Sunday, October 23, 2011

Readathon Oct 2011: End of Event Meme

Well, the read-a-thon is over, and I did worse this year than ever! I didn't make it through a single book.

What I did do was get in a lot of hour-long naps!

And I spent time reading and editing my own book that I've been writing!

But as for really reading like I was supposed to be doing? Nope. Wasn't very good at that.

I think part of the problem was that I am currently reading four non-fiction books. And that generally means four "not fun" books. A read-a-thon really needs to have one or two fun and light fiction stories to get lost in, and I was lacking that. I've found myself currently under the obligation to read four non-fiction stories, and while they may be good books in their own right, it can be a little much to sit and just read non-fiction stories constantly. I am really craving a good fiction story right now, but I feel the pressure to get through at least two of these this week. So I am denying myself the fiction story right now. Argh!

Here's my pitiful end-of-the-readathon meme:
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? It's always the hours after midnight that are the toughest for me.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Most of the ones I can think of would be really long books, and I think shorter books are a better option for a read-a-thon. All of my books were non-fiction, which aren't a good choice, but those are the books I'm obligated to review right now, so...
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope. You guys always do great!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I never have any complaints about the way the read-a-thon is run, so nothing in particular stands out.
  5. How many books did you read? Zilch, but I got about halfway through one....  :(
  6. What were the names of the books you read? Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? That would have to be the same one, I guess.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Uhhhh...
  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? I'll read again, and I'll make promises to myself once again that I don't keep!
So we'll see how it goes at the spring read-a-thon. Perhaps I'll do better? I certainly couldn't do worse! I hope everyone enjoyed themselves this year!


Anonymous said...

I"m curious- if you hadn't been slogging through The Same Kind of Different As me and feeling, homeworky like you weren't reading a fun book... is the book any good on its own?

I went to Amazon to read about it and it looks kinda intriguing!

nfmgirl said...

Well, the book is interesting. There have been a few "quotable" moments in it so far. I just joined a local book club, and this is my first book to discuss with them. However this book has been on my Wish List for over a year now. So I was eager to read it! I'm just already in a "heavy" kinda mood right now, and would really like something light to read.

So, yes, if you like books about people enduring difficult times and rising above them, and stories about friendship, I would recommend this book!

Paulina said...

Even if you didn't get much reading done, you still participated in mini-challenges and other reading-related activities (even if it's for your own book -- good luck with that, BTW). So it sounded like a pretty good read-a-thon day to me!