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>Readathon: After The Ball Is Over

> Okay, now that I’ve slept, I can’t believe all the fun, camaraderie and reading is over. As always, it’s a letdown. Big sigh, but there’ll be another one in a few months. Meanwhile, I can complete Dewey’s end survey:

1. Which hour was the most daunting for you? When we got into the 20s…boy howdy! I had one hour when I read only 12 pages. My brain felt like it was being bathed in rubber cement.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I was really impressed with those Dorling-Kindersley biographies for young people! You could probably find them at the library. Mr. Bybee bought them at Hastings for $5.00 apiece.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Readathon for next year? Let’s double the time! lol

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Readathon? Dewey’s co-hosts kept things running so smoothly; I’m so happy she had help so she could rest a little.

5. How many books did you read? I finished 3 books and got halfway through a fourth one. My total page count came out to 623, which is higher than I thought it would be since I had ten non-reading hours. Never having kept count before, I’m pleased to have a number to match or beat during the next Readathon. Having said all of that, I wish I had participated in more of the challenges. I wish I had read for charity.

6. What were the names of the books you read? How Koreans Talk: A Collection Of Expressions by Sang-Hun Choe & Christopher Torchia; Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry; Princess Diana by Joanne Mattern. The half-finished book is When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris.
7. Which book did you enjoy the most? It’s really hard to say. I enjoyed all of them. Since the reading went so well, I’m going to stick with my nonfiction pattern for the next Readathon.
8. Which book did you enjoy least? See answer #7.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? The middle hours are when the Readers are tired and really need you. Praise, encouragement, etc. — all the things you’d be doing, anyway. I tried to find something specific in their blog entries to comment so they’d know that someone was out there truly paying attention and appreciating their effort. Eva, come back — I missed you and your boundless energy!
10. How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Woe betide anyone who would try to stop me from participating again! I’d like to be a Reader/Cheerleader once more, and yes, I’m planning on doing the whole 24 — or whatever — hours.

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