Post Readathon Thoughts

First. let's get the post-readathon survey out of the way.

  • Which hour was most daunting for you? I got to Hour 16 and that was it for me. 
  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Of the books I read this time? Pretty Is would be a good one
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season? For me personally, pick better books!
  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked all the hype on Twitter the week leading up to Saturday. That got people pumped!
  • How many books did you read? One full book. Yep.
  • What were the names of the books you read? See below.
  • Which book did you enjoy most? Pretty Is
  • Which did you enjoy least? The one book I finished. It was a bummer: The Enchanted. 
  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? The date for the next Read-a-thon might be a problem for me. October is a hard month. There is a lot going on. 

My Stats

The Enchanted 237 pages (finished)
The Drunken Botanist (27%) 152 pages
Pretty Is (about 70% during Readathon. I finished it Sunday.) approximately 224 pages (audio)
Lumberjanes #11 and #12 58 pages
The Honey Month 16 pages

Total:    687 pages

So, although I read only one complete book, all totaled I read 687 pages.


I'm resigned to the fact that I am not a fast reader. Nothing makes that clearer than the Readathon. Other people's stats are in the thousands and all I can manage is a few hundred.

I've complained in the past that the Readathon isn't as cozy as the first few Readathons when the group was small, under 100, and everyone could visit each other's blogs. I've let go of that nostalgia. There were just under 2000 participants this time. Cozy it is not! But it is pretty impressive and there is something to be said for seeing #readathon trending on Twitter. Twitter is the place to be, if you want to feel like a part of the Readathon. Not everyone is going to be happy about that, but that's how it is.

I didn't really participate in the mini-challenges, though I did check them out. They take a lot of time, and I needed that time to read. I'm not interested in the prizes. Other Readathons I've done mini-challenges but I wasn't feeling inclined to do so this time.

I do like checking out the official blog every hour though. That makes me feel connected. I also like seeing what people are posting on Instagram. (Hint: lots of snacks.)

I felt pretty moody this time. It might have been due to my book selection. I picked those books based on the page count or how quickly I thought I could read them. The Enchanted is short, but it really bummed me out and that set the tone for the day. I think I could have engaged with people on Twitter more than I did too. Next time I will be sure to pick peppier books.

As always, the organizers and volunteers take on an almost impossible task. I appreciate all that they do to keep the Readathon going. It's become such an important event for so many book bloggers (me included). I don't know how they do it, but they always do! A big thank you to all of them!


  1. Don't compare your reading stats to others! Sometimes speed depends on the book.

  2. I agree about the mini-challenges. I usually check them out and see what the prize is first. Unless I really hope for that specific prize, it's back to reading for me!!

  3. I know. I remember when I could visit every blog that was participating in the readathon. Nowadays I just visit my blogging friends. I used Instagram a lot this time, though. I met people on there!

  4. Twitter just doesn't interest me anymore, unfortunately. The Facebook group was pretty active, which was fun.

  5. I always ignore the mini-challenges too. The day is for reading, not for making videos or writing poetry or getting creative.

    Don't worry about your stats! The day is for enjoying and celebrating reading and is not a competition!


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