|Number of Books||6||Books Read||Old Man’s War|
|Pages Read||1792||Dead Until Dark|
|Time Spent Reading||12:31||The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever|
|Time Spent Blogging||3:27||Living Dead in Dallas|
That puts my participation at roughly 16 hours. I was sleeping for 7. I’m not sure how I lost an hour there! I did start And Only to Deceive and let me tell you, I am loving it. This is a fantastic book. Despite the fact that I read for 12 1/2 hours out of the last 24, I’m definitely going to finish it today.
The Read-a-Thon was a LOT of fun. I’m really sorry that I didn’t manage to stay up later. I actually think I would have done better if I’d been at home in the US, because I think I would have stayed up later and read for longer if my start time was at 8 am rather than at 1 pm. I wake up around then anyway, and I know I can stay up until 3 or so if I try, so I’d have only lost 5 hours rather than 7.
Anyway, on to the end survey:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Definitely the last one at night, from 2-3 am. I always find it really difficult to get past 3 am. My best guess is that I made it to 3:15 before falling asleep with my book still in my hands.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Old Man’s War, the Sookie Stackhouse series, Oakleaf Bearers, and finally And Only to Deceive were all fabulous choices. They were all fast-moving, interesting reads that kept me going even if I was tired. I’d recommend any of them.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I liked it! I had trouble participating in the mini-challenges because I thought they would take up too much time, though, I’ll be honest about that. I liked the surveys we could post during our own updates the best. I think that someone who was more interested in taking breaks and had trouble reading for longer would appreciate them more than me, though. I just wanted to get back to my book after a few minutes.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
To be honest, I thought everything worked really well. It seemed very well-run. I’m impressed by you three!
5. How many books did you read?
5 1/2 in total. Well, 216/310 of And Only to Deceive, which is more than halfway.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn, Oakleaf Bearers by John Flanagan, and And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
This is an impossible question. It’s between Old Man’s War, the Sookie books, and And Only to Deceive. Don’t make me choose!
8. Which did you enjoy least?
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. Normally I love Julia Quinn. I think she writes believable, funny romance that also elucidates genuine human failings and emotions, which is something romance can do really well. This one I wanted to throw against the wall and I disliked the main characters by the end. Never happened before with a Quinn. I decided not to read any more straight romance because I didn’t want to deal with that happening again while I was reading.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn’t a cheerleader!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Oh, extremely likely. Barring some unavoidable event next time, you’ll find me right here, reading once again. Well, I won’t be living here, but you will find me on this blog. I loved it!
I would once again like to thank everyone who dropped by and commented while I was reading and everyone who was extremely encouraging on twitter. It would have been much less fun without you!