1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 16 as evidenced by my curses at it during my update and on Twitter. It wasn’t that it was the most tired at that point, it was more so that I could FEEL myself fading and hitting that brick wall where I couldn’t get comfortable at all. It was frustrating because I easily stay up until that time when I don’t WANT to.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Definitely The Hunger Games series. You need those fast paced, action packed books for when you get tired.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Everything. The cheerleading schedule especially.
5. How many books did you read? 2 and a half
6. What were the names of the books you read? Catching Fire, Everything Is Going to Be Great, and half of Mockingjay.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Catching Fire
8. Which did you enjoy least? Everything is Going to be Great…wasn’t exactly the best choice to keep me reading at night.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Be realistic about how much you can commit to..I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t realize it would take that much time to go through my list. Also–have something kind of planned for each. I didn’t do a cheer but rather gave a link to a funny/cute video and just encouraged everybody but then I tried to say something specific to each person’s updates and what they were reading.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Oh I will DEFINITELY be doing it again! I’d do cheerleading again but commit to less time so I can know that I did what I needed to and do extra if I feel like it. I also would like to do a mini challenge next time!
In all, I had a great time! I was the queen of pulling all nighters in college which was only 2 years ago and I having insomniac tendancies that keep me up until 2-3 most nights but for some reason I was getting tired earlier than that..you know..when I WANT to stay up. So it was frustrating that I had to take a nap from 2:30am- 6am. I really didn’t want to but my eyes couldn’t fight anymore. They were just burning.
I think I made some rookie mistakes (and unfortunately had some major changes in plans in the days leading up to the readathon) that will make it a better experience for me next time. I think that next time I’d make sure I had plenty of goodies in the house (I didn’t have time to go get energy drinks or coffee or candy) and I’d keep myself away from computer and only update at specific times. The computer took a lot of time from reading between just putzing around chatting with people or going on blogs or cheering and updating. They are all good things but sometimes I would just pick up my laptop and go on. I’d like to make it something I did for 5-10 minutes every hour or two. I also think I’d try to participate in mini challenges instead of wasting time online. I was planning on cooking dinner before hand so I could just heat it up but I didn’t get around to it.
Nonetheless, I had a great time reading and getting to know other participants and will DEFINITELY recommend that others join in if they haven’t ever!