Sunday, April 19, 2009

Readathon Wrap-up

Any guesses on how long I lasted after turning out the lights last night?

I woke up again at 4:30 and thought to myself, "I could turn on the computer, do the last mini-challenges, maybe read another few pages, and say I made it through the whole thing with a 4-hour nap in the middle!"

Then I thought, "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz."

Total pages read: 689, that's $68.90 for GrowingGardens.

Here's the survey requested by the wonderful folks who pulled this thing together:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The hour when I was trying to pull a stubborn splinter out of my son's foot. At one point I asked him, "Can I read during this?" (He said no).
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The books I read kept me engaged but if I had it to do over I'd save The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for another day.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, it was great!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Twitter!
5. How many books did you read? See #6
6. What were the names of the books you read?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (complete)
Flygirl (complete)
The Ranger's Apprentice, book 3 (last 2 chapters)
The Ranger's Apprentice, book 4 (first 5 chapters)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (first 4 chapters)
First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria (first 6 1/2 chapters)
7. Which book did you enjoy most? I read Ranger's Apprentice out loud to the whole family so we were all snuggled on the couches laughing together--that was my favorite reading experience of the day. But Flygirl was my favorite of the books.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Probably Oscar Wao, but I did enjoy listening to it.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Just to know how important you are to the process. The comments here were great, of course, but also, I didn't want to visit blogs yesterday because I knew it would distract me from reading, so it was good to know there were folks picking up the slack.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely want to read again!


  1. You had an amazing read-a-thon. Your donation to Growing Gardens is awesome.

  2. You did so well! It's great that you read to your kids. I asked my 10 year old if I could read to him and he said no :(

  3. Thanks, guys! I had so much fun with it.

    Alaine, that's sad that he didn't want you to read to him! I have a hard time when we're reading a book that I'm more enthusiastic about than my kids are, so I'm anxious to read more and they don't want to. Luckily, the Ranger's Apprentice series appeals to all of us equally!

  4. Way to go! I want to know what you thought of Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I want to read that one, loved the movie.

  5. Great going, splinter and all!

  6. You did a lot of great reading! Sleep is always a good thing, though!

  7. Way to go Ali! You did a fantastic job reading. The charity you chose to support is so interesting and such a fantastic concept. Congrats!

  8. Congrats on all you accomplished, reading and raising funds for your cause!

    "Can I read" during a splinter-ectomy? Too funny!