I’m closing up here with the last survey of this read-a-thon:
WHICH HOUR WAS THE MOST DAUNTING FOR YOU: I would say the 17th hour. On the weekends I usually go to bed around 10. I love staying up but I’m unable to sleep in anymore. I started participating in the read-a-thon around 6 a.m. So when it got past 11 p.m., I was feeling the fatigue. I should have taken a nap during the day, but resisted.
COULD YOU LIST A FEW HIGH-INTEREST BOOKS THAT YOU THINK COULD KEEP A READER ENGAGED FOR NEXT YEAR: Well because I was a new participant this year, I didn’t have a very big stack to go through.
I say, if one enjoys young adult fiction and mythology, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus series is fun and filled with constant action. I’m a former teacher so I do like to read kid books only if they have an element and a language that keep my interest. Along the lines of these categories, The Queen’s Thief series is another one that keeps me engaged. Megan Whalen Turner uses polished vocabulary in a creative world similar to Roman mythology. And boy does she know how to throw in the unexpected!
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO IMPROVE READ-A-THON NEXT YEAR: No. However, I personally would like to see more direct Mr. Linky lists of those participating in a challenge so I can check out ppl’s posts.
WHAT DO YOU THINK WORKED REALLY WELL IN THIS YEAR’S READ-A-THON: I think it was clever to have mini challenges from generous bloggers who took the time to create the posts and offer the prizes.
HOW MANY BOOKS DID YOU READ: Sorry, not an impressive number. I read the last 66% of a book + 1 whole book + 52% of another
WHAT WERE THE NAMES OF THE BOOKS YOU READ: The Blood of Olympus, Sugar Rush, & Bitter Greens
WHICH BOOK DID YOU ENJOY MOST: I enjoyed the first one, although I loved the first Percy Jackson series more. Bitter Greens is my favorite even though I haven’t finished it yet. This the first time I’ve tried out Kate Forsyth’s fractured fairy tale writing. I’m captivated.
WHICH DID YOU ENJOY LEAST: The romance read, the second book listed, was good but I seem to judge modern day romances harder because anything is possible for such a plot.
HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE READ-A-THON AGAIN? WHAT ROLE WOULD YOU BE LIKELY TO TAKE NEXT TIME: Yes! I would definitely sign up for the next session in April. I would probably just be a reader since my mum duties are in full gear with the ohana home.
ADDING HERE MY OWN REFLECTION QUESTION…WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY IN YOUR PARTICIPATION NEXT TIME: I did find it a bit distracting to always wanting to be abreast of the latest Dewey post. I also personally got caught up in the fever of the mini challenges. Next time, I think I’m going to skip the mini challenges and just stick to posting in the beginning, middle, as far as I can to the end of the read-a-thon so I can consume more of the written word. At those times will I then poke around to check out others’ posts, etc. I do want to wake up by 5 a.m. next time as well and refresh myself with a nap.