Read-a-Thon Wrap Up and Giveaway Winners

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I've officially experienced my first official read-a-thon all the way through. What an interesting experience. It was definitely harder than I expected! In all it was fun, though, and my husband enjoyed playing along as well. And I've learned things about what to do differently next time. I didn't keep track of each of hour this time but might do that next time.

I ended up finishing two books, Bossypants by Tina Fey and The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer. I was about a third of the way through The Night Season by Chelsea Cain when I decided it was time to go to bed! Jason finished reading Separation of Power by Vince Flynn which he was maybe a third through when this started, and he finished about half of Moonwalking with Einstein. He fit in other things (episodes of Dexter, some video games) too and had a great time. Now, I tend to go a little stir crazy when I'm home all day so I had that not going for me, and I had a headache for a lot of the day.

What I learned: in terms of books to have on my pile to choose from, focus not just on short books but on ones that will go fast for other reasons too. Maybe a funny book, or something light. I tend to fly through celebrity memoir-type books, mystery/thrillers, funny reads, and maybe some YA. This time after I finished Bossypants I could not get into anything because even though they were short, the topics for almost everything else on my pile were dark! The other thing I learned is I MUST take a break between books... like at least half an hour, maybe more.

Okay, now on to the giveaway winners! Winners have been chosen by the lovely

The TWO winners of an advanced copy of Caleb's Crossing are...


The winner of The Four Ms. Bradwells is...


Congrats to the winners and thanks everyone for entering!


Carin S. said...

Thank you! I am so looking forward to Caleb's Crossing. I have an Aunt and 2 cousins who live on Martha's Vineyard, so I'm particularly interested. Congrats on finishing the readathon too.

Trish said...

Congrats on finishing your first readathon Jenny!! I'm glad you had fun and I'm still finding little things here and there that I'll do differently next time.

I agree that short books of a certain type are best. Though one year I read Ethan Frome and it was strangely very readable! And I usually use cheering or doing check-in posts to break up my reading time. Definitely helps to step away for a bit!

Hope you'll be back in the fall!

Tina said...

Congrats on finishing a readathon! I for sure need a break between least a few hours...if the book really haunts me, I need a day to move on to new characters. When I read The Story Sisters a few years back, those characters stayed with me for over a week!! I couldnt even get my head into another book.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Congrast on the readathon. I don't think i could do much more than you. I get antsy too!

Booksnyc said...

Congrats on the Read A Thon! I like to read some lighter, fun books to keep the momentum - Jen Lancaster usually works well for that!

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