Readathon Events and the mid-event survey
Now you might think that all a participant does in a readathon is read. You would be wrong, particularly if you are engaged in the 24-Hour Dewey’s Readathon. Why there’s a plethora of things to do to keep those fingers turning pages. There are surveys, such as the one I’ll be doing in a moment, but there are challenges, too, complete with prizes–and they happen every hour. They involve things like creating poetry out of book titles, and finding covers that depict specific scenarios. There are treasure hunts and book prophecies, recipes and party planning, and all manner of quick creative things to do and share. Not to mention Twitter parties, Instagram posts, and Goodreads chats. There’s blogging and cheerleaders, too.
A big plus are the photo opportunities that occur through the hourly mini-challenges. I get a chance to combine reading, books, and dogs all in one. For those of us with furry friends, the photo readathon events allow us to trade photos of our furry reading companions. Here’s Freddie helping me display covers that show a tree, a weapon, and snow for a mini-challenge:
My Mid-Event Survey
What are you reading right now?
Moving from nonfiction to fiction, I am in the early chapters of Harlan Coben’s bestseller Stay Close. As they say, the plot thickens.
How many books have you read so far?
I chose The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout by Jill Abramson as my first read today. Loved it. With six dogs, I guess that’s to be expected. Well written and full of wonderful anecdotes that made me smile and even laugh outloud, I definitely recommend it to anyone who has an affinity for dogs. Given that I’ve participated in several hourly readathon events, I think I’m moving at a decent clip.
What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Being totally engaged in Coben’s mystery story, I am looking forward to completing this read over the next few hours. Great writing and a story that already has me guessing only makes me want to continue reading. I always enjoy Coben’s works, especially his stand-alone novels.
Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Over the years I’ve had interruptions but I have to say that they’ve been few today. One phone call and that was expected. The day has been quiet and gone as planned. I am really enjoying this opportunity to kick back, relax, and read.
What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Well, I can’t say I’ve had any surprises so far. Everything seems to be going as planned this year. Maybe the one surprise is that we have already passed the mid-point in our 24-hour reading quest. The time is quickly rolling by.