Sunday, June 29, 2008

End of 24 Hour Challenge

Post-Event Survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The wee morning hours (2-3) are always going to be the most daunting for me because as soon as I finish the current book, the book of the moment, choosing the next book, getting started, getting hooked requires a bit too much energy.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Frozen Fire was great, is great, I should say. The Stephenie Meyer books would probably work great. And Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Adoration of Jenna Fox would be a great choice too.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I think things went relatively mostly smoothly. :) I don't know if the mini-challenges ever got ironed out or not. There were one or maybe two missing there for a while. But those weren't biggies for me.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I think things worked well. I think Darcie did a great time with the cheerleaders. And I think Renay did really really well in organizing those two feeds and creating that one page that listed all the participants. Those were *super* helpful.

5. How many books did you read? 7 books; 1, 926 pages

6. What were the names of the books you read? Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler, The Trials of Kate Hope by Wick Downing, The Sherlock Files by Tracy Barrett, In the Company of Whispers by Sallie Lowenstein, Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee, Coraline the Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, Skin Deep by E.M. Crane.

7. Which book did you enjoy most? Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee

8. Which did you enjoy least? I liked them all. I did. Sherlock Files was probably the least sophisticated of the bunch so I'll go with that.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I didn't cheer.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Yes. Definitely a reader. I might one day consider being a cheerleader. But I like the reading too much to really want to give that up or try to balance it.

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Wendy 3:25 PM  

Yay Becky - you did awesome! I can't believe how many pages you read - way to go!

Debi 7:26 AM  

Congrats on another read-a-thon under your belt! They really are such fun, but there's no denying that they are exhausting, too! Once again, you blew me away with how much reading you got done...just amazing.

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