Well, I didn’t do very well with posting on my blog during this particular Read-a-thon, did I? I saw quite a few people posting on Tumblr and then linking their updates back to a main post, and I think I might just do that next time. I checked in on Twitter every so often and I’m looking forward to going around and seeing how everyone did a bit later on this afternoon.
My time zone in the UK makes the Read-a-thon’s hours a little bit awkward; it officially runs from 1 pm on Saturday to 1 pm on Sunday. There is simply no way that I can stay up all night and then until 1 pm, much less go to work on Monday, so I’ve never actually tried, but I like that I still get to spend Sunday morning reading away and generally getting one last book in before the event is over. It’s even easier now that my schedule seems to ensure I’m up around 7 or 7:30 on the weekend, so I had hours to read Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire and try to make some progress in The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark.
That makes now perfect to answer the questions around the End of Event meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I suppose the hour in which I fell asleep, which was around my 11 pm. I have no stamina these days, especially not after waking up early and taking a driving theory test, so it’s something of a surprise that I didn’t fall asleep at 9!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
My choices were all good until the last book – I always go for short books that I know I can read quickly. This time fantasy was all I managed to read.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I’m not sure I spent enough time on the website or doing any of the challenges to notice – I liked how visible the hosts were on Twitter, though, when I did pop in to check.
5. How many books did you read?
Two full books and parts of two more.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones, Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire, and The Sleepwalkers by Christopher Clark.
- 7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Probably Midnight Blue-Light Special although I also really liked the first two. No stand-out loves.
- 8. Which did you enjoy least?
I’m really struggling with The Sleepwalkers. It’s all about the origins of World War I and I’m finding it incredibly difficult to keep up with the parts about eastern Europe. I simply don’t know the region or any of the history which makes it slow going for me.
9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I hope to still be reading!
Now I’m off to write some reviews, hopefully, so that this blog doesn’t stay silent this week, and check out some posts.
Did you read or cheer this time around? How did you do?