Sunday Salon: Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

In the last two hours of the read-a-thon I only managed to finished 10 pages of The Order Has Been Carried Out by Alessandro Portelli. I spent an additional 35 minutes “blogging” but that mostly consisted of me staring at the computer trying to form coherent thoughts. I’m pretty tired.

I’m going back to bed after this until the dining hall opens in an hour and a half, but my read-a-thon isn’t over just yet. I still have to finish The Order Has Been Carried Out for a course I’m taking.

Hour: End

Time: 9:00am EST

Read since last update: The Order Has Been Carried Out by Alessandro Portelli (in progress)

Brief thoughts on what I’ve read: Looks at the myth in Italy that the 300 plus people killed in retaliation for the death of 30 Nazis could have been prevented had the partisans turned themselves in.

Pages read since last update:10

Running total of pages read since I’ve started: 1,537 (WOW!)

Amount of time spent reading since last update: 30 minutes

Running total of time spent reading since I’ve started: 12 hours and 20 minutes

Amount of time spent not reading since I’ve started: 2 hours and 35 minutes blogging; 1 hour and 25 minutes eating (20 minutes was spent reading and eating); 1 hour and 30 minutes cheering; 15 minutes responding to emails and phone calls

Other Readathon-related activities: End of Event Survey (see below)

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?Hours 8 to 10. I stalled on Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan and should have shelved it earlier.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Despite being 500 plus pages long, House Rules by Jodi Picoult really kept my attention. It was perfect for the wee hours of the morning.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Cheerleading needs to be arranged better. Participants were divided by the time they signed up so, for example, I was in the 400s on the sign up sheet so cheerleaders were supposed to cheer for me between hours 20 and 24. But I had already gone to bed/wasn’t on the computer as much as I had been earlier in the day. I received a lot of comments, but it made me sad that there were others out there who did not received any comments.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I really liked the way prizes were announced on Twitter. It was cool seeing people I knew receiving prizes in “real” time.
  5. How many books did you read? Four. Three novels and a graphic novel.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    1. A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez
    2. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
    3. War on the Margins (Libby Cone)
    4. House Rules (Jodi Picoult)
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I liked A Cup of Friendship and House Rules equally.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? The Alchemist.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? Use the Random Number Generator to help you randomly choose participants to cheer for. It really helps spread the cheering around!
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I would love to participate in the Read-a-Thon again! But I would probably only be a reader and be an (unofficial) cheerleader.

Where I stand overall:

  • An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum) — 105/281 pages
  • War on the Margins (Libby Cone) — FINISHED
  • Refuge in Hell (Daniel B. Silver) — 109/331 pages
  • Beatrice and Virgil (Yann Martel) — 0/214 pages
  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) —FINISHED
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (Gayle Tzemach Lemon) — 0/253 pages
  • The Order Has Been Carried Out (Alessandro Portelli) — 10/330 pages
  • Saving Fish from Drowning (Amy Tan) — 255/474 pages
  • A Cup of Friendship (Deborah Rodriguez) — FINISHED
  • House Rules (Jodi Picoult) —FINISHED

For a little about why I chose each book, please see my initial book selection post.

The Sunday Salon:

The Sunday The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.


  1. Wow- you’re managing the Read-a-Thon during the academic year? color me impressed. Then again, I might have been better at all nighters, when I was a college student. 10, ahem, years ago.

    I adored A Cup of Friendship. If you haven’t yet read Kabul Beauty School, wait a good long while before you do. There are similarities that get hard to ignore, to the point of slightly tacky.


    • I still can’t pull all nighters! And I’m sure I will pay for my participation today when I’m trying to get some more work done (I did manage to finish two essays on Friday). I will keep your advice in mind and delay reading Kabul Beauty School for a while. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. 1,537!! That is simply fantastic!! And thanks for all the visits during the event, Christina.

    I agree about the cheerleading. This was my third time to be an official cheerleader and I was incredibly disappointed by the lack of organization and the manner in which the slots were dealt. I ended up scraping it entirely and just bouncing around randomly as much as I could.

    Twitter was a lot of fun this time around as well! And glad you liked the Picoult. My sister just read and loved it.

    Happy Monday!


    • You’re welcome, Trish! And thanks for being such an awesome cheerleader for everyone! I hope the cheerleading is better next year. I felt bad that others were being left out. That’s not the point of the read-a-thon, at all!


  3. Wow, you got through a crazy number of pages — that’s awesome! I, too, had a rough last few hours. I read about 10 pages, fell asleep, woke up, tried to blog, and then threw in the towel and crawled into bed.

    I love the random number generator idea! When I cheered officially last year, we were assigned groups of bloggers broken up alphabetically. I had maybe 15 or 20 bloggers who I and a couple of other cheerleaders visited throughout the event. I didn’t realize the system had changed, but that would explain why the commenting pattern felt different! I really enjoyed doing it unofficially this time, cheering for the readers whose blogs I read regularly as well as others I found through Twitter, etc.


    • Yeah. I tried to read on my iPad but kept dozing off! I finally decided to just give up and go to bed.

      I assumed the same system would be used so I kept waiting for my assigned list to arrive. No such luck! As I said above, I think I’ll go back to unofficially cheering. (I signed up officially thinking I would not be able to participate as a reader.) I felt like I was being a bad cheerleader for taking so much time to read…


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