Mia and I are barely keeping it together, but I think we can manage to fill this out, finish up our page/story/chapter and then check the heck out.
- Which hour was most daunting for you? All of these at the end have run together – anywhere between hour 21 and now.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Whales on Stilts! was hilarious and fun. It was a great way to start my ‘thon and I bet it’d be a fun way to end it, too.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I wonder if we could vary the start time somewhat? It’s brutal to start at 5 am over and over.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? As always, I love all the support from everybody participating and the mini-challenges are so much fun!
- How many books did you read? I finished three and read some of three more.
- What were the names of the books you read? Whales on Stilts!, The Rough-Face Girl, and Leviathan were the books I finished (one MG, one picture book, and one YA, respectively). Tending the Wild, Sailing to Sarantium, and If You Come Softly are the three I did not finish, but did work on (nonfiction, fantasy, and YA, respectively).
- Which book did you enjoy most? Hard to say, because they’re all so different. Even my two that shared a ‘genre’, the two YA, were as different as can be. One is a contemporary romance, the other a steampunk adventure. That said, Whales on Stilts! was so much fun and completely unexpected. I tend to underestimate the necessity for fun books during the ‘thon.
- Which did you enjoy least? Nonsense! I enjoyed them all.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Pretty likely. Mia and I were just talking about what kind of mini-challenge we might want to host…
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour…22? Or 23? The hour immediately after Jessica woke me up, because I accidentally fell asleep for an hour. Whoopsidoodles.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I’d happily recommend any of Kage Baker’s Company novels. Maybe not so much anything by V.C. Andrews.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I just want to cosign Jessica’s idea. It would be nice to have a more leisurely morning or afternoon start around the Western US, even just once.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The mini-challenges are a great way to break up the hours. I know that’s not exactly breaking news, but I’m low on sleep and that’s all I’ve got.
- How many books did you read? I read the entirety of three books, finished one book that I’d already read most of, and read parts of five more, because I am fickle.
- What were the names of the books you read? The Rough-Face Girl, Farm 54, and Sweet Tooth Vol. 1 are the books I read through entirely; The Graveyard Game is the book I had already read most of; and I read parts of Rain, The Good Fairies of New York, We Never Talk About My Brother, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume One: The Pox Party, and Vineland.
- Which book did you enjoy most? Hard to say. Farm 54 is a beautiful graphic novel with great use of sparing color and strong, sparing prose; I also really liked The Graveyard Game as I have all of what I’ve read of Kage Baker’s works, and The Pox Party is gearing up to be one of the best books I’ve read this year.
- Which did you enjoy least? Well, I can’t say I didn’t get a masochistic pleasure out of reading more of the awful Rain, so I guess not that. I don’t know, I gave The Good Fairies of New York a try and just could. Not. Do. It.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? It’s gonna happen, y’all! Hosting a mini-challenge would be amazeballs, so at least Jessica and I have, what, six months to think of something clever?
And GOOD NIGHT FOREVER.