That’s a Wrap on October 2014!

Dewey

Another Readathon has come and gone, and this girl is just getting over the reading hangover!

We’re so glad you could all join us, and we hope you’ll be here for the next exciting  installment on April 25, 2015!

For now, let’s take a look back with some stats! Can you believe these numbers???

993 readers
959 books in the database
142 prizes
70 cheerleaders
24 hours trending on Twitter
532 new Goodreads group members
10 cohosts

 

From the bottom of our readerly hearts, we appreciate all you do to make he Readathon happen and to honor Dewey by growing this community with every single event. As usual, we’ll have some tucks and tweaks for the April 2015 event, but for now, we’re going to pull up a chair and read a little more. We hope you’re doing the same.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the April 2015 event, please fill out the form below and we’ll contact you when the time comes!

Hour 24 – We’ll Keep on Fighting Until the End…

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the final hour of the readathon. Are you excited it is almost over? Did you have fun? I had so much fun! This is my favorite event of the season and I am so excited that I get the opportunity to co-host these final hours for you all. We did it, you guys! It was a crazy ride and some of us may have slept through an hour or more, but in the end, it was worth it all!

In this last post, I want to thank you, the readers and participants. Without you signing up and reading, this event wouldn’t be possible. It has been an honor, spending the last couple of 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:

I think we all deserve to celebrate a little that we managed to do this! It doesn’t matter if you read the full 24 hours, or if you only read half an hour. If you cracked open a book (or listened to an audiobook) then you are a participant and you deserve to be a champion!

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

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 23 – Influenced Anyone Today

 

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? The most important thing to remember is that any reading completed is better than what you started the day having done. I hope that you all have enjoyed the social aspect of readathon. It is my favorite part.

Part of the social aspect for me, is getting my family involved. I have a very international family. I have one sister who lives in Germany, my parents and youngest sister live in Asia, and I live about three hours away from my other sisters here in California. But I talk about readathon all the time to my family, and this year, I influenced everyone in my family to read a little today! It was amazing to connect with them via social media (we use the whatsapp app to chat all the time). We have been sending book updates all day today to each other and it has been so much fun! Here is a picture of my youngest sister reading on a bus in Singapore. I would post another of my mother, but that might be the last update you would ever get from me (because she would kill me).

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Also, thank you to all of the cheerleaders! You guys make this event great! I know when I am starting to feel down on my reading and how much I have accomplished, I feel so much better when I receive the message from a cheerleader!

So, did you influence anyone to read today?

Video of the Hour:

This will be our last message from Kid President. I hope you have enjoyed his encouragement and words of wisdom as much as I have!

 

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 22 – You’ve Been Booed (In a Good Way)

 

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon!

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!

For my sort of random thing of the hour, I want to share with you this thing that has been going around my office. You’ve Been Booed. One morning I walked in to find my work area looking like this (actually this is my co-workers desk because apparently the picture of mine is too large):

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Essentially, an anonymous person decorates your work space and leave you some treats and then you have to go out and do the same for someone else. Here is the link to the site that has the poem that goes with it. If I could, I would go and boo all of your work places or front doors, or whatever. I would really like for as many of you as can to go and carry this into the world. It is just a really fun way to spread the autumn cheer. I was having a pretty down day (the promised rain had not shown and I am a big fan of the rain) and when I saw my desk with the hot chocolate and new mug and candies, it felt like one of the best days of my life and I felt loved. Don’t you want to give that cheer to someone else?

 

Video of the Hour:

And now another pep talk from our fearless leader, Kid President. This one is directed to all teachers and students out there. However, since we are all in a perpetual state of furthering ourselves, I think this one applies to us all.

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 21 – Changes

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I will be your cohost for the rest of the readathon! I like to do things a bit different during my hours as co-host. It tends to be the slowest hours, so I like to bring in a little fun. And this year, I am doing it even more different than normal.

If you want to learn a little about me, you can read this post from the last readathon.  Since the last readathon, my life has gone through a lot of changes. I got a promotion at work and moved to a new city, away from my family and got my first apartment by myself. I started studying to take the CPA Exam. Germany won the World Cup and I just about died of happiness. I got a pet fish named Jorge (pronounced like George… named after my sister Jo). My whole life feels like it is up in the air.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, I would love to know a little more about you! So please leave a comment and tell me some of your quirks and what makes you unique.

A big shout out to our cheerleaders!!! You guys have been fantastic! Next time we should have cheerleaders for our cheerleaders! But in all seriousness, thanks so much for cheering all of us readers on and cohosts on. You give us the strength to push past the weariness and keep reading! Goodness knows how much a “new comment” notice brightens up a persons day.

Video of the Hour:

Meet Kid President. I hope you like him because I will be playing several of his videos throughout the rest of the readathon. To start it all off, here is a little pep talk for you all.

 

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 20 – Read, Honey…More More More!

Andi from Estella’s Revenge back for my final hosting hour! How are we doing? Sipping a refreshing beverage? Nibbling to stay awake? Taking a walk around the house/block/back yard? All of those things are fair game for keeping us awake. Heck, I even resorted to a cold shower!

But the bottom line is…

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Heck yeah! Let’s do this! You’re heading into the final stretch, and Kate will be with you to round it all out!

Keep on keeping on! Maybe Billy Idol can perk y’all up with leather and 80s hair! More! More! More!

 

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 19 – Tired Owl Put a Spell On You!

Andi from Estella’s Revenge back again! Let’s get real. Coffee, no coffee. Naps, no naps. Aren’t we all going to look like this guy when the Read-a-Thon is over? But he’s so cute! That’s consolation for us.

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As sort of an aside, I’m a huge owl fan. I’ve had this guy on my Facebook page for a week or so now. Any other owl lovers out there? If so, here are 20 Fun Facts About Owls!

And since we’re all a little drowsy and since it’s getting close to Halloween, and since we all probably loved Hocus Pocus, let’s rock out with this “classic.”

You’re welcome! #earworm

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 18 – Let’s Get Brainy!

Hey folks! How are my late night ladies and gents doing? This is Andi from Estella’s Revenge here to lead you through hours 18, 19, and 20. I thought we’d kick this stretch off with some brainy goodness…some reflection…some deep thought and sharing.

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No, I am not kidding! Obviously we’ve all vowed to do this crazy thing together. This big READING THING. So I have to ask…

Why do you read?  Is it an inborn trait? Something you or your family nurtured in you? I’d love to know! Holler at me in the comments.

 

Hang in there! If you’re having trouble staying awake, pop on over to Twitter or our Goodreads group for a break! And there are musical interludes coming in my next two posts. Whahahaha!

 

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 17: Beyond the Basics

 

 Okay, Courtney from Stiletto Storytime here with you for my last hour. You are doing fabulous! I mean you are reading this.  At Hour 17 that in itself is an accomplishment. You have your books? Your snacks too? All the basics of readathon right? Over the years I have found that what I considered the to be the basics of readathon…well, it’s expanded a bit over time. I’m am a bubble bath addict by nature so readathon means at least two luxurious baths with whatever book I am currently working on. So part of my readathon prep is bath bombs and bubble bars. I like to go all natural so I generally go with LUSH products. For alertness try something with hints of citrus like a Brightside Bubble Bar. For relaxation I love anything rose like Rose Jam or Twilight (Not that Twilight bookies).

Another scent inspired readathon recipe for me is that I diffuse or topically apply essential oils. To wake you up try something citrus like Tangerine or Orange. Peppermint if you are really fading fast or get a bit of a reading hangover. I also love a fun combo of Joy essential oil blend and Lemon mixed together. For calming try Lavender or a blend called Peace & Calming.  A cool calming combo is the blend Valor and Frankincense. When it is time to wind down when it’s all over I do a cotton ball with Lavender on it inside my pillow case.

Just a few little readathon rituals I have built up over the years. So tell me what are your beyond the basic must haves for readathon?

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

Hour 16: I’m Bringing Books Back

Welcome back! Courtney from Stiletto Storytime again. Thought I would get everyone awake with this fabulous parody from the Nashville Public Library since what else is readathon but all about the books? This is what librarians do when they get bored. Trust me, we are a fun bunch! Don’t believe the stereotype. I certainly never fit it, hence my blog name.

Is everyone ready to learn the winners from last hour’s Jane Austen themed giveaway? Our US winner is Georgia @ Things You Should  & our Intl winner is Nicole McFarlane. Just email me at stilettostorytime@gmail.com to claim your prizes ladies. Congrats and thanks to everyone who participated.

I trust everyone’s reading is going smoothly? Anyone lagging behind or getting sleepy eyed? If so or even if not I have a dare for you…I want you to get up and shake it off Taylor Swift style. I am dead serious. Get up and dance. This song is perfect for breaking the book blues that can start to hit about this time of readathon. Push through. You can do it! You can even hit YouTube for your favorite dance song of all time to inspire you. What would yours be if you HAD to choose just one? Come on dare to dance and share. Anyone brave enough to not just share a song but video of them dancing? You know I had to ask. You’d be the rock star of readathon!

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced -

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!