Sunday, October 10, 2010

24 Hour Read a Thon: Wrap Up Post and Meme

After some desperately needed sleep, I am back to write my wrap up post.  I participated in the read a thon for about 21 hours this time.  Not all the time was spent reading - I spent quite some time commenting, cheering (unofficially) and twittering.  This time, I elected to raise money for the Colon Cancer Alliance which really gave purpose to my day. Here is a summary of my October 2010 Read a Thon:


Hours Reading: uncertain thanks to nap of indeterminate length mid-day (estimate 8 hours reading)
Finished: I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee
                 The Corrections: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
Started: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Pages Read: 465
$$ raised: pages read: $46.50
                  comments: $2.10 (.10 per comment and still counting - so keep commenting!)
My company will match donations I make so that will double the total when all is said and done
Mini-Challenges: Wordle and Non-Fiction Read a Thon (see these on my updates page)

Which hour was most daunting to you? Hour 20. I definitely hit the wall and was struggling to stay focused - which is why I decided to hear to bed!
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Anything someone really wants to read - not something they have to read.  I finished The Corrections which is bigger and doesn't seem really suited to the read a thon but I wanted to finish it and really enjoyed it.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think a mini-challenge that encourages comments early on really gets the community aspect of the RAT going.  Maybe  I will host one next time!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The organization was fabulous!
5. How many books did you read? 2 (and a very little bit of a 3rd)
6. What were the names of the books you read?  I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)The CorrectionsI Know I Am, But What Are You?
7. What book did you enjoy most? The Corrections
8. Which did you enjoy least? None. with only 2, I liked both!
9. If you were a cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s cheerleaders? N/A (they were great BTW)
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Definitely - and I will sign up to do some cheering along with my reading!


  1. I have Corrections sitting on my TBR shelf, so I'm excited to hear how much you like it. Don't feel bad about caving to sleep. I made it a short way into Hour 22 and fell asleep while reading; when I woke up like 15 minutes later (from rolling over and my book whacking me in the face) I decided it was time for bed. Sometimes sleep just wins. :)

  2. You did a really good job! I fell asleep way before hour 21!

  3. Great job! I only lasted for 17 1/2 hours, and that last hour I was pretty worthless.

    And I'm going to hold you to that signing up to be a cheerleader comment! :-D

  4. I'm glad you had fun! I'm glad I found your blog through the Readathon -- always nice to meet another Colleen from NYC (although I live in PA now)!

  5. Congratulations on your readathon reading! I hadn't even heard of The Corrections until recently with all the buzz about Jonathan Franzen. It's good to see you liked it!

  6. You read some great books this time around! I really need to do the charity thing next time around - such a great idea!

  7. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Corrections! I bought Franzen's new novel, but my mom took it to read first... hope I get it back soon. Would also like to officially participate in the readathon next time.

  8. Heading to bed when you hit the wall is a good thing! I went 22 hours the first one I did but I swear I could hardly remember the last book I read and I really didn't enjoy it that much. I'm thinking that the next readathon, my goals will be include less reading, more sleep, and more of the fun stuff--I did almost none this year. Congrats on raising so much money--what a great thing to do!

  9. congrats on your readathon accomplishments! you did great!

  10. Looks like you ahd a fun readathon and it's so nice that you raised money for charity at the same time.