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Hour 24: Finis!

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This is it! The last stretch! The final hour! Thank you all for staying with us and making another Readathon such a success. Before you close up shop, make sure to do the end-of-event meme and give yourself a cheer for completing the Superbowl of bibliomania. See you all in six months!

Mini-Challenges

End of even meme–A Readathon tradition! In your final Readathon post, answer these questions and then link to it with the Mr. Linky, below.

  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?

Winners Announced

Nisaba Be Praised, Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm, and Kate @ Kate’s Book Nook have won our last hourly random drawing. Chose your prizes from the list and then e-mail your choices and snail mail addy to deweyreadathon at gmail dot com

Emily from Books and Threads won Colette’s Pet Love Mini-Challenge! Emily, Colette will be sending you her own set of prizes as detailed in her post.

Still On-Going

My Posterity Library (The link is working now, hooray!)
Get Up Offa That Thang
Reading Zombies

57 thoughts on “Hour 24: Finis!”

  1. I have to dash off now, but I’ll be back in a few hours with the meme, in case anyone’s still awake to read! Good luck on the final hour to everyone, and thank you, thank you, thank you all for making this event AWESOME!

  2. Thanks for staying with us to the end and doing such a great job, Noxy! And we’ll be back to visit final the final memes after some sleep. πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for hosting the Readathon, I had so much fun πŸ™‚
    Will include the meme in my wrap-up post later today!
    See you next time!

  4. Just finished my 5th book!! Woohoo. Took so much longer this time because I my eyes were so tired. I had to take longer breaks but I’m still here!! πŸ˜€ I did better this time around. This was my second readathon. I will be back in April. πŸ˜€ Special cheers to all the volunteers. Everyone was fantastic!! πŸ™‚

    1. I have to say that I really hit the wall at around hour 19 – 20. My eyes were tired and my brain was getting tired of reading. I had to take more breaks.

    2. Well, I read two spoofs of mysteries this year to mix things up and that really helped me out. Laughing recharges the batteries.

    3. Nope. Everyone was magnificent.

    4. The Cheerleaders were fantastic as always. I loved all the videos. I didn’t check in every hour but I would look at them when I did.

    5. I read 5 books πŸ˜€

    6. I read Good Counsel by Tim Junkin, Ham Bones by Carolyn Haines, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Agatha Raisin And The Case Of The Curious Curate by M.C. Beaton and Room by Emma Donoghue.

    7. Agathat Raisin was hilarious with a great mystery to boot. It is part of a series and I am going to read it now.

    8. I loved them all but I think next time I will have more comedies for later on. I should have gone to the library and downloaded a couple of funny ones when I was tired.

    9. Nothing they were fantastic!!

    10. You bet I’ll be back! I might like to be a cheerleader. That way I could help and still participate. Work my way up into more responsibility.

    Thanks for a great 24 hrs πŸ˜€

  5. I cannot believe I’m awake again, and eager to read some more… I wrote a “Reading My Eyelids, goodnight” post at 2AM, and now I’m back. Hungry, weirdly awake, and curious who stayed up how late and read what!

  6. Thanks for an awesome day. I had loads of fun ,even though my eyeballs are about to fall out of their sockets now. Hehehe
    End of even meme:
    Which hour was most daunting for you?
    5 am (16 hours) was when I lost it and just had to sleep for a while.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Any of the Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews.
    Kresley Cole’s Immortals after Dark series kept me interested too.
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    I dunno, maybe have options for group reads, so people can share the experience.
    And a way to find out what everybody else’s reading would be nice too.
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    It was all good. Liked many of the mini challenges.
    How many books did you read?
    Almost 3. Less than a quarter remaining of the 3rd one and I’m continuing with it.
    What were the names of the books you read?
    I read Hereafter by Tara Hudson, then A hunger like no other by Kresley Cole and then started John dies at the end by David Wong.
    Which book did you enjoy most?
    I’d say the last one.
    Which did you enjoy least?
    None, I chose them carefully so my interest wouldn’t wander.
    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    None, they did a great job.
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    See you in April for sure! Still would take part as a Reader.

  7. I’ll answer the questions here, as I don’t think I’ll write my Read-a-Thon wrap-up post today and I want to answer these. Let us begin.

    1. Probably Hour 18. I was exhausted, lost most of the interest I had for the book and I drank my last mouthful of Pepsi. Tragedy & Travesty. πŸ™
    2. The Mastership Game by Scott McBain and Villa Amalia by Pascal Quidnard. They’re brilliant. Oh, and Terry Pratchett.
    3. Yeah, if we could have three Read-a-Thons a year it would be fantastic. πŸ˜€ Heck, let’s go monthly!
    4. I loved the hourly posts here. The cohosts were awesome.
    5. Three. Not as many as others, but I’m proud of myself.
    6. The Diving Bell & The Butterfly; Villa Amalia and Grimus.
    7. Definitely Villa Amalia, it had some great turns of phrase that I’m now obsessed with and it was just the right sort of depressing, you know? It probably doesn’t make sense, but let’s play along.
    8. Definitely Grimus. It took me probably a combined 10 to 12 hours to finish it.
    9. N/A.
    10. There’s no way in Hell I’m ever missing a Read-a-Thon. It’s the reading equivalent of NaNoWrimo, for me. I’ll probably try to host a mini challenge again. Maybe.

  8. I had loads of books that I was in the process of finishing but kept adding more to the “currently reading” list. I used the read-a-thon to wrap up a lot of my current reading projects and add in some short fiction as well. I’m sure some people read more than me but I read at least 500 pages. A write up on my blog will be up within the hour. Good fun! I’m definitely doing them in the future. I agree that they’re a bit like NaNoWriMo. I was in a reading slump–now I feel rejuvenated!

  9. In a way I am already ready for April’s readathon to start (and goodness knows, I still have plenty of books and my readathon pile!) and a teeny part of me is glad it’s not for another 6 months!

    I thought this Readathon went great, the hosts, the readers, and the Cheerleaders all rocked!

  10. This was my first attempt doing a readathon and the first word I can think of to say is “WOW”! I have had a great experience, everything was nothing like I imagine.

    Thanks to my daughter Alexis (reflectionsofabookaholic) who encourage me to do it and continued to encourage me every step of the way.

    Thank you to those of you put this together, you all did a great job! Thank you cheerleaders who cheered me on.

    My goal was to finish 3 books but unfortunately I only finish 2 but it’s okay, I plan on finishing it later today after a little sleep.

    Thanks again everyone it was FUN!!!!

    Until we meet again have a great day.

  11. Just made my last update in my blog.

    Which hour was most daunting for you?
    19 – I finally napped. i’d tried everything to stay awake and finally just could not keep it up.

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

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Nope – I read, cheerleaders cheered, it rocked!

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    Twitter updates – reading the Twitter feed when I was tired kept me motivated.

    How many books did you read?
    3 books, one magazine.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    Divergent, Liesel and Po and The Cursed Man

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Liesel and Po

    Which did you enjoy least?
    The Cursed Man – it’s not my usual genre.

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll read next year!

  12. Thank you! This was my first one and I am going to see everyone again in April. I am thinking about hosting a 24 slumber party to go along with the read a thon. It’s 5:30am and my bed is calling! Night Night all!

  13. I highly recommend a planned nap for a few hours in the wee morning time, but the downside of that is that I got just enough sleep that I’m wide awake now that it’s over and really need to get a few more hours of sleep in to make the day worthwhile! lol! Especially since it’s now daylight outside!

    Great read-a-thon everyone, can’t wait until April! In a day or two I’ll start thinking about what books I want to read then, I’m hopelessly addicted!

  14. Great work, everyone! Sorry about the confusin with the link to My Posterity Library. Not sure what happened – but there’s still 55 minutes left to complete that mini-challenge!

  15. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 19. I couldn’t stay awake anymore.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner. Very fast paced and engaging. I couldn’t put the last book down.
    2. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? There weren’t a lot of variety of prizes. I wish there had been more YA books to chose from. Maybe there could be more incentive for donating prizes this year, like traffic to your blog somehow? Oh, and a special badge for your blog if you stay awake all 24-hours!!!
    3. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It felt very organized. I especially liked the list of readers who were participating.
    4. How many books did you read? 2 and I started a 3rd.
    5. What were the names of the books you read? Remembrance by Michelle Madow and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide.
    6. Which book did you enjoy most? Remembrance.
    7. Which did you enjoy least? The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide. Man, it was like reading an encyclopedia (oh wait, it is an encyclopedia.)
    8. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not a cheerleader, but I enjoyed the ones that stopped by my blog.
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I really liked being a reader. It was a lot of fun!
    10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I really liked being a reader. It was a lot of fun! I’ll definitely be back!

    Thanks to all the hosts! You made the read-a-thon extra fun!! And the cheerleaders made me smile and kept me going!

  16. Thanks so much to all the organizers, cheerleaders, sponsors, and yes, all the readers who make this event so much fun. I’m already looking forward to next April’s Read-a-Thon.

  17. Had a blast, and just want to thank all the co-hosts for putting in so much time and effort to make this so successful! Hopefully will see you all again in 6 months. πŸ™‚

  18. Just left a link to my End of Event Meme. I had so much fun! A big thank you to all who organized, hosted, cheered and participated in any way. Can’t wait for the next time!

  19. I had a great time participating in my first read-a-thon! Thanks for all you do to organize such a wonderful worldwide reading event!

  20. Thank you, thank you, thank you! πŸ™‚

    It was my first time to sign up as a cheerleader yet it wasn’t very hard for me coz I’ve met so many angels who inspired me to keep on cheering. Prior to joining, I didn’t have any idea that cheering people could actually be difficult at some point. But I forged ahead. And I owe that to a lot of wonderful bloggers whom I got to interact on twitter. Thank you so much. This post is my note of gratitude for all you’ve done to inspire me to cheer:

    http://thetravelingreader.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/end-of-event-meme-the-october-2011-read-a-thon-challenge/

    I can’t wait for the read-a-thon in April. Would still sign up as a cheerleader then. πŸ˜‰

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