April 2017

Hour 24 – The winner will be chosen…

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. In the meantime, the Facebook group remains active all your long.

 

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!

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

And we have a winner. Science Fiction was eliminated to make Fantasy the winner for the second season in a row. Next time we will try single vote eliminations. Where you only get one vote per a round. Just to see if we can maybe get some surprise upsets.

In case you missed the last few updates, let me briefly tell you what is going on here for the rest of the readathon. This year, during these last four hours, we are playing Survivor, Genre style. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for a vote on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will be eliminated. YOU ARE VOTING ON THE GENRES YOU LIKE THE LEAST! I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour and update this post with who the winner is. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

We are now in the final round of voting. 14 genres have dropped down and only two remain. Who will be the winner? That is for you to decide. The results were very close in the last round of voting and Young Adult nearly crept in. It wasn’t until the final five minutes of voting that it was edged out… but nevertheless it was. So this final round will be Science Fiction vs Fantasy. For this round, you only have ONE vote and you must use it to decide who should be eliminated. Remember to vote for the one you love the least of the two!

Science Fiction vs Fantasy… You decide. One vote per a person

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Closing Survey! (add your link or com
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 season?
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. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

Mini-Challenges

Closing Meme

Still Going

Once Upon a Time

Draw It Out

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 23 – Fight on and Conquer!

Welcome to Hour 23!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the last 2 hours. If you are just rejoining us for the remain couple of hours, I would like to say “Welcome back!” You have been missed.

I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful hosts of this event, Andi and Heather. These are two of the most amazing people in the history. They spend nearly the full year planning the event for us and taking care of things that occurred after the last event. Without all their hard work, this event wouldn’t be half the one it is. Thank you, ladies. We all owe you so much!

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

In case you missed the last couple of update, let me briefly tell you what is going on here for the rest of the readathon. This year, during these last four hours, we are playing Survivor, Genre style. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for a vote on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will be eliminated. YOU ARE VOTING ON THE GENRES YOU LIKE THE LEAST! I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

We are now onto round 3 of voting. 75% of the genres have been voted off the shelf. But four of them are still holding out hope. For this round, you can vote for two genres you want eliminated from this competition. This uses the honor system, so please don’t select more than two. So pick the two genres you love the least. The options are up to you. But at a quarter till the top of the hour, only two will remain, so choose wisely!

Voted off the shelves:

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Adventure
  • Children’s / Middle Grade
Round 3 – Please vote for your 2 LEAST favorite genres

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Mini-Challenges

Once Upon a Time

Still Going

Draw It Out

Picture Perfect

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 22 – 8 Down and 7 to Go

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the remainder of this event! You are doing so great! Don’t give up now!!!

I would like to take a moment and thank all the mini-challenge hosts. Aren’t these all so much fun? And without so many people volunteering to to host a mini-challenge, we would not be able to do this by ourselves. And all these mini-challenges are part of what makes this event so unique and so much fun! Isn’t the book community so amazing? I hope that you’ve had a lot of fun, because I know I certainly have.

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

In case you missed the last update, let me briefly tell you what is going on here for the rest of the readathon. This year, during these last four hours, we are playing Survivor, Genre style. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for a vote on which genre is the preferred genre for readathoners. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will be eliminated. YOU ARE VOTING ON THE GENRES YOU LIKE THE LEAST! I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

We are now onto round 2 of voting. Half of the genres have been voted off the shelf. But half of them are still holding out hope. For this round, you can vote for four genres you want eliminated from this competition. This uses the honor system, so please don’t select more than four. So pick the four genres you love the least. The options are up to you. But at a quarter till the top of the hour, only four will remain, so choice wisely!

Voted off the shelves:

  • Romance
  • Classics
  • Manga
  • Paranormal
  • Non-Fiction
  • Horror
  • Poetry
  • Religious
Round 2 – Please vote for up to 4 genres that you wish to be voted off the shelves!

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Mini-Challenges

Draw It Out

Still Going

Picture Perfect

That Escalated Quickly

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 21 – Battle of the Genres… Survivor Edition

Hi Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I am going to be with you for the rest of this wonderful ride! I’ve been co-hosting this time slot for several years now. I love it. I also moderate the Dewey’s Readathon Facebook and Goodreads group and have loved talking to so many of you in the lead up to this readathon (as well as over the years that I have moderated those groups). If you haven’t joined them, you really should. So much fun!I love getting to know all of you.  So let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 28 years old and live in Northern California. I am a lover of books from all genres (currently going through a historical fiction phase). I am also an avid cross stitcher, crocheter, and quilter (thank goodness for audiobooks that allow me to combine hobbies. This year alone, I have already listened to over 50 audiobooks).  I am a huge fan of cheese (Fontina, Harvati, and Gouda were on the plate today) and I like some salami to go with it. But one time I put peanut butter (another favorite food) on a saltine cracker and then put some cheese on that… it was so good. And now that you know some about me, I would love to get to know you. So leave a comment and tell me about yourself and your hobbies.

I want to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful people who have put aside some of their reading time and done some cheerleading today. You all are like a breath of fresh air. Just when one is beginning to get tired and weary and it seems like you might want to quit, you pop up with a word of encouragement. I know we didn’t have official cheerleaders and so we have all had to step up to the plate and do some cheering on our own. Thank you for taking a bit of your time and doing that today.

Battle of the Genres – Survivor Style

Anyone who has been around for the final hours knows that I love to do random facts of the hour every hour. But last October I decided to mix things up and host an election of book genres to determine who would reign over all the other genres. And the winner was… FANTASY. This election was a big hit and many of you asked if it would be repeated again. So I have decided to bring it back… only with a slight twist. This time you will be voting on your LEAST FAVORITE genre and whichever ones receive the most votes will be eliminated (think of the tv reality game show Survivor where you vote people off the island). The last genre standing will be crowned the winner of the Battle of the Genres.  The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for vote. They have made their cases and now you, the members of the jury, have to decide who does not deserve to move on. After each round of voting half of the contestants will continue to the next round and half will be eliminated. I will tally the votes at quarter to the hour so I have time to make the next poll. You are allowed to select up to 8 options. This will function on the honor system as I don’t have a way to control that. But please, respect the system. No cheating for the genre of your choice. I hope that you all enjoy this and don’t take it too seriously. It is all meant to be in good fun.

Select your LEAST favorite genre: You may pick up to 8 genres

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Mini-Challenges

Picture Perfect

Still Going

That Escalated Quickly

Give a Book to a Stranger

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 20 – Never Look Away

Hi everyone! This is your co-host Elizabeth from Earl Grey Editing. Hour 20 is just getting underway and will be my last hour as co-host before handing the reins over to Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. A big thank you to Andi and Heather for inviting me on board this year and for the tireless work they do running this readathon every six months. Ladies, you are amazing!

With five hours to go, we’re on the downhill run. Hang in there! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, particularly if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugar and caffeine. And stretch! Or get up for a quick dance party–especially if you don’t have to worry about waking up the rest of the household.

Mini-Challenges

That Escalated Quickly

Still Going

Give a Book to a Stranger

Summer Road Trip

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 19 – Reading Buddies

Hi everyone! This is your co-host Elizabeth from Earl Grey Editing. It’s mid-afternoon here in the east of Australia and Hour 19 is getting underway. This is about the time of the readathon I see a lot of names from the Antipodes on the Twitter hashtag keeping things lively. If that’s you, take a moment to cheer on our friends struggling through the wee hours in other parts of the world. A special shout-out to Brona of Brona’s Books for heading up #teamANZ2017. She really knows how to rally us together!

I promised to introduce you to my two helpers.

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Hannah’s in the foreground and Chippa is in the background. They both cuddle with me at different points during a readathon–especially right now, as the weather is chilly in April. However, Chippa is more of a dedicated reading buddy than Hannah. Here he is keeping my sweetheart company for some reading time in the hammock.

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Have you got any reading buddies (furry or otherwise)? Drop in and tell me about them!

Mini-Challenges

Give a Book to a Stranger

Still Going

Summer Road Trip

#Fitreaders Do 24

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 18 – Strong Coffee

Hi everyone! It’s Elizabeth here from Earl Grey Editing. This is my first time co-hosting and I’m pretty excited! Andi usually covers Hours 18-20, but I’m jumping in this year so she can get some well-earned rest.

A little bit about me: I live in the southeast of Australia, which is how I’m awake and Andi isn’t. I’m a big sci-fi and fantasy nerd, so I’ve been using this readathon to make my way through some of the material on the Hugo Awards shortlists. And I’ve got two little dogs helping me out today. I promise to introduce them later.

So how many of you are awake at the moment?

How about now? I must admit coffee doesn’t do much for me. I’m more of a tea person (as you may have gathered). Although a hot chocolate like the one pictured above also does nicely…

Mini-Challenges

Summer Road Trip

Still Going

#Fitreaders Do 24

Game On!

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 17 – Teach Me How to Dougie

Still Allison here from The Book Wheel (I know, I know, but you know you love me!). But really – just kidding – I don’t really want to learn how to Dougie. But what I DO want to know is how you keep yourself energized and going as we head into Hour 17. Personally, I’m a fan of dance parties with my dogs (absolutely no other humans allowed) and boatloads of coffee. This Readathon was easier than some because we got nearly a foot of snow today, so a quick trip outside for a minute is what we can call refreshingly awakening.

So, aside from caffeine, how do you stay energized? How do you get over the hump? 

P.S. If you don’t have a routine and need some inspiration, check out last hour’s mini-challenge on Instagram with #IGReadathon or this hour’s mini-challenge below!

 

Mini-Challenges

#Fitreaders Do 24

Still Going

Game On! 

Books and Beverages

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 16 – Show Me How You Readathon!

Hi again! Still Allison from The Book Wheel holding down the Twitter fort for Hour 16 here. One of my favorite places to read is, not surprisingly, my home office/library. When we were house-hunting last fall, my main requirement was that I have a room all to myself (the “she-shed” was a bonus).

In addition to housing my Lithographs poster and bookshelves, the room is also home to my absolute favorite chair in the world: My reading chair (PS my other dog hates photographs). Because comfort makes reading a lot more pleasurable, I want to see how you’re reading. Do you have a favorite chair? Nook? Hammock? Bathtub? Share your pics below and be sure to tag us on Twitter and Instagram!

Mini-Challenges

Game On!

Still Going

Books and Beverages

Create a Story in Your Stack

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 15 – What’s Your Favorite Read So Far?

Hello Readathoners! How has your reading been so far? My name is Allison and I review books over at The Book Wheel and I am thrilled to be co-hosting my third-straight Readathon! We had a bit of a spring storm here in Colorado today, so I’ve been curled up inside with my pups (see Hour 14 for more furry-friend photos).

One of my favorite things about Readathon is discovering new books. I always end this event with at least 5-10 new books on my TBR shelf (although whether or not I get to them is a different story!).

So what I want to know is: What’s your favorite Readathon book so far? Whether it’s short stories or epic novels, I want to know which book I MUST read at the end of this year’s event.

Mini-Challenges

Books and Beverages

Still Going

Create a Story in Your Stack

Fur, Scales, and Stuffing: Readathon Companions

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!