Monday, April 28, 2014

Dewey's #Readathon recap and wrap-up

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Sorry this is so late.  I needed sleep after being up for the 24 hours (yes I made it all 24 hours no sleep).  Then we had the second day of the festival, followed by a long drive home just to find out there was a major power outage.  So just got the power back on so I can post properly.    I almost tried from my phone but it is too frustrating being online with it. 

End of the event meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? The first hour-I was not awake yet and I am not a morning person.  The event started at I time I normally go to bed around.  The last hour-I kept nodding off at this point, reading was slow but I not only made it...I finished the book I was reading!
  2.  Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?  All the books I read were good.  Although Thirst was too long I think even though it is fast paced
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  Start per the times listed!!!   I am in California which was stated for 5 am.  4:55 am, I log onto Dewey's site to learn it has already started 55 minutes prior!  23 hours later...the event is over.  What happened?!  Also-for prizes be sure we have more book of choice option in the US or a wider range of genres.  UK had a good range. INT had almost all the Book Depositry and gift card choices and US was excluded from them. 
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  Loved the tweeting going on.  First time I ever got into using twitter.
  5. How many books did you read? Completed 2 titles, made progress in 2 others.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?  See further down this post...
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?  Firebolt. 
  8. Which did you enjoy least?  Freak of Nature-not because of the book itself but I was reading it on my phone which I hate.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  Yes, but I might only do the October one.  The last weekend of April is a festival for us and it was frustrating to try and balance the two events.   I would still read.  Perhaps do an mini-game or be a cheerleader.  Even though I wasn't an official cheerleader, I tried to get on twitter at least a couple times to tweet at other readers.  It was actually fun and rewarding in itself.

So here is the final breakdown:

I completed
Firebolt (The Dragonian, #1)Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis, #1)

Books I made progress in:

Thirst No. 1: The Last Vampire, Black Blood, and Red Dice (Thirst, #1) Freak of Nature (IFICS, #1) 
Made progress in Thirst

Total Pages read:  736 pages

Read for Charity update:  So far-7 comments = 1 hour, 10 minutes of volunteer time from me. 
7 hrs for pages read
6 hours for book completion
Total: 14 Hours, 10 minutes
Last chance to vote (here) to decide where my time should go.
Also any comments made on this post will be added into that time (10 minutes each) until the end of this month.  


  1. I saw everyone posting about this, and it didn't sound very fun to me. I think I'm going to participate in the week-long Bout of Books, but 24 hours seems too intense.

    1. It is fun in its own right, but exhausting. Definitely one to clear the calendar for, as I learned.

  2. Hey there! Enjoyed reading your wrap up. Just to chime in about the start time. We did a pre-start post with the opening meme because the "song" we were using in the Hour 1 post was super long. So it ran its scheduled time +1 "hour zero" post, which we've never done before. We get all of our prizes donated by publishers, and we'd certainly love to diversify the lot. If you have any suggestions for publishers we can reach out to or that you might have relationships with for the October event, please let us know! Thanks for your feedback! --Andi

    1. Thanks for stopping by and clarifying. At first that is what I thought but when Hour 12 was posted saying that the event is halfway over I was back to thinking earlier being that that should only going into the halfway point, not already there. That and the last post then was only 23 hours in. Oh well a bit confusing but at least now I know. Thanks!
      For prizes-do you accept ebooks or just print books? I will try to talk to a few authors I know and send them your way if possible. :)
      I had fun and look forward to future read-a-thons!

  3. Congrats on completing the readathon! I've done the Dewey a couple times in the past and have been meaning to do it again. The wee hours are tough.

  4. You read some awesome books!

    It's a great post, with feedback on what you liked and didn't.

    1. Thanks! Lots of pros and cons to this but being my first one lots of learning. I look forward to the fall readathon!


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