Well I lasted far better than last time. If you’ll remember, last Dewey’s I decided to take a nap at hour 16 or 17 (10-11pm) and didn’t wake up until 5 minutes after the event had ended. This year I had energy drinks to get me through the hard night. I didn’t focus so much on social media postings or updating this blog, I just read. So I got more solid reading done in those last 3 hours than I did in the hours before. Yes, I did go to sleep in the middle of hour 20. BUT SO CLOSE you say. Yes, and it was enough for me. There came a point where I was just not feeling reading and the book I had didn’t catch my interest immediately. I didn’t read Lumberjanes, again. I just didn’t want to fall asleep halfway through. Lumberjanes deserves more!
You’ll see at the top, my set up for the last few hours of the readathon. I moved to my bed, I had a dance party and listened to pump up jams to get me through the time, but I knew I needed to be prepared to pass out. I’m really proud of my work this year.
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 17, which is 11pm here. Last time this is where I passed out for a “nap”. This time I could feel the sleep coming for me. I have finally finished my entire first book and it was easy to call it a day. Instead, I drank some energy drinks and had a mini dance party in my apartment to wake me up. It worked, I stayed up for 3 more hours.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I spent most of the time reading All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. While I wouldn’t necessary suggest something that will make you cry (like it did for me) I would suggest something that has an air of mystery to it. Something you can truly get sucked into.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
I will say, it was kind of a bummer not to get as much action on the blogs. I’ve made a few posts here and I feel like hardly anyone has read them because all of my feedback came on Twitter and Facebook. However, it was nice to focus on those threads and not have to jump around to all of the blogs unless they were linked. Overall, I enjoyed it.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
My pile worked. I was prepped and I definitely rallied there in the end. My use of energy drinks and active movement was helpful. The twitter groups were great, I would pop into them easily to cheer for a bit or pop into the facebook group. Frankly I didn’t use the goodreads group as much.
How many books did you read?
I finished 3 books, read from 2 others and listened to an audiobook. Total pages read were 806 for 9 hours and listened to 3 hours of my audiobook for a total of 12 hours of reading.
What were the names of the books you read?
I read from The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald. They bookended my reading which is neat.
I read and finished All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, A-Force Vol. 0: Warzones by G. Willow Wilson, and Rat Queens Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe.
I listened to parts of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
Which book did you enjoy most?
All the Bright Places, because it was the only novel I read all the way through for the day. It was an emotional rollercoaster and definitely worth the one sitting.
Which did you enjoy least?
So far, The Princess and the Goblin, but I blame 2am reading. I’ll try to finish it today.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
SUPER LIKELY. I love Dewey’s and cheering this time was some added fun. I already can’t wait for the next one.