So it's almost over! I am fairly pleased with the progress I made. I did sleep a lot, too, so I really can't complain. Now how about that final questionnaire?
1. I don't think any hour was really daunting because when I got sleepy, I slept. With it being Thanksgiving this weekend, I can't spend today sleeping because i have to get everything ready for family coming tomorrow.
2. I really enjoy non-fiction, which I know a lot of people stay away from at readathon time so I'm going to take a pass at this one. Oh, I am reading Longbourn now by Jo Baker and it's really excellent.
3. I think I said this last time but I'll say it this time in case I didn't. I know it would be more time consuming to do but I think the cheerleaders need to commit to cheering in a time frame. I cheered last time and I hit every blog on my team at least twice, if not three or four times. And i was hitting them at the same time as someone else. It would be good if you had people who were willing to commit to hitting every blog during a certain time period. No disrespect to the cheerleaders intended but I only had one visit on my blog this time around. One. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. The cheerleaders really do help keep you going with their encouragement and I didn't feel any of that this time around. Those comments have often spurred me to take a break to enter mini-challenges and I think I only participated in one that wasn't the intro or mid-event questionnaires.
4. I was a bit distanced from the community. I've typically used the comments on my blog to to link to new blogs when I need a distraction but there was none of that this year. Part of that is because I was reading with people but I think it was magnified by the lack of cheering.
5 & 6. I finished Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman and made excellent progress on two others - The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge and Longbourn by Jo Baker.
7 & 8. I've been working on The Brain That Changes Itself for a while and the two chapters I read yesterday were excellent. And I'm loving Longbourn. Which means Born Weird was the book I enjoyed least by default though I still liked it.
9. I didn't cheer this time but I did last time. My advice - don't sign up if you aren't going to actually cheer. The cheerleaders are way more important than anyone gives them credit for.
10. Honestly, I'm not sure I'll participate again. I was really turned off by the lack of cheering. Is that horrible? I didn't realize how much they helped me feel connected to the larger group. Everyone I connected with over the last 24 hours are people I've already connected with. I didn't interact with anyone new. And that's part of what I love about the readathon. So I'll have to think about participating again. It takes pretty much the entire weekend away - with starting at 8am, I have to go to bed early on the Friday to have a good sleep and then if I am reading until 8am Sunday morning, most of Sunday ends up gone because of catching up on sleep. So I don't know. It's worth it when I feel like I'm connecting with the community but I don't feel like I did this time. I did really enjoy having my friends up - our late night walk was good and it was nice to have people to chat with.