Hello! And welcome (all 451 of you! at last count! WOW!) to another Read-a-thon event! I’m Heather and I’ll be your host for the first 4 hours! I am enjoying picturing all us bloggers, from all over the world, snuggled up with huge piles of books, lots of nutritious (yeah! right!) snacks, and hours and hours of reading time ahead of them. THIS, THIS is my favorite part of the read-a-thon. Doesn’t matter race, religion, sex, or anything. We’re all getting together to read and have a kick ass time. Can I get an AMEN?

Dewey created this event after her husband and son went to a 24 Hour Comics Day, an annual event held in October. Her role was to drive the two of them there and pick them up the next morning. After participating in Mother Reader’s 48 Hour Readathon, she was reminded of those Comics Days and decided to hold her readathon. If it went well, she would make it an annual event. The very first Readathon was held on October 20, 2007. You guys. We’ve been doing this, bi-annually, for 5 years now. Wouldn’t Dewey be SO PROUD of us?

In reading back over Dewey’s posts (thank God I never deleted her feed from my Google Reader) the nostalgia is hitting me pretty hard. Her last Read-a-thon was in 2008. She was with us for such a short time. And I am amazed at how many things she already had in place. The hourly posts. The cheerleaders. The giveaways. Dewey laid the groundwork so that we could keep it going, for this, and so much more. Thank you Dewey, as always, for your guidance, your enthusiasm, your leadership, and your love of reading and this bookish community. All these years later, and you’re still here. We love you, Dew!

Now, before we get to the books, how about we learn a little bit about everyone else? It’s time for the opening meme!

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

My answers:
1) I’m in North Carolina!
2) The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen
3) ALL OF THEM
4) Well, hello there! I’m Heather. I blog about all kinds of stuff, but mostly books, at Capricious Reader. I am also co-owner (with the fabulous Andi!) of the new blog collective The Estella Society. COME WRITE FOR US. Ahem. Did I say that out loud?
5)  This read-a-thon will be unlike any I’ve ever had before. It’s my first time co-hosting! So be gentle with me!

Okay, so, I’ll be here for the next hour hours if you need me. Check out our Twitter, email, here, etc. Now, go forth, yon minions, and read all the books!

Leave me the linkies with your answers to the questions below!

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64 thoughts on “Hour 1 – On Your Mark, Get Set….

  1. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    – Croatia calling 🙂

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    – The Elegance of the Hedgehog, M. Barbery. It is a recommendation from my aunt…. ❤ Hi aunt!

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    – Pancakes with cheese. Yum!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    – I'm a marine biologist, 24yo, and I prefer to put 4 dots rather than three at the end of the sentence….
    Also, I'm always late, so I started this challenge 2 hours later ~.~

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
    – The first one! And I'm not looking forward to anything…. just letting the experience unfold in my presence 🙂

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  2. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Missouri. Husband is at work so NO reading distractions.

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    We Need to Talk About Kevin and Of Mice and Men

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Chips and salsa!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    Tammy, 32, avid reader and sometimes writer. Published once already.

    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

    It’s my first read-a-thon, so lots of reading with no distractions!

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  3. I think it’s my second readathon, though the first one with my book blog. I’ll be doing some short reads, and unfortunately some curriculum reading. I’m studying for a BA with a major in English/American Literature and Language and I need to read a bit for the forth-coming weeks. :-S Nice excuse to do some reading though. 😛

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  4. I started late 🙂 BUT I am gonna do this! Off to make a snack run & get to reading!
    Please visit if you can & leave links 🙂 I WILL visit back! Promise 🙂

    Reading The Struggle (Vampire Diaries 2) LJ Smith

    This is a purely for fun read a thon, review books can wait for now 🙂

    All events/questions answered on this one post..

    Read a Thon

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