Readathon Wrap Up for October 2016

Hi everyone! Heather here with your October 2016 Readathon wrap up! Are you like me and love to look at the stats after these events? Let’s get right to it!

Readers signed up: 1723

Books read (currently at): 1192 (don’t forget to add the books you finished to the database!)

Countries represented (that we know of): France, India, US, Spain, Japan, Poland, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand, Wales, Israel, Austria, Australia, Bosnia, Scotland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Brazil (Holy Cats that’s awesome.)

Social Media used: Facebook, Twitter, Litsy, Goodreads, Instagram, this Blog… We were slightly unprepared for Litsy and very excited by the response there! We will definitely utilize it even more in April.

I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing us to try this change with the cheering. As the co-host responsible for the cheering teams, this took a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I haven’t enjoyed a Readathon this much in years and was able to help Andi so much more with the other behind the scenes stuff. In truth, cheering took all my time the month before and the day of the Readathon. So thank you, so much, for allowing us to try it and I hope you will allow us to continue to modify the cheering to get it to where it is fun for all.

Now, see you ALL in April! Invite your friends!

Hour 24 – The Final Round

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Welcome to Hour 24!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the final hour. We have made it, ya’ll. We have done this!!!! As per my traditions (I have a lot of traditions) I have included the video for We Are the Champions because, to me, if you have even read for just five minutes, you are a participant and you have done a good job! I am so proud of you. I really hope that you will all be back to join us in April.

 

 

 

 

 

As a final thank you, I want to thank you, the readers, for participating in this event. We couldn’t do it without you. I sincerely mean that. Without you all signing up and participating and sharing this event with others, we never would have had an event to begin with. Thank you for coming back and reading books and making this possible. I really do hope to see you next time.

Now, let’s do these last 60 minutes proud and read until the last second!

Genre Election

And the winner, by a mere two votes is… FANTASY!!!

It was a close call, you all. It literally went back and forth several times before the voting ended. But in the end, the masses have spoke and Fantasy is the winner. I hope that you all enjoyed this time and had fun voting. We might come back next time with a March Madness, bracket style of voting. 

In case you missed the last three update, let me briefly tell you what is going on here for the rest of the readathon. This year, during these last four hours, we are going to hold our own election. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for election on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will “drop out” of the election. I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

We are now in the final round. 14 genres have dropped down and only two remain. Who will be the winner? That is for you to decide. For this round, you can only vote for one genre. At a quarter till the top of the hour the voting will end and I will update this post to announce the winner. These two have led the vote each round so I am not too surprised to see it come down to Fantasy vs Young Adult. However, which one will win? I honestly don’t know. They have been within a couple votes of each other this whole time. And honestly, it’s the two I have included in my vote each time. I don’t know about you, but I am excited to see who wins! I hope you enjoyed this “Election Season” here at Dewey’s.

Final Round and it all comes down to Fantasy vs Young Adult

 
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End of Event Survey

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  5. How many books did you read?
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Click below to link up!

Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey!

Draw It Out

Book-a-Crostic

Prize Winners

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citizenjudie

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 23 – And then there were 4

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Welcome to Hour 23!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the last 2 hours. If you are just rejoining us for the remain couple of hours, I would like to say “Welcome back!” You have been missed.

I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful hosts of this event, Andi and Heather. These are two of the most amazing people in the history. They spend nearly the full year planning the event for us and taking care of things that occurred after the last event (like survey results and prizes). Without all their hard work, this event wouldn’t be half the one it is. Thank you, ladies. We all owe you so much!

Genre Election

In case you missed the last two update, let me briefly tell you what is going on here for the rest of the readathon. This year, during these last four hours, we are going to hold our own election. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for election on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will “drop out” of the election. I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

We are now onto round 3 of voting. 75% of the genres we started with have acknowledged that they won’t be the Supreme Genre. But a quarter of them are still holding out hope. Already, some of the big genres (like Science Fiction) have fallen while Mystery and Contemporary Fiction are holding on (it was a close call between those three). For this round, you can vote for two genres. At a quarter till the top of the hour, only two will remain, so choice wisely!

Round 3 – Please only select two options!

 
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Mini-Challenges

Draw It Out

Book-a-Crostic

Book Stitchings

Prize Winners

rock.and.read

southern.bookworm

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 22 – 8 Remain…

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This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the remainder of this event! You are doing so great! Don’t give up now!!!

I would like to take a moment and thank all the mini-challenge hosts. Aren’t these all so much fun? And without so many people volunteering to to host a mini-challenge, we would not be able to do this by ourselves. And all these mini-challenges are part of what makes this event so unique and so much fun! Isn’t the book community so amazing? I hope that you’ve had a lot of fun, because I know I certainly have.

Genre Election

In case you missed the last update, let me briefly tell you what is going on here for the rest of the readathon. This year, during these last four hours, we are going to hold our own election. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for election on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will “drop out” of the election. I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

We are now onto round 2 of voting. Half of the genres have acknowledged that they won’t be the Supreme Genre. But half of them are still holding out hope. For this round, you can vote for four genres. This uses the honor system, so please don’t select more than four. So pick the four genres you love best. The options are up to you. But at a quarter till the top of the hour, only four will remain, so choice wisely!

Round 2 – Please select 4 genres only! Thank you!

 
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Mini-Challenges

Book-a-Crostic

Book Stitchings

All You Can Eat Buffet

Prize Winners

pattycakess20 

Alix May

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 21 – 16 Candidates Step Up to the Plate

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Hi Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I am going to be with you for the rest of this wonderful ride! I’ve ben co-hosting this time slot for several years now. I love it. I love getting to know all of you.  So let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 28 years old and live in Northern California. I am a lover of books from all genres (currently going through a legal thriller phase. And fantasy). I am also an avid cross stitcher, crocheter, and quilter (thank goodness for audiobooks that allow me to combine hobbies). And I also love the odd computer game or two. Civilization 6 came out on Friday. I pre-ordered it but have yet to play it because I’ve been wrapped up in Dewey. But I can’t wait to play it. lol. And now that you know some about me, I would love to get to know you. So leave a comment and tell me about yourself and your hobbies.

I want to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful people who have put aside some of their reading time and done some cheerleading today. You all are like a breath of fresh air. Just when one is beginning to get tired and weary and it seems like you might want to quit, you pop up with a word of encouragement. This is the first time that we haven’t had official cheerleaders and so we have all had to step up to the plate and do some cheer on our own. Thank you for taking a bit of your time and doing that today.

Genre Election

Anyone who has been around for the final hours knows that I love to do random facts of the hour every hour. Well this year, I have decided to mix things up a little bit. If you are alive and have access to the internet, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that there is an election happening right now in America. But even if you haven’t noticed, I’m sure you’ve been involved in some kind of election at some point in your life (local or school election or church election, etc). So this year, during these last four hours, we are going to hold our own election. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for election on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will “drop out” of the election. I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

 

Selection Your Favorite Genres

 
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Mini-Challenges

Book Stitchings

All You Can Eat Buffet

Readathon Recommendation Engine

Prize Winners

gossipverse

nerdymommynl

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 20 – BoooOOOooooOOOOk!

 

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While I realize it’s not autumn everywhere in the world, and while I realize not everyone celebrates Halloween, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this October opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest books in film. In short, Book, from Hocus Pocus! Because let’s face it…there should be more books-as-characters.

Can you think of any bookish characters you love? Second only to the Hocus Pocus book is the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter!

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Mini-Challenges

All You Can Eat Buffet

Readathon Recommendation Engine

Rainbow Tower Challenge

Prize Winners

Wicked_Bookworm

Whitney Werling

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 19 – You are a Reading Warrior!

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You know what? ONLY FIVE MORE HOURS!!!! You are really and truly on the downhill slide, and if you’ve made it this far, you are a reading warrior!

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So let’s get real. What’s your secret, eh? How have you lasted this long? If I’m being honest, I had a fantastic nap, a cup of coffee in Hour 16, and off we go!

Keep it up, readers!

Mini-Challenges

Readathon Recommendation Engine

Rainbow Tower Challenge

Beverage and a Book

Prize Winners

Pastry and Primer

Rachael Torres

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 18 – Audio to the Rescue!

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Hey hey! Andi from Estella’s Revenge back again. I tell ya, the last few readathons audiobooks have really saved my life. It seems like I can never really focus on Readathon day whether there are administrative things to do or family events to attend.  In April, my audiobook of choice was Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and now it’s Yesternight by Cat Winters.

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Are you an audiobook listener? Did you listen to one this time around? What would you recommend to an audio newbie?

Mini-Challenges

Beverage and a Book

Frightful Reads

Prize Winners

Cat Litterary

Foliofiles

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 17 – Let’s Get Weird

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Hi again, it’s Julianne back for Hour 17 – my last hour co-hosting! We had a moment of relaxation last hour, but now it’s time to ramp it up and get real weird. Regardless of your preferences, reading outside of your box is an amazing way to jump start your reading-love. If you’re feeling a little tired out and you’re kind of going through the motions of reading but not really absorbing anything anymore, it might be time to stray from your reading plan and grab something weird. Reading a book in an experimental format or in a created dialect is the perfect way to shock your system and excite your brain into focusing on reading again. Or, really, any book that makes you audibly say “WTF?!” (And if you’re not at the point of talking to yourself by Hour 17, you’re really not doing readathon right.)

Need any strange book recommendations? Or too tired to pick between a number of weird books you have on your shelves that you don’t really know much about? Throw me a tweet at @readathon – I’d love to chat. Don’t forget – read what’s weird to you! If you just read literary fiction and hobbits are weird to you, it might be time to curl up with my boy Samwise Gamgee (the true hero of the story, let’s be real). And if you need more suggestions to perk up your reading, check out my Gamify Your Readathon post from earlier this week! Tell me what weird reading you’re going to try out in the comments.

Good luck, book babes! We’ve got this.

Mini-Challenges

Beverage and a Book

Frightful Reads

#FitReaders 5 Minute Get Up and Move!

Prize Winners

Laeshestens

The Purple Sponge

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 16 – Let’s Chill

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Oh hey, beautiful reading angels. It’s your new best reading friend, Julianne from Outlandish Lit! I’m going to be co-hosting this hour and the next, so STRAP IN. I don’t know about you, but I always have a super hard time finding as much reading time as I’d like for readathon. No matter what job I have any given year, I’m always working at least a little on Saturday. Luckily it’s been a very bookish few hours of work.

I recently got back from meeting and photographing Mark Frost, co-creator of Twin Peaks, at the reading of his new book The Secret History of Twin Peaks. AAAHHH. I’m so hyped, I’m definitely going to dig into this book in the next few hours before I inevitably fall asleep (I promise I won’t fall asleep before I’m done co-hosting, gang). I’ve got work in the morning, but I’m going to read like there’s no tomorrow. And by that I mean chill out and embroider a forest scene while listening to my Don DeLillo audiobook.

What are you doing to chill out but keep reading as the night goes on? We’ve got to pace & be kind to ourselves, friends!! Hold the espresso shots for a little bit later.

Mini-Challenges

Frightful Reads

#FitReaders 5 Minute Get Up and Move!

Video Game a Book

Prize Winners

bookaholicforlife

The Bees Knees Bookish Corner

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!