April 2018

Hour 24 – We are the Champions… of the Readathon

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.

Closing Survey!

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?

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33 thoughts on “Hour 24 – We are the Champions… of the Readathon”

  1. April 29, 2018
    1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 22, sun was coming up here and my eyes were closing
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! The last hundred pages of Skin Tight, The Bear and the Nightingale, The First Amendment, Catalyst,the Twins in the tavern, King and King, and Wide Awake
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Wide awake
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? Not sure… i know I miss the hosted hourly challenges. The mini challenges were great, but not as engaging
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I would definitely be interested in volunteering for the next one!!

  2. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? hour 23
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Finished: Ace of Shades, Saga Vol 7, and Angel Time and Tide, Read part of Clockwork Prince
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? any graphic novel or audiobook- especially the Illuminae Files audiobooks
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? More puppy pictures!
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I will definitely participate again, not sure what I could do to help organize or prep but I’d be willing to help

  3. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    I feel asleep twice. Once for 3 hours then ended up going to bed. So the last hour I’m going to try and read for the remaining 53 minutes!
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    Only 2. A Wrinkle in Time
    Volume 1 of Death Note
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    I’m very interested in the Death Note so far
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    I’d love to have the mini challenges back to hourly. It really gave me something to look forward to each hour and really made me much more commited to completing more hours because I didn’t want to miss a challenge.
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    I am interested in participating again 🙂 next time I will have a newborn baby so that will be a challenge!

  4. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Midnight and the wee hours
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Heir of Fire (finished), Shadows on the Moon (read completely), They Feed (started), The Hotel New Hampshire (started), The Refugees (started)
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Heir of Fire, of course! Though I’m a little late to the game and only read one from this series a year, it seems. lol. I read Crown of Midnight during last April’s Readathon!
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? I dunno, I really liked the scavenger hunt and keeping the mini challenges available the whole time! So that again! 🙂
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I will definitely be participating again! But I’d rather not help organize. lol

  5. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The beginning was the most challenging, getting started and setting the pace.
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    I read:
    Rick and Morty volumes 6 and 7
    Adventure Time volumes 11 – 15
    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
    Obsidio
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    Definitely the Subtle Art, it’s amazing!
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    Maybe Twitter sprints
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    I’ll definitely participate again and no, as that doesn’t seem like something I’d enjoy

  6. To be honest, I absolutely loved having all the mini challenges in one place and being able to participate at any point during the day. Thank you for all you guys do!

  7. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 11 (starts at midnight my time.) I’ve learned not to pressure myself though, so usually just go to bed instead of trying to push through.

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Changing Gears – Nancy Sathre-Vogel (298), Animorphs #1: The Invasion – K.A. Applegate (184), Den sidste vindrytter: Udvalgt – Nick Clausen (195), The Loose Ends List – Carrie Firestone (375), Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov (228)

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? “The Loose Ends List” by Carrie Firestone. It was longer than I usually choose for my readathon reads, but it was SO good!

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? Not sure… on one hand I liked having all the mini-challenges in one place and all be all 24 hours, so I didn’t feel like I missed out on them while asleep. On the other hand I missed the hourly challenges… so perhaps still have them in one place, but pick one an hour to highlight / emphasize?
    Would have liked more mini-challenges too, but realize that’s a matter of not enough volunteers rather than anything else. Also, I was sad to see that so many of them were activities rather than bookish questions. Those are always my favourites (so I LOVED the fictional penpals one!)

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Absolutely certain to participate again! And considering my “complaints” about the mini-challenges, I should volunteer to host one of those again too 🙂 I might be interested in helping organize and prep as well, but would need to know more details before I can fully commit to that.

  8. I might get a slap in the face for saying this, but I did love finding all the mini challenges in one place and being able to participate in them whenever I felt like it. It has perhaps a bit to do with the time zones and me living in Norway (starting at 2 PM). Earlier I felt I missed out on quite a few mini challenges as I in several occasions were asleep.

  9. Thank you for your feedback! Definitely something to keep in mind. Someone suggested having them all in one place but highlighting one an hour. Another option might be to open them up one at a time but then to leave them open the entire readathon. We will have to see what happens.

  10. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 2am to 4am…eeek.

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! Blood Card, Lisey’s Story, Gwendy’s Button Box, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Only fully finished one, but I’d recommend all four of them!

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? I love how things are already, so I’m not sure!

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Will absolutely do it again! I’d love to help, but it’s hard to know my schedule in six months. We’ll see!

  11. We are actually now getting quite a few people agreeing with that. I can see both sides, to be honest and will be happy with whatever happens. I just hope more people volunteer.

  12. The books I read were all novellas. One chapbook from Small Beer Press, and the rest from Tor.com
    1. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan Mcguire
    2. Cry Murder! In a Small Voice by Greer Gilman
    3. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
    4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    5. Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
    All were great reads for various reason. They were dark fantasy, historical mystery, alternative history, ST, and a shared world SF.

  13. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    The late ours as always, since I tend to go to bed early.

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    Newroz som myte og litteratur – Orhan Dogru
    Wait for you – Jennifer L. Armentrout
    The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur
    A Beautiful Funeral – Jamie McGuire

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    The short ones. That way you feel like you are really getting somewhere. My biggest mistake each year is to read too heavy books.

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    Stay lovely!

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    I certainly will participate once again. I would be interested in helping with the prices and the challenges, but since I am from denmark I have always hesitated, unsure of how to help.

  14. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Waking up at dawn to get one last hour read!
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    I listened to my final 1/3 of The Audiobook of the Year, made a dent into Furious Love, and loved the comic book Bingo Love (I cried, I laughed).
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    Comics and audiobooks help keep things going! But know yourself! I’m super into biographies, so even though I knew I wouldn’t finish Furious Love, I also knew I would be excited to spend hours reading it!
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    Keeping the mini-challenges open for 24 hours! I suddenly got the energy to participate at like 11pm!
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    I think this may be my 3rd or 4th Dewey and I truly truly love it. So yes!
    And I would love to help with a mini-challenge. I hadn’t realized how easy it is to host (I can use Instagram! I can offer a gift card! I just need a cute idea!)!

  15. 1) I had a nap around Hour 10 – 11 (6:30pm- 7:30pm my time) which was surprising. Then I had a short night of sleep and woke up to finish strong 🙂

    2) Obsidio, The Brontes Went to Woolworths, The Woman in the Window, Smokin’ Seventeen (2/3 of it), and three chapters of The Secret Garden out loud to my daughter.

    3) Obsidio and The Woman in the Window definitely kept me going!

    4) You’re already doing it all. Honestly, it’s perfect 🙂

    5) I will absolutely do it again. I’ve even being trying to think of a mini-challenge to host…

  16. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 11 (midnight for me), tried to hang in there, but finally had to give up and get some sleep. Maybe also because I participated in another readathon and already had been reading for a day and a half…

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    Finished Mansfield Park (finally), The Golden Compass and EMDR. Started and finished Cross Fire. Started but did not finish The Subtle Knife an Lightning.

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    From the ones I read I would recommend His Dark Materials series and Lightning.

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    Smiling already so…
    The Twitter sprints somebody suggested sounds good though!

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    Definitely will join again. Seeing that I want to spend more time reading and less on social media (I read way less than I had hoped I would), I don’t think volunteering to help organise and prep will be a smart move. Do appreciate all you guys do to make this a real happening!
    Would love to get the next date more in advance because of my busy schedule…

  17. 1. Around hour 16 was when I needed to walk around, get a shower, and put on the coffee pot, so would probably consider that one the most daunting.

    2. Books read, in order, were:
    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash by Ao Jyumonji and Mutsumi Okubashi
    The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
    Alice in the Country of Hearts by Quin Rose and Soumei Hoshino
    Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead
    Are You Alice? by Ikumi Katagiri and Ai Ninomiya
    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
    The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
    Caraval by Stephanie Garber

    3. I would recommend all of them! All I would give between 3-5 stars and made for a very entertaining 24 hours.

    4. Maybe add a coffee count to the page/book counts for next Readathon? That would be interesting to see, haha

    5. Will definitely be participating in the next one! Not sure what my schedule is that far in advance, but would love to help out when possible.

  18. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

    Hour 12 because I was really sleepy. This is the first time I have managed to keep listening to my books until hour 12.

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

    The Song  of Blood and Stone (Earthslinger Chronicles #1)   by L. Penelope.
    A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman
    Love at the Beach Shop by Kyra Jacobs
    Part of The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.
    I was going to listen to my ARC of Darcie Boleyn’s Forever at Conwenna Cove again, as I loved it so much, but wanted to listen to something new.

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

    Song of Blood and Stone if you like a fast-paced non-stop-action filled fantasy with a beautiful cover.

    The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter. Because I love Karin Slaughter’s books. The title was enough to make me want to listen to it. It’s mysterious and full of suspense.

    I’ll go into more detail when I review each ARC on my book blog https://www.katherinesbookuniverse.wordpress.com

    All the books, being different genres, have a little something to offer. It just depends what you’re looking for. The best thing you can do is read them and find out.

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

    Give a free book of choice to each participant. That way, everyone gets a gift in exchange for their reading efforts and not just those people who are randomly selected for prizes.

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

    Extremely likely. I have taken part in the event for years now and am not likely to stop anytime soon. I would be, although April is a busy month for me because of Camp NaNoWriMo and October is my NaNoWriMo prep month, but yes I would depending on what I had to do. I LOVE mini challenges and would love to do an hourly post and help however I can.

  19. I was lucky enough to be a Mini Challenge Host this time around and LOVED the experience. Definitely better being live for the whole 24. hours as it gave me more time to listen to books rather than being back and forth on the blog here and on my blogs keeping an eye on the challenge. I had time to tweet my progress and reply to challenge participants’ comments as they were posted and it was soo much more relaxed than other years.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Is there a date for the next readathon? This was my first time participating and I could only sound a bit of time. Next time I want to clear my schedule!!

  21. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hour 1 because I started at 5am and didn’t sleep well the night before. And hour 20 because that was the point where I just couldn’t continue.
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read! I completed And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, Keeping Her, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard; I finished Frederica in Fashion; I continued Beautiful Secret; and I started Seeking Her, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Against the Rules, and Sin With Me {I have a short attention span, so switch books frequently, I always have multiple books in progress}.
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? The novella And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman is AMAZING!! Just make sure to have tissues!
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? I’m not sure… the readathon was pretty rad already
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? As long as I can get the time off work I am totally participating again. Now that I know about it {and already have the date for October}, I can be sure to request the weekend! And depending on my life situation come October {I’m in a perilous state right now} I would totally love to volunteer to help!

  22. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    I definitely started getting antsy around hour 12, and hour 18 was my last hour so that one was a little tough to stay awake through!

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    Hard Core Logo by Michael Turner
    Leila by Prayaag Akbar

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    I would definitely recommend Leila! The Bell Jar was also much more enjoyable than I was expecting.

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    I like the idea of hourly mini challenges instead of one big batch. The social aspect is also lots of fun so anything that could be done to amp that up even more would be great 🙂

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    Definitely going to be joining in again! And I’d be open to helping out for sure 🙂

  23. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 19… entirely because of when it fell. WELL past my bedtime, but I wanted to finish that book before I slept!
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    When The Moon Is Low, by Nadia Hashimi
    Lost and Found Cat, by Doug Kuntz
    Breath Eyes Memory, Edwidge Denticat
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? When The Moon Is Low was captivating!
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? I think it’s pretty radical as is this year!
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I’ll definitely be in again in October. SO MUCH FUN. I’m debating volunteering to run a mini-challenge or something, it’s always hard to figure out if I’ll be able to or not.

  24. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 20-I knew I wasn’t going to make it all the way to the end, but I just wanted to finish the book I was reading and my cup of tea
    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
    The One Hundred Nights of Hero, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: The Crucible, As the Crow Flies, The Summer of Jordi Perez, The Surrender Tree, Like Magic, Scooby Apocalypse Vol 1 & 2, and the last half of Mrs. Dalloway on audio
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
    The One Hundred Nights of Hero and The Summer of Jordi Perez were my favorites. The Summer of Jordi Perez made me laugh out loud constantly, which made it a great readathon book.
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
    Loved the Instagram hourly photo challenges, even if I didn’t do them all
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
    I’ll definitely participate again.

  25. 1 . The beginning – I was still wiped out from a previous anxiety attack so I had to go back to sleep p. much immediately. But after I woke up around hour six it was smooth sailing!
    2. Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh, Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg, Prelude by Lyn Gala, Claimings Tails & Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala, After the Wedding by Courtney Milan, Hot & Badgered by Shelly Laurenston, Superhuman by Evan Currie, The Flaw in All Magic by Ben S Dobson, and Gathering the Hoard by Mell Eight.
    3. Texts from Jane Eyre – funny, short, and great for booknerds. After the Wedding – actually diverse historical romance!
    4. I saw something in one of the posts about reading sprints and I genuinely have no clue what it is but it sounds fun?
    5. Definitely doing it again; maybe volunteering? One barrier that’s stopped me, and possibly others, from volunteering for things like hosting the minis is that I don’t have a place to host them (personally, I’m mostly active on tumblr).

    This was my…sixth? readathon and I LOVED having the challenges open the whole 24 hours, because there are always those challenges that are just too hard or out of your area of interest, and it made me crazy previously when I would finish a book and actually be able to check in and there just weren’t any minis open that I felt I could do. I saw the comment about highlighting a challenge and that might be a really great compromise!

  26. I really liked having the challenges up the whole 24-hrs that way if you need to sleep or you work, you don’t miss any.

  27. I did ask on Twitter if you were struggling to get mini-challenge hosts but no one answered and I would have hosted. I’d assumed there were lots of people wanting to host and I wasn’t that fussed to take their place. I did notice that someone run a similar thing to what I usually do though, so maybe that wouldn’t have helped.

    Do you think it’s offering prizes that put people off? Maybe make challenge prizes optional and/or have one big bumper prize that every challenge entry goes towards?

    I kinda liked having the list of challenges to pick and choose from, however most of them were a bit too involved for me to complete in a couple of minutes.

  28. 1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The 22nd hr
    2. Tell us allll the books you read? One day at a time by Danielle Steel
    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? Saga vol.1
    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile? New Challenges. With books!!!
    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon? Volunteer helping out the read-a-thon.
    Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? Yeah!!

  29. Finally I finished this survey!
    1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

    Hours 21 and 22 were the absolute worst. I live in EST so this was 4-5 in the morning for me. When I did my first Dewey’s Readathon back in October, I threw in the towel at 0530. This time I was utterly determined to stay awake, so I made tea and switched my reading genre from fantasy to YA contemporary romance. Oh, and most importantly I sat upright in a chair with the window open instead of lounging on the couch or my bed.

    2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

    Rat Queens Volume 3
    Bitch Planet Volume 2
    The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
    Geekerella by Ashley Poston
    200 pages of The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
    31 pages of The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

    3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

    Of what I read? All of them! In general? I think short books are key to Readathon success. Especially action-packed short books with moments of humor and sadness. I got that from both of the novels I read this time and it made the readathon so much more exciting.

    4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

    I’d love some reading sprints on Twitter!

    5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

    100% going to do the Readathon every time it comes around. It’s so much fun reading alongside so many other people. And a great personal challenge. I might be interested in volunteering next time…? It’d be good to give back to such a great community.

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