Title of book(s) read since last update: Dingo by Charles de Lint
Pages read since last update: 60
Running total of pages read since you started: 605
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 50 min.
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 10 hours 5 min.
Number of books finished: 4 (technically 3.5 since I read half of Grotesque before the read-a-thon) and started on a 5th
Total Mini-challenges completed: 6
Other participants you’ve visited since last update: Jodie, Alessandra, Ashley, Bybee, Nymeth
Food/drinks consumed since last update: smoked salmon and gorgonzola pizza that we ordered in, sparkling water
Prize you’ve won: 0
Whew! Except for the hour-long nap in the middle, I made it through my first read-a-thon! After the nap I still dragged for a couple of hours but then I seemed to get a second wind, helped by reading a graphic novel with colourful art. For this last stint I decided to pick up Dingo by Charles de Lint. So far it's a fun, quick read so I'm sure I'll finish it up in the next couple of days or so.
I was also able to reach my goal of reading more than 500 pages with a final count of 605 pages. And since I was reading for charity, at 10 cents a page that means that I'll personally be donating $60.50 to Breast Cancer Research. A big thank you also to Stephanie, Jodie and softdrink for sponsoring me! I'll be confirming the donation amounts with them and will post a grand total in next week's Sunday Salon. And it's not too late if you'd still like to sponsor me for any amount big or small. Just drop me an email.
End of the Event Meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
About the middle, hour 12 or so.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic novels, kidlit, or YA titles.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope. It seemed to run quite smoothly. I completely missed some mini challenges or draws because I didn't check in every hour but that's ok. I liked that you could join in as much or little as you liked. I didn't get around to visiting everyone I would've liked but I hope you know I was reading with you and cheering you on in spirit.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
It seemed really well organized. Thank you to the co-hosts, cheerleaders and everyone involved!! You did a great job!!!
5. How many books did you read?
4-ish (see #6)
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy (short stories)
Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock
Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino (first half read before read-a-thon)
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman
Dingo by Charles de Lint (started, read 1/3)
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
The Sandman: Endless Nights, and Dingo but they were all good.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Grotesque, it wasn't bad but it was a long, slow read.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
N/A - But the cheerleaders were wonderful!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Maybe. It was tiring but fun! H thinks I'm a little strange for pushing myself to stay up and read so intensely but he did support me so I'm thankful for that. Boy am I looking forward to a shower and bed though!
Starting in the evening, because of the time difference was a little hard since I'd already been up for several hours before it started. If I don't do the full read-a-thon next time, I would still consider doing a half read-a-thon for 12 hours, or being a cheerleader.
Thanks again everyone, I hope you all had a great read-a-thon!