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text 2016-10-23 13:15
End of Event Survey-Oct'16

1.Which hour was most daunting for you?


None. I started 2-3hours late and didn't read between 3-12am my time. So roughly participated for 12 hours. It's my lowest :(


2.Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?


Definitely Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


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


No, it's perfect.


4.What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?


I was more... relaxed. I have a competitive nature so I always want to read more and more during readathons. This time I knew I wasn't going to make it full 24 hours. So enjoyed it more.


5.How many books did you read?


Finished 2. Partially read another 2.


6.What were the names of the books you read?


Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Turkish Awakening by Alev Scott
The other 2 are written by Turkish authors and no English translation


7.Which book did you enjoy most?


See #2


8.Which did you enjoy least?


It wasn't bad but as a nonfiction book Turkish Awakening didn't tell anything new to me. But I'm a local and can feel how informative it can be to a foreigner.


9.How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?


Will definitely participate in RaT again! As a reader.

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text 2016-10-23 00:26
Mid-Event Survey Oct'16

1. What are you reading right now?


Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

2. How many books have you read so far?


Haven't finished a book yet but very close to finish 2 books and partially read a graphic book.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?


I look forward to next chapters of Haunting of Hill House the most. Will go to bed soon. Don't know what I will pick tomorrow morning to read.

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?


I started 3 hours late. I had a meeting and then had an easy jog. I listened to audiobook while walking my dog and taking a shower.

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?


It was hard for me to sit and read for hours for me when I was a smoker. I just had to give breaks, go out and smoke and come back to keep reading. I can concentrate for longer periods now as a nonsmoker!

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text 2016-10-22 14:55
Readathon Oct'16 Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?


Istanbul, Turkey.


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It’s been sitting on my shelves, collecting dust for years. My favorite Goodreads group is reading it at the moment, it’s a 1001 BYMRBYD book and it’s October! Bingo!


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?


 I hope not to snack much. Pomegranate, tangerine, Granny Smith apples with peanut butter and very dark chocolate are the options. I’m definitely a coffee person but will limit my coffee consumption this time. I don’t want increase in my heart rate before a race.


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!


 Besides my job and love for reading, I run.  5K, 10K and Half Marathon. Love trail running as well. I’m not a seasoned runner, started running this year after giving up smoking and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. Will be running at Istanbul Marathon in Nov to raise funds for a charity. Hope to break my Personal Bests in the next few races!


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?


 This is my 8th readathon. I participated for 24 hours my first 6 readathons, eventhough I live on GMT+3—which means readathon starts at 4pm for me. I slept for 5 hours last readathon, because I was going to start a new job on Monday. And I plan to do the same again. I’ll run a 10K race on Sunday. It’s not a goal race for me, more like a training before more important races, but still want to sleep a good 5 hours at night.

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