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April 2015 Readathon: Finish Line!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon is a bi-annual readathon, hosted at, where readers and bloggers get together and read for 24 hours, sharing their experience with others.

Well, guys, how did everyone do? I completed my goal and read a bit more, which I’m very happy with! I wish I had been able to stay up longer, but I have to be the parent today, so staying up for 24 hours wasn’t going to be doable anyway. 

Here are my answers to the End of Event Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

17 and 18. I was trying to get in a little more reading as well as feed my baby before crashing.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Short stories, short books, and graphic novels are always great for readathon, because they help you knock off several books. Especially if you’re like me and you’re a slow reader.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I enjoyed reading The Yellow Wallpaper for the readalong, but I never saw any kind of discussion about it. The original post said to watch a couple of blogs for discussion, and I checked those blogs, but I didn’t see any discussion. I would have been up for discussing it on Twitter, too, but I didn’t check there because I didn’t think it would be discussed there.

I also know it’s nice to have hourly posts on the readathon page, with hourly challenges. But I find it hard to do a lot of challenges (I didn’t do any this year), because I’m really trying to read a lot. But I find myself checking the blog every hour and that also takes up time. I wonder if maybe every two hours would be better? But then again, there are probably people who love the hourly posts, so it would be hard to please everyone.

But I think I would have enjoyed discussing the readalong book more than doing the challenges as a kind of break from reading.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I didn’t really interact very much this year, so I’m not sure if there was anything different from previous years, other than the readalong.

5. How many books did you read?

I completed 3, started another.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Girl Who Owned a City (graphic novel) by O.T. Nelson, Dan Jolley, Joelle Jones, and Jenn Manley Lee
In Real Life (graphic novel) by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m really loving Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

8. Which did you enjoy least?
It’s kind of a tie between The Girl Who Owned a City and In Real Life. I was really looking forward to both of these and they really just didn’t live up to my expectations.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not a cheerleader, but I’d like to be one in the future!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’ll be participating any time that I can! With two kiddos it’s not always easy, but luckily the hubs is understanding and a great help! I’d like to be a cheerleader sometime in the future, and I’ll always be a reader!

Thanks again to all the organizers and volunteers!  You guys rock!  And great job to all the readers!  

1 Comment

  1. Emma

    April 26, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Nice job on the Read-a-Thon! I'm glad you're liking Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I've never read it, but I've always thought it sounded interesting. Congrats and great job on completing your goal!

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