April 2015, readathon

Hour 0 – What the Readathon Means to ME + the opening meme.

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Hi! I’m Heather from Capricious Reader, co-host of this lovely shindig with my bestest bud EVAH, Andi from Estella’s Revenge. It is my complete honor to be your host for the first 3 hours of the Readathon. In my ten years of blogging, I have done a lot of things, but this one has always stood out as my favorite. Why? Because of the community. I remember the days when there were barely 100 readers. Today, we’re standing at over 1,700.

It brings tears to my eyes.

You see, I knew Dewey, the wonderful woman who started this biannual celebration of reading. Not as well as I wish I had, but I knew her and she was a powerhouse. So full of energy and love for this (at the time much smaller!) community. She wanted to celebrate reading. She wanted to celebrate this community. She wanted everyone to come together and read and have fun and it has been my immense honor to see her vision through for the last three years with Andi. As I’ve worked on it, this April in particular, it has really hit home what we are doing here. Not only are we coming together from points all across the globe, we’re coming together with families, with friends, with other book bloggers, and we are reading. We are celebrating. And we are loving.

I’m pretty sure Dewey is damn proud of us. I know I am.

Now, sappy stuff done, so:

In an effort to help you start reading on time, we are posting the opening meme a whole hour early! This has the added advantage of helping you pass this last long hour before the event begins. I mean, it drags, doesn’t it? Or is it just me?

Opening Meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Be sure to link up!

47 thoughts on “Hour 0 – What the Readathon Means to ME + the opening meme.”

  1. Very, very excited to get started on yet another readathon! Good luck to everyone, and I just want to take a moment to thank all of you BRILLIANT coordinators for putting this together twice a year. You all do such an amazing job creating this event, and I’m in awe of your organization, motivation, and drive every single time we do this. THANK YOU and happy readathon day!

  2. 1) I’m in sunny England, so it’s a 1 PM start for me!

    2) It’s a hard choice, but I think I’m most looking forward to Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant, because I find the Borgias one of the most interesting families in history.

    3) I have a box of Guylians to keep me going!

    4) I’m a 29-year-old Anglo-Italian from southeast England, and I am a massive geek, so in addition to dorking out over video games and television/anime, etc., I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi. But I’ll basically read anything that’s not nailed down. 🙂

    5) This is my first readathon, so the part I’m most looking forward to is connecting with other readers. Being involved in this at the same time as so many people around the world is awesome. I’m already loving everyone’s tweets and posts.

  3. I’m happy to be a part of this event today. I also want to thank all the many people who have been working so hard to put it together and sort out all the participants, cheerleaders, prizes, and everything else. Most especially Andi and Heather. Good luck everyone and have a great time!

  4. 1) Melbourne, Australia. It’s cold and wet and late at night so I am rugged up.
    2) The hobbit graphic novel
    3) My coffee and choc ripple biscuits
    4) I have a Siberian husky named snowball
    5) It’s my first Dewey read-a-thon so I am looking forward to seeing how much I can read.

  5. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Lawrence, KS

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Havisham

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    I have this white chocolate popcorn mix, it is sooo good.

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m running my third half marathon in a month soon.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    I did not plan my snacks this time. I also am trying to eat better, so there will be more healthy snacks this time. Might take a nap too.

  6. 1. It’s 4:43am In California where I live right now. I’m determined lol.

    2. Shatter Me by Teherah Mafi

    3. Chex Mix

    4. I’m 23 years old and I started my Booktube channel at the beginning of this year. I’m loving that I’m vlogging about books and I never thought I would be doing that lol. I love to sing, I’m a Whovian and a Disney Nerd, and I have a Dog named Reilly.

    5. This is my first time so I’m looking to seeing how many books I can read in 24 hours

  7. This is my first readathon and I’m so excited! I hope I can read and walk because I didn’t have time to get snacks!

  8. I am reading from Long Island. NY. The book is The New And Improved Romie Futch. As for snacky goodness, I am looking forward to Thai Lime & Chili Cashews. I love this readathons and want to thank everyone for making it happen. This is my fourth readathon and this time I want to read more and play on the interweb less. Yeah, like that’s gonna happen.

  9. So excited for this!
    1) Toronto, Canada (eh)
    2) Definitely most excited for Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
    3) Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate
    4) I’m fourteen and started booktubing almost a month ago. I love talking about and reading books, and my favorite genres are fantasy, sci fi and YA. Oh, and I also love cats.
    5) This is my second Read-a-thon so I’m probably going to try to not be as hard on myself this time. Its okay if I don’t get through all of the books!

  10. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Indiana, USA
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Finishing up One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Anything Chocolate
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I work at my local library in the children’s department. Despite the fact that I work at a library and can check out books anytime I am addicted to buying hardcovers. My room is overflowing with books! But they’re so beautiful! 🙂
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    I participated last April and had to skip in October so this is read a thon number 2. This time I don’t have to work so looking forward to having the entire day for reading.

  11. I can’t wait!

    1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    -Edinburgh, Scotland
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    -I’m not sure yet, I haven’t planned my books in advance.
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    – Tablet! It’s delicious!
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    – I’m 24 and as is obvious, I love reading and books. I have a collection of Harry Potter books in multiple languages and I’m also slowly growing a similar one for Asterix comics. I also love to travel and love playing board games.
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    -Last year I was just super busy so didn’t have time to read as much as I wanted.

  12. 1) Cambridge, England.

    2) Surprisingly, the only non-fiction book of the lot – All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher.

    3) Peanut nutella fudge!

    4) This will be my second 24-hour readathon, & I’m hoping to make it to the end this time – last October, I practically dropped dead in hour 16. 😉

    5) My TBR this time is mostly books that I’ve been putting off for ages (though I’m pretty sure that I’ll like them all), rather than books that I’ve been saving specially for the readathon. I’ve also picked mostly savoury snacks, so hopefully I won’t make myself ill…

  13. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Wales!

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    All of them? I don’t know, sci-fi like the Hitchhiker’s Guide and the Ender’s Game series

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Pistachios 🙂

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m in a giant 9 month reading slump and I’ve only read 2 books this year! So hopefully this should kick start my reading back!

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
    Audiobooks! I’ll make full use of them when I can’t physically read!

  14. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Littlemore, England
    2) What book in you stack are you most looking forward to? The memory of earth by Orson Scott card
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Doritos or Ice Cream
    4)Tell us a little something about yourself! Well, I am a unprofessional cosplayer and I am in a huge reading slump right now! Also, I am quite smart considering I am a blonde! I have yellow eyes!
    5)(I didn’t participate so…) xx

  15. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Slovenia. 🙂

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Don’t have a stack. Will just pick them randomly.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Snack? Dang, forgot to stock up on that. I guess nutella with spoon will have to do.

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    Not much to say. Work in progress. Student. Love to read, love to write (poetry mostly), love to brew beer. That’s about all.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
    No 1000 pagers. Rather bunch of short ones.

  16. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Sweden! And it is a lovely spring day so I will be spending at least part of it sitting on my balcony.

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Secrets of the Waite-Smith tarot

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    My homebaked soft salty pretzles

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I have to really struggle not to log on to World of Warcraft today, I am totally addicted.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
    Many tiny power naps, resting my eyes and listen to an audio-book while baking.

  17. I’m reading from Waldorf, MD it’s 8:21am here. I am looking forward to finally finishing The Life & Times of Madame CJ Walker. I am ready to snack on my ruffled chips and jalapeno cheddar cheese dip. I am a 27 year old mother of 2, a registered medical assistant and I am currently going to nursing school. This is my first read-a-thon. I will be dedicating the entire day to reading books, my kids are gone for the weekend and this is the first time will be able to read for 24 hours in peace. I look forward to reading my pile of unfinished books and connecting with other lovers of books. Happy reading!!

  18. I’m a bit late to this but here we go :’)

    1) A very cloudy Finland
    2) Probably The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare, it’s also the book I’m starting off with.
    3) I don’t really like to eat when I read so I haven’t loaded up on any snacks, but I might make some popcorn later.
    4) I’m Finno-Swedish, which means that my mother tongue is Swedish and Finnish is my second language, but my biggest passion in life is the English language and literature. After I graduate (about a month from now), I’ll hopefully go on to study English at King’s College London.
    5) This is my first time, and I’m most looking forward to getting through some of the books I’ve wanted to read for quite a while, and hopefully making a few new friends/acquaintances. 🙂

  19. 1. Reading from just outside Houston, Texas.
    2. All.the.books.
    3. I have no snacks but maybe I can bully, er, talking my daughter into baking some cookies later.
    4. I think I’m too old for this staying up 24 hours business 😉 I’m a homeschooling hippie mom and I’m just thrilled to laze about reading all day!
    5. This is my first time.

  20. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Washington State, US

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    The Winner’s Curse

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Gluten free pretzels and potato chips

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m an entertainment addict, meaning I love books, games, movies and shows. I’m addicted to stories in any medium and can’t go a long time without music.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
    This is my first time! Just looking forward to reading lots. 🙂

  21. 1. Sheffield, England
    2. The Rosie Effect
    3. I’m on a diet so it’s apples for me I’m afraid
    4. I’m really hungover
    5. First time – the wee hours of the morning when everyone is asleep except the birds and me!!

  22. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

    My brand new condo in Walled Lake, Michigan (moved in less than two weeks ago!)

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

    Finishing Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

    I’m actually looking forward to lunch. Crappy Jeno’s Pizza (isn’t it funny how the worst pizzas can be so good!)

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

    I have been in a massive reading slump for months, not really reading anything, so I’m hoping this will kick me out of it!

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

    I did participate in the last one and I’m not putting any pressure in myself today. I have a few other things to do today, so I know I can’t spend all day reading (sadly), but I do want to read as much as I can!

  23. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    LeClaire, Iowa (a sleepy little town on the Mississippi)

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    A Reunion of Ghosts by Judity Claire Mitchell (a dark comedy)

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    White Cheddar Popcorn

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m not a blogger, but stumbled across this read-a-thon with a couple of friends. We had a pre-reading warm-up yesterday and spent almost 6 hours together reading. It was the most relaxing afternoon I’ve taken off work in years!

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    This is my first read-a-thon. I’m excited to spend an entire day just doing what I love best…reading! 🙂

  24. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Brazil
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Book Thief
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chocolate
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 21 Years old
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Yes, I participated in the last-read-a-thon and I think I can read more this time.

  25. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Sweden
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Don’t have a book stack this time. I just pick one as I go.
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    My mixed candy (if my boyfriend don’t eat them all)
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m a preschool teacher that is getting consumed by my beer hobby. Sometimes it feels like I work in the beer business 🙂
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    This is my second time and last time I only took two power naps. So I lasted 23h. This time I will sleep more and also take a break and go to a beer festival.

  26. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Romania
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Never Never by Colleen Hoover
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Apple and cinnamon ice cream
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    This is my first read-a-thon
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    I’m really excited to see how much i can read : )

  27. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

    – Colombia

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

    – The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

    – Choclitos

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

    – Well, I’m 17 years old. I’m always attacking the floor and I love to read.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

    – This is my first read-a-thon and I’m looking forward to spend the whole day reading, but I don’t think my mom will let me do it.

  28. 1. I am reading from Denmark!
    2. The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender.
    3. Strawberries with vanilla cream 🙂
    4. I study comparative litterature, and this is my first read-a-thon!
    5. I am looking forward to seeing beautiful pictures on instagram, of what other people are reading, and sharing my own experience 🙂

  29. I’m reading in rainy and cool, Indianapolis, Indiana!
    The book I’m most looking forward to is, The Kadin by my favorite author Bertrice Small, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year
    The snack I’m most looking forward to is a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch!
    I am 37, married, no children, but I have an awesome pitbull named Niji. I’m a pharmacy tech.
    This is my second readathon, and I will stay up later this time, since I got such a late start!

  30. 1) I am reading from Colrado so I started at 6am.

    2) The death and life of Charlie St. Cloud

    3) Popcorn and Pretzels

    4) I am 12 years old. I enjoy dancing, photography, and of course reading!

    5) This is my first read-a-thin and I look forward to reading some book that have been on my TBR for months.:)

  31. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Canadian Prairies – Central Canada
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    a local author, C.C. Benison’s, Death at Buckingham Palace
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    hot chocolate 😉
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    avid reader doing both Dewey’s and Spring Horror Readathons today . Have been part of Dewey’s since I began blogging I’m sure ! at least since I discovered it 🙂
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Not as many challelnges and drink more -putting value on hydration …
    Ready. Set . Go. – {sorry didn’t note this signup til late}

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