Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon has been officially over now for almost 4 hours and I am just now getting to the completion post, if that gives one any indication of how poorly I did.
What went wrong in my plans?
- I assumed I would have time in the car to read.
- I underestimated how long the college visit would be (12 total hours from door to door).
- I underestimated how old I am.
- I underestimated the amount of sleep I required.
- I forgot my neighbours still needed help, I thought they had decided upon an apartment.
- I did not count on a high level of pain, which was silly, I was in a car or touring a campus for 12 hours!
- I placed people first.
- I spent quality time with my oldest son.
- I helped neighbours in need
- I found some delightful book bloggers through the read-a-thon.
- I realised my limitations and learned to be okay with them.
- A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin (422 pages)
- Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze (329 pages)
There are so many people to thank. The Cheerleaders who worked to keep the readers going, the challenge hosts (even if I did not participate in many, I read every challenge, you are indeed a creative lot), the hosts, and every single person who helped make this read-a-thon a success.
I would also like to thank my readers who had to put up with the few read-a-thon posts I did publish.
What will I do differently next time?
I will first and foremost look at my family calendar. I truly forgot about the 12 our trip until the night before the read-a-thon and it tumbled downhill from there. I will participate in the next one and figure I cannot do worse. ;)