Yep, it’s the end of the readathon. Are you sad? I’m sad. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I did the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and had so much fun! I did a little midnight update yesterday which you may have seen, but now that I’m actually properly awake, I thought I’d do a proper wrap up.
- Which hour was most daunting for you? The second to last hour or so was stressful, because so many people had gone to bed by that time! I slept at the beginning, because it started at midnight for me, so I wasn’t too tired. It was hard carrying on when there so few people around!
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All I can say is I made the mistake of starting of with a sci-fi, and I do not recommend that AT ALL. Read something light, like a romance or contemporary, it keeps you awake for longer and it’s easier to read in a short space of time
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? I have lots of tips for myself, but none for the organisers. Like I said, I need to read less books that involve me thinking a lot. I should also have a nap before the event, so I can stay up longer in the beginning (half an hour was not long at all)
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I loved all the mini challenges, and discussions going on in the Goodreads group. I think I checked those almost every hour!
- How many books did you read? Two and a bit! That was about 680 pages in total, which is way better than I was expecting. I didn’t do an exact page count last year, but it looks like 300-400
- What were the names of the books you read? Lost Friday (322pgs), Famous Last Words (288pgs) and The Bookshop That Floated Away (72pgs). Reviews coming soon! There was an audio book and another Kindle book missing from this picture, so that was 3 of the six planned
- Which book did you enjoy most? I loved both the books I finished, but Famous Last Words was definitely easier to read
- Which did you enjoy least? The Bookshop one. The writing style is very jumpy, and I’m finding it hard to get into
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? The next one is in October, which is right before my November exams, so we’ll see… I would love to participate again though, I had so much fun! I’d only read again, but hopefully more seriously
This wasn’t an official question, but I want to compare my two readathons so far. My biggest mistake from last year was a lack of planning, so that definitely helped me improve this time around. I also knew to not start big, daunting books, after trying to start the Golden Son. Sure, my book choice could have been a little better, but I’m still really happy! You can see how much better I did last year, and all I wanted to do was improve.
The other thing I’m happy with was that I took this one a bit more seriously. I had my Kindle for Lost Friday, so I could eat and read at the same time. I did plan to have an audio book, but that ended up not working on my phone. That’s something I can try for next time to stretch my legs though. So obviously organisation is the way to go!
If you participated, how did you do? Do you want to do it with me next time? Link me to your wrap up posts!