Well, that's it, the April readathon is over for another year. The last 24 hours have been really fun, and I can't wait for October, because I'm definitely doing this again!
So, here is my wrap up of the past 24 hours:
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Probably around hour 4 or 5, as it was 2am here in Australia, and after such a long day, I wanted to read for as long as my eyes would allow me. Sleep forced itself upon me around 2am, but I'm glad I managed to stay awake that long (I'd been up since 6am).
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Well, I was reading through the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking today, and they were keeping me really engaged. If I hadn't only recently read it, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard would definitely be the perfect read for the readathon. Really, any book with a gripping storyline, plot twists, and characters you can connect with is exactly the type of book you need to read - something you aren't going to put down, even when sleep is trying to get you down.
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I can't really think of anything that needs improving, except maybe more things that get readers connecting, so that you can better see what they're reading, and have discussions with them.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
This was my first readathon, so I can't really comment on what worked well, if I don't know how it's worked in the past. But everything I viewed and worked with worked well, and I didn't have any issues with the different aspects of the readathon.
How many books did you read?
I read 3 books, and made it three-quarters of the way through another book.
What were the names of the books you read?
Which book did you enjoy most?
I have to say Ascend, even though I'm not technically finished it. I have read it before (three years ago), but I still love it, and its the perfect ending to the trilogy.
Which did you enjoy least?
I didn't hate any of the books I read, but it would probably be The Yellow Wall-Paper, but more specifically Old Water. The story was very different to her other two shorts, and I couldn't see the purpose to it. But it was enjoyable all the same.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I am extremely likely to participate again. In fact, can I sign up for the October one now, or is it too soon? I'm obviously going to be a reader again, but I may take a stab at being a cheerer. Either way, I'm coming back!
Did I mention that I had a great 24 hours? I did sleep for about seven of them, and probably had a reading break of up to about three hours, but this time was spent on social media, checking out what everyone else was doing, and participating in the mini-challenges.
I want to say a big thanks to everyone who is involved in running the readathon - from the admins, to the mini-challenge hosts, to the cheerers, and to the people/groups/publishers that donated prizes - you've made my day, and every participant's day a joy.
See you in October Readathoners!