Sunday, October 21, 2007
Readathon books and survey
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
I read for 18 hours and called it quits. I wish now I'd taken a nap and gotten back to the books. I regret not participating at the end of the readathon.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Everyone should just read what suits their tastes.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not at this point.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I thought the cheerleaders were terrific. They put in a lot of time and effort and I really appreciate all they did.
5. How many books did you read?
I read stories and essays mainly, so although I read a total of 484 pages (why oh why didn't I tally my totals last night so that I could have kept reading until I'd at least reached 500?) I didn't finish a single book.
6. What were the names of the books you read?
I read from the books pictured above:
Henry James's Selected Tales
Ron Rash's Chemistry and Other Stories
Phillip Lopate's The Art of the Personal Essay
Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Rick Bass's The Lives of Rocks
Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale
William Faulkner's Collected Stories
Angela Carter's Burning Your Boats
D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow
Tessa Hadley's Sunstroke and Other Stories
Edith Wharton's The New York Stories
Christina Stead's The Puzzleheaded Girl
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Stead's "The Puzzleheaded Girl" and James's "The Turn of the Screw."
8. Which did you enjoy least?
Carter's "The Bloody Chamber."
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?
I'll definitely participate again as a reader.
Thank you, Dewey. The readathon was a great idea and a smashing success!