Well, the October Read-a-Thon is over, hour 24 having come and gone between 4-5am my time. I had a lot of fun and got a lot more reading done than I would have otherwise. Here are my answers for the end-of-RAT meme and my final stats.
- Which hour was most daunting for you? – I don’t think there was any one particular hour, although I did have a fit of fitfulness whenever I took long breaks from reading, discovered I’d fallen asleep, etc., as I wanted to scramble to “catch up” in the following hour.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? – Of the books I read from this year, I’d suggest Year of the Flood, as it’s fast-moving and engaging and smart…but it’s not short.
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? – I honestly can’t think of any. The folks running the show seem to have it down as tight as can be.
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? – For me, things worked best when I set a timer and forced regular breaks instead of just reading until I felt I had to break for a while. Next year, I’ll try to do that the entire time as much as possible. The sense of routine/schedule helped.
- How many books did you read? – I completed one book, got 1/3 of the way through another, 1/4 of the way through a third and 50 pages into a fourth.
- What were the names of the books you read? – How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (completed), And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Aspern Papers by Henry James, and Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
- Which book did you enjoy most? – How to Live Safely… was a wonderful surprise. I know many people wouldn’t like it, but its particular mix of sci-fi, metafiction, metaphysics, autobiography, humor, and melancholy worked perfectly for my tastes.
- Which did you enjoy least? – The Aspern Papers was (rather is, as I’m not finished) a molasses-like slog. It’s not my favorite James, nor is it a classic that has held up over the years stylistically, I don’t think.
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? – This question is not applicable to me, as I wasn’t a Cheerleader…but they did an awesome job!
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? – Very likely. I’m looking forward to the April incarnation! I’ll almost surely just be a reader again. I don’t feel ready for another role.
Here’s my final update and stats:
- 8:00-9:00pm – I fell asleep again here. I’m an insomniac, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that if I try to sleep, I can’t…but if I try to read in the evening, it’s a surefire snooze-inducer.
- 9:00-10:00pm – And Then There Were None, page 1-46
- 10:00-11:30pm – Here my fiance got home from running dialysis, so we had our customarily-super-late dinner and chat session. Yes, we know we eat at odd hours.
- 11:30pm-sleep o’clock (I’m not exactly sure when that was! Looking at the pages I got through, I’m going to say 1.5 hours.) – And Then There Were None, page 47-114
Time read this update: 2 hours 30 minutes
Pages read this update: 114 pages
Total time read: 7 hours 15 minutes
Total pages read:368 pages
Total books finished: 1
So…I read just over 7 hours out of the designated 24, and I got through 368 pages. I’m a bit disappointed in my totals, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it. I know I did the best I could this time, and I have some ideas and tips I’ve learned from both my own experience and other participants’ input for how to up my stats next time. And I had fun!
Thanks to the read-a-thon organizers, hosts/co-hosts, cheerleaders and all the other readers for making this a fun event. I’ll see you all again in April!