1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I think that the hours in the early morning (around 3 to 5) were probably the hardest for me. This was probably in part because I got back from games night around 1am, then was really focused for a couple hours, and then started to lose my concentration and get tired. It was also around when I really needed to have more snack food, but only really had junk kicking around.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I think that pretty much any YA books could work for people. They’re short and tend to be much higher in suspense than adult books because they’re supposed to keep the attention of kids who probably aren’t as easily engaged in books.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Perhaps make it clear that people need to comment on the main posts in order to be in the draws? I don’t think I really understood that, and so I didn’t usually post on that one at all.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The mini-challenges and the cheerleaders! I definitely never felt like I was doing this alone. It always felt like there was an awesome community around supporting everyone else.
5. How many books did you read?
I finished 1 that I had already started, 4 full books, and started another.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
- Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
- Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo
- The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
- November Blues by Sharon Draper
- Food Rules by Michael Pollan
I also started to read Watchmen by Alan Moore.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I think that I enjoyed Iqbal the most. I was about to say November Blues, but I think that’s only because it was the last novel that I finished. I really loved the true story of Iqbal, though, and since I hadn’t really heard of the real person it’s based on before, it was even more interesting. I’ll have to look some more information up about him now that I’m not in a reading frenzy.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
I think that I enjoyed Food Rules the least, but not because it wasn’t good. It was just too much like the other Michael Pollan book that I read within the last couple weeks, In Defense of Food, so it didn’t really hold my attention very well.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
… I was not a cheerleader.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will definitely be doing this again, as a reader! I’d like to try to do the entire 24 hours straight through next time.