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Hour 15 – Note to self!

note to self put book down cook dinner self to note shut upHeyyoo everyone! Hour 15 has arrived! *\o/*

Cy-V here taking over from Deb! If you haven’t, be sure to show her some love for not forgetting to be awesome!
For those who haven’t met me yet: You can call me [si-v]. Or Cy.
My friends call me Spam. (^_^;)\

Let’s start off with a big thank you to Andi and Heather and all the others for all the things they did you didn’t get to see! Lots of people being short on sleep before we even started from working hard all week, so show them some love on the twitters! And let’s not forget all the cheerleaders rah-rah-rah-ing all over the place! I see you ._______.

For some reason all these lovely people trusted me to be your vaksian ruler host for the next two hours! Now..

How are you all? Staying hydrated? Have you eaten or moved recently? How well are you caffeinated? Should I be worried?

Remember folks: this is not about reading all those books you put out! Change your perspective and see what you have done in the past 14 hours – and compare that to any other day. And even so, it is okay to fail. It is not about the numbers, it is about the fun in it.

Hm. That doesn’t sound very vex. Hmm…Yes! I know! o/
Grab something warm and cuddly and just stare at Tumblr or take a nap. Or stare at the #catladiesofreadathon tag. It’s ok. Let your brain settle. Here, have a video where they replaced the velociraptors in Jurassic park with kittens. Much better =^x^=

Do check back in though! Don’t wonder off, just remember to allow yourself breaks! There are lots of lovely things going on, such as the things below!

pixel heart minecraft~ Cy-V

Mini Challenges

That Reminds Me of a Book!

Your Name in Titles

Book Blending

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

A Room Without Books is Empty

The Space Between

Tif Talks Books

Melissa Firman

Alfie

Cheerleader Winner

Michelle

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Hour 14…Hang in There!

Readerbuzz in Spring

It is Hour 14. I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz and I’m here as your host for this hour.

Last hour I shared a few stay-awake hints. How did last hour’s hints go? Helpful? Not so?

Here are a couple more Secret Ways to Stay Awake When You Are Very, Very Tired:

Tickle the Top of Your Mouth Cavity. Rub your tongue against the top front area of your mouth.  It may feel strange, but it will give you a quick, annoying nerve jolt that can genuinely help to keep you awake.

Chew Ice. If you chew ice, it’s impossible to fall asleep.

Chew Anything. Chewing anything makes your body think it is about to eat. To prepare, your body will release insulin which will make you more alert.

Smell Something. Rosemary is good. Peppermint. Coffee. Smelling something strong will stimulate your nervous system and reduce tiredness.

 

Mini Challenges

Your Name in Titles

Book Blending

Mid-Event Survey

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Boghunden

Wall-to-Wall Books

Cynical Optimism

Star Shadow Blog

Cheerleader Winner

Katie Kelly

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Hour 13…You’re on the Downhill Slope!

Readerbuzz in Spring

It is Hour 13. I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz and I’m here as your host for the next two hours. It’s my lucky thirteenth Readathon. Woo hoo! I’m here to urge you on. You are on the downhill slope! Good job.

But I see it in your eyes….You are getting tired. You are feeling weary. I see it from here.

Do not despair. I’ve done a little research for you on Secret Ways to Stay Awake When You Are Very, Very Tired and I will now share a couple of  these little hints:  

Tug on Your Earlobes. Pulling down on your earlobes can help you stay awake and alert when you’re feeling sleepy.  Try it.

Chew Peppermint Gum. This may generate just enough physical activity to keep you alert.

Crank Up the AC. Warm, stuffy environments speed up mental fatigue. There you go…give these a whirl! Hang in there. You can do it!

Mini Challenges

Book Blending

Mid-Event Survey

First Edition

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Cautious

The Allure of Books

Under My Apple Tree

Erin Reads

Book Talk with Jess

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Hour 12 — Mid Event Meme! You’re Halfway There!

Hello everyone! Cass from Bonjour, Cass! here. I would like to extend my appreciation once again to the always wonderful Andi and Heather for covering me on Hour 11–which I somehow thought was Hour 12–and ensuring I did not single-handedly bring down the readathon. Want to hear a joke? What do you call an accountant who can’t count? An acant. Thank you, thank you, hold the applause until all books have been read, thank you.***

Hour 12 is always my favorite hour of the Readathon because it’s the Grace Kelly, it’s the M*A*S*H*, it’s the To Kill a Mockingbird of readathon hours; it’s time for the classic Mid-Event Survey! Answer the questions on your blog, tumblr, Instagram, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google+, comments, Friendster, whatever platform is working for you these days, and post your link in the Linky below for your chance to win.

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?

Mini Challenges

Mid Event Meme

First Edition

Shelfie Challenge

Door Prize Winners

Katherine @ My Reading Paradise

Vassily

Marci Rae Johnson

Never Enough Shelf Space

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

 

***Looks like I also didn’t count properly the last time I got to host, too. Oh boy.

Hour 11 – Just Mooooove!

Welcome back, folks! Andi here! It’s Hour 11,  and I HAD to get up and stretch! Sorry I’m late! This is totally silly but it always gets me up and moving!

 

Mini Challenges

First Edition

Shelfie Challenge

On Food and Books

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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From Isi

Richard’s Readings

The Scarlet Letter

Rantings of a Reading Addict

Linus’s Blanket

Cheerleader Winner

 Amanda Addision

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Hour 10 – Wow times flies

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun, right? Dana back for…Hour 10.  Yep, it’s hour 10 already! Way to go everyone. You’re doing great!

One of my favorite parts of the read-a-thon is “meeting” new readers. Have you found some great new bloggers? I hope so. This is the best community and Dewey would be beyond thrilled with how big and awesome the read-a-thon has gotten.

Take a minute to find a new friend if you haven’t already. So fun!

 

Mini Challenges

Shelfie Challenge

On Food and Books

Bookish Brews, a Coffee Challenge

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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In My Book

Lost Generation Reader

River City Reading

Avid Reader’s Musings

Christin @ theotherside

CK2S Kwips and Kritiques (both of you!)

 Boundless Books 

Cheerleader Winner

Tanya Boughtflower

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Hour 9 – You are a rock star~

Hi everyone, I’m Dana from Little Lovely Books and I’m taking over from Andi for the next two hours. You’re pretty far into the read-a-thon now, how are you doing? This is one of my very favorite bookish events but it can be a bit daunting. Take a quick break, grab your favorite beverage and rest your eyes for a minute.

You guys are rock stars! Enjoy every minute of the read-a-thon, no matter how much or how little you read, make sure it is FUN!

My little boys’ school plays this song to get the kids excited to learn. Turn it up and have a little dance party to celebrate being rock stars. Read-a-thons make me HAPPY!

 

 

Mini Challenges

On Food and Books

Bookish Brews, a Coffee Challenge

Six Word Celebration

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Ida

Angela’s Anxious Life

Fiction State of Mind

My Book Retreat

Some Days There’s Pie

YA Bookmark 

Cheerleader winner:

Janel

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Hour 8 – The Biggest Readathon EVER!

Hey folks! It’s Andi from Estella’s Revenge back for another hour. We’re 8 hours into this shindig. Are you getting stiff? Need to get up and move?

I’ve been working on a lot of the administrative tasks of the Read-a-Thon through the morning, but I’m doing this little dance because IT’S READ-A-THON day, and let’s face it…it’s the best day. It’s also the BIGGEST Read-a-Thon we’ve ever had at over 800 readers! Now will you do the celebration dance with me?

levittdancing

 

We’ve been trending internationally on Twitter, so if you want to feel the vastness of the community and the conversation, I recommend trying out Tweetchat.com, TagBoard, or another site (Hootsuite! TweetDeck!) that will allow you to pull all of the hashtags together. OR you can simply search #readathon in the search area of Twitter! I guarantee you’ll be blown away by the number of people participating and chatting AND you’ll make some new friends!

 

Mini Challenges

Bookish Brews, a Coffee Challenge

Six Word Celebration

Best of Your Reading Year

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Charleen @ Cheap Thrills

Dolce Bellezza

Kristen @ We Be Reading

Rachael Turns Pages

Little Miss Drama Queen

Cheerleader Winner

Samantha Nicola 

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Hour 7 – A Wedding Gown CHEER!

Well HELLO there! I’m Andi from Estella’s Revenge, one of your Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon organizers, and while I hadn’t originally intended to host in this spot, I’m happy to pinch hit for a friend of the Read-a-Thon who could not be with us today. <3

That said, I’m pretty excited because I have a SPECIAL SURPRISE in this hour! When we were collecting cheerleader volunteers I made a harrowing promise to film a VIDEO CHEER IN MY WEDDING GOWN (I got married on March 15, 2014). And now I have to follow through…

OMG! I have NO pride left! LOL!

With that out of the way, let’s get to the Mini-Challenges and Door Prize Winners, shall we? See you next hour!

 

Mini Challenges

Six Word Celebration

Best of Your Reading Year

Book Puzzles

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Milica

Terri Talks Books

Erratic Project Junkie

Jen: Book Scribbles

In Love of Books and Friendship

 

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Hour 6 – The Life of a Reader

It’s Elizabeth again, back for my final hour of co-hosting. By my math, a subject which is admittedly not my forte, when we reach the end of this hour we will be a quarter of the way through Read-a-Thon. But hold your horses, we aren’t there yet!

We’ve got a few mini-challenges that are still going on this hour as well as a new one from Lisa. Also, more prize winners! Check out the links and lists below!

How has the beginning of the event been for you? Have you fallen in love with any new books yet? Been disappointed by any? There are so many ups and downs for a reader immersed in an endeavor like Read-a-Thon. The high points are great — you find a new book to add to your list of favorites, meet fantastic people who share your love for the written word, and…snacks. Can we get a round of applause for the snacks?

Low points come as well. I remember my first or second readathon, I tried to read a 1000+ page novel with the tiniest print. Oof. Mistake. But I learned from it.

Don’t let the low points get you down! We’re here to have fun. If a book isn’t working for you, don’t feel obligated to continue with it. Move to the next one in your stack. And if you’re in the need for a little inspiration, I’ve got some of that for you. A few quotes about the love of reading and pressing forward that are perfect for our current pursuit.

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. – E. O. Wilson

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable. – John Wooden

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I’ll be here for the rest of the hour, answering your questions and cheering you on from @readathon on Twitter. After that, I’ll be leaving you in the capable hands of Courtney and returning to my books, continuing with updates on my blog. You can find me on Twitter as well — @ElizabethMelle.

Happy reading!

 

Mini Challenges

Best of Your Reading Year

Book Puzzles

Comment Challenge

 

Door Prize Winners Announced -

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Els

Books Are Portable Magic

Please Pardon the Interruption

Joy’s Book Blog

Karen Sandoval

Carrie @ The Book Girl

 

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