As a measure of how utterly, utterly, utterly awful I am at time gauging even when I have a clock to do it for me, I have no idea whether we’re in the last hour or past it.
Yes, I’m hopeless. I know. Have the end-of-readathon meme!
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Probably the first or… whichever one was the first after I woke up today. I think it was the 20th or the 19th? It can be hard to pick up a book again after getting a nap and the first was so rudely interrupted even if I spent it at the very least discussing book-related matters. (Also, I read aloud. It totally counts.)
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Honestly? No. Readers are too different from one another. I can tell you that I suspect the combination of one (not too dense) chunkster with a few short story collections to break it up in between might be worth considering. That’s not how I read, but it’s how I always mean to tackle the problem and I just never do. I’m perfectly happy switching between books, but apparently I am not capable of doing it purposefully.
Short story collections can be very good additions to the readathon pile, though. The more so if they don’t tire you out as much as a novel does, or would.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Possibly, if this isn’t done already, try to coordinate cheerleadings across time zones, so each team has a chance of cheerleaders throughout the whole day. Something like that?
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I’m afraid I spent too much time reading and too little time being social to be of any help with this question, sorry.
How many books did you read?
Good question! Thirteen, I think. Fourteen if we count the short novel/long novella by Amy Rae Durreson that I didn’t/won’t get to finish before the end.
What were the names of the books you read?
The King’s Peace by Jo Walton
Breath Long as Years by M.C.A. Hogarth
For the Love of Mortals by M.C.A. Hogarth
Useless Tears by M.C.A. Hogarth
Skip-leveling by M.C.A. Hogarth
Not Now, Not Ever by M.C.A. Hogarth
Fire Queen, Dark Lady by M.C.A. Hogarth
Kin and Ink by Ellen Million
Next edited byd Simon Petrie and Rob Porteous
Return to Redlin by Lazette Gifford
Where He Belongs by Clare K.R. Miller
Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker
Summer Falls by Amelia Williams
The Lodestar of Ys by Amy Rae Durreson (unfinished)
Which book did you enjoy most?
Probably Summer Falls or The Lodestar of Ys. It’s probably telling that both stories feature children as protagonists and both are short novels/long novellas.
Which did you enjoy least?
Kin and Ink by Ellen Million. It really does not stand on its own if you have no previous experience in the setting.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was a reader. But I do have some observations from the past few readathons that migt be useful: the cheerleading that spurred and cheered me on the most were the comments that had read at least part of my ramblings and engaged with it. The cheerleading that didn’t and was just a general motivational message actively discouraged me.
Sad but true. I know cheerleading is a lot of hard work. I did it one year and I still try to do at least a little of it for other participants when I can, but that first year was so exhausting I wound up a reader to take a break from cheerleading. Asking people to engage with strangers in more depth makes that work ever harder, but it also makes it more cheering and warming to receive, to know that someone took the trouble to do that especially for you (and only you) to cheer you on.
I was lucky this year to have a few absolutely wonderful cheerleaders and I’d like to thank everyone who cheered me on, friend or stranger, in whichever way they did the cheering.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’ll probably be a reader again. If my circumstances improve, I’d love to get a little more involved with the social aspect. Tackle some mini-challenges, maybe host my own. Perhaps sign up for a spot of official cheerleading. Donate books if finances allow… You know. Just more involved in general.
And now… As much as I’m enjoying my book, I am going to get something proper to eat for lunch and take a shower. Not necessarily (but probably) in that order.
I hope everyone’s had a wonderful readathon experience and maybe we’ll see each other again in April!