October 2014

Hour 24 – We’ll Keep on Fighting Until the End…

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the final hour of the readathon. Are you excited it is almost over? Did you have fun? I had so much fun! This is my favorite event of the season and I am so excited that I get the opportunity to co-host these final hours for you all. We did it, you guys! It was a crazy ride and some of us may have slept through an hour or more, but in the end, it was worth it all!

In this last post, I want to thank you, the readers and participants. Without you signing up and reading, this event wouldn’t be possible. It has been an honor, spending the last couple of hours chatting with you and getting to know you all a little bit better. You are fantastic and I hope to see you in April!

Video of the Hour:

I think we all deserve to celebrate a little that we managed to do this! It doesn’t matter if you read the full 24 hours, or if you only read half an hour. If you cracked open a book (or listened to an audiobook) then you are a participant and you deserve to be a champion!

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

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22 thoughts on “Hour 24 – We’ll Keep on Fighting Until the End…”

  1. This is the first readathon I’ve actually stayed up until the final hour … I’ll be feeling it tomorrow, but this has been so so so much fun!

  2. It was fun as always! And this time I did it! I made to 24h!! with 0 sleep! I didn’t win this time, but I feel so happy I finally made it through the whole thing!!! Thanks guys for organizing and managing and keeping us going 😀

  3. I am glad that you had fun and you stayed up till the end! Well done!!! Hope to see you here at the finish line in April…

  4. Which hour was most daunting for you?

    Hour 17. I was really tired.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

    The Night Circus

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

    Loved the cheerleaders.

    How many books did you read?

    1 full one and a few chapters of others

    What were the names of the books you read?
    Wicked
    A Clash of Kings ~100 pages
    We Need to Talk About Kevin ~40 pages

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Wicked

    Which did you enjoy least?
    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?
    Very likely!

    What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Reader

  5. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 19 when I made myself go to bed even though I wanted to read straight through.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Station Eleven, The Martian (Andy Weir), the Louise Penny series starring Chief Inspector Gamache
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I’m one of the non-bloggers who tried doing this, and beyond posting frequently on posts here and in the goodreads group, and posting my books read on a special shelf in gr, I didn’t really understand how to do all the memes, etc. And I saw no support going out to non-bloggers from the cheerleaders. I would like to see it made more clear how one can participate even if one isn’t a regular blogger.
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? the hourly posts here; the discussion threads in goodreads
    How many books did you read? I read four, for a total of 1,175 pages. Great reading day!
    What were the names of the books you read? Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, The Return of the Soldier, Station Eleven
    Which book did you enjoy most? A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (but it was close!)
    Which did you enjoy least? Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (but it was good)
    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? very
    What role would you be likely to take next time? reader

  6. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 20 because I woke up and saw that I’d slept much longer than I wanted so was a little discouraged.
    Also hours 1-3 because I was in a bit of a reading slump. Thankfully got over that though!

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Fight Club, A Clockwork Orange, Weird Things Customers say in Bookshops

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Nope it’s perfect as it is!

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    I really liked this year’s challenges

    How many books did you read?
    3

    What were the names of the books you read?
    The Catcher in the Rye
    Shadow of the Hegemon
    More Weird Things Customers say in Bookshops

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Shadow of the Hegemon

    Which did you enjoy least?
    The Catcher in the Rye

    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Extremely likely, I’ll probably be a reader again but I might decide to be a cheerleader for once

  7. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    12

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    The Poison Eaters by Holly Black

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Nope, I think it is pretty well perfect.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    Mini Challenges

    How many books did you read?
    7
    What were the names of the books you read?
    The Poison Eaters
    Sex Criminals Volume One
    The Heartbreak Diet
    Demon’s Fury
    The Lost
    Necropolis
    Amityville Horrible

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    The Poison Eaters

    Which did you enjoy least?
    Amityville Horrible

    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    Not o cheerleader

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?
    Count me in

    What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Reader

  8. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Around 10th hour, which is when I generally go to bed. I did so this time, too, although I pulled another 3 or so hours with reading.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Anything that is packed with happenings. I did the mistake of choosing Bleak House as my second book, and as it’s a victorian novel, sometimes nothing really happens for tens of pages.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Not really, it worked great as it was.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    Great cheerleading team, great challenges, fun people. It was great!

    How many books did you read?
    Two and a half.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    I read Death of a Salesman, reread Guards! Guards! and made it to 700 pages of Bleak House.

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Guards! Guards!

    Which did you enjoy least?
    Bleak House. It’s just too lengthy for such events. In future I’ll go with more, but shorter, books.

    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    Not really, just check how this year’s cheerleaders did. They were great.

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again?
    Will do, absolutely.

    What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Once again reader.

    All in all it was a great experience, and I enjoyed it a lot. Next time, I’ll make sure I have all the time I need, so I don’t miss 9 hours like I did this time.

  9. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    12am, after reading three books, I started a book that I wasn’t getting into and I was getting kind of tired and discouraged because I really wanted to stay up but I couldn’t because I had work the next day.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Angelfall by Susan Ee is a super fast-paced book that you don’t realize you’ve finished until you’ve finished. Anna and the French Kiss I remember finishing in one sitting. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is remarkable. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a quick book that is fantastic. Books by Vonnegut tend to go by fast. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding for the classic-loving people.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Maybe state who one what mini-challenges for what challenge. I took part in several and won a prize (YAY!) but I didn’t know which challenge it was for, but that’s it!
    Oh! and also, it kind of sucked that the start of my week is a Sunday which meant that I had to waste many hours at the office working and trying to get a little bit of sleep. If it were otherwise, I’m sure I would have stayed up all night and tried to tackle thicker books.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    The hourly updates were a really great reprieve!

    How many books did you read?
    Five books, one manga, and one graphic novel.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    1. Pirates in an Adventure with Napoleon
    2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    3. Waiting for Godot
    4. Attack on Titan: No Regrets (V.1)
    5. Through the Looking Glass
    6. The Alchemist
    7. A Game for Swallows

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    I really enjoyed Through the Looking Glass and Fantastic Beasts, and Game for Swallows was stunning!

    Which did you enjoy least?
    Pirates wasn’t as good as it normally is, so I was disappointed in that, and The Alchemist had a promising (albeit typical Coelho) start, but then it got a little whacky and I stopped enjoying it.

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    I’d still like to be a reader, but I think I’d also like to host a mini-challenge.

  10. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 17 (midnight, for me). I knew I wasn’t going to make it past it.

    2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is nice and light, while also being interesting enough to stay engaged. I recommend it.

    3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    From what I saw, this seemed fine.

    4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    I liked the Mini-Challenges.

    5. How many books did you read?
    I read 6 books, and started a 7th at the zero hour

    6. Which book did you enjoy the most?
    I really liked John Julius Norton’s Shakespeare’s Kings.

    7. Which did you enjoy least?
    I enjoyed all my books, but ironically Shakespeare’s Kings was a bit disheartening because it was the longest book and also far denser, so it didn’t feel like I was making all that much progress.

    8. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    I was a reader.

    9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    I will very likely do this again. I don’t know if I’ll ever make it the 24 – you can’t afford to mess up your sleep schedule that much when you get up at 5:30 every weekday morning (yay teaching.) but I enjoyed the camaraderie and knowing that people were reading with me all over the world.

  11. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour19,when I was so tired that I had to go sleep.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I think that have to be books that the story makes the Reader don’t want to do nothing more until finish it.
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    Everything was well coordinated.
    How many books did you read?
    2
    What were the names of the books you read?
    The Great Gatsby and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Which did you enjoy least?
    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was the one that I enjoyed most
    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    I definitely will participate again

  12. A HUGE thank you to Andi, Heather, the cheerleaders and all the people who helped organized the event!
    I’ll complete the meme and give news later.

  13. I didn’t finish both books, I was half way the other book when I finally decided to head to bed. I was really tired and sleepy. I don’t think mixing wine and books was a good idea. I will certainly do a read-a-thon again, it was so much fun!

  14. What a wonderful read-a-thon, it just gets better and better every year! Great post and well done on getting to the end!

  15. I saw a real lack of cheerleader support for myself. I got maybe one cheer and then someone I know personally cheered me most, but that was it. I may be a cheerleader next time.

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