October 2017, readathon

Hour 24 – Years Nine and Ten

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook.

I can’t believe that we are already at the last hour of our readathon. I’ve had so much fun talking and interacting with everyone. I want to take a moment and thank everyone who has participated in readathon and made this event a success. Thanks to Andi and Heather for all that you do. Thanks to Gabby who has helped me so much on the Goodreads site. Thanks to the volunteers and mini-challenge hosts. The co-hosts and co-moderators. And thanks to all the readers and tweeters. To the family and friends in the background who let us have this magical day. Thank you all! And I hope to see you in April 🙂

This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. We will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year Nine- 2016:

 

The #1 best selling book from 2016 was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. I have to admit, I have not read this book. I borrowed it from a co-worker but haven’t even read it. And honestly, I don’t think it will. I heard about some of the things in here and honestly, I’d rather stick to my imagination about what happens outside the original 7 books in the Harry Potter series. What are your thoughts?

Year Ten – 2017:

The year is still on-going and there are so many books to choose from. So for 2017, rather than telling you which book was chosen as the #1 book, you’re going to tell me what you think the number 1 book from this year has been. Now, I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the best book of 2017 hasn’t been released yet. In my opinion, Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Book 3 in his Stormlight Archive series) is going to be the best book in 2017. But that could just be because I think Sanderson is a Fantasy genius. I cannot wait for its release next month.

Thank you so much for joining in on a review of the number one books over the last ten years. I hope to hear your feedback in the comment section. See you all in April!

Closing Survey! (add your link or comment below)
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

If you are interested in helping us prep for the next Read-a-thon, fill this out!

 

Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey!

Last Day to Read for a Year

Hashtag Challenge

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Kelly @ellarebee

One Literature Nut

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October 2017, readathon

Hour 23 – Years Seven and Eight

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook.

This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. We will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year Seven – 2014:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr was the #1 added book published in 2014. I have to say that I completely agree with this book. I listened to it on audio earlier this year and I’ve already checked it out from the library to listen to again. If you haven’t read this book, please consider doing so. The audio is fantastic if you listen to the audiobook. Particularly the radio portion.

Year Eight – 2015:

The #1 book for 2015 was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I just read this book for the first time last week. This was one of the rare instances where I watched the movie before reading the book. Maybe if I had read it when it was released and I didn’t know the ending in advance, I would have appreciated this book more.

Do you agree or disagree with these selections? See others in the list you think are more deserving? Let me know in the comments. Next up? 2016 and 2017. No sneak peeking 🙂

Mini-Challenges

Last Day to Read for a Year

Hashtag Challenge

10-Word Story

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

FreeFormLady

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017, readathon

Hour 22 – Years Five and Six

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook.

This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. We will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year Five – 2012:

The 2012 #1 book was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now, I know this is probably going to get me stoned or something… but I honestly really disliked this book. I know, a lot of people cried over this book. For me, I could barely force myself to finish it. Its just not my cup of tea…. sorry.

Year Six – 2013:

 

The 2013 #1 book was Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I haven’t read this book so I can’t really offer any opinion on whether it is #1 worthy. I loved The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith that was from that year.

Do you agree or disagree with these selections? See others in the list you think are more deserving? Let me know in the comments. Next up? 2014 and 2015. No sneak peeking 🙂

Mini-Challenges

Hashtag Challenge

10-Word Story

Little Book Tower

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Debi @ dastevensish

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017, readathon

Hour 21 – Years Three and Four

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook.

This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. We will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year 3 – 2010:

And in 2010, we round off the trilogy with Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins as the #1 book. This one was my least favorite one. But still, I appreciate a series that doesn’t drag out over years and years.

Year Four – 2011:

The #1 book in 2011 was Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is where I will admit I diverge (hahaha – get it) from the list. I wasn’t a huge fan of this series. I think my vote went to Rick Riordan’s Son of Neptune that year. I love the Percy Jackson books.

Do you agree or disagree with these selections? See others in the list you think are more deserving? Let me know in the comments. Next up? 2012 and 2013. No sneak peeking 🙂

Mini-Challenges

10-Word Story

Little Book Tower

10 Minute Closet Costume

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Lindsey Stefan

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017, readathon

Hour 20 – Years One and Two

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. Let me introduce myself quickly (and please, introduce yourself in the comments section). I’m 29 and I live in Northern California. I am an audiobook addiction and cross stitch fanatic (so I can do both at the same time). I’m currently addicted to Historical Fiction, especially that set in the Tudor era. Or the War of the Roses. I also love Fantasy… especially Brandon Sanderson. I’m a cheeseaholic and a red tea (rooibos) drinker. I also love soccer and am heartbroken that the USA isn’t going to the World Cup (so I’ll be rooting on Germany for a back to back win). I’m sure there’s many other things. If you want to know, just ask below.

I have been co-hosting these last few hours for so many readathons that I have honestly lost track. I used to have this tradition where I gave a few random facts of the hour. Then I changed to a book genre competition (which Fantasy won back to back readathons). This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. For these next five hours, we will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year One – 2008:

The #1 book in 2008 was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I have to say, I am a huge fan of this series and I completely agree with this book taking the spot. Its hard to believe its been 10 years since it came out.

Year 2 – 2009:

The #1 book in 2009 was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. This is the sequel to the number 1 book from 2008. This book was my favorite in the series. The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a very close second place in 2009.

Do you agree or disagree with these selections? See others in the list you think are more deserving? Let me know in the comments. Next up? 2010 and 2011. No sneak peeking 🙂

Mini-Challenges

Little Book Tower

10 Minute Closet Costume

You’re Wearing That?

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Kristin Davison

Mariiesen

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April 2017

Hour 24 – The winner will be chosen…

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. In the meantime, the Facebook group remains active all your long.

 

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!

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

And we have a winner. Science Fiction was eliminated to make Fantasy the winner for the second season in a row. Next time we will try single vote eliminations. Where you only get one vote per a round. Just to see if we can maybe get some surprise upsets.

In case you missed the last few updates, 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 playing Survivor, Genre style. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for a vote 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 be eliminated. YOU ARE VOTING ON THE GENRES YOU LIKE THE LEAST! I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour and update this post with who the winner is. 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 of voting. 14 genres have dropped down and only two remain. Who will be the winner? That is for you to decide. The results were very close in the last round of voting and Young Adult nearly crept in. It wasn’t until the final five minutes of voting that it was edged out… but nevertheless it was. So this final round will be Science Fiction vs Fantasy. For this round, you only have ONE vote and you must use it to decide who should be eliminated. Remember to vote for the one you love the least of the two!

Science Fiction vs Fantasy… You decide. One vote per a person

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Closing Survey! (add your link or com
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?

Mini-Challenges

Closing Meme

Still Going

Once Upon a Time

Draw It Out

Give!

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April 2017

Hour 23 – Fight on and Conquer!

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. Without all their hard work, this event wouldn’t be half the one it is. Thank you, ladies. We all owe you so much!

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

In case you missed the last couple of 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 playing Survivor, Genre style. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for a vote 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 be eliminated. YOU ARE VOTING ON THE GENRES YOU LIKE THE LEAST! 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 have been voted off the shelf. But four of them are still holding out hope. For this round, you can vote for two genres you want eliminated from this competition. This uses the honor system, so please don’t select more than two. So pick the two genres you love the least. The options are up to you. But at a quarter till the top of the hour, only two will remain, so choose wisely!

Voted off the shelves:

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Adventure
  • Children’s / Middle Grade
Round 3 – Please vote for your 2 LEAST favorite genres

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Mini-Challenges

Once Upon a Time

Still Going

Draw It Out

Picture Perfect

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

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!

April 2017

Hour 22 – 8 Down and 7 to Go

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.

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

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 playing Survivor, Genre style. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for a vote 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 be eliminated. YOU ARE VOTING ON THE GENRES YOU LIKE THE LEAST! 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 been voted off the shelf. But half of them are still holding out hope. For this round, you can vote for four genres you want eliminated from this competition. This uses the honor system, so please don’t select more than four. So pick the four genres you love the least. The options are up to you. But at a quarter till the top of the hour, only four will remain, so choice wisely!

Voted off the shelves:

  • Romance
  • Classics
  • Manga
  • Paranormal
  • Non-Fiction
  • Horror
  • Poetry
  • Religious
Round 2 – Please vote for up to 4 genres that you wish to be voted off the shelves!

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Mini-Challenges

Draw It Out

Still Going

Picture Perfect

That Escalated Quickly

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

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!

April 2017

Hour 21 – Battle of the Genres… Survivor Edition

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 been co-hosting this time slot for several years now. I love it. I also moderate the Dewey’s Readathon Facebook and Goodreads group and have loved talking to so many of you in the lead up to this readathon (as well as over the years that I have moderated those groups). If you haven’t joined them, you really should. So much fun!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 historical fiction phase). I am also an avid cross stitcher, crocheter, and quilter (thank goodness for audiobooks that allow me to combine hobbies. This year alone, I have already listened to over 50 audiobooks).  I am a huge fan of cheese (Fontina, Harvati, and Gouda were on the plate today) and I like some salami to go with it. But one time I put peanut butter (another favorite food) on a saltine cracker and then put some cheese on that… it was so good. 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. I know we didn’t have official cheerleaders and so we have all had to step up to the plate and do some cheering on our own. Thank you for taking a bit of your time and doing that today.

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

Anyone who has been around for the final hours knows that I love to do random facts of the hour every hour. But last October I decided to mix things up and host an election of book genres to determine who would reign over all the other genres. And the winner was… FANTASY. This election was a big hit and many of you asked if it would be repeated again. So I have decided to bring it back… only with a slight twist. This time you will be voting on your LEAST FAVORITE genre and whichever ones receive the most votes will be eliminated (think of the tv reality game show Survivor where you vote people off the island). The last genre standing will be crowned the winner of the Battle of the Genres.  The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for vote. They have made their cases and now you, the members of the jury, have to decide who does not deserve to move on. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will be eliminated. I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. You are allowed to select up to 8 options. This will function on the honor system as I don’t have a way to control that. But please, respect the system. No cheating for the genre of your choice. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

Select your LEAST favorite genre: You may pick up to 8 genres

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Mini-Challenges

Picture Perfect

Still Going

That Escalated Quickly

Give a Book to a Stranger

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

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!

October 2016

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?

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Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey!

Draw It Out

Book-a-Crostic

Prize Winners

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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!