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

travellingthruwords

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

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

hturningpages

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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

If you see your name announced as an hourly prize winner, visit the PRIZES page to claim.

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

If you see your name announced as an hourly prize winner, visit the PRIZES page to claim.

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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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016, readathon

Hour 11 – Choose Your Own Nightmare

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Hey wonderful Read-a-thon people! Missed you guys so much. I think it’s my 3rd or 4th Dewey’s and this is my 2nd time co-hosting; I couldn’t be happier to do it! I have to say that I’m loving Dewey’s in October. This time of year is made for reading.

You’ve made it to HOUR 11! Woo-hoo! Do you know how awesome that is?! Take a moment to pat yourself on the back and dust off those cookie or Doritos crumbs😉.  Many of us are reading in various spooky genres (horror/suspense/mystery) because Halloween is just a week away. I’ve got an unofficial Hour 11 challenge for you all!

Choose your own nightmare and leave one of the spookiest passages you’re reading or have read during the ‘thon in the comments! Please include title and author of book because we all want to know which book you’re reading.

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ARE YOU SCARED YET?! 😉  See you in a few for HOUR 12! You’re doing great!

Mini-Challenges

Plan a Bookish Party

Red, White, and Blue Books

Cast Your Book

Prize Winners

@takemeaway02

AhavahReads

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. 

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April 2015, readathon

Hour 24 – Let’s All Cross the Finish Line Together

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.

Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you, the readers, for joining in and making this the event that it is. Without you, we wouldn’t even have an event. Thank you for spending the last 24 hours, sharing with us, laughing with us, and reading with us. I feel like we are all connected around the world through this even.

I know that this event always brings my family together. We are spread out around the world (my parents and youngest sister live in Asia, one sister lives in Germany, I am half-South African and have family there, and one sister and I live in California along with an aunt and my grandfather. Every readathon, we all chat throughout the day and everyone reads a little bit. We send pictures of us reading and our snacks and other things. My sister in Germany had a baby in December and she sent a picture of reading a book to him (Goodnight Moon). It was the most wonderful thing I have seen all day. Our next generation is even involved in this event. Please take a moment and share with me if you have gotten anyone else involved in reading for this event.

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:

  • Nathanael West’s 1939 novel The Day of the Locust features a character named Homer Simpson.
  • William Shakespeare is the first person to record the words: amazement, bedroom, advertising, blanket, bump, gloomy, puking, gossip, drugged, champion, accused, addiction.
  • Barbara Cartland finished a novel every two weeks. (How do you even write that fast???)
  • Gabriel García Márquez won’t allow One Hundred Years of Solitude to become a film.
  • The first handwritten Bible (since the invention of the printing press) cost $8 million and took 12 years to complete. (I am going to need to disappear for the next 12 years so I can retire comfortably… Off to acquire my writing instruments. hahaha)

 End of Event Meme:

  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?


Mini-Challenges

End of Event Meme!

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!

April 2015, readathon

Hour 23 – Don’t Quit Now!!!!

Welcome to Hour 23!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the last 2 hours. You are almost there. The end is in site. Believe in yourself. You can do it!!!!

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. The spend nearly the full year planning the even for us, even when we aren’t seeing blog updates. They always go above and beyond the call of duty to give us this even that I know many of us spend months looking forward (probably 6 months… from the minute the prior one ends). 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:

Mini-Challenges

Share a Song

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!

April 2015, readathon

Hour 22 – DOUBLE NUMBER HOUR

Welcome to Hour 22!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the last 3 hours. I hope that you are having fun!!!! I know I am.

I would like to take a moment to thank my fellow co-hosts, mini-challenge hosts and all those who do the work in the background. Thank you for giving of your time and energy to make sure this event runs smoothly. Your posts are always a bright spot to the hours. To those who host mini-challenges… you truly make this day. You provide something to look forward to and a small distraction every hour. Give us the opportunity to interact with other readers. Thank you for organizing a fun challenge for us to do. And to those who organize prizes and wrote warm up posts and do all the other numerous things that we don’t even know about, know that you are appreciated and this event wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you so much!!!

We also have to thank the publishers who help us with prizes, from big to small. Check out this fantastic post written especially for us by Adria J. Cimino of Velvet Morning Press. 

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:

Mini-Challenges

Blame It On the Bloggers

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!

April 2015, readathon

Hour 21 – Beginning of the End

Welcome to Hour 21!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. If you’re reading this, you have made it to the final sprint! Come on, you can do it! Only 4 more hours. Really, that isn’t that long!

I would like to take a moment to thank the cheerleaders. You guys always amaze me. You selflessly take time to cheer on us readers and sometimes, when tiredness is creeping in and you just want to sleep, your encouraging cheer helps to keep me going. Thank you for taking on such a monumental task. With so many readers participating, I am sure it seemed daunting. But you all rose to the occasion and you rock!

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:

Mini-Challenges

That Moment When You Fall In Love With a Book

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!