The read-a-thon is over once again until October. Bloggers have happily put down their books and are sleeping right now. Most of us can finally smile and say we read something on our unread shelves and know we have a ton of books to return to our libraries. I want to thank Trish, Nymeth, and Wordlily for taking on the massive task of organizing the read-a-thon in Dewey’s memory.
The Read-a-thon is one of the events I look forward to every year. A bunch of bookworms getting together for the daunting task of reading as much as they can within a 24-hour period while others cheer us on is crazy but lots of fun.
The books I read were:
- Without Blood by Alessandro Barrico – adult fiction
- Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks – play
- Moxy Maxwell does not love Stuart Little – Peggy Gifford -middle school
- Houndsley and Catina by James Howe – kids
- Queens by Michael Cunningham – photography
- Emily by Michael Bedard – children’s
- The Journey by Sarah Stewart – children’s
- The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci – graphic novel
- The Gardener by Sarah Stewart – children’s
- Are you ready to play outside? by Mo Willems – children’s
- Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo – children’s
- Oscar and the Frog: A book about growing by Geoff Waring – children’s
- Pajama Day by Lynn Plourde – children’s
- The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart – children’s
What I didn’t finish but will this week:
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
I learned that after reading an intense book like the play Topdog/Underdog, it’s best to have something easy and fun to read like a children’s book. After reading the play, I couldn’t read for an hour or two. I was still so caught up the story.
The books I enjoyed the most were Topdog/Underdog, Without Blood, Queens, and The Plain Janes. All four stayed with me after I finished them and it was kind of hard to separate myself and go to a new read.
My kids were a part of the read-a-thon also. I read children’s books to them between my own reads. One of my little sisters joined the read-a-thon with me and reread Charlotte’s Web. I plan on giving her something for joining me without me having to ask her. I just mentioned the read-a-thon and she was game.
As usual I was a cheerleader and a reader. It was great doing both jobs, reading as much as I could while cheering other readers on. I added a ton of new blogs to my reader.
The integration of Twitter into the read-a-thon was perfect. It helped cheerleaders and readers encourage participants throughout the event. It also made cheerleading easier since cheerleaders didn’t have to just go to individual blogs.
My favorite part of the read-a-thon surprisingly was not the reading but the cheerleading. Cheerleading is an addiction you still find yourself doing the day after the read-a-thon. But it was great to cut into the piles of books I had for the read-a-thon.
Once again I have to thank Nymeth, Wordlily, and Trish for taking the reins and hosting this great event for the blogging community.
Dewey, thanks for being the greatest.