but I did manage to read this (because it was 32 pages long):
More Cheering and Reading!
Starting this one:
More Cheering and a little of reading done. Walked to the small grocery store by my house with niece #2 to get some snacks and help her wake up. Niece #1 is making good progress with Eleanor and Park!
Finished Bintel Brief!
Spend some time in Carytown. We got Game of Throne themed cupcakes, went to the Galaxy Diner for a snack, then walked for a bit before heading home.
Niece #1 finished Eleanor and Park!
Read a little of Graveyard Book Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman and Niece #2 and I made some tea sandwiches!
We’re a bit tired, but thought we’d listen to an audiobook while I cheer and they rest. So we’re listening to the BBC dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch *swoons*
Hour 11 and 12 were spent mostly napping, but I did read a little of Mrs. Poe and The Glittering Court on my Kindle App.
The Hubs and I made potato soup and listened to Neverwhere while the nieces continued to nap. They went up to Panera to visit a friend working there (which is funny because the soup recipe is based off the kind Panera serves).
I ate the soup and cheered. The nieces returned from Panera, and Niece #1 started reading Beta.
Shut my computer off so I could read. Dived back into The Graveyard Book Vol. 2
Kept reading and ate a Mother of Dragon cupcake (spicy chocolate cake, with spicy chocolate buttercream topped with candy dragon eggs)
Finished Graveyard Book Vol. 2 and moved onto Lumberjanes, Vol. 1:
It made for a great Readathon selection!
I also had a cup of coffee during this hour, which did not give me the boost of energy I was looking for. 🙁
I read The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
which is just a lovely book, with amazing illustrations!
I read a book that I’ve had checked out from the library for over 2 months now (I’ve been able to renew). At some point I made the decision to keep it for Readathon, but I almost didn’t grab it because it was thicker than I thought I could muddle through. But Here turns out to be a PERFECT Readathon book.
The concept of this graphic novel is fairly awesome- a simple room in a house. Shown throughout times, from the earliest of times when the world was old, to hundreds of years into the future. I’m not doing it justice, it was just amazing!
Finished Here and slinked off to bed for a few hours.
Woke up, about 6:15am my time. Stumbled into my computer room, began tweeting. Started listening to Neverwhere again.
Still tweeting and listening to Neverwhere (which I sadly can’t finish in time, but it’s still a great read!).
End of Event Survey
- Which hour was most daunting for you? I guess Hour 15. I love cheering, but I felt like had to read. So I shut off the computer and blocked the world out.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I read graphic novels and they were all good! Lumberjanes was a lot of fun so I’d definitely recommend that one.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I thought it ran great this year, so I can’t think of any improvements needed. I am so excited about the Readathon shop!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? As a cheerleader, cheering only on Twitter was great! I felt like I reached a lot of people, ones who were for sure participating. I loved the Facebook group, especially in the days leading up to Readathon.
- How many books did you read? I read 6 graphic novels completely, listened to one (didn’t finish) and read a few chapters in two other books.
- What were the names of the books you read? It Did Happen, A Bintel Brief, Graveyard Book Vol. 2, The Lumberjanes Vol. 1, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Here. Listened to most of Neverwhere, read a few pages/chapters in The Glittering Court and Mrs. Poe.
- Which book did you enjoy most? I really liked them all… but The Fantastic Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was lovely.
- Which did you enjoy least? I didn’t have a least favorite one, they were all good.
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll probably continue with cheering and reading. If I’m cheering I feel less guilty about not reading, and when I’m reading, I feel less guilty about not cheering. 😉