April 2014 Mini-Challenge Hosting Sign-Ups!

All you wonderful people who want to help out by hosting a Mini-Challenge? Now’s your chance!

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Who? Anyone who has participated in the Read-A-Thon before and knows how the Mini-Challenge piece of the puzzle works.

How? Fill out the form below

What? You provide the Mini-Challenge and some sort of prize. If you are unable to provide a prize, let us know and we will do our best to conjure one up for you. 15 minutes before your hour hits, you post your challenge. An official directions email will surface in your inbox about a week prior to the ‘thon.

When? April 26, 2014. If there are more mini-challenge host volunteers than hours in the ‘thon, the wonderful Mini Challenge Volunteer Coordinator will pick the 21 best-suited for readers. These will be fun and stimulate many different parts of the brain, to give you guys a rest and a little rehab from all of that READING!

Without further ado, let there be mini-challenges!

April 2014 Prize Donations!

Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! You all made it very clear in the reader poll after the October 2013 readathon that prizes are not your #1 priority. However, we do think they’re hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

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Why do we ask for donations?

We expect close to 500 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate? 

You can donate whatever is within your means! Here are some ideas:

  • a gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • some ARCs you’re finished with
  • an individual book
  • a gift card
  • bookmarks
  • something you hand-make
  • a puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, this time around we want to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner via your BookDepository purchase! It’s low-stress and less work for you!

You’re my angel!

If you can’t donate a prize, please consider being an angel — a US resident who will have a prize shipped to them and then ship the prize to the international winner. This can cost between $10 and $30. We typically have 20 international winners and four angels. Womp womp.

For the previous two readathons, Andi has given over $100 per event to make sure prizes get to their international homes. She would love to spread this around a bit more with your kind help.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

Cheerleader Sign Ups for the April 2014 RAT!

Gimme a Y. Gimme a O. Gimme a U! What’s that spell? YOU! Cheerleading for a bunch of crazy kids who are going to try to read all day long. TWENTY FOUR HOURS! The cheerleaders are JUST as important as the players and we desperately need a few. Or a bunch.  So grab those pompoms, write out your best cheers, and join us for some cheering this April 26th.

What does it mean to be a cheerleader for Dewey’s Read-a-thon?

It means having a great time while encouraging others by leaving a cheer or rhyme on their blog or through Twitter or  Tumblr.

You can read and cheer, in fact we encourage it!

Anyone can sign-up to be a cheerleader! There are some who solely devote their time to cheering but many readers enjoy cheering. Most readers will take an hour or two to go around and encourage other readers. While reading is the main focus of the read-a-thon it’s the interactions and connections you make that make the event so special.

How much time do I need to devote?

You can devote as much as 24 hours to as little as an hour. It’s whatever works best for your schedule! We certainly do not expect you to cheer for 24 hours, but wow, if you do, we would certainly all bow down to you.

How does this work?

There will be hundreds of readers to visit during the Read-A-Thon but don’t fret…you do not have to cheer for them all. Just a few days before the event you will be assigned a cheering squad based on the number of hours you said you could cheer. Each squad is then assigned a group of readers but you can of course cheer for those listed in the other squads!

Hip Hip Hooray!~ Now what you say?

Sign up below using the Google form to volunteer as a cheerleader. Still confused or don’t know much about cheering visit  the Cheer HeadQuarters!

 

April 2014 READER Sign-Ups!

Helloooooooooooooooo, everybody! Today is the day! Reader sign-ups are here, and we are so excited you’re joining us for the April 26, 2014 Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!

You’ll see all of your old favorite features during this Read-a-Thon, but we’re also putting some steps in place to streamline and make life easier for our scads of volunteers.

1. Please use the Simply-Linked widget below to sign up like usual.

2. Please include your info in the form so Heather can assign you to a team of cheerleaders who will visit and comment on the URL you leave.

Want to know more about this last step? Check out Andi’s vlog below!

To help us build a convenient database of participants for behind-the-scenes purposes, please give us your info here, too! We promise we won’t share it.

The Read-a-Thon Cometh! April 2014

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Can you believe it’s almost time AGAIN?! The April 2014 Read-a-Thon will take place on April 26th. We are hard at work behind the scenes reaching out to volunteers, planning pre-posts, and wrangling prizes. Speaking of which…

There was a HUGE kerfuffle with the October prizes. The pubs got confused and a large portion of the prizes did not ship until just about a month ago. If you’re still missing a prize, feel free to email us at deweyreadathon@gmail.com and we’ll get on it for you in an effort to iron out the remaining wrinkles.

Be sure to check back here for sign up posts! We’re looking for A LOT of cheerleaders and a variety of other helpers. See you soon!

That’s a Wrap on October 2013!

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Read-a-Thon hangover? Why, yes! I believe I still have one! But it is SOOOO worth it!

  • We had 484 people sign-up to participate this October.
  • 229 of those participated in the Introduction Meme.
  • 127 participated in the Mid-Event Survey.
  • 132 of those participated in the End of Event Meme (so far!).
  • 504 books were entered into the Books Read Database (there’s still time to add yours)
  • We had 38 cheerleaders sign-up.
  • We had 21 Mini-Challenge hosts.
  • We had readers participate via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, their blogs, and everywhere else imaginable!
  • Hundreds of Instagram photos were uploaded!
  • We TRENDED on Twitter for all 24 hours!
  • We had over 200 prizes donated!
  • We had 5 generous individuals who helped us “warm up” with guest posts!
  • We had 4 cohosts (Courtney, Deb, Dana, Kate) in addition to our hosts/organizers (Heather and Andi).

Isn’t that amazing!!! We’re blown away every time we look at it! We’ve also been doing a bit of assessing as we’ve worked through this Read-a-Thon, and there are some things we think we’re doing pretty well, and there are a couple of areas we want to work on, and we want to share them with you!

Happy With…

Hourly mini-challenges and co-hosts! We feel like these have been smooth sailing for the last few Read-a-Thons, so while we might be tweaking, there won’t be any major overhauls in this area.

Working On…

Cheerleading! We had an AMAZING group of Cheerleaders and I don’t FOR A MINUTE, want to take away from their accomplishments! We’ve gotten lots of direct comments,  and we’ve seen in the closing surveys that many of you felt like the cheerleaders ROCKED! The only problem? There are 38 of them for 484 blogs/channels. OMG, right??? I don’t even know how they make a dent! We’re considering some options to make blog/channel comments more plentiful in April, but this really comes down to the cheerleading manpower we have. If you’ve ever thought of volunteering to cheer, we really need you!

Prizes! I’ve seen the question pop up: “Why do you guys have so many prizes but you give so few away?” Quite simply, the bulk of our donations come from US publishers who do not ship internationally. We hate to limit the pool from which our international participants choose, so that means those of us behind the scenes have to cover the cost of international shipping. Roughly half of our winners are international and only SEVEN individuals have offered to help us cover international shipping costs. OUCH! Right now we could be spending as much as $210+ shipping prizes, so that’s why we have limited the number we give away. Going forward we hope to…

1. Attract more “angels” to help ship international prizes — US residents who will receive a prize and forward it to the international recipient (email deweyreadathon@gmail.com to volunteer to help with October 2013 shipping!)

2. Attract a larger pool of international publishers who can donate and ship their own books (this is the ideal!)

We take your feedback seriously, and that’s why we’re asking you to fill out this quick survey (6 questions, totally anonymous) to help us prioritize and make some decisions about these areas!

Lastly, we really want to thank EVERYONE involved!  This was an especially spirited Read-a-Thon full of genuine excitement and community warmth.  Even if you only got to read for a few hours… or a few minutes, you were still a part of something AMAZING!

Without further ado, go ahead and put it on your calendar. The Spring 2014 Read-a-Thon will take place on April 26th! Be there or be square! Put in for your days off and book that babysitter. It’s ON!

We’d also love it if you could indicate your volunteer interests for April in the form below. We’ll be in touch!!!

Hour 24 – YOU ARE THERE!!!!!!!!

 

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the final hour of the readathon. We are there, guys. This is the end! Just one more hour to go! We can do it. Every minute that passes is a minute closer to sleep, or the rest of your day or everything else that you plan on doing today! It has been so much fun hanging out with you guys!

In this last post, I want to thank you, the readers and participants. Without you signing up and reading, this even wouldn’t be possible. It has been an honor, spending the last four hours chatting with you and getting to know you all a little bit better. You are fantastic and I hope to see you in April!

Video of the Hour:

Spoofs on our favorite books can be a lot of fun. This is a spoof on Harry Potter. It is from the Harry Potter Puppet Pals.

Random Fact of the Hour:

  •  Cinderella’s slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator. It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.
  • Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” after his editor dared him to write a book using fewer than 50 different words.

 

Mini Challenges

A Readathon tradition! In your final Readathon post, answer these questions and then link to it with the Mr. Linky, below.

  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?

Still Ongoing

Reading Soundtrack from A Girl That Likes Books

Turn the Page from Reflections of a Bookaholic

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

 E-mail deweyreadathon@gmail.com to claim a prize from the Prize Page!

Amanda Pennington (@MandaPantsReads)

Becca

Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea

Irene

Angie @Pinkindle

 

Cheerleader Winner

Tami at http://tdreads.blogspot.com

Ashley

Stacybuckeye at http://stacybuckeye.wordpress.com/

Tanja at http://timeforreading.wordpress.com

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 23 – Reading till the End…

 

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! We are two hours away from the finish lines? Are any of you keep track of pages read? I made 450. Not my best. But I will be spending 9 hours reading after I wake up tomorrow (today) to make up for my nap and the cohosting hours. Hope to get around 1000. But the most important thing to remember is that any reading completed is better than what you started the day having done. And I enjoy the social aspect of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon.

I want to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful mini-challenge hosts and all of those who donated prizes or are postage angels or did anything behind the scenes that made this even as fun as it is. It isn’t hard to sit down and decide to read for 24 hours. But it is all of the social aspects of this event that make it amazing! So thank you for all you have done!

 

Video of the Hour:

Okay, this video is longer than others. It is a scene that wasn’t actually in the Hunger Game trilogy, but imagined as if it was. MainStayPro do a really good job of creating fanmade movie trailers for books and other such things. This is one of my favorites. So bookmark it for future viewing. Or take a quick reading break and watch it now!

 

Random Fact of the Hour:

The weirdest book is a book called “Cent mille milliards de poèmes” (“One hundred million million poems”) which was written in 1961 by the French poet Raymond Queneau. It has only 10 pages with 14 lines on each page. Its curiosity stands in the fact that every single page is cut into strips, containing a sonnet. These can be read combining fragments at your personal will. All ten sonnets have the same rhyme scheme and employ the same rhyme sounds. Therefore, any line from a sonnet can be combined with any from the other nine, giving 1014 (= 100,000,000,000,000) different poems. Reading all the possible variants would require a lot of time, therefore some people see it as being also the longest book in the world. So you can better understand, look at the picture below:

UPDATE: Deb Nance at Readerbuzz  informed us in the comments section that this book can be found on Amazon for $450. That is crazy! Hope no one accidentally rips out one of those strips! And one has to wonder if all of those poems make sense or if they read like nonsense.

 

Mini Challenges

Reading Soundtrack from A Girl That Likes Books

Still Ongoing

Book Jenga from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Real Rebus from Reading My Way Through Life

Turn the Page from Reflections of a Bookaholic

Door Prize Winners Announced -

 E-mail deweyreadathon@gmail.com to claim a prize from the Prize Page!

Just Me

Krista

 

Cheerleader Winner

Becca at http://blog.beccasanborn.com

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 22 – Three Hours Left. Let’s React!

 


This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! How are you all holding on? Just three more hours of reading. YOU CAN DO IT!!! At this point, I am throwing caution to the wind and bringing out the big guns. That is right, I am breaking my own rules and having some caffeine. I have been good all day and only done like herbal tea and apple cider and fruits and veggies, but no more. It is crunch time, ya’ll! We can do this!!!

In this post, I would like to thank all of my fellow co-hosts for all of there amusing posts that have helped keep this event awesome. You have facilitated everything wonderfully! This event wouldn’t have been the same without you!

 

Video of the Hour:

Have any of you guys ever watched any of the “Kids React” videos? These kids are so cute! I love their opinions. It is just so honest. Trying to stay “book” related, this is the kids reacting to the movie trailer of The Hobbit. It isn’t their best, but they are still cute! And in this video, they sure make you feel old.

 

Random Fact of the Hour:

  •  The Bible is both the world’s best-selling book AND the most shoplifted book. I guess someone missed the commandment “Thou shalt not steal.”
  • John Milton used 8,000 different words in his poem, “Paradise Lost.”

 

Mini Challenges

Turn the Page from Reflections of a Bookaholic

Still Ongoing

Book Jenga from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Let’s Get Social! from Doing Dewey

Real Rebus from Reading My Way Through Life

Door Prize Winners Announced -

 E-mail deweyreadathon@gmail.com to claim a prize from the Prize Page!

Regina Renee

Maria

 

Cheerleader Winner

Jenn Hartling at http://www.therelentlessreader.com

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 21 – Laughing Our Way to the Finish Line

 

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! You all are doing so great. It was fun talking to some fellow soccer fans and cheese addicts in the comments section! You guys rock!

I want to take a moment and thank the organizers of this event; Andi and Heather. You guys have been awesome. Thanks for continuing this read-a-thon tradition and always being available for questions and pep talks and anything and everything else we need! You both rock my socks off!

Video of the Hour:

In the last post, I introduced you guys to Emma Approves. Now, from the creators of Emma Approves (and The Lizzie Bennett Diaries) I give you 31 Jokes for Nerds. It is time to laugh a little!

Random Fact of the Hour:

  •  Ernest Vincent is an author who wrote a novel called Gadsby in 1939. The novel is 50,000 words long. The interest part is the fact that there is not a single “e” in the entire novel.
  • Frank Baum named “Oz” after a file cabinet in his office. One cabinet was labeled “A to N,” and the second was labeled “O to Z.”

 

Mini Challenges

Real Rebus from Reading My Way Through Life

Still Ongoing

Show it Off! from Dead Book Darling

Book Jenga from Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Six Word Celebration from Estella’s Revenge

Let’s Get Social! from Doing Dewey

Door Prize Winners Announced -

 E-mail deweyreadathon@gmail.com to claim a prize from the Prize Page!

Lexi

Sarah @ Exploring All Genres

 

Cheerleader Winner

Rita at http://myhomeofbooks.blogspot.com/

Update our Books Read database HERE!