Readathon Wrap-up

Stats:

Final counts for Jen:
Books finished: 8
Pages read: 1480

Final counts for Jefferson:
Books finished: 3
Pages read: 1448

Combined stats:
Books finished: 11
Pages read: 2928

Cash raised for the cause!
Total on website, as of this moment: $225
Donations in cash: $20
Per book pledge, $2/book: $22
Per page pledge, 3 cents/page: $89.84!
Total raised (as of this moment): $356.84!

Of course, you can still donate to the readathon! The fundraiser period for the website is automatically 60 days, so you’re not too late to the party!

And really, First Book is such a fantastic organization, the more I learned about them this week, the more I think we may have found our permanent beneficiary.

Now, finally, the closing survey for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

Definitely the last hour! I did a magical job of managing my caffeine intake this time around. Never too much that I was jittery, and I was just really awake and alert. Until shortly after I finished my 22 hours in update. By the time clicked over to the final hour I was really fighting to finish my last book. Until then, I’d had half a plan to start a new book and read right up until the 8 a.m. finish time, but when I finished that last book I was 100% DONE.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year?

While I think that’s always going to vary from reader to reader, my son read The Martian as one of his final books for the readathon, and I think it was a great choice. Lots of humor, but also lots of crises, so you’re always motivated to keep pushing on and find out how Mark makes it off of Mars alive!

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I do not.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I really enjoyed participating in the Facebook group in the week leading up to the readathon! I hadn’t done that before, and it was a great way to see everyone’s TBR piles, find out where everyone was planning to blog their progress, and feel like a part of the community. This year I didn’t participate in the mini-challenges and didn’t socialize much during the readathon itself, but I am looking forward to catching up on everyone’s posts today.

5. How many books did you read?

I read 8, and my son finished 3.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

I finished: The Sandman: Overture, The Familiar Vol 2: Into the Forest, Poems from The Book of Hours, The Night is Darkening Around Me, A Slip Under the Microscope, Three Cups of Deceit, The Duel, Eden Springs

My son finished: The House of Hades, The Martian, and an issue of National Geographic

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7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Probably The Familiar, even though it was five million pages long and I thought it would never end.

8. Which did you enjoy least?

I have to say The Night is Darkening Around Me. A few of the poems from the collection I loved, but many of them were clearly telling a story that I could not figure out.

9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

We will definitely participate again! And probably as readers. Though sometime when I’m not able to dedicate the whole day to reading, I’d love to try being a cheerleader/moderator.

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