Why on earth would anyone attempt to stay up for 24 hours and read? Well, there are still people who open a book for the joy of reading and for pure pleasure. I am among them. Why would I post my participation when my blog is targeted more to writers? Because reading is a huge and important component in the life and development of a writer. It still amazes me that there are people who want to be writers who admit they don’t read. I think it’s vital for writers to promote the act of reading.
Yesterday morning I had a late start. Yes, I forgot. But I quickly jumped in and began reading. I opted to spontaneously choose the next read after finishing each read. I also alternated between fiction and nonfiction. I planned to read for the full 24 hours without power naps. Big mistake. Shortly after 3am my eyes grew weary, my focus scattered, and I succumbed to the Sandman. I did manage to read the first couple chapters of my fourth book, Jeffrey Deaver’s THE BURNING WIRE, and will finish today. Here’s the end-of-even meme.
Which hour was most daunting for you?
Start time for me was 7am but I joined around 10:30am. Went strong until a little after 3am. Then the scaffolding collapsed.
List a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Amy MacKinnon’s book TETHERED: A Novel had a strong pull from the opening lines.
Any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Any improvement will be from my end. Starting on time, taking a power nap, and a few other things.
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Totally enjoyed the readathon group on Twitter. Provided extra motivation to blog and keep going. Enjoyed meeting others. Loved seeing what others were reading in real time. On my part, the combination of fiction and nonfiction really worked. Including books that I had at the top of my weekly to-do list boosted my motivation, too. I’ll probably do the same things next year.
How many books did you read?
I pulled off three complete books and began the fourth.
Would you name the books you read?
TODAY MATTERS by John Maxell, TETHERED: A Novel by Amy MacKinnon, BEYOND BLOGGING by Nathan Hangen and Mike Cliffe Jones, and THE BURNING WIRE by Jeffrey Deaver (still in progress)
Which book did you enjoy most?
Enjoyed. Well, I couldn’t put TETHERED down from the opening lines. But I found the early chapters of TODAY MATTERS compelling because they were speaking to me about changes I’m making in my current life.
Which did you enjoy least?
I really enjoyed the books I read for different reasons. I can’t say any one ranks “least.”
Any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Just keep doing what they’re doing. Their comments on Twitter and on my blog posts were greatly appreciated.
Are you likely to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role?
Being a reader is wonderful. I enjoyed the experience and it’s been a long time since I devoted such a huge block of time to reading. It felt good. And the community experience added an interesting and fun dimension that I hope will continue through the year.
Book #4 Final book and finishing today The Burning Wire
Book #3 Beyond Blogging: The Secrets to Blogging Success (Volume 1)
Book #2 Tethered: A Novel
Book #1 Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success (Maxwell, John C).
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