Read-a-thon Highlights

Another Dewey’s Readathon has come and gone, and we could not be more thankful for the thousands of you who joined us to read, cheer, host mini-challenges, co-host.

Heather and I are whizzes with spreadsheets and we have a pretty good organizational plan to keep things going, but without all of you taking time out of your lives to volunteer and read, this event wouldn’t happen. It’s so important to us that we honor Dewey’s legacy, so thank you so much for enthusiastically doing that time and again.

Quick Facts:

  • 2,008 readers
  • 132 cheerleaders
  • 28 mini-challenges
  • 1,102 entries in the Books Read Database (so far)
  • 8 hourly co-hosts
  • 1,495 Goodreads group members
  • 120+ prizes awarded

If you’re interested in volunteering for the next readathon on April 23, 2016, fill out the form down below.

But now…Amanda from Fig and Thistle has used Storify to capture some moments from the readathon that we hope you’ll enjoy.

Read on, readers!!!!

See you next time!

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Hour 24 – THE END!!!

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!

Random Facts 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 are a couple random facts for this hour:

  • People in India are the world’s biggest readers, spending an average 10.7 hours a week.
  • The slowest-selling book is reputedly a 1716 translation of the New Testament from Coptic into Latin. The last of its 500 copies was sold in 1907.
  • One in five adults around the world cannot read or write, with the highest rates in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
How many books did you read?
What were the names of the books you read?
Which book did you enjoy most?
Which did you enjoy least?
If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 23 – ALMOST THERE!!!!!!

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.

Anyone else a bit surprised by some of those books in the infographic above? Or at least in the order in which they appear?

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 occured 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 Facts 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 are a couple random facts for this hour:

  • Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, was a descendant of one of the Salem witches. Bradbury was descended from Mary Perkins Bradbury, who was sentenced to be hanged in 1692 but managed to escape before her execution could take place.
  • The earliest recorded use of ‘wicked’ to mean ‘cool, good’ is from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise. The source for this is theOxford English Dictionary, but of course there may be an earlier instance of the word which is yet to be discovered. Fitzgerald’s first novel also provides us with the first known uses of the words ‘T-shirt’ and ‘daiquiri.’
  • Aristophanes’ play Assemblywomen contains the longest word in Greek. It has 171 letters and is the name of a fictional food dish. It is: Lopado­­temacho­­selacho­­galeo­­kranio­­leipsano­­drim­­hypo­­trimmato­­silphio­­parao­­melito­­katakechy­­meno­­kichl­­epi­­kossypho­­phatto­­perister­­alektryon­­opte­­kephallio­­kigklo­­peleio­­lagoio­­siraio­­baphe­­tragano­­pterygon.

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Reading Fort

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 22 – Archeoeubibliologists Anonymous

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 also 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 Facts 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 are a couple random facts for this hour:

  • A recent study found that people who read are two and a half times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Syndrome later on in life.
  • According to Cristel Russell, a behavioral researcher, reading can help with any stress or turmoil occurring in your life.
  • A study done by the University of Buffalo has concluded that access to possible realities and fictional story lines opens you up to new emotions and feelings. It also helps you to empathize with people, by understanding different cultures.

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

No So Very Scary Boooooks

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 21 – Keene on You

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. I am also a fan of cheese. I bought four different kinds for the readathon. Gouda, Edam, Fontina, and Brie. I buy fancy cheeses… well, at least I consider them fancy since it isn’t like cheddar or colby jack (nothing against those, but those are pretty standard where I live).  Ummm, yeah, I think that is enough randomness about me. Please comment below and let me know a bit about you.

I also want to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful people who have signed up and done some cheerleading today. You guess 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 Facts 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. So here are a couple random facts for this hour:

  • Neil Gaiman gave up journalism because he didn’t like the fact that newspapers were making things up (and getting away with it).
  • Roald Dahl was a spy and a World War II flying ace.
  • Carolyn Keene’s name may appear in every book featuring Nancy Drew, but many authors are actually involved in the writing of these hugely popular mystery stories. Carolyn Keene is really nothing more than a pseudonym.

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

#BookBeverage Photo Challenge

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 20 – I Seeee Youuuu

Hour 20 is here, and this is Andi from Estella’s Revenge back for one more go-round! You doing ok? I see some of you are flagging…I seeee youuuu…

At my house, my husband and four dogs are keeping me company. What about you? Was anyone in your household–animal, vegetable, or mineral–ambitious enough to stay up with you until now?

Keep up the good fight, friends! I know you can do it!

HocusPocusTwirl

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Shelfie

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 19 – Cute Bomb!

Hour 19 is upon us! We are positively FLYING through this readathon, y’all! This is Andi from Estella’s Revenge here to add a little perk to your event for the next two hours. How are we doing? Awake? Still reading?

coffee

While I don’t necessarily endorse coffee at this hour (don’t get the jitters!), I do endorse this GIF, soooo…

I also highly suggest cuteness in the late hours…

Now I really want to know…

  • When was the longest you’ve ever stayed awake during readathon?
  • What are the most books you’ve ever read during readathon?
  • What’s the most FUN you’ve ever had during readathon?

 

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Who Am I? Book Style!

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 18 – Just keep reading…reading…reading…

Dana back with you for my last hour. Our 18th hour, to be exact! Wowsers!

One of my favorite things about this readathon is finding new to me blogs. Every single time I found several. What about you all? What is your favorite thing about the readathon? Take a quick break from that awesome book and share in the comments section below.

Have so enjoyed spending these hours with everyone. Enjoy the rest of your reading!

 

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Blackout Poetry

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Prize Winners

 

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 17 – And the beat goes on…

Dana back with you for hour 17! We’re way close to the finish now. How are you doing out there?

My day has been a bit hectic but I’ve been reading as much as I can. That’s one of the reasons that Dewey’s is my favorite bookish event…you can do whatever you are able to do. Another thing I love? My pretend boyfriend, Four, aka Theo James. So I leave you with a bit of a pick me up for your tired eyes….

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Happy reading, ya’ll!

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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Hour 16 – Still going strong?

Hey, everyone, I’m Dana and I’m be with you for the next few hours. *waves*

So we’re in hour 16. Yikes! Time flies when you’re having fun, huh? Still going strong? If not, now is a good time to drink some water and get up and move.

As I prepped my snacks and piled up my to be read books this week, I happened to run across this meme and thought it pretty much summed up my weekend…anyone else feel the same way?

bookish meme

Happy reading, ya’ll!

 

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Book Mad Libs

Still Going

Prize Winners

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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!

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