April 2022

Hour 20

This is our second to last reading sprint. How has your readathon gone so far? When did you start reading? Have you really been reading for the past 19 hours? Fantastic! If you have adjusted your readathon plans to fit around other stuff, but are joining us for this one, that’s great too. I love reading sprints, and am looking forward to this one for a chance to refocus my rather tired brain. I am picking up a fresh book for this one, switching genres too, and yes, I have a snack and beverage (and a couple kittens) at hand so I can read without needing to get up for much during this next hour. I picked an hour-long piece of music on youtube so I can hear when the hour is over, and I’ll stop reading when the music stops. It’s tricks like that that keep me engaged during these last few hours of the hardcore 24hr readathons.

Are you ready for this reading sprint?

On your marks …. Get set …. Read!

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October 2018

Hour 20 – Where are you?

Hi there! It’s Irene from Boghunden. Welcome to hour 20!

If you’re in Canberra, you’re probably having dinner. If you’re in New Delhi, I bet you’re having lunch. And if you happen to find yourself in Reykjavik, you’re just waking up to have breakfast. Me? I’m in the Northern part of Denmark and have just had breakfast.

Wait! There’s more!
You might also be in Narnia or Neverland. Or how about Oz or Oompa-Loompa Land?

Where do you find yourself right now? What world (or time period) do you currently find yourself in? I’d love to know! (Please include title and author so I can check it out)

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July 2018

Reverse Readathon Hour 20

Gracious alive! It’s Hour 20. How are you doing? Are you going to make it? Do you need a little help in the home stretch?

I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz and I’ve prepared ten last-minute tips to get you through these last few hours. I’ll share five with you this hour and five during Hour 22.

    1. Open a window and let the cold air in. Or, if you are in a warmer climate (like moi) turn the air conditioner down five degrees.
    2. Take a five-minute break. Move. Try Instant Recess.
    3. Take a shower.
    4. Turn on all the lights in the house.
    5. Turn on music.

You’ve made it this far. Keep going. Don’t give up now. I’ve got your back.

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April 2018

Hour 20 – Pass the Coffee

Before Kate takes over for the final stretch of the readathon, we have one more hour of caffeine-driven late-night decisions! For me, this means drinking coffee in the wee hours of the morning and listening to  the Hamilton soundtrack for the umpteenth time. How are YOU all doing?

With five hours or so left, there’s still time to get in another book, or just finish that tome you started in hour one (like when I participated in my first-ever readathon and decided to read The Sympathizer—can’t really recommend that life choice. Great book, but man, it’s long). What have you read so far? Have there been any challenges you didn’t anticipate? And, perhaps most importantly, did you expect to still be awake right now?!

Stay strong, readathoners! Just a few more hours left. Thanks for joining me for these couple of hours. You can find me on Reading Women‘s social media, @thereadingwomen, or my own, @kdwinchester. Happy Reading!

Prize Winners!

Imane

Petra Otten

You and a Book

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October 2017, readathon

Hour 20 – Years One and Two

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. Let me introduce myself quickly (and please, introduce yourself in the comments section). I’m 29 and I live in Northern California. I am an audiobook addiction and cross stitch fanatic (so I can do both at the same time). I’m currently addicted to Historical Fiction, especially that set in the Tudor era. Or the War of the Roses. I also love Fantasy… especially Brandon Sanderson. I’m a cheeseaholic and a red tea (rooibos) drinker. I also love soccer and am heartbroken that the USA isn’t going to the World Cup (so I’ll be rooting on Germany for a back to back win). I’m sure there’s many other things. If you want to know, just ask below.

I have been co-hosting these last few hours for so many readathons that I have honestly lost track. I used to have this tradition where I gave a few random facts of the hour. Then I changed to a book genre competition (which Fantasy won back to back readathons). This year, in honor of the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do something different. For these next five hours, we will be going into the time machine and looking at the top books from the past ten years. Now, I know, these types of lists can be controversial. So for this list, I will be referencing Goodreads Most Popular Books published by year. It takes all the books published in any given year and calculates how many people added that book. I will link each years list so that if you wish to see what else was popular that year, you can.

Year One – 2008:

The #1 book in 2008 was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I have to say, I am a huge fan of this series and I completely agree with this book taking the spot. Its hard to believe its been 10 years since it came out.

Year 2 – 2009:

The #1 book in 2009 was Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. This is the sequel to the number 1 book from 2008. This book was my favorite in the series. The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a very close second place in 2009.

Do you agree or disagree with these selections? See others in the list you think are more deserving? Let me know in the comments. Next up? 2010 and 2011. No sneak peeking 🙂

Mini-Challenges

Little Book Tower

10 Minute Closet Costume

You’re Wearing That?

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Kristin Davison

Mariiesen

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April 2017

Hour 20 – Never Look Away

Hi everyone! This is your co-host Elizabeth from Earl Grey Editing. Hour 20 is just getting underway and will be my last hour as co-host before handing the reins over to Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. A big thank you to Andi and Heather for inviting me on board this year and for the tireless work they do running this readathon every six months. Ladies, you are amazing!

With five hours to go, we’re on the downhill run. Hang in there! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, particularly if you’ve been consuming a lot of sugar and caffeine. And stretch! Or get up for a quick dance party–especially if you don’t have to worry about waking up the rest of the household.

Mini-Challenges

That Escalated Quickly

Still Going

Give a Book to a Stranger

Summer Road Trip

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

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October 2016

Hour 20 – BoooOOOooooOOOOk!

 

FYI (16)

While I realize it’s not autumn everywhere in the world, and while I realize not everyone celebrates Halloween, I would be remiss if I didn’t take this October opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest books in film. In short, Book, from Hocus Pocus! Because let’s face it…there should be more books-as-characters.

Can you think of any bookish characters you love? Second only to the Hocus Pocus book is the Monster Book of Monsters from Harry Potter!

hocus-pocus-book

Mini-Challenges

All You Can Eat Buffet

Readathon Recommendation Engine

Rainbow Tower Challenge

Prize Winners

Wicked_Bookworm

Whitney Werling

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April 2016

Hour 20 – Time to Rally!

FYI (16)

It’s Andi again with something to confess. I took an hour-long nap before my hosting time! I admit it!!!! I hope you did, too, because I know I’m refreshed. When it was time to wake up, though,  I wanted an upbeat song to put me back in motion, so I had to call on my trusty workout song as of late, “Gave Me Something” by Jess Glynne!

Now that we’re a little more awake and doing a chair dance, I just want to thank you for being a part of this event. We sure do love having you, and let’s face it, without you it’d just be a bunch of looking around at each other and playing with a website.

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What’s your favorite song to get you moving? 

Mini-Challenges

Scary Good

Books in Motion

Still Going

Pump Up the Jam

Literary Wanderlust!

Kickass Characters

Prize Winners

Alekz Hannah

The Writerly Reader

Julie at Smiling Shelves

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October 2015

Hour 20 – I Seeee Youuuu

Hour 20 is here, and this is Andi from Estella’s Revenge back for one more go-round! You doing ok? I see some of you are flagging…I seeee youuuu…

At my house, my husband and four dogs are keeping me company. What about you? Was anyone in your household–animal, vegetable, or mineral–ambitious enough to stay up with you until now?

Keep up the good fight, friends! I know you can do it!

HocusPocusTwirl

If the links below don’t work immediately, forgive us! Sometimes the permalinks we receive expire or need updating at the last moment. We’re on it! 

Mini-Challenges

Shelfie

Still Going

Prize Winners

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April 2015, readathon

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!

steelmag

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

Mini-Challenges

Draw It Out

Still Going

Prize Winners

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

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