This time around, I’d use our image from our 365 Book Project for 2011, I’ve grown tired of all the widgets since I’ve used most of them several times now, so let’s innovate a little for the Final Hour. Here are my responses for the final Mini-challenge:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you? – The witching hour, I suppose similar to most people who have pulled an all-nighter – really needed to sleep. I turned in at 1 am though which isn’t bad and was bright up and early a little past 8 am and continued to blog/read/blog non-stop and participated in quite a number of mini-challenges as well.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I would recommend Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Clive Barker’s Abarat – Raymond Briggs’ illustrated picture books would also be good, and yes Maus I and II by Pulitzer Prize Winner Art Spiegelman.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nothing, really. It was a wonderful first-time experience for me. Except a few more visits to more blogs to give more loooove and ‘rah-rah you can do it sentiments’, perhaps.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I love how
dynamic it was. I also enjoyed the mini-reading-challenges, as I think my participation in almost eleven challenges can attest to.
5. How many books did you read? I read 15 books in all and 98 pages from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Oh dear, you can find them here in my supposedly-final round-up post.
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I cried when I ‘read’ A small miracle by Peter Collington – totally unbidden tears – I was reading it with my nine year old girl, truly heartwarming. Shaun Tan’s The Arrival of course is a staple. Can I revise the question to my top three? I’d like to bring in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg as well. Riveting.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Nothing. I enjoyed everything!
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I know it’s not humanly feasible to cheer most everyone – there are after all more than 300 participants, but perhaps it can be more strategic in the sense that you get assigned to so-and-so number of people and you can keep more people company if the total number is kind of divided across the cheerleaders? I really don’t know. Just thinking aloud here.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’d most likely participate again. I really enjoyed myself. I’d probably be just a reader again.