Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dewey's Read-a-thon: Final Post

I managed another hour of reading last night and half-hour this morning to get halfway through Dragon Turn. Kate read for two hours last night and another this morning. She finished Haunting Violet and started The Once and Future King by T. H. White.

Here are Kate's totals:
Hours of reading: 9
Total pages read: 656
Books finished: 2 (Home Truths by Jill Maclean and Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey)
Other books started: 1 (The Once and Future King by T. H. White)

My totals:
Hours of reading: 7.5
Total pages read: 475
Books finished: 1
Other books started: 1
Mini-challenges done: 3 (Hour 1 end-of-event meme, Hour 6 Top 5, Hour 12 end-of-event meme)
Cheerleading hours: 1.5

Kate and I spent 18 hours participating (reading and cheerleading) in the read-a-thon, so as promised, we've donated $36 to UNICEF.

Now for the end-of-event meme:
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Definitely the hour that coincided with my normal bedtime.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Young adult books are always good for these events.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    I always wish I could have more time for visiting other people's blogs and still have time to read. I would love to extend the read-a-thon by a couple of hours so we could have an "intermission" or post-event period for blog visiting, to leave encouraging or congratulatory posts.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    I'm really happy the read-a-thon didn't land on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend this year, as we're usually busy with travelling or family activities on holiday weekends.
  5. How many books did you read?
    For me: one finished and another started. For Kate: two finished and another started.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    For me: The Guardian by Andrew Pyper and The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock
    For Kate: Home Truths by Jill Maclean, Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, and The Once and Future King by T. H. White.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
    Can't decide -- we liked them all!
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
    Can't decide -- we liked them all!
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    I temporarily subscribed to all the blogs I was covering so I could immediately see the updated ones in Google Reader.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Kate and I will definitely participate again. I will try to do more cheerleading next time.
Thanks to the organizers for another extremely well-run event!


  1. Congrats on joining in on the read-a-thon once again. I've been away so much lately that I didn't realize that it was happening this weekend.

  2. I had an Alyxandra Harvey book on my reaathon tbr list, but never got to it. And I agree, glad the readathon didn't land on Thanksgiving. Last year was a fluke for me, and I couldn't make it to the family dinner, but it was nice it wasn't on thanksgiving. Looks like you did well.