April 2011, readathon

HOUR 24!

Ummm, it is HOUR 24! You should be jumping up and down and squealing for joy if you have made it this far. I’ll wait while you do that.

But can you believe that there is just one more hour to go? It means that the end is near and that you have survived another readathon! Bravo to you!

 

 

Personally, I cannot wait to crawl back into bed, so I am sure that I will be doing that sooner rather than later (I do have to work in…5 hours). But it has been a blast spending the last few hours with you guys. You are all great! I am so proud that so many of you chose to stay up the whole time!

 

Mini-Challenges

The mini-challenge for this hour is to fill out the end of event survey and link it back here. We’ll choose a winner later on! Here are the questions you need to answer:

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 yearโ€™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 yearโ€™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?

Winners Announced

We have a winner from the Picturrific contest. Congrats to Vamps R Us! Pick a prize from the prize list and email your choice to Vasilly at 1330vblog at gmail.

Still Ongoing

Challenge Hosts: email deweyreadathon at gmail when you have selected your winners and we can announce them later on today!

Referral Challenge

Bookish Humor (still haven’t heard from a winner)

Book Trailers

 

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

 

 

It was a blast hosting you guys! I’ll be around throughout the end of the hour, but shesten will most likely put up a wrap-up post later on today. Be on the look out! And thank you again for being you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

55 thoughts on “HOUR 24!”

  1. Thanks so much for hosting! Another great Dewey’s Read-A-Thon event! This one is heading to bed! Happy Reading to All and Goodnight!

  2. Answering the mini-challenge here:
    1) Somewhere around hour 18 was most daunting. Had been reading for a reeeeeally long time, but still had a ways to go.
    2) High -interest books for next year? Enjoyed Water for Elephants
    3) it was great!
    4) twitter
    5) four whole books, and half of two others (switched out for variety. will finish both later)
    6) Water for Elephants, Organized Simplicity, The Elephant Keeper, afterbirth, Mom STill Likes You Best,
    7) Water for Elephants
    8) Started an Ann Rule book, and put it right down after 3 pages. Not for me.
    9) n/a
    10) argh. not sure if I can go a full 24 hours again, but might sign up to cheerlead or host mini-challenge, now that I “get it”

  3. Well, I slept for 6 hours, but got up hour 23 and listened to The Woman in White while I got breakfast, walked the dog, etc. I’m off to try to finish my print book in the next 20 minutes!

  4. Wow. So much fun! A great big thanx to all who put effort into making this happen: hour hosts, challenge hosts, gift providers, postage angels, cheerleaders, and all those participating in the pre thon prep and post thon wrap up. You guys rock.

    This was my 8th and I can’t wait for October!

  5. Though, I read only one book today. I started it at 8 am, and finished it at 7:59 am this morning, which feels fairly fortuitous and right. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank you so much. I had a terrific time. Ironically, aftering being sluggish for the last few hours, I now have energy and feel like reading! So maybe no bed yet… Sweet dreams, everyone.

  7. @Rebecca: I have your problem! It’s only 8pm in my time zone, and I don’t think bed at this hour will do my sleep schedule much good.

  8. Wow, what a whirlwind…I almost can’t believe it’s already over. Looking forward to BED!

    Thanks to all the hosts and co-hosts–loved reading your posts while taking breaks from the book pile. =)

  9. Thanks for organising this! When is the next one? No final works of goodbye on the main page–everybody went away to catch up on sleep…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. I had a ball yesterday. This is my first read-a-thon, so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep my attention on the books. I made my goal small (2) and I succeeded. Yay! It definitely helped that the books I read (Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney and Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen) were great reads.
    I can’t wait until next year. Thank you so much for hosting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Although I didn’t make it for the full 24 hours I really enjoyed the experience – as its one of the most favorite things to do – read – so I was overjoyed when I could set aside my weekend to participate with my best friend. What a way to spend quality time with those you love and that who love to read as much as I.

    Can’t wait for the next one.

  12. I injured my foot so I couldn’t stay with the Mineola Memorial Library Team (stinky hacky sack in break time). I am so disappointed because when I got home I fell asleep because there was no one awake….

  13. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hours 20-21, I started getting really sleepy, and fell asleep mid-way through Hour 21. (Didn’t wake up until after the Readathon was over.)

    2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    YA, novellas, short stories. I think longer books work too if the Reader has been eagerly waiting to read it. I read a 287-page book that some might think is kind of dense but I loved spending several hours with it. And the number of books I read isn’t a big deal for me, but some Readers might have a goal of a certain number of books or pages.

    3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    In terms of cheering, I think it’s best to mix up the Readers, instead of having cheerleaders assigned to a block of numbers in order. The way it was this year, the first hundred and twenty or so blogs were getting lots of comments in the beginning, the next hundred and twenty or so got comments in the middle, but I think the last hundred and twenty got the short shrift – not sure how many cheerleaders were actually awake and/or participating at that point. While I was cheerleading, I saw a few bloggers write about how they hadn’t received any comments yet, and it was around Hours 12-15 already.

    4. What do you think worked really well in this yearโ€™s Read-a-thon?
    I loved the hourly updates on the main Readathon blog – very motivating! And great to have a roundup of everything going on.

    5. How many books did you read?
    2.5 books.

    6. What were the names of the books you read?
    Touch by Adania Shibli, Stoner by John Williams, and half of The Spare Room by Helen Garner

    7. Which book did you enjoy most?
    Stoner by John Williams.

    8. Which did you enjoy least?
    I couldn’t really get into The Spare Room, but that may have been a combination of two things: 1) I was sleepy, and 2) I was still thinking about Stoner. Other than that, I think I got really lucky during this Readathon – I really enjoyed what I was reading.

    9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next yearโ€™s Cheerleaders?
    Do not be afraid of exclamation points. (!!!)

    10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    I will definitely participate again if I don’t have anything going on that weekend, or if I’m able to rearrange my schedule to provide at least a few hours of reading time. I really enjoyed participating as a cheerleader this time around, but I think I’d take on a smaller commitment so I could have more time to read.

  14. It was my first time and I read a lot, but I didn’t make it 24 hours. At some point my brain got full and went into automatic shut down. I woke up at 8am with sunlight streaming in my windows and my Kindle still clutched in my hand.

    Thanks to all the people behind the scenes! You made it a great experience for this first-timer. You guys are FANTASTIC!!

  15. Thank you SOOO MUCH to all of our excellent hosts for this event! It was a great time, and I’m already anticipating the next one in October!!!

    Hope everyone gets some sleep. I look forward to checking out a bunch of new-to-me blogs over the next couple of days to see what everyone had to say.

    THANKS GUYS!!!!

  16. ACK, I am so upset I couldn’t participate in this. My internet went out at my house on Friday, and still isn’t back up (I’m at a coffeeshop now). I had all my books lined up, and although I did read a couple of them over the weekend, I really wished I could have participated in all the action. Hope all is well! I’m going to go back and look at some of the posts from the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Typical….I found the website the *day* after the contest!!! Just my luck…how do you sign up for the next read-a-thon?

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