October 2012, readathon

Hour 1 – On Your Mark, Get Set….

Hello! And welcome (all 451 of you! at last count! WOW!) to another Read-a-thon event! I’m Heather and I’ll be your host for the first 4 hours! I am enjoying picturing all us bloggers, from all over the world, snuggled up with huge piles of books, lots of nutritious (yeah! right!) snacks, and hours and hours of reading time ahead of them. THIS, THIS is my favorite part of the read-a-thon. Doesn’t matter race, religion, sex, or anything. We’re all getting together to read and have a kick ass time. Can I get an AMEN?

Dewey created this event after her husband and son went to a 24 Hour Comics Day, an annual event held in October. Her role was to drive the two of them there and pick them up the next morning. After participating in Mother Reader’s 48 Hour Readathon, she was reminded of those Comics Days and decided to hold her readathon. If it went well, she would make it an annual event. The very first Readathon was held on October 20, 2007. You guys. We’ve been doing this, bi-annually, for 5 years now. Wouldn’t Dewey be SO PROUD of us?

In reading back over Dewey’s posts (thank God I never deleted her feed from my Google Reader) the nostalgia is hitting me pretty hard. Her last Read-a-thon was in 2008. She was with us for such a short time. And I am amazed at how many things she already had in place. The hourly posts. The cheerleaders. The giveaways. Dewey laid the groundwork so that we could keep it going, for this, and so much more. Thank you Dewey, as always, for your guidance, your enthusiasm, your leadership, and your love of reading and this bookish community. All these years later, and you’re still here. We love you, Dew!

Now, before we get to the books, how about we learn a little bit about everyone else? It’s time for the opening meme!

Introductory Questionnaire

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?

My answers:
1) I’m in North Carolina!
2) The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen
3) ALL OF THEM
4) Well, hello there! I’m Heather. I blog about all kinds of stuff, but mostly books, at Capricious Reader. I am also co-owner (with the fabulous Andi!) of the new blog collective The Estella Society. COME WRITE FOR US. Ahem. Did I say that out loud?
5)  This read-a-thon will be unlike any I’ve ever had before. It’s my first time co-hosting! So be gentle with me!

Okay, so, I’ll be here for the next hour hours if you need me. Check out our Twitter, email, here, etc. Now, go forth, yon minions, and read all the books!

Leave me the linkies with your answers to the questions below!

64 thoughts on “Hour 1 – On Your Mark, Get Set….”

  1. It’s my tenth (wow!) Readathon! Happy to be here and happy you are here, Heather. Now I’m off to visit others’ blogs! And to read, of course!

  2. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am going to be reading from lovely, chilly Western NY this morning. Can we say space heater and blankets?
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Hard to choose one! Several have been on my TBR list for a while–probably If I Stay, The Summer I Turned Pretty, or Anna and the French Kiss!
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Hmmm.. raisinets are awesome, but my iced coffee has to be my favorite
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! My name is Jen, I love reading, and this is my first read-a-thon. I can’t wait to get started!
    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 know I am going to love the reading aspect (obviously)… but, I think it’s the feeling of community. That there are over 400 of us all over the world participating together!

    Well, off to start now!

  3. 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?

    1) I’m reading from my bedroon in the UK! It’s 1pm here so I’ve alreday been awake for hours which will make this a little harder.

    2) All of them! I realy want to start The Perks of Being a Wallflower though but that’s the only one I’ve got in large print for when my eyes get tired.

    3) I haven’t prepared any snacks to be honest but there are two bars of chocolate downstairs which I’ll be eating over the next 24 hours

    4) Erm, I’m not sure. Just that I shouldn’t really be participatung in this seeing as I have a ton of homework to do.

    5) This is my first read a thon and I’m most looking forward to staying up reading while the rest of the world (minus 451 of us) are all sleeping.

  4. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Michigan. Chilly and rainy today, so a perfect day to snuggle up with some books!

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    I’m torn between The Future of Us by Jay Asher, which I hear is great and This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer, which I have been looking forward to for some time and will be my first read.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    I bought myself some Magnum Bars yesterday which I’m hoping are awesome!!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    Stacie, 28, from Michigan. Avid reader, nanny extrodinaire, music fan, and nail polish addict. No blog at the moment, but this may kickstart me into making one!

    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 participate in April’s readathon, but I did in last October’s. I plan to take a few breaks, maybe nap a little, so my brain doesn’t fry!

  5. Hi, Heather!

    I’ve read the graphic novel based on The Last Dragon novel and I really enjoyed it, so I hope you will, too. You’re reading the novel, not the graphic novel, right?

    Happy reading!

    By the way, that button is gorgeous, who ever created it, amazing job, wow!

  6. 1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    New York, it’s way to cold this morning. Great day for reading!
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Cloud Atlas
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Lorna Doones
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    My name Karen and I am glad to have a day just for reading. What a great gift.
    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 this readathon a couple of years ago. I will spend more time on reading and less time online, hopefully.

  7. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Seattle, WA (It’s a lovely, cool, rainy autumn in the the beautiful Pacific Northwest)

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Gosh, all of them. (Drama, PErks of Being a Wallflower, starting Gone Girl & finishing audiobook of Operation Yes.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Coffee (morning) and Tea (afternoon) — really having time to enjoy many cups.

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I’m a knitter, out-of-shape yoga and rowing enthusiast, tea and coffee lover, would-be blogger (not yet) and a teacher. I would love to travel more, but I’ll take virtual travel for now. Excited to “meet” everyone and learn about your corner of the world and what you are reading!

    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 readathon and I am super-excited to participate! I am most excited to “meet” participants, explore new blogs, add to my TBR pile, and finish 2 books I started last weekend! Off to read…Wishing you all a fab day!

  8. So excited for my first Dewey Read-a-thon! (I’m starting a little late due to prior commitments, but I’ll still make it a 24 hour deal.)

  9. I’m so excited about this! It’s going to be so much fun (I’ve been having fun, but I think it’s going to get better as I go)!

  10. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    – Croatia calling 🙂

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    – The Elegance of the Hedgehog, M. Barbery. It is a recommendation from my aunt…. <3 Hi aunt!

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    – Pancakes with cheese. Yum!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    – I'm a marine biologist, 24yo, and I prefer to put 4 dots rather than three at the end of the sentence….
    Also, I'm always late, so I started this challenge 2 hours later ~.~

    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?
    – The first one! And I'm not looking forward to anything…. just letting the experience unfold in my presence 🙂

  11. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Missouri. Husband is at work so NO reading distractions.

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    We Need to Talk About Kevin and Of Mice and Men

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Chips and salsa!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    Tammy, 32, avid reader and sometimes writer. Published once already.

    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?

    It’s my first read-a-thon, so lots of reading with no distractions!

  12. I think it’s my second readathon, though the first one with my book blog. I’ll be doing some short reads, and unfortunately some curriculum reading. I’m studying for a BA with a major in English/American Literature and Language and I need to read a bit for the forth-coming weeks. :-S Nice excuse to do some reading though. 😛

  13. I started late 🙂 BUT I am gonna do this! Off to make a snack run & get to reading!
    Please visit if you can & leave links 🙂 I WILL visit back! Promise 🙂

    Reading The Struggle (Vampire Diaries 2) LJ Smith

    This is a purely for fun read a thon, review books can wait for now 🙂

    All events/questions answered on this one post..

    Read a Thon

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