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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Read-a-Thon: All Done

The Read-a-thon was a lot of fun, but man I could use a nap! I ended up reading for a total of 9 hours and 43 minutes. I read 738 pages. I read 3 entire books and finished off a 4th. I totally could not have done it if Mike hadn't been so awesome and taken over kid duty for much of the day. I went to bed at 2:30, but I really think I could have made it all night if I hadn't started to worry about this morning. As you can maybe tell from my posting, the Bug was up before 6! Mike left home before 6 as well. I managed to get them both to doze until about 6:30 but it wasn't real sleep. I'm glad I took the chance to get those three hours sleep in! Today ought to be interesting, to say the least. I'm hoping the experience kicked off a nice binge of reading for me, but hopefully without the time-keeping!

Here are my answers to the wrap up questions:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Around mid-afternoon I got restless, which was probably the worst. I wasn't that tired when I went to bed, but I was worried about being dead today so I went.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? More middle of the night cheerleaders. After about 11 I had very few visits to my blog and I think it really would have helped.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I really liked the twittering.
5. How many books did you read? 3 whole books, and finished off a previous started one
6. What were the names of the books you read? Gimme Shelter by Mary Beth Williams, A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, Paper Towns by John Green and Wake by Lisa McMann
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Gimme Shelter
8. Which did you enjoy least? hard to say, none were bad
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? n/a
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? if the stars align so that I have as much wonderful help as I did this time, I'd read again.



  1. At the finish line then :D
    Has been fun

  2. Congratulations on an event well-done, Lisa! You did awesome. I feel for you taking care of two little ones today on little sleep - hang in there (and I hope they give you a chance to rest just a little bit today!)

  3. You did a great job! I so admire your guys who did the read-a-thon with bambinos!

  4. Congratulations to you and kudos to Mike!

  5. Enjoy your much needed sleep! Congrats on all the great reading!

  6. Wow, Lisa! Great job! ^-^ I sooooo could not have done that... Though it really would be fun, and I think I would enjoy it. Hope you get to rest soon!!
    Laura H...

  7. Congrats on a great job!! I couldn't participate this year because of work (and family stuff). But next time, hopefully!

  8. this was my first read-a-thon and it was fun!

  9. I think you did a great job! After hours cheerleading might've helped me, too, but I was seriously too tired to even go online. I had a great time, though.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  10. ohmigod, i give you so much credit, i totally could not have done this!

  11. I agree about the afterhours cheerleading. I felt so awful when I checked my email after reading for an hour and saw your emails saying "you awake?" And then "going to bed."

    Glad you had fun! Hopefully you're all caught up on sleep now.

  12. Congratulations, Lisa! You really did a good job. I tried, but to no avail. :( There's always next year. Do you still have snow?

  13. Congratulations on a job well done! I always like the idea of the read-a-thon, but I doubt I'd do it with two kids to look after, even if N took care of them for some of the day. I'm impressed.


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