Welcome to Hour 24!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the final hour. We have made it, ya’ll. We have done this!!!! As per my traditions (I have a lot of traditions) I have included the video for We Are the Champions because, to me, if you have even read for just five minutes, you are a participant and you have done a good job! I am so proud of you. I really hope that you will all be back to join us in October.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you, the readers, for joining in and making this the event that it is. Without you, we wouldn’t even have an event. Thank you for spending the last 24 hours, sharing with us, laughing with us, and reading with us. I feel like we are all connected around the world through this even.
I know that this event always brings my family together. We are spread out around the world (my parents and youngest sister live in Asia, one sister lives in Germany, I am half-South African and have family there, and one sister and I live in California along with an aunt and my grandfather. Every readathon, we all chat throughout the day and everyone reads a little bit. We send pictures of us reading and our snacks and other things. My sister in Germany had a baby in December and she sent a picture of reading a book to him (Goodnight Moon). It was the most wonderful thing I have seen all day. Our next generation is even involved in this event. Please take a moment and share with me if you have gotten anyone else involved in reading for this event.
Random Facts of the Hour
Anyone who has ever made these late night hours knows that I love to include random facts of the hour. So here are a couple random facts for this hour:
- Nathanael West’s 1939 novel The Day of the Locust features a character named Homer Simpson.
- William Shakespeare is the first person to record the words: amazement, bedroom, advertising, blanket, bump, gloomy, puking, gossip, drugged, champion, accused, addiction.
- Barbara Cartland finished a novel every two weeks. (How do you even write that fast???)
- Gabriel García Márquez won’t allow One Hundred Years of Solitude to become a film.
- The first handwritten Bible (since the invention of the printing press) cost $8 million and took 12 years to complete. (I am going to need to disappear for the next 12 years so I can retire comfortably… Off to acquire my writing instruments. hahaha)
End of Event Meme:
- Which hour was most daunting for you?
- Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
- 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?
- How many books did you read?
- What were the names of the books you read?
- Which book did you enjoy most?
- Which did you enjoy least?
- 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?
End of Event Meme!
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