Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wrap up - End of Event Meme - Final Update

The sun is just starting to come up and I can't believe it's over! April seems so far away, but then again it'll be here before we know it and we can do this again! I'm jazzed to have been awake at the end this year, this is the first time I've done that. The nap helped, and while I didn't quite make it to the end of the story I was reading, I did get another 55 pages in the last couple hours, along with a smidge more cheering. Thank you to everyone involved, the organizers, the cheerleaders, the readers, this is such a special thing, and I'm happy to be a part of it!

End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?

This year it was hour 19, as I was trying to finish up the book I was on before getting a few hours sleep so I could get back up for the end.

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

I'd like to give a huge recommendation to the Dream Catcher Trilogy by Lisa McMann, Wake, Fade and Gone, they are enthralling, yet quick reads, really kept me interested. I read the first one last read-a-thon, and the 3rd one this time. Also Stephanie Plum between the numbers novels (usually the holiday ones) by Janet Evanovich or also some of her older romances that have been reprinted as they are quick and fun!

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

Not really, I think it goes beautifully!

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

I really like have the twitter hashtag #readathon, it's a real time conversation and really brings home the fact that we're doing this together. Those late night hours can feel really isolated sometimes, and I think the twitter feed really keeps us in touch and energized!

How many books did you read?

I got through 2 full books, finished off 1 that I had already started before the read-a-thon, and then got through 3 short stories and about 2/3 of another one.

What were the names of the books you read?

See below, they'll be in my last update!

Which book did you enjoy most?

Gone by Lisa McMann

Which did you enjoy least?

I think finishing up Metal Angel by Nancy Springer, it was just a struggle! It was good, but just not as engaging as I had hoped for.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

Yes, and it's something that our Cheerleader organizers told us, which is to try and make each comment personal, even if we're posting the same "cheer" for a lot of people, it is important to read through quickly what they have posted and try to make a tailor made comment just for them. As a reader, it really gives you a warm fuzzy and some energy when you realize someone's taken the time to pay attention to what you've posted, and that really helps keep you enthused!

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

I'm absolutely in! I wish we could do it more often! I think right now I'm pretty comfortable in the mainly reader, moderate cheerleader role. I have a lot of respect for the organizers of the different areas, I imagine it's a lot more work than you might realize, and I want to thank them all for keeping this going and allowing so many of us around the world to share in this fantastic event! I'm a read-a-thon addict now! Heehee, I know I'm tired because I'm getting all emotional and teary now that we're done! *sniffle* *group hug*

Final Update

My final page count was 601, plus I listened to about 2 1/2 hours of My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent, but I'm way too tired to try and figure out how many pages that would be right now!


Metal Angel
by Nancy Springer
Stopping Time
by Melissa Marr
Gone (Dream
Catcher #3)

by Lisa McMann
Plum Lucky
by Janet Evanovich
pages: 92pages: 36pages: 214pages: 166

No Cover Available
by Mercedes Lackey
Venture in Vain
by Katherine Kurtz
My Soul to Steal
by Rachel Vincent
Father Mine
by J. R. Ward
pages: 24pages: 14listened:
2 1/2 hours
pages: 55

Great Job everyone! And now to get some sleep! See you all in April!


  1. you are awesome! I'm so impressed each read-a-thon at all the dedicated readers and cheerleaders. Great job Shauney!

  2. Gosh I didn't know about the twitter hash! Totally missed it this time. : /
    Well, we did it! We did another Read-a-thon together! Thanks so much, my most uplifting cheerleader!

  3. Yeah - that exercise of computing how many pages to "log" for each track on the CD was just too much to consider. For my on-going statistics, I use the page count from the MMP when I finish an audio book.

    It was a good read-a-thon. Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments. It helps to know that someone is looking at my blog from time to time.

  4. Wow! You did great! Group hug, back at you. I love the Twitter hashtag action, too.

  5. Thanks for your wonderful singing cheer!! You really encouraged me to get back up and read after my nap. Good luck with the weeklong read-a-thon!


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