We Will See YOU in October!

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That’s a Wrap on the April 2016 #Readathon!

Thank you THANK YOU for joining us for the April 2016 Readathon! We ended the event with

  • 1,950 readers
  • 774 Facebook group members
  • 2,237 Goodreads members
  • And an epic ton of photos, Tweets, BookTube videos, and any other kind of social media love you can imagine!

We’ll be back with our next event on October 22, 2016 and we hope to see you there.

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In the meantime, if you’re moved to volunteer we would love to have you be a part of the Dewey’s family. It takes over 100 individuals to make this machine work, and we could use more hands! You can express your interest in the form down below, and we’ll reach out to you as the next event draws close.

We’ll see you in October!

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Hour 24 – The final 60 Minutes…

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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 October.

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!

Random Shakespeare Fact of the Hour

Anyone who has ever made these late night hours knows that I love to include random facts of the hour. So here is the Shakespeare fact of the hour:

William Shakespeare’s works contain more than 600 references to various types of birds, from swans and doves to sparrows and turkeys. The starling—a lustrous songbird with a gift for mimicry, native to Europe and western Asia—makes just one appearance, in “Henry IV, Part 1.” In 1890 an American “bardolator” named Eugene Schiffelin decided to import every kind of bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s oeuvre but absent from the United States. As part of this project, he released two flocks of 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park. One hundred twenty years later, the highly adaptable species has taken over the skies, becoming invasive and driving some native birds to the brink of extinction.

Source: History.com

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?

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Michelle Buck

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Hour 23 – A Gold Hoop

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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!

Random Shakespeare Fact of the Hour

Anyone who has ever made these late night hours knows that I love to include random facts of the hour. So here is the Shakespeare fact of the hour:

Our notion of William Shakespeare’s appearance comes from several 17th-century portraits that may or may not have been painted while the Bard himself sat behind the canvas. In one of the most famous depictions, known as the Chandos portrait after its onetime owner, the subject has a full beard, a receding hairline, loosened shirt-ties and a shiny gold hoop dangling from his left ear. Even back in Shakespeare’s time, earrings on men were trendy hallmarks of a bohemian lifestyle, as evidenced by images of other Elizabethan artists. The fashion may have been inspired by sailors, who sported a single gold earring to cover funeral costs in case they died at sea.

Source: History.com

Mini-Challenges

Literary Limerick

Still Going

Reading Fuel Recipe Challenge

A Perfect Reading Day – Goodreads

Prize Winners

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Megan from Austen Dumas

Anastacia

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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 – 80 Different Names…

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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.

Random Shakespeare Facts of the Hour

Anyone who has ever made these late night hours knows that I love to include random facts of the hour. This year, due to it being Shakespeare week, I’ve decided to do Shakespeare Random Facts. Your one for this hour is:

Sources from William Shakespeare’s lifetime spell his last name in more than 80 different ways, ranging from “Shappere” to “Shaxberd.” In the handful of signatures that have survived, the Bard never spelled his own name “William Shakespeare,” using variations or abbreviations such as “Willm Shakp,” “Willm Shakspere” and “William Shakspeare” instead. However it’s spelled, Shakespeare is thought to derive from the Old English words “schakken” (“to brandish”) and “speer” (“spear”), and probably referred to a confrontational or argumentative person.

Source: History.com

Mini-Challenges

Reading Fuel Recipe Challenge

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A Perfect Reading Day – Goodreads

Scary Good

Prize Winners

Maria Robertson

Jess from Books and Beethoven

Stephanie from Extraordinary, Ordinary, Everyday

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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 21 – Shakespeare Week

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This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the remainder of this event! Let me tell you a bit about me. I am 27 and live in Nor-Cal (Northern California). I am a cross stitching addict and I have no intention of entering recovery. I also love quilting and am in the middle of 4 projects with a fifth planned. This is only noteworthy because I only learned how to quilt last spring.

This year, I had family from out of the country come and visit. This includes my adorable 16 month old nephew. So needless to say, I didn’t get much reading done. I did read him Goodnight Moon… I had a lot of fun today, but I will have to make up the reading portion on another day.

I want to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful people who have signed up 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. So thank you for taking a bit of your time and doing that today.

Random Shakespeare Fact of the Hour

Anyone who has ever made these late night hours knows that I love to include random facts of the hour. Its just what I do. Sort of like a tradition I have with you, the participants. This has been Shakespeare’s week, so I thought that this year, I would do random facts about Shakespeare. So here is a random fact for this hour:

Abraham Lincoln had three books on his desk. One of those books was the works of William Shakespeare. Random fact from Folger.edu.

Mini-Challenges

A Perfect Reading Day – Goodreads

Still Going

Books in Motion

Pump Up the Jam

Prize Winners

Maija Reads

Shanaya Tales

Melissa Caldwell

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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 – Time to Rally!

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It’s Andi again with something to confess. I took an hour-long nap before my hosting time! I admit it!!!! I hope you did, too, because I know I’m refreshed. When it was time to wake up, though,  I wanted an upbeat song to put me back in motion, so I had to call on my trusty workout song as of late, “Gave Me Something” by Jess Glynne!

Now that we’re a little more awake and doing a chair dance, I just want to thank you for being a part of this event. We sure do love having you, and let’s face it, without you it’d just be a bunch of looking around at each other and playing with a website.

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What’s your favorite song to get you moving? 

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Scary Good

Books in Motion

Still Going

Pump Up the Jam

Literary Wanderlust!

Kickass Characters

Prize Winners

Alekz Hannah

The Writerly Reader

Julie at Smiling Shelves

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

Hour 19 – The Audio Hours!

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Helloooooo errrrbody!!!! This is Andi, and I’m tickled to be here with you. Heck, I’m tickled to still be awake! This hosting spot saves me every readathon.

Now I have a true story for you…

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I did wreck these eyes reading. All. Day. Long. I think it’s time to switch to audio…Amy Poehler’s YES PLEASE! Have you embraced audio today? Honestly, I feel behind the curve on this one, but it’s the first time I’ve audio’ed for a Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I took it on a run with me this morning, and now I’m right back to it.

Have you indulged in audiobooks today? If not, what’s keeping your eyeballs glued to the page? 

Mini-Challenges

Pump Up the Jam

Still Going

Literary Wanderlust!

Kickass Characters

Diversity Shelfie

Prize Winners

Jemima Osborne

Whitney Werling

Nicole Woods

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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 – And the fun continues!

Dana back for hour 18! How are you holding up? The thing I love the most about this read a thon and is that it’s totally come as you are…if you can’t stay up the whole time or you want to take a cat nap or you want to read straight through…we’re all here just enjoying a day dedicated to reading.

Around this time my eyes sometimes start getting more tired and that’s when I start listening to an audio book to give my eyes a break. Do you listen to books on audio? Let me know in the comments below.

I’ve enjoyed hanging out with everyone and I hope you enjoy the rest of the read a thon!

A cute bookish meme to close my time out…

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Literary Wanderlust

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Still Going

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They Said What?

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thomreads

Kayla Wagner

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Hour 17 – Just keep reading reading reading

Dana back with you again for hour #17! How’s it going? It’s midnight here in Florida and I’m so enjoying our time together. In preparing for the day I set aside books from both my own shelves and also made a trip to the library. So tell me…did you hit up your own stacks or go to the library for your read a thon books?

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Mini-Challenges

Diversity Shelfie

Still Going

They Said What?

#WeirdCoverHunt

Prize Winners

julie_bonjour

Kocik Challenge

Roof Beam Reader

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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!