Sunday, October 25, 2009

Read-a-thon Final Update and End of Event Survey

Wow - I guess it's all over. I obviously packed it in quite a while ago, once I got kicked from the computer room and consequently lost access to my great support group, the magic was lost. Anyhow, here are my final statistics and the end of event meme. Hope everybody had a great time and hope you're all getting some much deserved rest now!

Reading Now: -----

It's been __86__ pages and __69__ reading minutes since my last update.

Total Time Spent Reading: 8 hr 51 min

Cumulative Pages Read: 494

Books Completed: 2 - The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty and Freewill by Chris Lynch

Eating?: Had a little Mango Melon Lifewater to propel me through the last bit of my Read-a-thon

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

I suppose Hour 16? I finished my book and couldn't get on the internet anymore, so that was curtains for me. If I'd had access to a computer, I might have tried for a couple more hours, but I'm not sure!

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

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty definitely made a great one for me this year.

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

Can I beat the dead horse and say "can we bring back the consolidated feed page?" again? Other than that, I thought it was perfect, just perfect!

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

I think the cheerleaders worked really well. You guys were awesome, and I imagine Eva's clever organizing helped. I had a pretty constant stream of cheerleaders all day, and I imagine it was really beneficial to have certain segment of readers to focus on at a given time. Though I didn't cheerlead officially this time, I know I was really overwhelmed in the spring, so the planning and the narrowing the focus seemed like a good plan to me - and I got cool comments from an even bigger variety of people as a result. I think. Maybe. I don't really know. I've never done this reading thing before... ;-)

5. How many books did you read?


6. What were the names of the books you read?

Freewill and The Year of Secret Assignments

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

The Year of Secret Assignments by a long shot.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Haha - it almost seems like this is meant for someone who's read more than two books. Oh right, yeah, the rest of you don't read as slow as me? Riiiiight. Um, my least favorite, by default, Freewill by Chris Lynch.

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

I wasn't really a cheerleader, but I thought all you Cheerleaders did a fine job. My advice is to keep on being awesome! ;-)

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

Wow, this is actually a tough one for me. Well, not the first question - I mean the second. I'm very, very likely to participate in a Read-a-thon again, of course. I really liked being a reader and picking out my pile of books and getting caught up in the anticipation, but then on the day of, while I was enjoying my reading, I was kind of bummed that I didn't have too much time to get out and read everybody's updates and cheer them on. Hey, maybe I'll do what I did this year: cheerlead for one and read for one. Yeah, that sounds like a good plan. We'll see how it goes.

Many thanks to everybody whose hard work went into making this another great success! I had a brilliant time reading, cheerleading, being cheered, joining the mini-challenges (and even winning one! Thanks, Tara!), et cetera, et cetera. Looking forward to the next one already!


  1. I'm so glad you always had people cheering you on! :) Congrats on your two books and winning a prize!

  2. Well, I think that reading two books also count for something! I didn't read any ;-) Looking forward to the next RaT, think I will be cheerleading again, but we'll see. Have some good rest now, you deserve it.

  3. Hey, Megan, if I'm not mistaken in this post read-a-thon fog, I think you won the Kate DiCamillo book from Chris, too. :D Go check his blog.

    Anyway, I think you did positive fantabulous! And read-a-thon, especially in the wee hours, would be waaaaay too hard without internet support...don't blame you one bit for packing it in.

  4. You did great! You read more than I did, that's for sure...I didn't even finish one book. BUT it was fun, wasn't it? Thanks for coming by to cheer me on, and sorry I didn't make it over here during the actual event. Too many people to cheer on!!!

  5. I think you did fantastic! This wasn't a competition and 2 books in a day is nothing to sneeze at.

  6. Hope you've had some well earned rest now :-)

  7. Debi's right! You DID win the Kate DiCamillo book :D I need your address young lady!! I feel so horrible Megan :( I don't think I was over here at all yesterday T_T I know I read your updates because I liked your format, but I don't think I commented..sorry :(

  8. Congratulations on reaching the end, Megan! You did a great job and it sounds like had fun in the process.

  9. Congrats on your participation.

  10. Sorry you got kicked from the computer! That stinks during something like the readathon. I hope you still had fun!

  11. I"m all for bringing the dedicated feed back, too. Then again, it doesn't help people who don't update as often, I suppose. Sigh. I wish we could have had people go through the list and weed out the non-blogging links at the very least.

    I imagine getting kicked off the computer would totally suck. My husband didn't care about the computer stuff so much (I think he read for 21.5 hours of the readathon!!) but I do, I have to have lots of computer interaction!

    Congrats on your prize!

  12. Sounds like you had a great Read A Thon! Two books sometimes is more than I get done in a week! :)

    I agree on the cheerleaders - they were wonderful!

  13. Hey, a day of reading is a day of reading. Those are two books you probably wouldn't have finished this weekend otherwise, so yay!

  14. Great job on the readathon. Hope to see you next time!

  15. Sorry you got kicked off the computer, but you managed to accomplish a lot. Great job!

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