End of Event Survey

It’s hour 24! How can that be? (Of course, it’s really like hour 20 for us, but I just really can’t stay up until 9am…) Without further ado, the end of event mini-challenge survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
These last couple have been a bit tougher…I’d say hour 23 was pretty daunting, since I got back into Rain and even in all its glory it has started to wear on me a little bit.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I’m not sure what “high-interest” means, but I think that Sweet Valley High books are definitely a terrible-but-good and quick-read way to go. Good stuff.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Some of the hourly-update posts had link errors or missing links, which made it hard to find the mini-challenges to do or to check up on ones I’d done a couple of hours before. I appreciate all that the hosts do over the course of the Read-A-Thon, but double-checking the links and all would be a big help.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Lots of fun challenges! I really enjoyed participating in them and getting little breaks from reading my books.

5. How many books did you read?
Four, I think?

6. What were the names of the books you read?
SVH: Mystery Date, by Kate William; American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang; It’s Too Late to Say I’m Sorry, by Joey Comeau; and Rain, “by” V.C. Andrews

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
In which sense of the word enjoy? SVH was amazingly tacky; American Born Chinese was a boldly-drawn and interestingly wound graphic novel; It’s Too Late to Say I’m Sorry was a collection of deftly-written and disturbing short stories; and Rain…was a thing. Will continue to be a thing. Will haunt my nightmares. SO MANY DAYS OF RAIN.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Well, I started reading The Lady in Red, by Hallie Rubenhold, but it was kind of dry so I gave up for the time being. Other than that: SWEET FANCY JESUS I HATE RAIN SO MUCH. She’s so painfully sanctimonious and reminds me of Elizabeth Wakefield. Urgh. But the book is so beyond the pale that I just can’t turn back now.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn’t, but I can say I really appreciated all the cheering that the cheerleaders did! It helped a lot and kept me going.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I would definitely like to, especially if I can meet up with Jessica, or at least someone, because I think I would definitely have a harder time keeping on track by myself. I might try hosting a challenge next time, but I am also lazy and poorly-organized, so who knows.

Oh mah gah, y’all. Less than 45 minutes to go. Almost halfway through with Rain. Will I continue wanting to stab myself in the eyes from the overwrought and mystifying prose? Probably. But I’ll make it through this dark patch (OF RAIN) somehow.

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