Edited to Add: I’ve seen in the few responses that we’ve gotten so far that you would like the mini-challenges to be hourly again. In order for that to happen, we need more people to volunteer to host them. If we don’t get enough volunteers then there is no way that there can be hourly mini-challenges, unfortunately. So please, really do seriously consider volunteering to help out and host one next time around. We all love them. But without your help… it just isn’t possible. Thank you – Kate
This is it. It’s the end. 60 more minutes of reading. Can you believe it? I can’t. I spend 6 months waiting for this event to come and then in the blink of an eye, its all over and done with.
But we did it, you guys! Whether you read 1500 pages or you read 15 pages, you still participated in it. And that is something worthy of celebrating! Did you participate with loved ones or were you a solo reader. This year one of the most awesome things happened… I got my grandfather to participate. He is so amazing. He sent me messages throughout the day updating me on his progress. He read Genesis, Song of Solomon (told me he needed some romance), Ruth, Romans, Lamentations, and Chicken Soup for the Grandparents Soul. He told me he wasn’t going to do it all night because he has to get sleep before church. But I am still super blown away and impressed that he participated. My mom and aunt read some as did at least one of my younger sisters. And my boyfriend has been sitting next to me reading news stories while I participate (which I totally think counts). So I’m lucky to be surrounded my so many people I love who participated in their own ways. What about you all? I’d love to read your stories.
My final shout out and thanks goes to you the readers. Without you, there really wouldn’t be a 24 hour readathon. At least not the way that it is now. Sure, we might some nights pull an all-nighter, trying to finish an amazing story. But would we have done it in such a book loving community? Probably not. It’s your guys support and comments that keeps this event happening year after year. So thank you so much.
Now, as per my tradition, it is time we cross that finish line in style, celebrating as the CHAMPIONS that we are.
Go out there and crush that final hour! Hope to see you all again come October! It’s been a joy and honor and privilege to spend these last four hours with you.
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
Participate in our Mini-Challenges ANY TIME! They are located HERE, and they are all open for the entire 24 hours of the event!
If you see your name announced as an hourly prize winner, visit the PRIZES page to claim.
Enter your finished books into the 1 MILLION PAGES DATABASE!