My husband says, you stayed up all night and read.
I say, I challenged myself to do something a little crazy and I did it. I did what I love to do for the better part of 24 hours. I engaged and connected with other book geeks all over the country(?) world(?). I entered mini challenges where I had to be silly or creative or both. I even won one of them, which means, MOAR BOOKS. Most of all, I had fun. Which is kind of a big deal to a depress-o like me-o, who has been struggling lately with the will to live. Which might be a tad too drama queen. A general malaise might be more apt. Or lost the will to actively participate in life and all its extracurricular activities. Whatevs, yo. It made my skirt fly up and we all need something or someone that does that for us on occasion.
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Getting up at 5am was so daunting it didn’t happen. I came into this last minute and was not adequately prepared. I stayed up way too late the night before getting ready. And I had scheduled a family dentist trip which ate up several hours. Next time I’m blocking out the entire day.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Giant’s House
More Happy Than Not
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
This One Summer
How To Build a Girl
The Book of Strange New Things
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Maybe a weekly post the month prior checking in with a linky where peeps can link up their posts about quick reads, the best snacks or other strategies. Also, a get to know you link a week prior so that we already know who we’re reading with.
Also, some of the ending mini challenges were more labor intensive or creatively challenging so i didn’t even attempt them because my energy was so low.
Maybe a few sprint hours throughout the day so the pressure to check social media is lower.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think the entire thing was pretty amazing. The mini challenges were really fun and the hosts were awesome. The readers on social media were supportive and engaged. The prizes ruled. The community is balls out awesome. But what else should we expect from a bunch of readaholics?
How many books did you read?
What were the names of the books you read?
Light Boxes by
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silver
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Which book did you enjoy most?
More Happy Than Not and Frederick Douglass’ memoir.
The first because there was a familiairty to the cadence and flow of the characters from all the time I spent working with teens in NY and because I think any book that makes it easier for people to be themselves is aces.
The second because I expected to struggle with the language as it was written so long ago, but I didn’t. I don’t know if enjoyed is the right word. More like, was affected by. As I get older it’s easier for me to identify with historical figures as actual people instead of just names and dates and accomplishments and this memoir portrayed the life of a slave who was ‘luckier’ and ‘better treated’ than many other slaves. The brutality this ‘lucky’ slave witnessed and endured was even more impactful for the matter of fact tone employed by Douglass.
Which did you enjoy least?
Light Boxes. It was a bit too twisty and weird for this challenge. And the subject matter was pretty on the nose and heavy for me personally, especially during the beginning of my own February.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Barring unforeseen circumstances, I am definitely planning on participating in April. I already have a better plan outlined for the reading portion and would love to host a mini challenge, write pre-posts, cheer and interact more with the other book nerds.