Well, since my last update, I’ve read “The Use of Force” a short story by William Carlos Williams for C.B.’s Mini Challenge, and 47 pages of Persepolis. I picked up The Stepford Wives for Carl’s challenge and after reading the same page four times and stopping rub my eyes at least 20, I realized that I’m too pooped to party. Unless I wake up early and get a bit of reading in, that gives me a grand total of 481 pages, which at 10 cents a page brings the total going to the classroom libraries up to $48.10!
It’s been a fun day, but now I must quote Samuel Pepys and say, “And so to bed.”
Edited to add: Thanks to everyone who has stopped by with words of encouragement! A friend and I were discussing a few days ago how reading can be a social activity, and events like this show us just how to make that happen. The organizers, hosts, cheerleaders, and readers all did a great job making this a fun social event. Bravo!
And here are my answers to the end of event meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Until I got tired at hour 18 or so, it wasn’t daunting at all.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Daughter of Time was great for me. Although I didn’t get far with it, Persepolis was working great, too. I think graphic novels would be a great option: Fewer words make tired eyes happy.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think it would be nice to have a uniform time zone, like GMT, that’s easy for folks to refer to in order to figure out when challenges end. Counting up which hour it is doesn’t work so well when you’re tired, but it’s easy to check what time it is in GMT.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Having a centralized web site to go to for challenges. I also liked that the hosts noted which mini-challenges were still going on at the end of their hourly posts.
5. How many books did you read? Only one full book, but chunks of two others and one short story.
6. What were the names of the books you read? The Founding by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (last 1/4 or so), The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (whole book), The Complete Persepolis Marjane Satrapi (1st 46 pages), and “The Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams (short story).
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Daughter of Time
8. Which did you enjoy least? I enjoyed them all. I did read the preface of The Stepford Wives and couldn’t make any sense of it, but that was the tiredness, not the book.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? If my schedule permits, I’ll probably read again.