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#Readathon Wrap-Up

April 24, 2016

Another Dewey’s Readathon is over, and I am very pleased with my own bookish spa weekend, and the chance to connect with other bookish folks on social media.

I feel that my day was exactly the right mix of reading, snacking, social media, hanging out with parents, and taking breaks. I did Dewey things pretty consistently from 8 AM to a bit past midnight, with about 2 hours total for a break (a drive with Dad around 5, and an excellent family dinner of DaddyPasta and sauce around 7ish.) And I slept deeper, and better than I think I have in weeks. Woke up a little bit before 8 AM, and read in bed. Felt like I was giving the Readathon a very nice sendoff.

The end-of-event numbers are in

  • 1,950 readers
  • 774 Facebook group members
  • 2,237 Goodreads members
  • And an epic ton of photos, Tweets, BookTube videos, and any other kind of social media love you can imagine!

Still need to do some post-Dewey housekeeping, such as announce the winner of my Hour 14 Contest. Which I will do shortly, after I finish this cup of coffee.

I will not be the only Dewey reader having a lazy day today, I predict.

Meanwhile, the End of Event Meme is always fun.

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I don’t think any hour was “daunting” really, because I decided to approach the day purely for indulgence: in snacks, in good books, in hanging out with parents and exploring the bookish Internet. And my sleeping plan was to stay up just a little bit past my usual, and sleep until I woke up. I had a little bit of a grouchy feeling after my first book choice was so very good that any book was merely going to be okay in comparison. But I managed to hold off book grumps, and didn’t dither between next books too long.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Especially for fans of supernatural YA. Or, even better, fans who think some paranormal romance is unintentionally funny. This book hit my sweet spot perfectly. The only reason I stopped reading was to exclaim at how much fun and how good it was. A++ would read again. Probably will read again.

Beyond that, I think series books are a good bet, especially when you already know and love the genre and/or the series. Shorter books whenever possible, because being able to finish something engrossing and zippy feels so good. And keep some really short things, like graphic novels and poetry on hand for breaks.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

If possible, tweak the Reader Signup so that it’s easier to see that you’ve already signed up? If there’s a way to do in Google Forms, that would be great. Or return to Mr. Linky? I am pretty sure that I signed up at least 4 times because I wasn’t sure whether I had done so, and didn’t have a clear way to check and confirm.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

Many things worked beautifully. Great posts and challenges all around, organizers and moderators very enthusiastic and on top of things. Personally, I enjoyed how active the Goodreads group and Twitter hashtag were in the days leading up to the event, as well as Twitter on the day.

5. How many books did you read?

3, plus a nice handful of Billy Collins poems.

6. What were the names of the books you read

  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Death By Water by Kerry Greenwood
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

7.Which book did you enjoy most?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. By a huge margin.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. I could see that the author was earnestly trying to convince readers to have a better attitude towards death, which is admirable, but I found the book annoying. I have read much better books, both fiction and nonfiction, that deal with death and the funeral process.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I am definitely looking forward to the October 22 Readathon, and eager to take on the role of reader, Tweeter, and possibly contest runner, because that was such fun. Also, eater of DaddyPasta, but that’s a role I hope to take on multiple times in the intervening months.

Speaking of contest, I should probably go pick a winner.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2016 11:27 am

    I definitely want to read The Rest of Us Just Live Here. As a first-time participant, I agree with your suggestions on the types of books to keep on hand. Next time, I hope I can read more of the day, but it was fun anyway!

  2. shanayatales permalink
    April 24, 2016 9:37 pm

    I was not able to do much reading (only 2 hrs), partly due to a busy day, and partly because I picked the wrong book. I liked the book – it is just not marathon material. Will pick lighter reads next time. And I am already looking forward to the next one – the excitement is infectious!

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