I went to bed at about midnight last night, which I think puts me at 13 hours of participation. As my grandmother would have said “a genteel sufficiency.” I was left very happy with my day, and wanting more. (Looking longingly at A Flaw in the Blood, yet another in my seemingly infinite supply of historical mysteries.) But I have to get at least a little homework done today, and should take a nice walk in the sunshine I spent yesterday ignoring.
Here are the end-of-event questions
Which hour was most daunting for you?
There was no real daunting moment, mostly because I planned not to do the full 24 hours, from the outset.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Of the ones I read, I think S.J. Rozan’s Lydia Chin mysteries are a good bet for mystery lovers. Of books in general, I’d say YA genre fiction is always a good idea (though missing from my stash, this go-round). And foodie/chef memoir, although the particular title I read yesterday wasn’t very good. While I had the fleeting thought that it would be fun to do a themed Read-a-Thon day, where I read nothing but mysteries set in the 19th century, or foodie lit, or fantasy with European influences, I think switching it up works better in practice.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
As a student, I would welcome a summer Read-a-Thon, sometime in July or August, so I could take the 24 hours without feeling guilty about neglecting my homework. But, I’m only in school for one more year, so I’ve just got one more October and April before I won’t have to juggle paper deadlines.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Following the #readathon Twitter hashtag was the best way to connect with other readers, for me, though I’m going to use the links on the main site to explore other people’s blogs in a more leisurely fashion over the next few days. I got too engrossed in my books to socialize as much as I wanted to!
How many books did you read? 3
What were the names of the books you read?
The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber
Ghost Hero by S.J. Rozan
Which book did you enjoy most? Ghost Hero. Now I want to read the rest of the Lydia Chin novels.
Which did you enjoy least? White Jacket Required. I finished it because I am stubborn and it was short. But now I want to read an actually good chef memoir.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’m very likely to participate again, but I’ll have to play both October and next April by ear, with regard to school and end-of-term deadlines. Once I’m done with school, though, I’d like to take an active role, and host either a mini-challenge, or host on the main site for an hour or two.