The 24 Hour Readathon has ended...I was derailed by my decision to go to a fundraising gala for my kids' school, which wiped out yesterday from 5pm on, so my totals are not what I had hoped.
Still, I read and reviewed four books: Felix Takes the Stage, by Kathryn Lasky, Wild Magic, by Cat Weatherill, Jimmy's Stars, by Mary Ann Rodman, and Hannah's Garden, by Midori Snyder, for a total of 930 pages, plus 273 pages of Prophecy of Days, by Christy Raedeke, which I hope to finish today, plus 15 pages of The Dark Horse, by Marcus Sedgewick (after I put down Prophecy of Days somewhere in the house and couldn't find it again sigh sigh sigh). And I also read 24 pages of Old Mother West Wind's How Stories (out loud to children).
So my total is 1242 pages.
And here's the final mini-challenge:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I thought about trying to do some reading on my own after the children went to bed, but I am so unused to social gala type events that I had to just go to bed myself.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Generally I'd suggest short and snappy. But on the other hand, this time around, one of my books (Prophesy of Days) was an incredibly dense and complex story. I'm glad I was able to give it several uninterrupted hours, instead of reading it in snatched moments here and there. So complicated works well too! I think variety is key...
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope! I thought it was great.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked having readers of the hour to visit.
5. How many books did you read?/6. What were the names of the books you read? see above.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?/ 8. Which did you enjoy least? They were all good in their own way.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I might well sign up to be a cheerleader next time...
THANK YOU so much to the organizers of the Readathon, for all their hard work. It was a blast!