24 April 2016

#Readathon: all done!

We made it to the end!

It's been a while since my last update at hour 16, after that I decided to go to bed for a while to get some sleep but ended up sleeping for a couple of hours more than I intended!  But I think I needed to and I'm feeling pretty good!  I managed to get through all but one of the books I picked out for the Readathon - I didn't get around to Vampires in the Lemon Grove, but in general I'm really happy with the amount that I managed to read!  Especially that I got past the 1,000 pages mark.  I'm not sure if I will include as many short story collections next time as I found that they didn't hold my attention so well in the small hours - I might have been better off with a longer story that I could get really involved in.

My stats at the end of the Readathon:
Local time: 13:00
Hours spent reading: 19-20, I'm not quite sure!
Pages read: 1,022
Books finished: 5

End of Event Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you?
I definitely started to flag the most around hour 14/15 which was 2-3am my local time.  It was the time I found it most difficult to just keep concentrating on my book and not fiddle with my phone!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I really enjoyed Perijee and Me - it depends if you're a reader of children's books but it was a really engaging, quick read.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve Readathon next season?
I didn't win any prizes so I can't be too sure on this, but I saw someone mention that a lot of the prizes were only available to US/Canadian participants which seems kind of unfair to us across the pond!
What do you think worked really well in this year's Readathon?
I really liked seeing our #TeamOwl captain cheering everybody on over on Twitter!
How many books did you read? What were the names of the books you read?
Five altogether!
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
Little Tales of Misogyny - Patricia Highsmith
Dreaming The Bear - Mimi Thebo
St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves - Karen Russell
Perijee and Me - Ross Montgomery
Towards the end I also read some more of a book I was reading before Readathon, The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters.

Which book did you enjoy most?
Probably Dreaming The Bear!
Which book did you enjoy least?
I'd have to say The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and I'm really glad I read this first, as I don't think it would have held my attention later on in the Readathon.  It wasn't a bad book but I struggled to see why it has the status it does.
How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again?  What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very likely!  I've loved being able to do nothing but read all day.  I think I'll stick with being a reader for the next couple of times, since I'm still a newbie, but maybe in the future I'd like to sign up to be a cheerleader or challenge host.  I'd also like to think about maybe doing a future Readathon to raise money for charity!

Now I'm going to quickly hop in the shower and get ready to go visit Grandma as usual on a Sunday.  I think it will be good to get some fresh air now!  I'll probably even read some more this afternoon, after I've had a bit of a break and some food.  I'll be writing up my thoughts on all the books I read for Readathon soon so keep your eyes peeled in you're interested.  And as always feel free to add me on Goodreads!

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