I made it! 24 hours minus six for sleeping (plus a few more for unscheduled naps during the day). Considering I had my kids the entire time, I'm very pleased with how much I got done.
My goal was to read as many books as I could from my TBR pile from the library. Most of these were picture books; some were easy readers or graphic novels or short chapter books. I tweeted lots of them; I also posted every book on Goodreads, with a very brief review. I posted one long review here (Some Bugs).
In 2011, I pretty much stopped reading. As in maybe five books total per year, down from 150 in previous years. Part of the reason for this is because I moved from the library to the classroom, but another big reason is that I started using all my free time to write. Since 2011, I've written almost three million published words. But a writer needs to be a reader, too, and I decided this was going to be the year I started reading again. This readathon was the opportunity I needed.
Sitting and reading a novel felt... really hard. I struggled to stay engaged. I skimmed, which is not the way I traditionally read.
- Which hour was most daunting for you? The middle hours when I got sleepy, and the dinner hours when I was most distracted.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Mine were short! I listed my favorites along the way during each check-in.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope! It was great!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were super. I loved all the participation on Twitter.
- How many books did you read? Still tallying, but I'm pretty sure it was over fifty.
- What were the names of the books you read? All of them are on Goodreads.
- Which book did you enjoy most? My favorite was Paul Meets Bernadette, but I had a lot of favorites.
- Which did you enjoy least? I read a couple early chapter books I didn't care much for.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? (I wasn't)
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I'll definitely do it again!
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