A Readathon Wrap-up

Yesterday was the Dewey 24-Hour Readathon, and while it wasn't my best showing in terms of hours or pages read, it was an incredibly fun day. This was my first year cheering, and I had a blast connecting with so many other readers, seeing new-to-me blogs, and getting to know a bit about the rocking #TeamShakespeare.


Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 14. I took a 10-hour break for a trip to the Maryland Renaissance Festival (which was a blast), and then a family birthday dinner. I was a mite exhausted after that, despite my hopes that it would be energizing, so it was tough to get back into the books. I did sneak some reading on my phone in during dinner, so rather than going back to my readathon stack when I came back, I decided to continue on with the book I'd been sneak-reading: A Rogue by Any Other Name, by Sarah Maclean. Excellent choice, that. I don't think my brain could have handled a new storyline at that point.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I only read three books yesterday (not completed, but read pages of), so not sure how helpful I'll be on this. I do find that relatively easy-to-read, plot-driven novels and narrative non-fiction keep me hooked for longer periods of time, but that's just personal preference.



Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

No, honestly, things seemed amazing from my end of things this year! 

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Cheerleader energy, reader engagement on Twitter and other social media platforms. Love connecting with other readers on blogs and elsewhere.

How many books did you read?
1 in its entirety, half of another, 30 pages of a third.

What were the names of the books you read?
Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix
God'll Cut You Down, by John Safran
A Rogue By Any Other Name, by Sarah Maclean

Which book did you enjoy most?
Toss up between Horrorstor and A Rogue. They're so different, it's hard to compare. God'll Cut You Down will be great, I think, I just wasn't in the mood for it yesterday.

Which did you enjoy least?
I don't continue reading books I don't enjoy, with very few exceptions, so no answer!

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Start early, and use cheering as a way to break up your reading if you can. It also helps to chat with your team to get a sense of where extra support may be needed--for example, we had one blog on our team whose first-ever post was about the readathon, so she had no existing following, and we made a note to visit her a bit more if time allowed.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Is this a trick question? Because duh.
I loved being a cheerleader and plan to offer to help out more next year, if I can!

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Pages read: 430
Books read: Horrorstor, by Grady Hendrix; God'll Cut You Down, by John Safran; A Rogue By Any Other Name, by Sarah Maclean
Books completed: 1 (Horrorstor)
Total hours read: 5

10 comments

  1. I love "Is this a trick question?" because I feel the same way every time I go to answer it! I just found out I won a copy of God'll Cut You Down on Goodreads and I'm very excited to read it. Curious what you thought of the Sarah Maclean, since I have a copy of that, too!

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  2. Aww, that was really giving the new blogger some extra cheer :)

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  3. I'm glad you like the Sarah Maclean! While it kind of convinced me that romance really isn't my thing, I thought it was a fun read.

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  4. LOL! I'm so glad you had such a good experience cheering. It's one of my fave things!

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  5. It was so much fun!

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  6. Yeah, I'm not sure I'll rush out to read a dozen romance novels now, but it was a really fun read. I'm intrigued by the others in the Rules of Scoundrels series, too, since they seem to jump around to different characters.

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  7. Readathon is one helluva way to dive into book blogging... not a bad one, at that!

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  8. Right? Does anyone ever say no? I'm having a hard time getting into God'll Cut You Down--something about the writing style, I think. But liking it, mostly, so far. A Rogue By Any Other Name was very far outside my normal reading range, but it was really just a fun book. I'm not rushing to read the rest of the series, but they're on my list after the first one, if that makes sense. I like to get out of my comfort zone sometimes.

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  9. This sounds like such fun, thank you for making me aware of it. I'm totally going to shoot for the April one now. :)

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  10. Yay! It IS such fun, and glad you'll be joining in the spring!

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