Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon has concluded, and it was even better than previous events. There were over 1,800 participants, which is double from the 900ish last October. That’s huge!
I ended up bailing around the start of hour 22 (4am my time) since I was only on 4.5 hours of sleep and was no longer retaining information, but last year I slept at 2am so I consider this a victory.
I filled out the end-of-event meme below to recap and wrap up this super-spectacular event. Can’t wait for it to come back in October!
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I hit a road block (not literally) after dinner that didn’t seem to go away. Almost half my reading time went to one book because everything just slowed down. I picked up speed again when starting another book near the end (odd to see a 3am spike in energy), but it quickly diminished again around 4am and I had to sleep. Rough life, friends.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I read my first graphic novel (Saga) in six years for this event. It was so wonderful that I read a second volume as well. They are quick reads that keep you going. Personally, I like the shorter books for readathons. The longer a book gets the more I tend to slow it down. I’d rather take my time with a longer book and stretch it over a few days.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
That’s hilarious. Who would change anything about this event? It’s perfection.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
As always, I’m a huge fan of how many people are involved in this event. It’s motivating to have us all together for reading and bookish shenanigans. And I love making new friends, so bonus.
5. How many books did you read?
I’m using the same gif as last time to answer this question because it’s so perfect…
6. What were the names of the books you read?
1. Young Jane Austen by Lisa Pliscou
2. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
3. Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
4. Saga, Volume Two by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Bonus: I started Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple in the last hour of the readathon. I’ll continue that today.
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
This is a tough one. I got the most out of The Handmaid’s Tale overall, but the Saga series is a little addicting so I guess I technically enjoyed that one more.
8. Which did you enjoy least?
I feel lucky this time around since I enjoyed everything I read. I suppose my least favorite was Young Jane Austen just because I think more could have been done with it, but even so I enjoyed the information given. Let’s just consider it all a victory.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not, and I have no advice since the cheerleaders are amazing every single time. Thanks to them for keeping everyone else going!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
It’s 100% likely that I will participate next time. I’d like to try being a cheerleader or hosting a mini-challenge in future.
Thank you all again for a wonderful readathon! I look forward to another round in October.