Sunday, April 26

24 Readathon - Wrap-Up Post/Meme

Another readathon is done. Feels good, especially considering I haven't done one in years. I really hope I can do the October one. I went into this with no expectations whatsoever of what my outcome was, although as I neared the end, I did think it would be fun to break 1, 000 pages read, which I did. Otherwise my goal was to just read and relax, de-stress. I finished one book that I've been meaning to finish.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
The 10:30 - 12:30 time, (14th - 16th hours) which I dozed off a few times. I think I actually read more than I calculated during this time, but I can't remember. To be fair, it's my usual bedtime, and I did get up at my usual time. I also slept from 1:45ish - 5:30ish which was between the 17 - 21 hours)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

- My best advice is go to the authors you love - the ones you inhale and can't put down even if it is a big chunkster of a book. Whatever book is in that comfort zone is usually the best type of book to read. While trying new authors and genres are always a fun experience, doing it during a 24 hour read-a-thon might not be the best choice.

- Finishing off ongoing books you started before the read-a-thon is also a good idea.
If you're looking for specific titles, The Divergent short stories about Four worked well. Interesting, fast paced and I was already familiar with the characters. Fast paced books like Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and other thrillers are also usually a good choice.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Allow us to use more than one platform for cheerleaders and other readathoners to find each other. I didn't get hardly any activity on my blog but I did have activity on Twitter - I liked using both for updates, and would have liked both to be able to be the way to connect with me - if that makes since.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

- Twitter was the best place, to cheer each other on and share what was happening. If I'd known about the Goodreads group sooner, that was also a good place for everyone to come together to talk and cheer each other on. I find it difficult to visit the individual blogs, but usign platforms where we are all their to chat, cheer, etc really works.

5. How many books did you read?

I read 7 books in total. (2 books prestarted, 4 short stories and 1 book I read from start to finish - which was a chunky book). I started an 8th, but didn't get far into it.

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

- Two books I started before the read-a-thon
          - Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins (read 218 pages)
          - Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill (read about 110 )

- Four Short Stories
          - The Transfer - Veronica Roth - 55
          - Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth - 40
          - Four: The Son - Veronica Roth -65
          - Four: The Traitor - 45

- One book from start to finish
          - Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda - 434 pages

- Started the book, but did not finish
          - Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong - 47 pages

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Now that is a tough one. As I really enjoyed the Divergent short stories, I think the favourite book goes to Julie Czerneda's Rift in the sky. Curse you Julie Czerneda! I know need to re-read Thousand Words for Stranger then, finish that trilogy off. I must know what happens! I need to be ready for November!

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Girl on the Train - while it finally got interesting in the second half of the book, ad the ending, ended with a bang, the book just didn't have that spark I expected.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I had two cats cheering me on, so I'd say, less sleeping, more snuggeling, cheering, meowing anything!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I always mean to participate but it's usually real life getting in the way. I always enjoy being a reader. So, if time allows, then I will do it.

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