Readathon :: End of Event Survey
End of Event Survey
- Which hour was most daunting for you?
Despite bad planning and imbalance of cheering to reading, I found the middle hour and the final hour to be most difficult. Attempts to be still and quiet in order to read were met with drowsiness and a desire to give up. In the middle hour I had to switch to cheering in order to keep myself engaged, and by the final hour I had to force myself to continue, knowing the end was near. Yet neither hour was productive as a result.
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Though my reading was minimal this time, I found the cozy mysteries to be a great friend to me. They’re simple to read and engaging enough to keep one’s interest without taxing the mind with deep plots and dense detail. I’ve never considered this genre before, but they seem to be perfect for a readathon. And their short length lends itself to greater page count and completed book totals. Some good series I’ve found are Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen and Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson. Additionally, I would be remiss not to mention The Hunger Games trilogy* by Suzanne Collins. It remains the greatest readathon choice ever for me because of its reading ease and exciting pace. It’s always number one on my list of suggestions. *affiliate link
- Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I feel like everything seems to be running smoothly! I’m sure there are behind-the-scenes crises that pop up, but from the outside it appears to be a well-running event. Kudos!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Twitter! The engagement of hosts to readers and cheerleaders is incredible through Twitter! In fact, the hosts, in particular, were on fire this time! That makes all the difference in the world for both readers and cheer-ers.
- How many books did you read?
Sadly, only 1/2 of one small paperback. Cheering is hard work!
- What were the names of the books you read?
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson (affiliate link)
- Which book did you enjoy most?
See above, though I wasn’t certain until 1/3 of the way into it that I was going to stay interested. Turned out to be a pretty good choice after all.
- Which did you enjoy least? n/a
- If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Number one, a systematic approach to cheering really worked for me. I kept a spreadsheet of all blogs on my team and then marked each one as I visited. It was important that I touched each blog to make sure everyone participating was being supported and encouraged. Secondly, Twitter is HUGE in keeping participants engaged, so it’s important to monitor that regularly, as well. Not every reader blogs and not every reader tweets, but between the two networks a cheerleader can do a lot of good. My other advice would be to establish your own boundaries about cheering versus reading. I found it challenging to cheer for only a short period of time simply because I wanted to be sure everyone was being supported. That meant I struggled to find reading time. My original plan was to cheer for two 2-hour periods during the late hours when readers would begin to fade; I wanted to be an encouragement to the many who, like me, desired to make it all the way to the end. But 2 hours is simply not enough time at once to make true connections with people. I’d say, if you want to be a cheerleader, commit a large chunk of time to just that role, and then let someone else take over so you can commit fully to reading. I was unable to bounce back and forth successfully. Beyond those things, a spirit of helpfulness, kindness, and service is most important for a cheerleader. Treating the experience as Pay-It-Forward made all the difference in the world for me.
- How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I am always committed to Dewey’s Readathon, and next time I’ll probably try to be both reader and cheerleader again. Having learned some valuable lessons in this spring event will help me achieve more balance in the fall. I’m looking forward to it already!
Thanks to all the hosts of the Readathon event! You guys are amazing and so necessary to the success of this community! See you in the fall!