October 2017, readathon

Hour 20 – Years One and Two

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. Let me introduce myself quickly (and please, introduce yourself in the comments section). I’m 29 and I live in Northern California. I am an audiobook addiction and cross stitch fanatic (so I can do both at the same time). I’m currently addicted to Historical Fiction, especially that set in the Tudor era. Or the War of the Roses. I also love Fantasy… especially Brandon Sanderson. I’m a cheeseaholic and a red tea (rooibos) drinker. I also love soccer and am heartbroken that the USA isn’t going to the World Cup (so I’ll be rooting on Germany for a back to back win).¬†I’m sure there’s many other things. If you want to know, just ask below.

I have been co-hosting these last few hours for so many readathons that I have honestly lost track. I used to have this tradition where I gave a few random facts of the hour. Then I changed to a book genre competition (which Fantasy won back to back readathons). This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. For these next five hours, we will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year One – 2008:

The #1 book in 2008 was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I have to say, I am a huge fan of this series and I completely agree with this book taking the spot. Its hard to believe its been 10 years since it came out.

Year 2 – 2009:

The #1 book in 2009 was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. This is the sequel to the number 1 book from 2008. This book was my favorite in the series. The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a very close second place in 2009.

Do you agree or disagree with these selections? See others in the list you think are more deserving? Let me know in the comments. Next up? 2010 and 2011. No sneak peeking ūüôā


Little Book Tower

10 Minute Closet Costume

You’re Wearing That?

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Kristin Davison


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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.


That Escalated Quickly

Still Going

Give a Book to a Stranger

Summer Road Trip


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. 

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October 2016

Hour 20 – BoooOOOooooOOOOk!


FYI (16)

While I realize it’s not autumn everywhere in the world, and while I realize not everyone celebrates Halloween, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this October opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest books in film. In short, Book, from Hocus Pocus! Because let’s face it…there should be more¬†books-as-characters.

Can you think of any bookish characters you love? Second only to the Hocus Pocus book is the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter!



All You Can Eat Buffet

Readathon Recommendation Engine

Rainbow Tower Challenge

Prize Winners


Whitney Werling


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 2016

Hour 20 – Time to Rally!

FYI (16)

It’s Andi again with something to confess. I took an hour-long nap before my hosting time! I admit it!!!! I hope you did, too, because I know I’m refreshed. When it was time to wake up, though, ¬†I wanted an upbeat song to put me back in motion, so I had to call on my trusty workout song as of late, “Gave Me Something” by Jess Glynne!

Now that we’re a little more awake and doing a chair dance, I just want to thank you for being a part of this event. We sure do love having you, and let’s face it, without you it’d just be a bunch of looking around at each other and playing with a website.

bird jig








What’s your favorite song to get you moving?¬†


Scary Good

Books in Motion

Still Going

Pump Up the Jam

Literary Wanderlust!

Kickass Characters

Prize Winners

Alekz Hannah

The Writerly Reader

Julie at Smiling Shelves


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!

October 2015

Hour 20 – I Seeee Youuuu

Hour 20 is here, and this is Andi from Estella’s Revenge back for one more go-round! You doing ok? I see some of you are flagging…I seeee youuuu…

At my house, my husband and four dogs are keeping me company. What about you? Was anyone in your household–animal, vegetable, or mineral–ambitious enough to stay up with you until now?

Keep up the good fight, friends! I know you can do it!


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!¬†



Still Going

Prize Winners


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!

Enter the READING RAINBOW mini-challenge all day long!


April 2015, readathon

Hour 20 – Break for Laughter!

IT’S HOUR 20!!!!! We’re so close to the finish line! How are you doing? Need a drink? Snack? A break to stretch? Some laughter to wake you up?

It’s me, Andi, back for the last time this Readathon (awwww!). When I’m weary I find that a good laugh can help me recharge, and I often look for that quick fix in a favorite movie like Steel Magnolias. It has some of the same qualities I look for in a great book: humor and heart!

This past week I took a short, fun quiz to find out which Steel Magnolia I am, and NO SURPRISE….Ouiser! A little sassy, a little cranky. Anyway, it gave me a laugh, so I hope it gives you one, too!


Now, tell me, what’s one of your all-time favorite, make-you-laugh-out-loud movies? Books adapted to film, perhaps?¬†


Draw It Out

Still Going

Prize Winners


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 2014, readathon

Hour 20 – Madness!

I can’t really explain this video but it is on many of my reading playlists and helps me along – the video is a bit odd!¬†

OMG, It is back! Okay so now I got my little cheery wave of happiness out of the way. Welcome back from me and how great is this read-a-thon right! I feel so lucky to be able to have the chance to co-host again. This read-a-thon has played a big part on my blog for a couple of years now and as with everyone else gives me the chance to focus and clear the dust off from some of the books that I have been wanting to read for so long but never really found the right time to do so.

I know it is nearly the end of the road but you have done so well to get this far and there really is no point in giving up now so join me as I do five things to stay awake and keep me focused.


If coffee is not your choice of beverage hot or cold then tuck into your favourite and make it special. For me it is will be a homemade (Tassimo!) Latte Macchiato with extra thick whipped cream and chocolate dusting.


Prior to the read-a-thon I made several playlists titles of which are – active, chilled, concentration, Old Skool. Now everybody loves a bit of the old skool so why not incorporate it into something that can help you concentrate and go that extra mile. My current favourite album is the Bastille album as there are a range of songs on there that have a bit of pretty much everything but the old skool and it just makes me giggle listening to it.


Before the read-a-thon began I made myself a timetable for reading and other such activities that would keep me awake for the 24 hour stint ahead. On a regular day off this is how I get things done so why not use a normal routine to help get through this particular day of greatness.


Much like caffeine, snacking is just as important. If your energy levels begin to dwindle so does concentration and hunger for reading turns into hunger for food. By stopping tracks before they are even made add a few treats to your shopping list and indulge. One of the things on my must have treats list is Pistachio cookies – they are just YUM! In the spirit of DIY once again I found a couple of recipes and ran a little wild with them.


Don’t forget your fellow read-a-thoners Рthere are more than 700 this year and we should all be supporting each other whether it be a hey hello or just a like or comment on a couple of posts. As this read-a-thon is international obviously a lot of conversations will be happening at different times. Being in London my time is GMT 0 where are you?

Mini Challenges

Book Jenga

Book Balancing

TBR Challenge

An Uncomfy Challenge


Door Prize Winners Announced –

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Teri @ It’s What’s for Dinner

Kelly @ Read Lately

Chris @ Stuff As Dreams Are Made On


Kelsie @ Read Bookworm Read

Update our Books Read database HERE!



Hour 20

Go read-a-thoners! We‚Äôre almost almost there! If you’ve made it this far, you can make it to the end. You know you do!

If you’re feeling tired, get up and stretch, take a walk, or, like Jennifer was doing, chew some gum! You never know what’ll work.

We’d like to ask those of you who have participated in all four read-a-thons to leave us a comment in this post. You‚Äôll be entered to win a box of 14 new releases donated by Hachette. Check the list of prizes to see what’s included.

The winners of  the hour 19 readers of the hour mini-challenge  are:


Congratulations, guys! Please e-mail Hannah at wordlily AT gmail to claim your prizes.

Still happening:
Debbie’s mini-challenge (open until the end of the read-a-thon)
Jessica’s mini-challenge (this is the last hour for this mini-challenge)
Vote for the winner of Kim’s¬† comic mini-challenge