Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dewey's #readathon-end of event meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
The first 2 hours.  I am not a morning person and 5 am is way too early.  I could not focus on the words for a long time.  

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Quarantine by Lex Thomas,  The Selection by  Kiera Cass are a couple YA novels one might enjoy.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Better variety of challenges.  Most of them required pictures.  Many required pictures of oursleves or others which I am really not okay sharing.  Plus for those of us not so savvy with a camera and uploading pictures it can take a bit more time than I feel like giving.  I want to spend more time chatting, reading, etc and less time taking pictures in the future. Those challenges took me at least 15-20 minutes each.  Losing 25% of my potential reading time is not so much fun.  I don't mind a few picture challenges but hopefully a better balance next year.  Especially the early hours!

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
 Nicely organizes, easy to follow what was happening and where.  Love the options of how to get involved-Twitter, goodreads, challenges, cheerleading, etc.

How many books did you read?
I finished 3 and made progress in 3 others :)

What were the names of the books you read?
Squeakers, Frankenstein and Lambert the Sheepish Lion 
Worked on:  Splintered,  The Autobiography of Mark Twain and The Gateway through which they came

Which book did you enjoy most?
 So far a tie between Splintered and The Autobiography of Mark Twain

Which did you enjoy least?
They all had their pluses.   I think for a readathoin choice, Frankenstein may not have been so great.  I enjoyed it but the writing is so dated that it takes extra focus (at least for the original 1818 edition I read.)  to really get into things.  So it slowed down my pace quite a bit.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was not a cheerleader this time around

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
The fall one for sure.  The spring seems to fall on the same day as a major festival we a a part of (the last weekend of April).  So if they overlap, it's "See you next fall."  I will do reading and cheerleading.  Maybe host a challenge or post or something
Bonus: Tips and tricks I learned or utilized
1-If your eyes are getting strained, take a warm, damp washcloth (the hotter the better) and lay it over your eyes for a couple minutes.  Does a great job rejuvenating them.
2-Take regular breaks!  My doctor told me that sitting for more than 30 minutes straight, especially if your head is downward, is bad.  So every 30-45 minutes I got up for at least 60 seconds.  Grab a snack, check out tweets, or just walk across the room and back.  Makes a difference!
3- Stretch periodically!  Especially if you had a few particular positions you read in. The stretching can help wake you up by increasing blood flow.
 4-Be sure to let family and friends know you are doing this.  They may think you are crazy but it beats phone and door interruptions.
5-Don't try cooking something, walking away for a few minutes and reading an exciting book passage.  Bad things can happen in the kitchen! :)  Then klutzy chaos may ensue!! 


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