Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon End of Event Survey

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon has come and gone, and I’m thrilled by how much fun it was yet again. So many wonderful people, challenges, prizes, snacks, and most importantly, BOOKS. My answers to the End of Event Survey are below. Hope everyone had a wonderful readathon!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
It got rough for me around 11pm because I knew I wanted to be awake for my mini-challenge around 3. Turns out that was actually my hardest hour. I woke up just long enough to make sure the challenge was good to go before passing out for a couple more hours. I’m not a night owl anymore so anything too late makes it hard for me to focus.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I crushed some poetry and a wonderful YA book this time around so I would go with anything poetry like We Slept Here by Sierra DeMulder or YA like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Well, that sounds sinful. I have no suggestions unless they want to make it into an entire weekend… or am I the only crazy person here?

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I love how many people participate not only as readers but also as contributors in some way or another. I saw friends hosting the main page as well as friends hosting challenges. It’s cool bringing so many great people together in one space for 24 hours (and beyond, let’s be honest). Everything about it works, but the people make it worth coming back every single time.

5. How many books did you read?
I must be slowing down as a reader. I put in about the same amount of time as always but only managed just under 4 books.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
2. We Slept Here by Sierra DeMulder
3. Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds
(Almost) 4. The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
We Slept Here

8. Which did you enjoy least?
I enjoyed everything this time around. I keep learning and re-learning the lesson that serious subject matter, especially nonfiction, can be difficult to get through during a readathon because it requires more focus and can’t be quickly devoured like other forms of writing, hence my still reading The Fire This Time. I plan on finishing it today.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn’t, but they’re wonderful people. Thank you all for cheering!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will always participate! I will be a reader and will possibly host another challenge or do something else to help out.

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