So, yesterday was my first official read-a-thon. And let me tell you, what a wonderful and awesome experience it was. Seriously, what is better than devoting 24 hours to reading, spending time with the book blogging community, and eating snacks? I really don’t have a negative thing to say about it. Well, other than I went to bed at 2 am and was hoping to be up by six to spend the last two hours reading again. Well. My eyes refused, and I woke up at 8:25. But I’m okay with that!
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- Which hour was most daunting for you? 1 am, which was hour 18 for me. I stuck it out til hour 19, and am proud of myself as I had no naps, and had quite a horrible night’s sleep Friday night.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I definitely think that Ellen Hopkins verse novels would be a great choice. They are long, but read fast. And if you like YA: I did not want to put down Anna and the French Kiss, ya’ll.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think it was done phenomenally!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The mini-challenges were fun, though I didn’t get to do all of them. And the cheerleaders were fantastic!
- How many books did you read? From start to finish, I read four different books. And I dabbled in two others.
- What were the names of the books you read? If You come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- Which book did you enjoy most? Anna and the French Kiss
- Which did you enjoy least? I would say Streetcar– not that I didn’t enjoy it, but I think for a short book, it took me a while to read. And I think I just enjoyed the other books more.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I would love to participate again, I am sure I’ll be back in April as a reader. I lurked on Twitter, maybe more than I should have and may have squeezed another book in.
Total pages read: 1293 pages
Titles of all books read since I started:
Books I completed:
Books I started:
- If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson If You Come Softly was a re-read for me, something that I read back when I was in high school. It was a meaninful book to me then, and it still is now. I definitely enjoyed it as much as the first time, and will be reviewing it soon. Definitely a tear-jerker.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins This was the second book that I read, and one that I knew I wanted to squeeze in. I had heard such amazing reads. I loved Anna. Her character was awesome, and St. Clair? There WILL be a review on this one. It is such a wonderful YA Contemp.
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams This was a short classic play, only about 141 pages. I thought that I would fly through it, but it took me longer than I expected. I was a bit tired at this point… but I did enjoy it. This is a re-read from about five years ago. STELLA!
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins This was my second verse novel by Ellen Hopkins, and it was well written. Her novels read pretty quickly, and generally are
dabbledimmersed in serious issues.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman I wish that I had started this earlier in the read-a-thon, because I know I would have finished it. I didn’t start it until after 1 am, and I was struggling to see straight. I only got about 30 pages in, but maybe I’ll read it for a while today (instead of writing the reviews that I should be working on….)
Did you compete? How was your read-a-thon? Have you read any of the books that I read, and what did you think of them? Well… I’m off to maybe do something productive.