April 27, 2014

TSS | Readathon Wrap Up and End of Event Meme

Good morning! It is the day after Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and I am tired! Readathon is such a fun event. I get so excited before and have so much fun during Readathon that I often feel a bit lost the day after. So I'm easing myself off the Readathon high by writing my wrap up post.

Posts and Videos

I started out by recording a video and writing a post showing my reading options:
Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon (video)
Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: April 26, 2014 (blog post)
Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Wrap Up (video)

Then I posted twice during the event:
Readathon: Let's Get Started!
Readathon: Midway!

Burning Up Twitter

I spent a lot of time on Twitter using the #readathon and #teamrogue hashtags. I hear that #readathon trended and am not surprised since we were burning it up!

You can find me on Twitter as @TerriTalksBooks if you want to chat.

#TEAMROGUE rah. rah. *\o/*

The #teamrogue hashtag refers to the unofficial rogue cheerleading team that got started by joking about it on Twitter the night before Readathon. Andi from Estella's Revenge (and one of the people that make this event happen) referred to Team Rogue as "cheerleaders without borders." We were the bunch that didn't sign up to cheer ... but did so anyway. In true rogue fashion, we were not organized and visited people at random. We did have a little structure by trying to visit and cheer for those readers who signed up after the cut-off date. There were a lot of you! (You rogue readers know who you are.) We were so rogue I'm not sure who all was cheering as part of #teamrogue. Here are those I know about:

Memory Scarlett @xicanti
Becca Lostinbooks @imlostinbooks
Megan S @toadacious1
Literary Feline @LiteraryFeline
Kristen M @WeBeReading
Jillian @ramblings2010
Melissa @thefirmangroup

If you were cheering as part of #teamrogue and I didn't mention you, please let me know and I'll add you to this list!

Yeah, that's me going rogue.

End of Event Meme

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Hour 21. I did just GREAT until then. Probably running on caffeine and adrenaline. Then I pretty much passed out with a book on my face.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Really, you should pick whatever interests you and meets your reading goals. I did find that having shorter books, short stories, essays and graphic novels to read was helpful. I also had a fair selection to choose from and would not have hesitated to go pull from my fearsome TBR (to be read) pile if I suddenly found myself uninterested in my arranged reading stack.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

What do you think worked really well in this year's Read-a-thon?
The cheer teams seemed highly organized (except for #teamrogue of course) and did a fantastic job visiting readers on their chosen social media site. I also noted that international readers were able to receive prizes this time and I think that inclusiveness is awesome!

How many books did you read?
Two (2).

Which book did you enjoy most?
Since I only read two, it doesn't really apply. I finished both Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion.

Which book did you enjoy least?
See previous answer.

If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year's Cheerleaders?
No. I'm a rogue. *smile*

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I will definitely participate again! I might even sign up as a cheerleader. You know, like, officially.

Thank You!

  • To all readers for participating in one big READ for 24 hours.
  • To my fellow #TEAMROGUE members (whoever you are).
  • To all the other cheerleaders and hosts of various events and on various social media sites.
  • To anyone who worked hard that I don't know about. You are appreciated!
  • Most especially to super organizers Andi and Heather! I stand in awe of your love and dedication to this event. 

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  1. Glad you had such a good time with the readathon! It was trending #1 here yesterday morning.... I sure hope to participate in October. Love photos/video ;-)

    1. Thanks JoAnn! I hope you can participate in October too. You KNOW how much fun it is :)

  2. Sounds like you had an awesome read-a-thon! I was going to 'rogue cheer' too but life (and a bad memory) caught me off guard. Next time for sure!

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been on my TBR for a long time now too!! How was it???

    1. Slouching Towards Bethlehem was good. I love Didion's "voice" through her essay writing. She excels at that kind of writing.

      You would have had fun rogue cheering! There is always October :)

  3. "Like officially" haha I didn't expect to cheer since I didn't even sign up as a cheerleader, but it was so much fun to interact with other readathon-ers! You did a great job, and I like your suggestion of sticking to shorter books!
    Random Ramblings

    1. Shorter books saved me! I get easily distracted during Readathon. I added you to the list of "rogues" above. So much fun to visit and interact, right? :)

    2. aahh thank you!! It was definitely one of the best parts for me.

  4. I "only" read two books as well, and yet I enjoyed them much more than I suspect I would have had I rushed to read a great many.

    Love that you went rogue! I'm not on Twitter enough to even carry on a conversation, but what a marvelous idea. I love anything outside of the box, and I was wondering who #teamrogue might be. Should have suspected, my friend...

    1. I like to savor my reading too and therefore don't read the quantity that some others do. This may just be another way to say that I read slowly!

      Yeah, I'm often "out of the box." It seems to be my normal state. ;)