This was my first 24 Hour Read-a-thon and I really did enjoy it! I participated for 19 hours. I knew going in that my situation would not allow me to go for 24 hours, but since that didn't seem to be an issue for those running the event I signed up anyway. So glad I did.
A big thank you to those who organized, hosted, and cheered!!!!!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
For some reason I lost focus and struggled mid-afternoon (hour 12). I went out for a ballet class which gave me some much needed stretching. I thought this would rejuvenate me for reading, but it seemed to rejuvenate me for all sorts of other things! I did manage to pull myself back to reading around hour 15 (7pm my time).
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Reading tastes are so individual that I really don't want to suggest specific books. Also, who knows what new titles might be out by the next read-a-thon! I did have some shorter and easier reads in my stack. Things like novellas, YA, graphic novels, essays and short stories. Definitely have things in the stack that are highly interesting to you and don't be afraid to switch to another book if your current read isn't working for you.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
This was the first time I participated in the Read-a-thon and from what I could tell it worked really well. I really enjoyed the social aspects (tweeting and visiting blogs), but that also distracted me from reading -- a lot! Next time I will have to define a structure for myself that I think will help balance out the reading and social aspects. I spent more time telling y'all what I was doing instead of reading. I also hung out on Twitter a lot and didn't visit as many blogs as I would have liked.
5. How many books did you read?
I read 1/2 of a novel, one essay, and one short story. Not a whole lot for 19 hours (I went to bed around midnight my time).
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Hidden Coronet by Catherine Fisher, "Alone Among Others" in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee, and "The Captain of the Pole-Star" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I really enjoyed all three and didn't have a favorite, but perhaps I enjoyed the essay and the short story more because I finished them! I really thought I’d read a lot more, but got distracted by tweeting and a football game on TV (USC vs Notre Dame).
8. Which did you enjoy least?
See question #7.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
The Cheerleaders were great! It was so encouraging to hear from them. The reason I kept trying and made it to hour 19 was largely due to encouraging words. Much appreciated!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I would definitely participate again as a reader. I might sign up to cheer; I'm assuming that one can sign up to cheer for just a few hours?