Sunday, October 19, 2008

Read-a-thon Complete!!!

Well, it's now almost noon and I'm up for the day and feeling great. Much better than I did last time! I think I might be able to squeeze a real day out of today. :)

So how did I make out?

Last year I read for 735 minutes (12.25 hours) and 739 pages. I thought that was pretty good, but I also took a little shopping break and a cat nap during the night. This year I knew I wanted to do better.

And I did...by the skin of my teeth:

TOTALS:
840 pages read
877 minutes reading (14.6 hours)
320? minutes blogging (actually, I lost count--but this is 5.3 hours)
22 hours of participating (1360 minutes!!)
4 books finished: A Tale Out of Luck, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Ice Queen, Coraline
2 caffeine beverages and lots of water! And ice cream, and fruit, and peanuts, and twizzlers, and crackers, and sushi...I did a lot of munching in 22 hours!
8 or so mini challenges entered? 0 prizes

END-EVENT SURVEY

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 21 (3 am) was the most difficult. I kept falling asleep while reading Coraline. I finally got up and walked around and was able to finish it without any other problems, but that's when I knew it was best just to go to bed.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
The Ice Queen was a great book for the read-a-thon. If Scott and his friend hadn't made an entrance while I was reading it I could have finished it easily in two sittings (not their fault--I was the one who HAD to show them the Harry Potter video from the mid-event survey)

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Everything was great! Thanks to all our hostesses who did such a fantastic job! And I LOVED that the read-a-thon started much earlier this time. Made it easier to get through the middle of the night.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
The multiple hostesses seemed to work really well--everything was always very smooth over at Dewey's. And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU again to EVERYONE who came by to cheerlead. Again I had some cheerleaders that weren't even participating in the event and I can't tell you guys how much it means to me. Rah Rah Rast, you are reading Fast; Rah Rah Read, Kick 'em in the Knee. ;)

5. How many books did you read?
4 whole books! I slowed down a little with Anne Frank, but overall I'm thrilled!

6. What were the names of the books you read?
A Tale Out of Luck (Willie Nelson); Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; The Ice Queen (Alice Hoffman); Coraline (Neil Gaiman)

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
I enjoyed them all for different reasons but The Ice Queen was definitely the most captivating

8. Which did you enjoy least?
None--although the pictures in Coraline scared me a bit. :P

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I wasn't a cheerleader--but you guys ROCK. Keep doing what you're doing!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I'd love to participate again--most likely as a reader (although I spent a quarter of the time on the computer leaving comments anyway). I now look forward to these events!

25 comments:

Debi said...

Four books is soooo awesome, Trish!!! I only actually ended up reading one from start to finish. :( But I only had 9 pages left in my second one, so I finished it right after official time was up. And instead of being bummed, I'm just going to be thrilled that I got 2 books read this weekend that I wouldn't have without the read-a-thon.
The cheerleaders really did rock, didn't they? And even though you weren't an official cheerleader, I really, really appreciated your unofficial cheerleading!
I may have to scold you about sharing that Harry Potter video though...Annie has played it at least 20 times now!

bermudaonion said...

Great job!

samantha.1020 said...

Awesome job! I'm impressed...4 books is a great accomplishment!

Lisa said...

4 books!

I'd cheer, but I'm tired now.

alisonwonderland said...

it was great fun, wasn't it?! i'm going to have to make sure i get The Ice Queen near the top of my to-read list.

Laura said...

Yay for surpassing your goal of 800 pages! I bet you will definitely be in the running for most time spent reading!

I'm glad you are feeling rested today! Hopefully it won't be too difficult to get up for work tomorrow.

Veens said...

AWESOME! :D i m really really GLAD u were able to do this GOOD! actually AWEEE SOME!

:))

i m sure we will do this again :)) very much YES! :D
:-)

Nymeth said...

You did great, Trish! And I'm glad you're feeling okay today. I love 3 of the 4 books you read, so I can't wait to hear your thoughts on them in more detail.

Also, thank you for always stopping by with encouraging comments...you rock! I'm so glad you were able to participate after all.

Wendy said...

Woo hoo, you kicked butt!! Way to go :) I liked the earlier starting time too!

Ivan Girl said...

hey congratulations!

I think I would love to read The Ice Queen. The title got me curious. :)

I finished 5 books in total for this event and I hope to participate for the 2nd time next year. :)

Trixie said...

Hi Trish! Tag, you're it.

http://trixiejames.blogspot.com/2008/10/tag.html

Hope you see this in the midst of the end of the book-a-thon!

gautami tripathy said...

You selected some good books. Next time I will go for historial romances and/or graphic novels. They hoil interest for longer period of time!

And I too loved you egging me on. It felt good.

Next time we will do it more often!

LOL!

Trish said...

*Debi - They were pretty short books but it does feel good to have them off the TBR pile! And you're right--they wouldn't have gotten read this weekend without the readathon. And I appreciate YOUR unofficial cheerleading. I think all of the cheering and community building is what makes this event so special for me. And glad Annie liked the video--even if it does get stuck in your head "Dumbledore!"

*Bermuda - Thanks. :)

*Sam - Thanks--it was a lot of fun--hopefully you can join next time!

*Lisa - LOL--you can take a well deserved break from cheerleading. Thanks for being so great

*Alison - Ice Queen was a really good read for the read-a-thon. It went by really fast! And it was fun--thanks for coming by to cheer me on. :)

*Laura - Yay for meeting goals! I'm still kind of surprised how close my numbers are to last time...I guess too much time on the Internet. oops! So glad that we could do this together this time!!

Trish said...

*Veens - Thanks for being such a great cheerleader! All your comments really made me smile and I appreciate that (especially in the wee hours of the morning). Hope we can do it again, too!

*Nymeth - I'm really glad I could participate and I'm thrilled that you got to be a reader with us this time. And thank you for all the comments--YOU rock! :)

*Wendy - The earlier time was really a blessing! Hopefully it is something that will stick for next time around.

*Ivan Girl - Wow! 5 books is awesome!! and I'm already looking forward to the next one as well.

*Trixie - LOL--I'll try to get to this sometime this week or early next week. I have a feeling I'm going to be a little behind for a while...

*Gautami - I think graphic novels are a great idea, especially after you've been reading for hours! looking forward to next time!! :)

Dar said...

840 pages and 4 books is incredible. You did such a great job! I think I'm going to join in the reading next time.

Amanda said...

Ok you are definitely going to have to review those for us. I am dying to know how you liked the Ice Queen since I've been wanting to read that one. Congratulations on your reading!

bethany said...

yay!! you are great. I am still groggy today. sleep is something i love. :)

justareadingfool said...

Trish: I apologize that I haven't stopped by as often as you have at my blog in the past six months. However, I have a reward for you stopping by so many times at my blog.

First, your reward can be found here and then just something fun. You do not need to participate, though, to receive your prize.

Trixie said...

Hey Trish! Yeah - I bet you need to catch up on your sleep now after all the reading you did! Just thought it'd be something fun.

Trish said...

*Dar - I hope you can join us next time--even if for a little bit. And thank you thank you for being such a great cheerleader throughout the event! Your comments really meant a lot to me!

*Amanda - The reviews will come out slowly but surely. I did really enjoy The Ice Queen--different than I expected!

*Bethany - I love my sleep also. It was tough getting up this morning for work but the day went alright despite everything else.

*Readingfool - Trixie tagged me for the meme as well so I'll try to get to it soon. And no worries--I know everyone gets really busy. :)

*Trixie - Definitely! I'm already trying to think up 7 things about me (unfortunately I'm not a very exciting person :P) I did a six random things meme a while back, but I'll try to keep it fresh.

tuesday said...

Hello, I've never heard of the read-a-thon before - I'm guessing the purpose is to read as much as you can over 24 hours?

Sounds insane; when will the next one be?

Melody said...

Well done, Trish!!
I've never participated in this read-a-thon before but I can tell everyone had a great time!

I love Coraline! I think it is one of the best books by Neil Gaiman. Then again, I love The Graveyard Book too! :)

Trish said...

*Tuesday - Thanks for stopping by! I think I answered your question on your blog--but if you have other questions I'd love to answer them! Hope you can join us next time (and it is a tad insane!!)

*Melody - It was a lot of fun--if you can partcipate in the next one I think you'd like it--even if you can only participate part of the time. I really liked Coraline as well but boy was it frightening! :P

Chain Reader said...

I spent a lot of time blogging too-I hadn't anticipated that, but that's what made it fun!

Book Zombie (Joanne) said...

Awesome job! I didn't spend near enough time blog-hopping and commenting, I think next time I may like to be a cheerleader and a reader.