Hour 24: Closing Survey

Books finished: 3
Books started: 2
Pages read: 642
Total amount of books opened: 3

Which hour was most daunting for you?
The first hours. I have a big deadline at school this upcoming week, thus I had been up all night before the readathon to work on that. I overslept and woke up during hour two, if that was not enough, about an hour and a half later I fell asleep again while reading. I slept for another (almost) 3 hours. But I’ve been going steady since hour 6, and this is the first readathon that I have felt I spent most of the time reading, actually not even being interested in the minichallenges since I was so focused on the reading. It was nice!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I really liked Oryx and Crake, but time and time again I prove to myself that reading something over 250 pages long is not a good idea for the readathon. Since I’m a slow reader I will not finish it to fast, and thus not get the feeling of accomplishment that I know I seek. I combined it this year with two shorter reads, one which absolutely sucked, and another that I loved. If you read fast, I do recommend Oryx and Crake, but if you’re like me I will absolutely recommend the quick read version of ”Street Cat Bob” which I just finished!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
The readathon as a whole? No, I pretty much think it was the best. The readathon from my point of view? No, this time was probably the best for me of all the times I’ve participated since I got so caught up in the reading.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I love the start, mid and end surveys, they are the one thing that really keeps me anchored to the readathon. It is not something special for this year, but I want to mention it non the less since it means a lot for me to function during the event.

How many books did you read?
I read three books, one I had already started, but I think I might read a few pages in another book for the last half hour to get in a few extra pages.

What were the names of the books you read?
* Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
* Kari (Sweed 16 #3) by Libba Bray
* Street Cat Bob (Quick read) by James Bowen

Which book did you enjoy most?
Oryx and Crake probably because of the intellectual depth, but Street Cat Bob is not far behind!

Which did you enjoy least?
Kari, because I seriously thought it sucked. Not only in a ”I’m more than 10 years too old for this book” kind of way, but I hated the theme throughout the book and the points that I thought it was trying to tell me (or the young girls it is aimed towards)

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not a cheerleader this year, since I signed up for the readathon about 6 hours before it started (when I knew I had time for it, despite deadlines coming up), but I’ve been cheering on my other readathons… I think the most important thing as a cheerleader is to cheer when you feel like it, not dedicating certain hours like I’ve been doing before, but instead say ”Now I need a break from reading, lets take 15 minutes to cheer”.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very, very, very likely. If I can read this well/much/intensely for another readathon, I will actually some day make my goal of reading 15 (new) books within a year. I seldom have time to read because of my studies, but when I sit down and read (like this readathon) I realise how much I miss it. Usually all energy I can get up for reading is rereading old favourites… and for my goal 15 books in a year rereads don’t count.

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