Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon has come and gone, and what an event it was! With over 900 readers and a full day of bookish fun, I’ll admit I’m exhausted this morning. I didn’t make it the full 24 hours, but I made it as far as I could until the words no longer made sense — somewhere within hour 20 (aka 2:30ish in the morning). Below are my responses to the end of event questions… complete with gifs, of course.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
The final hours were the worst. My brain got to the point where it didn’t want to do it anymore, and I started suffering because of it. I wanted to go the full 24 hours, but after Hour 20 hit I was like this:
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I’m learning that Children’s Literature and Young Adult books are easier to get through. That’s not to say it’s simple subject matter, but the writing tends to flow more easily. That, and some Nonfiction is also a good decision. Reading #GIRLBOSS went fast because she’s just a real person talking about something I’m interested in. So, when all else fails, find a like-minded person who wrote a memoir or some kind of Nonfiction work.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Like I ever! This is my second time participating and I can’t think of anything from either event that I would change.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I love the massive amount of people participating in the event. I’m not someone who spends a giant chunk of my time online since the point is to read, but I enjoy the small chunks of time I take to talk with others on Twitter, Instagram, and through blogs. It’s much more fun when you’re participating with others. I mean, I read at least an hour almost every day, and the normal day doesn’t feel like this, so it’s definitely the people that make it special.
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
1. See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid
2. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
3. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amorusa
4. The Only Boy by Jordan Locke
5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
#GIRLBOSS and The Hours
8. Which did you enjoy least?
See Now Then and The Only Boy. I hate giving such assessment when I’m in the midst of a readathon, but alas.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not, but a message to them:
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Extremely likely. I’ll be reading.