October 2017, readathon

Hour 24 – Years Nine and Ten

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook.

I can’t believe that we are already at the last hour of our readathon. I’ve had so much fun talking and interacting with everyone. I want to take a moment and thank everyone who has participated in readathon and made this event a success. Thanks to Andi and Heather for all that you do. Thanks to Gabby who has helped me so much on the Goodreads site. Thanks to the volunteers and mini-challenge hosts. The co-hosts and co-moderators. And thanks to all the readers and tweeters. To the family and friends in the background who let us have this magical day. Thank you all! And I hope to see you in April 🙂

This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. 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 Nine- 2016:

 

The #1 best selling book from 2016 was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling. I have to admit, I have not read this book. I borrowed it from a co-worker but haven’t even read it. And honestly, I don’t think it will. I heard about some of the things in here and honestly, I’d rather stick to my imagination about what happens outside the original 7 books in the Harry Potter series. What are your thoughts?

Year Ten – 2017:

The year is still on-going and there are so many books to choose from. So for 2017, rather than telling you which book was chosen as the #1 book, you’re going to tell me what you think the number 1 book from this year has been. Now, I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the best book of 2017 hasn’t been released yet. In my opinion, Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Book 3 in his Stormlight Archive series) is going to be the best book in 2017. But that could just be because I think Sanderson is a Fantasy genius. I cannot wait for its release next month.

Thank you so much for joining in on a review of the number one books over the last ten years. I hope to hear your feedback in the comment section. See you all in April!

Closing Survey! (add your link or comment below)
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?

If you are interested in helping us prep for the next Read-a-thon, fill this out!

 

Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey!

Last Day to Read for a Year

Hashtag Challenge

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Kelly @ellarebee

One Literature Nut

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If you see your name announced as an hourly prize winner, visit the PRIZES page to claim.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

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!

October 2016

Hour 24 – The Final Round

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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!

Genre Election

And the winner, by a mere two votes is… FANTASY!!!

It was a close call, you all. It literally went back and forth several times before the voting ended. But in the end, the masses have spoke and Fantasy is the winner. I hope that you all enjoyed this time and had fun voting. We might come back next time with a March Madness, bracket style of voting. 

In case you missed the last three 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 going to hold our own election. The contestants (16 of the top genres according to goodreads) are up for election 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 “drop out” of the election. 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 in the final round. 14 genres have dropped down and only two remain. Who will be the winner? That is for you to decide. For this round, you can only vote for one genre. At a quarter till the top of the hour the voting will end and I will update this post to announce the winner. These two have led the vote each round so I am not too surprised to see it come down to Fantasy vs Young Adult. However, which one will win? I honestly don’t know. They have been within a couple votes of each other this whole time. And honestly, it’s the two I have included in my vote each time. I don’t know about you, but I am excited to see who wins! I hope you enjoyed this “Election Season” here at Dewey’s.

Final Round and it all comes down to Fantasy vs Young Adult

 
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End of Event Survey

  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?

Click below to link up!

Mini-Challenges

Closing Survey!

Draw It Out

Book-a-Crostic

Prize Winners

chaikabooks

citizenjudie

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

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 24 – The final 60 Minutes…

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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.

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 Shakespeare Fact 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 is the Shakespeare fact of the hour:

William Shakespeare’s works contain more than 600 references to various types of birds, from swans and doves to sparrows and turkeys. The starling—a lustrous songbird with a gift for mimicry, native to Europe and western Asia—makes just one appearance, in “Henry IV, Part 1.” In 1890 an American “bardolator” named Eugene Schiffelin decided to import every kind of bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s oeuvre but absent from the United States. As part of this project, he released two flocks of 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park. One hundred twenty years later, the highly adaptable species has taken over the skies, becoming invasive and driving some native birds to the brink of extinction.

Source: History.com

End of Event Survey
  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?

Link up here!

Still Going

Literary Limerick

Reading Fuel Recipe Challenge

Prize Winners

Freya

Kallen

Michelle Buck

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

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 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?

Still Going

Prize Winners

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

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!

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April 2015, readathon

Hour 24 – Let’s All Cross the Finish Line Together

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 GarcĂ­a 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:

  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 year?
  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. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?


Mini-Challenges

End of Event Meme!

Still Going

Prize Winners

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

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!

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Hour 24

THE LAST HOUR!!! If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!! Don’t give up now!

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Phew!

This hour, we’ll ask you all to fill this end of the event meme:

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 year?
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. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

When you’re done, come back and enter the link to your post in the Mr. Linky below. There will be prizes, yes. The winners will get to pick from whatever hasn’t been claimed yet from the prize list. (Don’t worry, there are still some good prizes up for grabs!)

There will also be prizes for:

Most enthusiastic cheerleader (participants: Please vote by e-mailing deweyreadathon AT gmail.)
Most time spent reading (if you think that might be you, please leave a comment here with your total reading time.)

The winners will be announced once we’ve all had the chance to recover, so keep an eye on this blog for a wrap-up post. We’ll also be announcing the winners of the remaining mini-challenges.

Also, the winner of Jessica’s mini-challenge is: Eva

Congratulations, Eva! Please get in touch with Jessica about your prize.

Thank you so much for participating, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful time!

Still happening:

Debbie’s mini-challenge (last hour for this mini-challenge)
Participants in all 4 read-a-thons: leave a comment in the hour 20 post
Vote for the winner of Kim’s comic mini-challenge
Participants who did fund-raising: enter your name on the Mr. Linky from hour 23.