Sunday, June 29, 2008

Read-a-thon Postgame Survey

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
*I guess that would be between 4:00am and 5:00am, as that's when I fell asleep for a bit.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
*The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
*Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
*Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
They're all quite, hard-to-put-down, young adult reads.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
*Not really.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
*I liked that most of the mini-challenges didn't take long, and thus didn't cut into reading time too much.

5. How many books did you read?
*Finished three that I had started, read two from start to finish, and got about 2/3 of the way through another. None of these were big reads. In fact, one that I'd had started was a graphic novel and one that I read in its entirety was a short poetry book.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
*Finished--New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmother by Robert S. Desowitz, We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Read in their entirety--Sky Burial by Xinran and Boris by Cynthia Rylant. Started--Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
*Whew...that may be too tough to answer, as I give extremely high marks to We Are On Our Own, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Sky Burial, and Boris. They're very different from one another, and each excellent in their own ways.

8. Which did you enjoy least?
*Probably New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers. But don't get me wrong, it's really not that I disliked it at all, I just didn't love it.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
*Not applicable.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
*Extremely likely that I'll read again, though I may just allow myself a bigger nap next time. I've been so sick all day, so I'm hoping I'll learn my lesson.

Congrats to everyone who participated! And thanks to all who cheered! And biggest thanks of all to Dewey...she's so amazing!

Now, is everyone else feeling as totally behind on life as I am?!! Guess tomorrow will include lots of catching up on blogs and writing lots of reviews, huh? And it probably wouldn't hurt me to read over all the lesson plans I worked on today to make sure they actually make some sense. :)


alisonwonderland said...

i haven't written my post-event survey yet; i've just been sitting here for a couple of hours - after a long nap - looking at book blogs. i'm sorry that you're feeling ill today. i'm thinking that tomorrow might actually be worse for me than now - but at least i don't have to go into the office until afternoon. i did really love Thirteen Reasons Why; it was a perfect read-a-thon read!

Stephanie said...

Congrats on finishing!!

Dawn said...

Congratulations on your accomplishments!! I thought of you while I was reading yesterday and Saturday. I think I only read about 5 hours combined :)

I love reading your book reviews. I learn about books I never would have known about before.

take care,

Anonymous said...

You just simply rock! That's all there is to it. You are my hero!

gail@more than a song said...

Wow, you had a busy weekend! Reading, don't know how you do that all day. And you did lots of posting too...I'm trying to catch up but it will take me a few days til I get home.

Trish said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon--sometimes it just takes a while for the body to catch up--I know it took me most of today (monday). I think that different books works well for the challenge (different in terms of subject/genre)--the variety really helped me get through.