Category Archives: April 2010

April 2010 Read-a-thon Wrap-up

Wow! I can’t believe the readathon was just last week…it seems like it was forever ago! Thanks to everyone for making the readathon so fantastic! I really love the book blogging community!

Thank Yous

First and foremost, I want to thank the volunteers that eagerly and capably came to my aid. The readathon is extremely time consuming to administrate, and I really couldn’t have done it without these folks!

If I forgot someone, I apologize. The readathon is a blur, not just now, but when it was happening, so if I forgot you it’s just because you caught me at a time that I was unaware of my surroundings. ;) Even more folks offered to help but I didn’t end up taking them up on their offer only because I’m still learning to delegate. :)

Winners!

We like to announce mini-challenge winners here on the readathon site, and these are the mini-challenge winners we weren’t able to announce while the readathon was in progress:

We still have some winners to announce, folks who won after the readathon ended:

The prize for most time spent reading goes to the little reader for reading for 23.25 hours. Congratulations! You win one individual book of your choice and one prize pack. Please email deweyreadathon at gmail to claim your prize.

The prize for most pages read goes to Bitsy at Fabula: A Book Blog with 1,816 pages read. Congratulations! You win one individual book of your choice and one prize pack. Please email deweyreadathon at gmail to claim your prize.

We have two winners for Most Enthusiastic Cheerleader: Staci from Life in the Thumb and Bart from Bart’s Bookshelf. Staci will get the set of origami bookmarks from Bellezza and a prize pack OR two books of her choice, and Bart will get A set of 10 themed bookmarks from Morphidae and a prize pack OR two books of his choice. Congratulations you two! Please email deweyreadathon at gmail to claim your prize.

We also picked three winners for the End of Event Meme, and those folks are: Amused by Books, Lenore from Presenting Lenore, and Vicki from Reading at the Beach. Congratulations! You all won a prize pack OR two books of your choice. Please email deweyreadathon at gmail to claim your prize.

We inadvertantly forgot to announce the winners of the Mid-Event Survey! The winners of that and what they won are:

Congratulations! Please email deweyreadathon to claim your prize.

In Hour 18, we asked people if they were raising money for charity. We randomly picked one person, and that’s m. smith gentry. Congratulations! You won the $25 gift card courtesy of Morphidae! Please email deweyreadathon at gmail to claim your prize.

Angels Still Needed

Okay, we are running low (actually in the red here) on Angels. Angels, you ask? Yes, we call them Angels because what they do is make it possible for the readathon prizes to be open internationally since many of the donors are already going out of their way to give the books, we need the Angels to pay to get them to the winners. This year we have more international peeps than usual and have completely run out of Angels!!!! We really need your help so that the readathoners from all over the world can get their books and bookie things. International Priority Flat Rate (envelope that fits one book, box that would fit a few) is $13.45. So it’s not too expensive, but we couldn’t do it without your help. If you are interested please head on over and fill out this Angel Form. Thank you so much!

**We also need angels in Europe! Please help make it possible for everyone in the world to win a book!

The Next Readathon

The next readathon is scheduled for October 9, 2010. Hope to see you then!

Hour 19

Wow Readathonthers, this has been a blast!! My time has come to say good bye though and pass you on to another co host who I know you will adore, Jennifer from Reading with Tequila will rock your socks off-enjoy!

But first make sure you take a break, stretch and laugh at what your fellow readathoners listed as their favourite videos, you are sure to enjoy some of them!!

Mini Challenges

Kiki at Bookcation is hosting the GO INDIE!! Mini Challenge to encourage readers to buy from their local independent bookstores. head over there and post a comment about your favourite independent local bookstore.

Winners Announced

The winner for Once Upon a Book  Mini Challenge is Shouting Gorilla Book Blog Congrats!! You are a WINNER :P

Surprise Drawing:
We have randomly chosen two reader winners for this hour!
1. Jess. (Find the Time to Read)
2. Page (One Book At A Time)
Congratulations! You each get to choose 2 books from the prize page.

Please contact us with your prize selection from the prize section and your mailing address at DeweyReadathon at gmail.

Mini Challenges Still Open

Get the Heck Out of Here Mini Challenge
Early Favourites Mini Challenge
Charity Mini Challenge

Hour 18

Check out that Standing Cat!! I’d love some help finding wacky videos- post links in the comments to your favourite you tube hits and I’ll share them next time!

Mini Challenges

Our mini challenge for this hour is for those raising money for charity during the Read-A-Thon. This will be open for the remaining hours to give you all time to check in and get your links posted to the Mr. Linky below. What charity are you raising money for? A winner for this will be selected after we finish this insane 24 hours! Post your links now!

Winners Announced

Selected 5 winning commenters from the Dewey hour comments: Anastasia, Bitsy, the little reader, Vasilly, Lindsey

Congrats to each of you!! You each win 1 prize pack of their choice (aka set of books)

Please contact us with your prize selection from the prize section and your mailing address at DeweyReadathon at gmail.

Mini Challenges Still Open

Title Teasers Mini Challenge
Get the Heck Out of Here Mini Challenge
Early Favourites Mini Challenge


Hour 17

Dewey’s Hour

As you have probably noticed this read-a-thon is called Dewey’s Read-A-Thon, that is because it is in memory of Dewey- she was the instigator of this insanely cool event! Some of you ‘knew’ her and did a Read-A-Thon or two with her as your host. If you never got the chance, let me tell you- she was fab. For this hour we’d like you to leave a comment on this post telling us something you enjoyed about Dewey or remember her fondly for or just something sweet. Go ahead comment below!

Mini Challenges

This hour we have two mini challenges! Head over to visit Michelle for her Early Favourites Mini Challenge and Jennifer for her Get the Heck Out of Here Mini Challenge (aka how she prepared for the Read-A-Thon). They both look excellent!!

to see what they are up to!

Winners Announced

We have a winner for the Bookish Movies Challenge! Dangerously Cold Tea you win a book from your wish list!! ($15 maximum)

Mini Challenges Still Open

Title Teasers Mini Challenge
Once upon a Reading mini challenge

Hour 16

Okay, okay I see you getting restless!! Don’t give in. Keep at it! I am putting up another silly video, watch this and laugh:

My cats drink from a running faucet, but NEVER would they stoop to putting their head in and getting water in their ears???!!?! Really!? This must not even be a real cat. My boys laughed over and over at this one. Yes, we had to watch it 4 times (more if I had been up for it).

Mini Challenge

I am pretty sure you aren’t going to want to miss out on this one Shelly Burns for her Title Teasers Mini Challenge. She is going to use some book titles and take a few of the words out for you to figure out!! Good luck!

Winners Announced

The 5 commenters chosen this hour are: Kate- Midnight Book Girl, Booksnyc , Sheila (Bookjourney), Darren @ Bart’s Bookshelf and  heidenkind .

Each of you will get to choose  1 book !

Please contact us with your prize selection from the prize section and your mailing address at DeweyReadathon at gmail.

Mini Challenges Still Open

Once upon a Reading mini challenge

Hour 15

Hey, people you are doing great! Keepin’ in the game and staying strong. I hope you like the video above, I have watched it so many times and shared it- and it still makes me laugh every time. We all need that right, a good laugh!? So take advantage and watch it.

Angels Needed!

Oh, okay we are running low (actually in the red here) on Angels. Angels, you ask? Yes, we call them Angels because what they do is make it possible for the readathon prizes to be open internationally since many of the donors are already going out of their way to give the books, we need the Angels to pay to get them to the winners. This year we have more international peeps than usual and have completely run out of Angels!!!! We really need your help so that the readathoners from all over the world can get their books and bookie things. International Priority Flat Rate (envelope that fits one book, box that would fit a few) is $13.45. So it’s not too expensive, but we couldn’t do it without your help. If you are interested please head on over and fill out this Angel Form. Thank you so much!

Mini-Challenge

You are in for a treat! Because now you get to do the Once upon a Reading mini challenge with Sheila at Book Journey. She’ll be challenging you to show your creative side, and it involves writing a short story post using book titles. Ya gotta go see!

Readers of the Hour

This hour I get to pick 5 readers of the hour:  Anna & The Girl  from Diary of an Eccentric, Bea from How Novel! , Meet Cute, Brittany from The Words of a Writer go comment on their blogs and one LUCKY commenter will be selected later on for a p book of his or her choice! Comment away!

Winners Announced

No winners to announce this hour- check back!!

Challenges Still Open

Romancing Your Friendship


How are you holding up? Are you getting more distracted than you expected? Are the twinkies calling your name yet?

Hour 14

Okay, well let’s give Shesten of I Heart Monster a HUGE pat on the back and applause, thank you! I will now be your co-host for the next bit, I am Bethany, or you can call me Dreadlock Girl- they all do.

Are you impressed with yourself yet!?! We’ve made it to T Plus 14! We are over knee deep in this Read-A-Thon now and it is just getting better and better, if I do say so myself!  It has been a blast getting to know you all, enjoying our eyes going bloodshot together. That is fun, right?! Oh, yah! Enough chitter chat, let’s get rolling.?

Mini-Challenge

This hour’s mini challenge is Bookish Movies to play head over to Lydia’s at The Lost Entwife chat it up about a book that you’d like to see made into a movie, and cast one character!

Winners Announced

Carrie from Nomad Reader announced her winners for the Where in the World Are You Reading? Mini Challenge. They are, Nan from Nan’s Corner of the Web, Michelle from Michelle’s Masterful Musings and Spav from Fiction Kingdom Congrats to all!

We also have Winners to Announce for the Intro Meme! Each of the following get their choice of a book prize pack, and the first winner ALSO gets the chocolate monkey.: Bonnie Jacobs (Bonnie’s Books), Michelle at Literaily Speaking, The 1st Daughter from There’s a Book, Fyrefly from Fyrefly’s Book Blog and Shauna- Reading and Ruminations Will the winners please email DeweyReadathon at gmail to claim your prize.

Challenges Still Open

Romancing Your Friendship Mini-Challenge

Hour 13

You’ve officially made it half-way!  Do me a favor.  Take your right hand, reach across your left shoulder and give yourself a big pat on the back.  You guys are doing great!  We’ve officially pushed into the 13th hour catapulting you past the half-way mark and onto the downhill side of this fun-filled, well-caffeinated day of reading.   What books are you guys reading now? And are you loving them? Here’s a tip: Sometimes during the Read-A-Thon it’s easier to stay motivated if you choose short books that are around 300 pages or less. If you’re having difficulty with your book, try switching to a shorter one!

This is my last hour cohosting the ‘thon, so I’m handing the reins over to the oh SO capable hands of Bethany from Dreadlock Girl and heading off to finish up the first book I started this morning!  I’m also contemplating one of those AMP drinks I’ve got stuffed away in the cupboard.  Good luck guys!  I hope I see you at the finish line!

Mini-challenge

You get to write a post about your favorite book that features friends turned lovers in Star Shadow Blog’s Romancing Your Friendship Mini-Challenge.

Winners Announced

Ashley from the Book Photo Shoot Mini-Challenge made it so that all of the participants won a prize!  Yay!  Congrats to Kate, Chick Loves Lit, and Nise from Under the Boardwalk and Sarah from Dangerously Cold Tea!

The winner of the Soundtrack Songs Mini-Challenge is Exiled by Accident who gets to select a prize from the prize page!  Please contact us with your prize selection from the prize section and your mailing address at DeweyReadathon at gmail.

Congrats to another two random cheerleaders:

Alita from Alita Reads

Valerie from Life is A Patchwork Quilt

Please contact us with your prize selection from the prize section and your mailing address at DeweyReadathon at gmail.

Still Ongoing

Mid-Event Meme

Hour 12

Dude.  Do you realize you’re almost half-way there?  There will be no giving up.  None.  You hear me?  Keep reading the good fight.  I’m giving you some inspiring music here to help you get pumped.  Look at your pile of books as you sing along and substitute “read” for “rock!”  Hey while you’re at it, get up, move around, shake your bootay, get some blood flowing, get your game face on and get ready to conquer the second half of this Read-A-Thon!

Mini-challenge

It’s time for the mid-event meme!  Post your answers on your blog and then come back here to leave your link!

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
9. Are you getting tired yet?
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Sign the linky below with a link to your post with your answers.  There will be 4 winners: 1st gets 1 prize packs of books, along with chocolate coins, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th get three books of their choice.  This is only open until the beginning of Hour 14.

Winners announced

The winners of the Lights, Camera, Read! Mini-Challenge at Mama Librarian are Wendy from Caribousmom, Readerbuzz, and Icedream. Contact Mama Librarian to claim your prizes!

The winner of Reading Teen’s It’s Your Story… So Write It Mini-Challenge is Kim Loves To Read.  Contact Reading Teen to coordinate your prize!

The winner of Bart’s Bookshelf’s Book Title Sentence Mini-Challenge  is Lissa from Lissa’s Long Yarn with: “Jane Eyre whispers ‘I’d kill for that.'”  Lissa wins a book of her choice from The Book Depository (under £10).  Please contact Bart’s Bookshelf to claim your prize!

The winner of the Drabble challenge is Rachel.  Please send us an email at DeweyReadathon at gmail with a prize you’d like from the prize listing!

The winner of The Booklady’s Blog’s #pantyworthy challenge is J. F. Jenkins.  Please contact The Booklady to collect your prize!


Still ongoing

Where In The World Are You Reading?

RIF Mini-Challenge

Get Up And Move Challenge

If The Cover Fits

Hour 11

Hey guys!  How’s it going so far? It’s me, Shesten aka I Heart Monster, and I’m taking over the posting duties for a few hours here in the middle of the day.  Any of you suffering from a case of the yawns yet?  I hope not, but since you guys have already been going strong for 10 hours, I suppose it’s likely.  Tell us how you’re warding-off or combating those sleepies, share your tricks so that we can all learn from each other.

kitty laziness is contagious
Say hi to Wynk

Here’s mine:  Stay away from your kittehs.  Their laziness is contagious.

Mini-Challenges

We’ve got 2 for you this hour!

Get energized by participating in Jehara’s Get Up And Move Challenge where she’s going to challenge you guys to do some yoga or go for a walk

AND/OR

Select book covers to fit a set of categories in the If The Cover Fits Challenge at Eclectic/Eccentric.

Winners Announced

We’ve got five random readers selected as winners!  If your name is on the list below, check out the prize list and let us know what prize you’d like!  Email DeweyReadathon at gmail with the name of the prize you’d like and your mailing address to claim your prize!

Still ongoing

Book Photo Shoot

Soundtrack Songs

Where In The World Are You Reading?

Reading Is Fundamental Mini-Challenge