24-Hour Read-a-Thon – Update #6 (FINAL RECAP!)

Read-a-Thon Update #6

Edited to include the final recap survey!

7:10 p.m.

After a delicious dinner of seafood pasta and garlic bread (courtesy of my husband) I’m taking a break from Clockwork Angel (I’m loving it and want it to streeeeetch out into the night) and starting on The Book of (Even More) Awesome, by Neil Pasricha.

8:20 p.m.

Read through almost half of my “Awesome” book, now it’s back to Clockwork Angel. All of the dogs have gone right back to sleep again. Cooper keeps knocking over my pile of books, scaring himself awake. *I* am still awake. My eyes are red and I’m glad I’m not in public.

9:24 p.m.

How do I still have 5 more hours? I’m soooo sleepy!

10:06 p.m.

Ooh, the Hour 17 challenge looks like fun. What song represents me? Well, at this hour, I choose this one (by me):

<a href=”″>O Brave Butterfly – Kristilyn Robertson</a>

10:46 p.m.

Fighting sleep, on page 331 of Clockwork Angel (which is amazing – like Cassandra Clare could disappoint, right?)… going to switch it up and listen to another section of my audiobook and move around for a bit.

1:14 a.m.

Maaaajor issues staying awake at this point! I have about 78 pages left of Clockwork Angel, but I can’t keep my eyes open. So I turned to my Awesome book, read 30 pages and can’t keep my eyes open … I’ll finish my audiobook and see where I’m at.

1:31 a.m.

And … I’m done. I’m going to finish the audiobook (20 more minutes), but I just can’t keep going – my eyes are so tired!


Books read: ~5 + an audiobook (as per the order below)


Pages read: 1,086

Beverages drank: 4 cups coffee, countless glasses of water, diet Pepsi

SET-UP Proposals (Ha ha …): ONE (I guess I should wear my wedding ring more often)

Food eaten: A Larabar, a banana, 2 pieces of pizza, candy corn, nuts, 1/2 a bag of Cheezies, some seafood pasta, and some garlic bread (stomach is too full … no more food!)

Blog hits (as of 11pm): 102 (!!!)

Hours done: 23 (!!)

Hours remaining: 1 (Ha!) 

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Definitely hours 20-23 (I didn’t make it to 24). While I saved part of my audiobook for this time and walked around, did the dishes, washed up for bed, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open!
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Holes, by Louis Sachar was a great book – I would really recommend it. Maybe Stardust, by Neil Gaiman, or Coraline, or The Graveyard Book. Try to have a short story book – it would be great to break up the monotony of reading novels. And throw in an audiobook, or a funny novel (like Ellen DeGeneres, or another memoir).
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
For the people who put it together – none! It was great and everyone did such a great job. It was a perfect first experience!
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I really liked the hourly challenges, though I found once I started doing any of them, I would get too distracted with the computer and neglect my reading! I loved the cheerleaders, too … they were great when I need a pick-me-up!
How many books did you read?
3 full books, 79 pages shy of a 4th book, and 1/2-way through a 5th (non-fiction). Also listened to an audiobook.
What were the names of the books you read?
Holes, by Louis Sachar; The Trolls, by Polly Horvath; Prodigy (a novella), by Nancy Huston; Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (a great book, but took me a long time to read – didn’t quite make it to the end!); The Book of (Even More) Awesome, by Neil Pasricha; and Leading With My Chin (audiobook), by Jay Leno
Which book did you enjoy most?
Aside from Clockwork Angel, which I knew I would absolutely love, being a huge Cassandra Clare fan (hint hint … I’d love a copy of Clockwork Prince!), I was surprised at how much I loved Holes. My brother had read it and loved it and he’s not a huge reader, so I thought it might be a good addition – I was pleasantly surprised!
Which did you enjoy least?
The Trolls … it started off funny, but it was too silly of a book.
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Wasn’t a cheerleader, but I tried to encourage people when I needed a break from reading … I’d say keep encouraging!
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I’m already planning to participate in April’s challenge! As a reader, of course … I’ve learned a lot from this readathon and hope that I can learn from my lessons for the next one!

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