First, many thank yous to everyone who organized – Dewey and her crew, who cheered, and who donated to Reading is Fundamental in honor of this read-a- thon. I had a real blast participating, although having kittens makes it hard to concentrate (as I’m sure the wise among you anticipated when I said I was doing both the read-a-thon and adopting kittens on the same weekend – what is that phrase about hindsight?).
Here’s my thoughts in wrap-up, using the questions that Dewey so wisely crafted.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I really had a hard time in the evening. I just get to sleepy, so I would say that by 10-13th hours were toughest. But then I went to bed, so things seemed brighter in the morning.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I really liked reading short stories, so I would suggest “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie and “A Small Good Thing” by Raymond Carver.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Somehow if we could figure out a way to coordinate times with something other than “Hour ?” that might make things easier. I know that’s tough with the various time zones, but I really had a hard time keeping up with what hour it was – part of that is my fault of course since I started earlier.
4. What do you think worked really well in this yearâ€™s Read-a-thon?
I thought the mini-challenges were amazing and easy to find through your blog, Dewey. Plus, I thought the cheerleading really helped.
5. How many books did you read? Alas, I only read one entire book. I did listen to a lot of an audio book, and I read a lot of short stories – but only one book.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Book of Old Houses by Sarah Graves
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Obviously, that would have to be the one I read (;)) But I did enjoy it very much.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Nothing – I liked everything I read, surprisingly.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next yearâ€™s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Oh, I”ll be here next time as a reader, and perhaps a Cheerleader, too.
Thanks, Dewey. Really.