Final Read-A-Thon Update

End of the ‘Thon Meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
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?
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?


1.   I was daunted week’s ago with wanting to attend the Boston Book Fest AND do the Read-A-Thon so I signed up for both.   Both as Reader AND Cheerleader AND Mini-Challenge Host.   But I couldn’t stay awake and finally crawled into bed during Hour 20 with uncertain hopes to wake up around Hour 23 to do this meme at least.   I didn’t make it – woke up 1.5 hours after it was over but have spent the last hour tweeting and cheering anyway.

2.   To be honest, it didn’t seem to me that there was much book excitement talk but maybe I was too hectic to comment comment comment everywhere.  I did tbr a few books:   Jumped by Rita Wms-Garcia, The Secret Scripture by Barry Sebastian and Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice.

3.  My improvement suggestions are ALL aimed at me and my preparation process.   So, none to share until the next one!  ha.   The organizers always do an amazing and impressive job keeping us all on task and on top of things.  CHEERS!   Applause, applause!

4.   I think the cheering went well with Eva’s clear instructions and guidance.  Yea Cheer Captain!   And even though I’ve been through this almost EVERY RAT, I always am disappointed that I don’t track my comment counts (I don’t even try – it’s too stressful) and that I didn’t get to everyone in my assigned group.    I am SO GLAD that I didn’t see many zero comments on posts so I think we did a great balanced approach to visiting everyone as a group.    so GOOD JOB CHEERers!   I do wish I knew more of who my fellow cheer team was and also a bit surprised that I didn’t figure out who they were!   (I know MargReads and VioletCrush and probably Vasilly since I followed her around blogosphere – oh and jehara!)

5.6.7.  I DID READ ONE BOOK! Wahoo!!!    Catie Copley by Deborah Kovacs.   I attended the High Tea with Catie the Lab, Resident Dog at the Copley Hotel during the book fest and I have a hard time resisting buying kids books.   It was 28 pages  pages that only had illustrations.   Yea me!    I read the first 2 pages of Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree waiting for an event at the BookFest, too for a total of 30 pages read.   🙂


9.  Advice for cheerleaders:     yes!  sign up and do whatever cheering you can!    If you aren’t a google-blogger, create an id in that realm and then it’s super easy to leave comments.       If you ARE A google-blogger – this applies to both readers and cheerleaders, turn off word verification and AT LEAST!!!!   allow nonblogspotters  to comment!   and maybe even open it up to OpenId  and/or Name/URLs.  I offer that up to the vox and livejournals and whatever’s I came across and thus didn’t leave a cheer because I wasn’t about to sign up for anything new.   sorry!

Don’t wear mascara during those tired lean weak hours cuz if you do give up and crash, you’ll look like hell when you wake up.

I think that’s enough for now…

10.   I’ll always participate in Read-a-Thon!    and I’ll probably continue to cheer more than read but I do so aspire to actually reading some time and breaking that 1000 page goal.    sigh….

THANK YOU ALL who participated in my mini-challenge to create a list of great books featuring an older protagonist. Please continue to think and add more.     I might even create its own page here at ol’ Care’s Online Book Club.     Congrats to a new-t0-me blogger that I’m excited to get to know:  Sarah at Dangerously Cold Tea for winning the random selection.

Happy One More Successful Fun Read-A-Thon Everyone!  Thank you Dewey for kicking off this great project and thank you all for allowing it to continue as tribute to this outstanding book blog mother of book blogs.    CHEERS!



26 thoughts on “Final Read-A-Thon Update

  1. Perfect wrap up post. I always wondered how cheerleaders manage to comment so much and even keep count, I don’t even try.

    But the point is you and all the cheerleaders did a fab job as always.

  2. You did an amazing job: I think being a cheerleader is much harder than just being a reader! Thanks so much! Unfortunately I missed your mini-challenge (I was probably snoring by that time LOL). It was my first readathon but I’ll be there next time! :))

  3. As a blogspot blogger, I did turn off word verification and my blog is open to everyone to comment. Someone gave me that advice near the beginning of last RAT and I loved that they’d thought of it! Well, at least the word verification thing. My blog’s always been open to non-blogspot commentors.

    1. I’m probably preaching to the choir over here at my blog! THANK YOU. (I still left comments but I was concerned about how much time it takes, ya know?)

  4. historyofshe

    You are like Super Book Woman!!! Such a booky day for you, and you still read a book with everything else you were doing. Amazing.

  5. I’m totally with you on the word verification/non-blogspot blogger thing….that kind of drives me nuts :/ You did so wonderful Care 😀 I got so many great comments from you and you certainly had your hands full yesterday!!! Hope you’re having a good Sunday!

  6. Fine post!

    Especially this excellent piece of advice:
    Don’t wear mascara during those tired lean weak hours cuz if you do give up and crash, you’ll look like hell when you wake up.

  7. I think you did really well! I bet more book talk will surface now, after the read-a-thon, when people start posting reviews of the books they read. It’s hard to update on an hourly basis and write reviews (I assume, anyway- I didn’t do either ). You have really insightful comments above. Totally agree on the comment stuff!

  8. The cheerleaders did an excellent job! I don’t know how you all do it with so many readers involved. I agree with the comment thing. I found a few places that I could not get my comment to post without signing up for something. Too hard and time consuming when you are trying to get back to reading.

  9. I definitely agree on the word verification thing. I must have typed in millions of verifications last night. *sigh* I love the mascara advice! You did an amazing job! Thank you so much for cheering me on.

  10. “Don’t wear mascara” LOL!

    I didn’t know you did the Catie Copley tea; that must have been fun. Of course, not as fun as eating cheese sticks and butternut squash soup in the courtyard of the BPL with me! 🙂

    Congrats on attending #bbf09 AND reading AND cheering … overachiever!

  11. You accomplished so much! Cheering and mini-challenge host and reader! I didn’t keep track of the number of comments I made, either, just the number of blogs I visited (some of them didn’t have readathon posts up so I didn’t make comments).

    When I had to sign up to post a comment, I posted as anonymous, and added my name and url at the end of my comment.

    I don’t wear mascara, but I do wear eye-liner. Even though it’s waterproof, it smudged on me by the end of the night!

  12. Sounds like you’ve been busy! I did remember halfway through to turn off word verification (unfortunately comment moderation won’t work for us since it’s a group blog). I just wish Blogger had the wonderful commenting system WordPress does, but I get to use WordPress for my own blog, so I can’t complain too much!

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