Apr 11

The Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is Over!

Dewey 24 hour readathonBefore I give all the facts and figures, I’d like to share a wonderful quote from Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker, a book that I’ve started during the Read-a-thon.

A good book laces invisible fingers into the shape of a winter armchair or a hammock in the sun. I’m not talking about comfort, necessarily, but support. A good writer might take you to strange and difficult places, but you’re in the hands of someone you trust.

Final Update

  • Hours read since last update: 2 hours
  • Pages read since last update: 122
  • Total hours read: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Total pages read: 328 + 75 minutes of an audio book and a children’s picture book

Final Post Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I’ve had numerous distractions since the read-a-thon began. The first few hours went well, but after a few hours sleep there were early morning distractions with the kids and then a BBQ lunch with my husband’s family that took 7 hours out of my day. So, no specific hour was daunting but the many interruptions were

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? An engaging book is such a subjective thing – what interests me might not suit everyone. My suggestion would be to always include a variety of books – something serious, something fun, some non-ficion – and to make sure that at least a few of the books in the Read-a-thon pile are reasonably short so that you can get that wonderful sense of achievement that comes from completely finishing a book.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Read-a-thon is already awesome. How do you improve on that?

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The Read-a-thon blog is great. It’s wonderful to have a central point with all the links and information. The cheerleaders and mini-challenge hosts also do a great job.

5. How many books did you read? One complete book, 3 partial books, one picture book and half of an audio book on CD.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

  • Conspiracy 365: February by Gabrielle Lord (complete – 185 pages)
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (partial – 104 pages)
  • Reading by Moonlight by Brenda Walker (partial – 22 pages)
  • Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature (partial – 12 pages)
  • Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales (1 of 2 story CDs)
  • Nursery Time with Thomas (Thomas the Tank Engine picture book read with son)

7. Which book did you enjoy most? I particullary enjoyed Before I Fall and Reading by Moonlight and I’m looking forward to finishing both in the next couple of days.

8. Which did you enjoy least? I didn’t have any books that I struggled with.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I wasn’t a cheerleader this time around, but I think I’ll put my name down as as a cheerleader for at least some of the next Read-a-thon.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’m really hoping that I will have the weekend free for the next Read-a-thon. I’ll register as a reader, but I think I’ll skip taking part in the mini-challenges and use that time to be a cheerleader instead. I’ve missed having time to visit the blogs of some of the readers taking part in the Read-a-thon this weekend or chatting with other readers on Twitter.

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  1. Alex

    Wonderful job on the Read-a-Thon! Way to go! I’ll be looking forward to reading with you on October. Keep on rocking and reading, read-a-thoner! It’s been lots of fun! 😀

  2. gautami tripathy

    You have done very well. That’s the way to go!

    Read-a-thon:End of Event meme
    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..TSS/Read-a-thon: End of Event meme =-.

  3. Nan

    Wow! You did a super job during the read-a-thon.
    .-= Nan´s last blog ..Read-a-thon Wrap up Meme =-.

  4. Stephanie

    Great job! I understand how frustrating it is to have distractions. I hope you continue to enjoy Before I Fall. I plan to start reading it within the next week or so.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon: Slacker Classics Circuit Post =-.

  5. Shelley

    I love that quote. So true! I hope you’ll be able to do it in October. I’m already excited and hope that there are no conflicts with my schedule.
    .-= Shelley´s last blog ..Readathon End of Event Survey =-.

  6. Michelle

    You have done very well. That’s the way to go!

    Read-a-thon:End of Event meme
    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..TSS/Read-a-thon: End of Event meme =-.

  7. Clarence Ocampo

    If I had a dollar for every time I came here.. Superb post.

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