October 2012, readathon

October 2012 Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up

Whew!  Are we all recovered yet?  I’m still trying to figure out how it got to be Tuesday already?  Holy moley.  Did you make it all 24 hours?  Dish.  We wanna know!

To wrap things up, I just want to fill you in on a few (ah! mazing)  stats:

  • We had 481 people sign-up to participate this October.
  • 209 of those participated in the Introduction Meme.
  • 121 of those participated in the End of Event Meme.
  • 467 books were entered into the Books Read Database (there’s still time to add yours)
  • We had 37 cheerleaders sign-up, 30 of which were visible enough for us to count them.
  • We had 21 Mini-Challenge hosts.
  • We had readers participate via Twitter, Facebook, their blogs, and for the first time that I’ve seen, Goodreads profiles, from all around the globe.
  • We had at least 203 prizes donated to us… more if you count those wonderful Mini-Challenge hosts.
  • We had 7 cohosts, and 2 wonderful, wonderful hosts, Heather & Andi.

Publishers, authors, and bloggers who donated prizes this time, thank you!  We really missed prizes in April.  You guys are the bomb diggity.  All of the other volunteers who didn’t get a name mention, but still contributed your time and talents, thank you, bless you, your generosity is primo appreciado!  <–yeah I made that up, and yeah, you get the gist *wink*

Lastly, we really want to thank all 481 of you who signed-up to participate!  Even if you only got to read for a few hours… or a few minutes, you still caught the Dewey bug and we think that’s just grand!  Keep your eyes peeled for a new ‘thon date to be announced right here for our April 2013 edition.  We hope it’s a weekend you can participate.

And with that, sayonara, my lovelies.  I leave you in the extremely capable (and lovely) hands of Andi & Heather from The Estella Society, who will be taking over as hosts.  As for me, I’ll still be at I Heart Monster and definitely stopping by to cheer in April as my squirmy little bundle o’ something arrives in March!  Thanks for putting up with me the last couple of years! *air smooch*

October 2012, readathon

Hour 24 – Crossing the Finish Line

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and you have made it to the final hour (as well as the final post). Whether you have done 24 hours or just 1 hour, you have done amazing! I have had so much fun these last four hours chatting with you all and reading your posts and your tweets. You have all made this another great event and I eagerly look forward to the event in April.

Random Fact of the Hour:

Dolphins typically do not live alone, but rather in schools or pods. They have a complex social structure and seem to have a wide range of emotions, including humor.

Current Minichallenges:

New:

End of Event Meme… See Below

Still Ongoing

Diagram a Sentence

Book to Movie Challenge

Winner’s Announced:

Carolina @A girl that likes books (The Ice Princess)

Nicole Mac Farlane

nea barabea

Marina @ Texas Book Woman

Joy Renee @ Joy Story

End of event meme

A Readathon tradition! In your final Readathon post, answer these questions and then link to it with the Mr. Linky, below.

  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 year?
  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. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

 

It has been a pleasure reading and tweeting with you all. Good luck on this last hour and get plenty of rest today.

October 2012, readathon

Hour 23 – Joke of the Hour

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! Did Hank miss any good jokes? Do you have a joke you would like to share? If so, post it below! I know I could always use a good laugh!

Random Fact of the Hour:

 The benefits of Laughter:

1. Laughing 100 times roughly equals 15 minutes on an exercise bike? So next time you don’t feel like going to the gym, laugh for a while.

2. Aside from improving our moods, laughter can reduce stress, help fight infection, and reduce pain.

3. Laughter causes positive changes in brain chemistry by releasing endorphins, and it brings more oxygen into the body with the deeper inhalations.

4. Laughter releases anger, fear, guilt, anxiety and tension.

Mini-Challenges:

 

New:

Book to Movie Challenge

Still Ongoing

Opposite Title Puzzle Challenge

Diagram a Sentence

Winner’s Announced:

Kristie @ live through books

Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

Denise @ So Many Books, So Little Time

Jenn @ Jenn and the Cats

Perhaps now would be a good time to pick up a funny book and get a good laugh! Any recommendations? Let us know below!

October 2012, readathon

Hour 22 – Arrrrrrrgh You Still Reading?

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! If you are thinking about going to sleep, I thought I would provide you with a little visual evidence that all cool people read. Even crazy pirates like Jack Sparrow read! Now, continuing on with the pirate theme:

Random Fact of the Hour:

The idea that “the Boogey Man will get you” comes from the Boogey people, who still inhabit an area of Indonesia. These people still act as pirates today, and attack passing ships.

Mini-Challenges:

New:

Diagram a Sentence

Still Ongoing

Show It Off

Opposite Title Puzzle Challenge

Winner’s Announced:

Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree

Isa @ Chasing Quills

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic

Elizabeth @ Don’t Take My Books

Kathrin @ Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic

Tami @ Just One More Thing (cheerleader winner)

 

Now get on with your reading, mates, before the pirates steal your treasure (aka books). Also, I apologize for the corniness of this post. But I have been up all night too and this is my delirium coming out!

October 2012, readathon

Hour 21 – Dancing the Hour Away

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! I think it is time to follow Tom Cruise’s example and get up and dance to whatever random tune makes you want to shake your groove thing! If you did this, please link me the song you choose to use. How are you doing on energy? Is it starting to get difficult to get  your eyes to stay open? Put on an upbeat song and dance like no one is watching you. This will get your heart rate up and will shake out your tired legs. Might get you through till the end!

Again, I want to thank our wonderful cheerleaders who are still cheering us on. You guys are great!

Random Fact of the Hour:

The name Wendy was made up for the book -“Peter Pan”.

Did anyone else know that? Because I really thought that was a legit name until I read that random fact. I think people who make up words or names that then become commonplace (like this or like Shakespeare) are so brilliant and creative. Everything I come up with sounds silly. Is there anything that has sprung into your mind as a cool made up name? If so, share it with us!

Mini-Challenges:

New:

Opposite Title Puzzle Challenge

Still Ongoing

Book Sentence

Show It Off

Winner’s Announced:

Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Emma @ Writer In A Wheelchair

Melanie @ Bookaholic’s Bookcase

Mervi @ Mervi’s Book Reviews

 

Now that you have caught up on the news of the hour, go back to your books! There is still four hours of reading left!

October 2012, readathon

Hour 20 – Book Adaptations

Does anyone else watch The Lizzie Bennett Diaries??? If not, you need to get on that ship. Seriously, they are so good. Anyway, this is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! Are you excited??? I know I am!  (PS: Unless you are really experiencing a rush of energy, I do not recommend picking up Jane Austen right now. I love Jane. She is great, but if you have been reading for 19 hours… perhaps reading the version with zombies?)

A big shout out to our cheerleaders!!! You guys have been fantastic! Next time we should have cheerleaders for our cheerleaders! But in all seriousness, thanks so much for cheering all of us readers on. You give us the strength to push past the weariness and keep reading on! Please goodness knows how much a “new comment” notice brightens up a persons day.

Random Fact of the Hour:

Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book published in every major Dewey Decimal category. (In honor of Dewey)

Mini-Challenges:

New:

Show It Off

Still Ongoing

Six Word Celebration

Book Sentence

Winner’s Announced:

 Lisa @ Lit and Life (Our Cheerleader Winner)

Nova @ My Seryniti

Jade @ Sortof Beautiful

 

Now go pick up a book and remember to have fun. You can sleep when you’re dead, so have fun while you can!!!

October 2012, readathon

Hour 19 – Dance Inspiration!

Hour 19!!!! GET UPPPP!!! You’re THISCLOSE to the finish line!!!

This is Andi of Estella’s Revenge, back again for one more hour before I turn things over to Kate, our final hostess! If you’re still up and reading along, GOOD FOR YOU!!! You deserve a pat on the back, a tousle of the hair, and maybe even a hug.

We may have endured for 19 hours, BUT we’ve got DANCE INSPIRATION to keep us going!!! If you don’t bob your head and tap your toes to this one, I can’t help you!

Mini-Challenges

Book Sentence

Winners Announced

Reader winners this go-round…

The Fake Steph

Charlie at Bitsy Bling Books

Max at Mind in Pages

Still Ongoing

Challenging Book Challenge

Six Word Celebration

Don’t forget to add your completed books to the master list!

 

October 2012, readathon

Hour 18

It’s Hour 18! You are so close to the goal that you can almost touch it! Good for you! Keep going!

To inspire you, I want to share The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Quentin Blake, courtesy of Walker Books.

 

Aren’t these fabulous? Wish teachers were required to post these in their classrooms.

This hour we have a great mini-challenge, The Six-Word Story, hosted by Andi! And four more lucky Readathon-ers will have their names drawn to win prizes this hour!

Thanks for letting me join you in this fabulous event. I’ll be passing the baton off to Andi for Hour 19. Hang in there!

 

Mini-Challenge

The Six-Word Story, hosted by Andi

 

Winners Announced

The Picturrific Mini-Challenge winner is Michele from Just A Lil’ Lost!

Hour 18 Cheerleader is Northern Stories!

Our hourly random Readathon winners are:

(1) Dead Book Darling

(2) Thinking Cat

(3) Somer at Further Adventures of Somer

(4) Fay at Blog a Book

You’ve all won a prize!  Just email deweyreadathon at gmail with your pick off the prize list to claim!

 

Still Ongoing

Stacy’s Time Flies Mini-Challenge

Nova’s Challenging Book Challenge


October 2012, readathon

Hour 17

It’s Hour 17 and—wonder of wonders!—you and I are still awake!  Good job!

I had to share this very cool book water fountain with you. It is in Budapest, Hungary. Very, very cool.

How are you coming with your reading? Hang in there. We’ve got some good stuff this hour. It is time for the Challenging Book Challenge, hosted by Nova. Nova says, “I’d love for us to challenge our brains this readathon by sharing this:  If you were to pick a challenging book to read, which book would it be and why?”

And we will be giving away…not one…not two…not three…but four prizes to four lucky Readathon-ers! Good luck!

 

Mini-Challenge

Challenging Book Challenge, hosted by Nova.

 

Winners Announced

Hour 17 Cheerleader is Paulina from Two Canadian Readers!

Our random Readathon-er winners are:

(1) Jencey at Writers Corner

(2) Piper V at 1330V

(3) Allison at The Allure of Books

(4) Emma at Verba Vivens Venerat

You’ve all won a prize!  Just email deweyreadathon at gmail with your pick off the prize list to claim!

 

Still Ongoing

Rachel’s Fall Challenge

Stacy’s Time Flies Mini-Challenge


October 2012, readathon

Hour 16

 

It’s Hour 16. Time for a quick assessment of how you are doing:

Are you awake? Check.

Are you still reading? Check.

Are you still blogging? Check.

Good job!  Give yourself a big round of applause.

 

Hi, I’m Deb from Readerbuzz. I’ll be your host for the next three hours. This is my tenth time to participate in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, but it is my very first time to co-host. And let me tell you a secret about me….I typically go to bed at eight o’clock every night and it’s ten here now in Alvin, Texas, USA. Please wish me good luck staying awake.

 

Can you smell my coffee brewing?

 

To keep those brain synapses snapping, here are seven bar jokes involving grammar and punctuation:

 

This hour we’ve got a lot more than just bar jokes involving grammar and punctuation. We’ve got a fabulous mini-challenge, Time Flies, hosted by Stacy. And I’ve drawn two lucky Readathon-ers (see below) to win sensational prizes! So hang in there! You can do it!

 

Mini-Challenge

Stacy’s Time Flies

 

Winners Announced

Joy Renee’s Literary Challenge winners are:

Nova @ myseryniti
Hour 16 Cheerleader winner is Literary Lindsey!

Random Readathoners chosen this hour:

(1) Noumena12 Books

(2) Oliver V at 1330V

You’ve all won a prize!  Just email deweyreadathon at gmail with your pick off the prize list to claim!

 

Still Ongoing

Memory’s Picturrific

Rachel’s Fall Challenge