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 García 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?


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End of Event Meme!

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Hour 23 – Don’t Quit Now!!!!

Welcome to Hour 23!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the last 2 hours. You are almost there. The end is in site. Believe in yourself. You can do it!!!!

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. The spend nearly the full year planning the even for us, even when we aren’t seeing blog updates. They always go above and beyond the call of duty to give us this even that I know many of us spend months looking forward (probably 6 months… from the minute the prior one ends). Without all their hard work, this event wouldn’t be half the one it is. Thank you, ladies. We all owe you so much!

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:

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Share a Song

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Hour 22 – DOUBLE NUMBER HOUR

Welcome to Hour 22!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. I will be your co-host for the last 3 hours. I hope that you are having fun!!!! I know I am.

I would like to take a moment to thank my fellow co-hosts, mini-challenge hosts and all those who do the work in the background. Thank you for giving of your time and energy to make sure this event runs smoothly. Your posts are always a bright spot to the hours. To those who host mini-challenges… you truly make this day. You provide something to look forward to and a small distraction every hour. Give us the opportunity to interact with other readers. Thank you for organizing a fun challenge for us to do. And to those who organize prizes and wrote warm up posts and do all the other numerous things that we don’t even know about, know that you are appreciated and this event wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you so much!!!

We also have to thank the publishers who help us with prizes, from big to small. Check out this fantastic post written especially for us by Adria J. Cimino of Velvet Morning Press

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:

Mini-Challenges

Blame It On the Bloggers

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Hour 21 – Beginning of the End

Welcome to Hour 21!!! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. If you’re reading this, you have made it to the final sprint! Come on, you can do it! Only 4 more hours. Really, that isn’t that long!

I would like to take a moment to thank the cheerleaders. You guys always amaze me. You selflessly take time to cheer on us readers and sometimes, when tiredness is creeping in and you just want to sleep, your encouraging cheer helps to keep me going. Thank you for taking on such a monumental task. With so many readers participating, I am sure it seemed daunting. But you all rose to the occasion and you rock!

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. Its just what I do. Sort of like a tradition I have with you, the participants. So here are a couple random facts for this hour:

Mini-Challenges

That Moment When You Fall In Love With a Book

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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!

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

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Draw It Out

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Hour 19 – Truly Outrageous!

Hour 19! Hour 19! It’s Andi again, and I’m SO GLAD you’re still here!!!!

I have to admit something about myself…I’m an ’80s nostalgist, especially when it comes to cartoons of my childhood. No cartoon epitomizes your Readathon participation more than Jem and the Holograms, straight out of 1985! The tagline of the show was TRULY OUTRAGEOUS! I think you’re ALL truly outrageous for hanging on this long!

Now that we’ve had this little throwback moment together, get to reading!

jem

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Shelfie

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Hour 18 – The Caffeine Hours!

Welcome to Hour 18! I’m so proud of you for making it this far already! I’m Andi from Estella’s Revenge, and one of your Dewey’s organizers.

While I used to be a night owl in my younger days, as I’ve gotten older, had a kiddo, and since I have four dogs who want a midnight hug from time to time, I am far LESS of a night owl. Add in some wicked insomnia, and I cherish my sleep. CHERISH!

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Somehow, despite all that, I always seem to take this next-to-last hosting shift because I LOVE the energy that’s still going strong both here and on Twitter at this hour!

We have several hours to go yet, but what are your secrets for lasting into these later hours? Tell me down in the comments! I might be hopped up on caffeine!

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Best of My Reading Year

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Hour 17 – Feeling Fueled

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Okay, Readathoners, this is Shannon from River City Reading here for my final hour! I know there are sensible people out there telling you not to snack late at night, but I’m here to tell you that fuel can be a good thing. Sloths know what’s best for you!

How’s your snack situation? Are you running on coffee and coffee only or have you fueled up on some delicious eats?

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Goodreads Battle of the Books! 

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Hour 16 – But Do You Know the Other Dewey?

Hang in there, readers! This is Shannon from River City Reading and I’m still here pulling you through. Do you need a break, but want to keep it bookish? Well, you think you really know Dewey? This quiz will show you how well you know the Dewey Decimal System.

How did you do? Did that get your brain buzzing a bit?

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Reading Story

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Hour 15 – I Feel So Alive!

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Hi there, Readathoners! This is Shannon from River City Reading pulling up a chair to help guide many of you into the wee hours. This is usually my favorite time of the Readathon—right when I get a second wind and get some great reading done.

So, did you read in a specific order today? Did you set aside something fun for later to help keep you awake or are you hoping you can power through no matter what?

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Music is Muse

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