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Reader Readathon ButtonWhat a day!  I had a blast, but now it is time to give my eyes a rest.  Here are my final stats for this spring’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon:

Time spent reading: Approximately 17 hours

Time spent cheering:  90 minutes plus lots of time on Twitter

No. of pages read:  1,459

No. of books finished: 5 (I’ve decided I’m counting the one I read to Holly.)

 And now for the end-of-event questionnaire:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

  • Hour 19.  My eyes kept closing.

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

  • I’m impressed with all of the books I read.  They kept my interest and helped make the time fly.  I had been advised that action books and lighter fare would help people stay awake.  In my case, I think it did work.

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

  • No. I think the organizers have done a fantastic job and I really wouldn’t change a thing.

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

  • I think the cheerleaders were fabulous.  They really did help keep my spirits up.

5. How many books did you read?

  • Finished five, more than halfway through number six.

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

  • The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns by Elizabeth Leiknes
  • Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz
  • Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Scaredy Squirrel
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (on page 189 of 328)

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

  • I would say City of Bones, but I am really enjoying Wicked Lovely and will be finishing it once I wake up later today.  I wish I would have started it earlier.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

  • Probably The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns.  It was cute, but I was still half asleep when I started it and wasn’t quite ready for all the snark.  

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

  • No.  I think the cheerleaders did an excellent job!  I did discover that once I copied and used my own cheer, leaving comments became easier and quicker.  Given the penchant for rhyming that certain cheerleaders have, I am going to have to create my own cheers well in advance next time.

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 participate in the read-a-thon again.  It was so much fun and sinfully luxurious to spend that much time reading.  I might try to split my time more equitably between reading and cheering though.  I missed cheering this time, even though I thought Twitter was a great way to do so. 

Just a few more notes before I down my allergy meds and head to bed for another nap, this was a truly great event.  Thank you to all the organizers and cheerleaders for their encouraging words and for making it a truly fun event.  I have been looking forward to this for months, and the week dragged by in anticipation.  I cannot wait until the fall event!

Now it’s time for sleep.  I’m going to have to clear my head before I can write all these reviews.  At least I know what will keep me busy throughout the week!  Have a great Sunday, everyone!  And congratulations to everyone who participated in some form! 

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