October 2015

Hour 24 – THE END!!!

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 April.

As a final thank you, I want to thank you, the readers, for participating in this event. We couldn’t do it without you. I sincerely mean that. Without you all signing up and participating and sharing this event with others, we never would have had an event to begin with. Thank you for coming back and reading books and making this possible. I really do hope to see you next time.

Now, let’s do these last 60 minutes proud and read until the last second!

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:

  • People in India are the world’s biggest readers, spending an average 10.7 hours a week.
  • The slowest-selling book is reputedly a 1716 translation of the New Testament from Coptic into Latin. The last of its 500 copies was sold in 1907.
  • One in five adults around the world cannot read or write, with the highest rates in South and West Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey

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?

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41 thoughts on “Hour 24 – THE END!!!”

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I’d say between 2 and 3. That was a really rough time to stay awake.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I really enjoyed 84, Charing Cross Road. I wish the sequel was an ebook.
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I wasn’t sure if I actually needed to put links in to stuff on Twitter, as this is the first time I’ve used it. Maybe a short FAQ about using each of the main social media sites for this?
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I liked the community spirit on Twitter, it was neat to see all the people in this with me.
    How many books did you read? I finished 4, but read parts of 7.
    What were the names of the books you read?
    Dragon Age Asunder
    84, Charing Cross Road
    Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
    Stone’s Fall
    The Martian
    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
    A Storm of Swords
    Which book did you enjoy most? 84, Charing Cross Road
    Which did you enjoy least? Stone’s Fall
    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 think I would like to participate again, but no more than once a year. I generally can’t give up most of a weekend to read, as much as I would love to!

  2. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    The first ones. I was so determined to finish at least one book!

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    This Is How You Die is great. It’s sort of science-fiction-y but I’m not a big SF fan myself and I loved it. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes sad, metaphysical, packed with suspense… I can’t think of a person I wouldn’t recommend it too.

    [..]

    How many books did you read?
    Finished one, read two in full, hoping to change that to three in the few minutes we have left.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Chrstie
    This Is How You Die, edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo and David Malki
    Le Tapis du salon by Annie Saumont
    The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    This Is How You Die (see above).

    Which did you enjoy least?
    Hallowe’en Party was sort of “meh.” Definitely not one of Christie’s best.

    […]

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    That depends on my timetable but I’d love to be a reader again next time.

  3. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    – Probably the 3 hour, I really was tired.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    – I’m not sure. Short books and maybe graphic novels.
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    – Maybe have a better way for new comers to really know what is happening. I got a bit confused.
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    – The way I got emails for the mini-challenges.
    How many books did you read?
    – 1.1, I tried.
    What were the names of the books you read?
    – Shadow of the mark by Leign Fallon and a bit of Stardust by Neil Gainman
    Which book did you enjoy most?
    – Both were pretty good.
    Which did you enjoy least?
    – I liked both.
    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    – They did a good job.
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    – I will participate as a reader again.

  4. Closing survey
    Which hour was most daunting for you?

    definitely hour 17-20..i started losing the initial rush but got it back in the end

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    more scavenger hunts and guess-the-character type challenges because i loved those
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    the challenges and sprints
    How many books did you read?
    2..had to keep it light coz i had a ton of work to do
    What were the names of the books you read?
    Avengers:Time runs out Vol 4 and Modern Romance
    Which book did you enjoy most?
    the Avengers book..i love comics
    Which did you enjoy least?
    nothing in particular
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    definitely participating…maybe i might try being a cheerleader

  5. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    – definitely the 12th hour mark because it was the middle of the night and i was so tired.
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    – I thought the readathon is already good

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    – I think just having a lot of people to talk to on twitter and Good Reads helped to keep me awake

    How many books did you read?
    – 2 book and 1 graphic novel

    What were the names of the books you read?
    – An Ember in the AShes
    – Chimaera
    – The Wicked and the Divine

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    – ALL OF THEM

    Which did you enjoy least?
    – NOne

    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?
    – Definitely! I’d try being a cheerleader next time 🙂

    Thanks so much! this was a fun event!

  6. This was great! I just finished book 6 and am crashing hard. Hour 21 was the hardest for me.

  7. Closing Survey
    Which hour was most daunting for you?
    H12, I wasn’t even reading anymore, but I was struck by the stomach ache of doom.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Nimona by Noelle Stevenson was a great one for that.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Apart for abolishing time zones so everyone starts at the same time in their day, not really.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    From what I could see, cheer leading work much better than last time.

    How many books did you read?
    2 and like 13% of one

    What were the names of the books you read?
    The Gilda Stories, The House of Aunts, Nimona (and the beginning of the Jane Austen Book Club)

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Nimona

    Which did you enjoy least?
    The begining of The Jane Austen Book Club.

    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    Nope, I’m not great at cheerleader, I tried to leave a few messages, but I’m asleep at the time people really need encouragement.

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    Very likely as reader, otherwise I’m not sure.

  8. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour six or seven was when I wanted to nap.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Two from my reads for this event: Rat Queens volume 1 and Furiously Happy.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Nope!

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

    How many books did you read?
    10

    What were the names of the books you read?
    CarryOn
    Furiously Happy
    Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
    Son of No One
    Everything’s Eventual
    All-star Superman volume one
    Keesha’s House
    Captain Marvel volume three
    Your Own Sylvia
    Rat Queens volume one

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Furiously Happy

    Which did you enjoy least?
    Son of No One. I might abandon it (and return the Audible purchase for credit)

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    VERY likely. Reader if possible. Cheerleader is I work that day.

  9. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    I’d say Hour 7. My dog got mildly sick in the house during Hour 6. I got her outside for fresh air and cleaned up, and by the time I did it was Hour 7 and I had trouble getting back my focus.

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson is the perfect October read. It’s delightfully creepy.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    I think the cheerleading needs some streamlining. I asked for a cheer on my blog, but wasn’t even on the list.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    Twitter! I think I’ll be using Twitter as my platform next year.

    How many books did you read?
    I read three books and finished one.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
    Strands of Bronze and Gold
    The Sage of Waterlook

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Strands of Bronze and Gold

    Which did you enjoy least?
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    Brace yourself? It was kind of a free-for-all and that really didn’t work for me.

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

  10. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    – At Hr 15 I fell asleep with a book in hand, woke up Hr 16 and had to call it a night at Hr 18. I’m just too old to stay up all night…

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    -I think anything that is semi-short so you feel accomplished rather than slogging thru one book the whole time. My go-tos are YA or urban fantasy.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    -This was my first one, and I thought it was pretty great.

    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    -I am not really on twitter or instagram, but I popped on following the hashtag and loved all the commentary and memes going on to cheer people on.

    How many books did you read?
    -1 graphic novel, 2 books, and 15% of another…totaling 726 pages.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    -Origin by J Armentrout
    -Chew Vol. 3
    -Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz
    -Raven by Stacey Rourke (15% more thru this one)

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    -They were all great, but Origin’s 2nd half had me captivated.

    Which did you enjoy least?
    -N/A

    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? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    -Would love to take part again in April with a bit more prep. I didn’t decide until the night before this time and didn’t have easy meals and snacks on hand. So definitely as a reader. In a couple more times once I hit my groove, I would love to be a cheerleader as well.

  11. 1. Hour 21
    2. Both books I read were fabulous.
    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    3. NA
    4. Although I do not always comment, I always like the posts on the Dewey site to be able to touch base.
    5. 2
    6. Books read:
    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    7. Both books were enjoyable in different ways.
    8. NA
    9. NA
    10. YES, as a Reader.

    THANKS to the hosts and supporting cast 🙂

  12. Readathon’s over! Love filling out the closing survey … even almost 4 hours later.

    Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Probably hour 19/20, I really wanted to finish my book, but I was sooo tired. Finished though!

    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    I really enjoyed Saga Volume One. And it’s a graphic novel, so pretty short.

    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Hmm.. Not that I can think of at the moment.

    How many books did you read?
    3 plus a bit of an audio book.

    What were the names of the books you read?
    Saga Volume One by Brian Vaughan
    How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal
    Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
    The Shinning by Stephen King

    Which book did you enjoy most?
    I enjoyed them all! Probably Saga. I enjoyed it more than I thought.

    Which did you enjoy least?
    I don’t know! Maybe The Shinning, but only because I only listened to about 5 chapters. I’m still really enjoying it thought.

    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

    Already have the next date marked on my calendar!

  13. I posted my link—but also wanted to say a bit thank you to everyone who worked to make this event a blazing success. I spent a lot of hours last week at work, telling myself that I could make it as Saturday was coming! So sad it is over but hope to be around for the next one. I made it it the middle of hour 21 and didn’t think that would happen! This was my 9th time to join in,and it was as fun as the 1st! This was the first time in the past 8 years that my son, Sam, did not read with me! I was a bit melancholy at first, but eventually got into my groove–sure loved the pictures and posts others supplied about their kids reading with them!
    xoxoo

  14. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    None of them. I didn’t push myself to do my sleepy hours, so I only did from 9am-12am
    Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    An Untaimed State, Where’d you Go Bernadette, What she left behind, Dark Places
    Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    I have some ideas to try to get even more people involved. I think it would be amazing if the Readathon was known to most people and if there were thousands of people joining in. It would be cool if there were events in big cities at libraries and coffee shops where many people go to read for the readathon
    What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    I liked the Twitter teams and all the hourly posts
    How many books did you read?
    1 full one. And parts of 3 others
    What were the names of the books you read?
    Turn of Mind (completed), Random Family, Water for Elephants, Alias Grace
    Which book did you enjoy most?
    Turn of Mind
    Which did you enjoy least?
    Alias Grace is kinda boring to me so far
    If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    Don’t cheer constantly cuz u will end up doing that more than reading. Give yourself a set time, like get on Twitter once an hr to cheer
    How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time
    Definitely. At least a reader, possibly more.

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