Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey: Reviewing the Event

Another Dewey's 24-hour read-a-thon has come to a close. I read for about one more hour after uploading the Update post, then went to bed. I woke up a couple of times in the night and read for about 10 minutes each time before falling back to sleep.


Total Pages read: 276 pages
Total Time spent reading: 493 minutes
Number of books read: 3
Finished Books: Only 1: Magic 101 by Mercedes Lackey

End of Event Meme:

1) Which hour was most daunting for you?

Immediately after our brunch I found it difficult to concentrate on reading. The car was cozy and I caught myself drifting off. I only slept for 2 or 3 minutes at a time, but found that I was fighting the urge to doze.

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

Every year, I find this question difficult to answer. For me, the high-interest books were the paranormal mysteries by Mercedes Lackey. I finished one of them, Magic 101 and read over 20% of the second one, Burning Water

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

I really don't have any suggestions for improvement. The event has matured over the years and I believe it is very well run.

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

I really liked the Warm Up posts. They helped build up the anticipation for participants.

5) How many books did you read?

I read three different books, finishing one. I started out the day reading a science fiction novel, POD by Tobias Roote. After brunch, I swapped that out for Magic 101 by Mercedes Lackey which I finished in mid-afternoon. Next up was Burning Water, also by Mercedes Lackey.

6) Which book did you enjoy most?

It was definitely the Mercedes Lackey books.

7) Which did you enjoy least?

Well, that's like asking which of your 3 favorite desserts you like least. I definitely was enjoying all the books, I just decided to move to another one in mid-morning. I will return to POD as some time, but I was just tired of it when I switched out.

8) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Since I was in the car most of the hours that I was awake, I wasn't able to volunteer as a cheerleader. I know as a reader, receiving encouragement from cheerleaders—either as comments on my blog or through replies to my tweets—is a big part of the enjoyment of the read-a-thon.

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

It depends on what I have scheduled against the read-a-thon. I find that I am not able to stay up all night, so somewhere around midnight I have to give up and go to bed. Therefore, my participation is necessarily limited to the waking hours. I may volunteer as a cheerleader next time—I've been a reader in every other Dewey's.

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