Morning Meanderings… Dewey Read A Thon Recap

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Good morning!  How many of us groggy book blogger peeps did the Dewey read A Thon yesterday?  From the looks of the Dewey site and Twitter…. I would say a LOT.  The hashtag #readathon was trending for awhile and I heard last night that over 1,000 pictures has been uploaded to instygram for the #readathon.

Impressive?

I think so… imagine all of us reading around the world…. seriously, it gives me goosebumps.

So how did I do?

Not as good as I had hoped. :D

It started yesterday at 7 am central time.  I woke up at 6 am and started reading.  By 7:30 I decided I should work on my posts for my co-hosting shift coming up for the readathon…. and that took me almost to the time that I started hosting, hour 5.  :shock:

From hour 5 to hour 8,  I was co-hosting which was a BLAST!  It was my first time and it really was a wake up call to how much is happening behind the scenes on the read a thon!  I watched for emails and questions, I stayed active on twitter, made sure the links worked to the mini challenges, carried on conversations on the comments at the website… it was a lot of fun and I was honored to be a part of it.

At hour 9 I had to get out or the recliner that I had been in since an hour before the read a thon started.  I put on an audio (Requiem) and went outside to clean off the deck as yesterday was the first nice weather day we have had this year in Central Minnesota.  Just 3 days ago it was still snowing… now it is finally melting and the deck is clear….

At hour 12 I had made supper (while listening to audio), picked up the cheese bag by the wrong end and “cheesed” my entire kitchen floor and then went to book for hour 13 – 16.

Ah hour 16 (10 pm) I was fading…. I was trying to read but I kept closing my eyes.  I tried coffee but I was done for.  About 10 to 11 pm I went to bed.

At hour 22 I was up. 

I immediately went back to audio (now Raven Boys) and finished out the read a thon doing that. :D

Here is the end of event meme questionnaire:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?  Hour 16.  I was just too far gone and all I could think was I am TIRED.  :razz:

  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Requiem was awesome… I listened to it on audio while I got up and moved around… really good!

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?  I thought it went well… I enjoyed the changing hosts on the sites and the fun things they posted.

  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?  Hmmm…  I think everything, the mini challenges were fun, it seemed like it went really smooth.

  5. How many books did you read? only 2 finished and a couple of audio advanced in.

  6. What were the names of the books you read?  How To Start A Home Based Event Planning Business (lol it was good!) , Requiem

  7. Which book did you enjoy most? I actually really enjoyed them both – for different reasons :)

  8. Which did you enjoy least?  none

  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?  I was not a cheerleader.

  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?  I hope to always participate, I really look forward to it and as soon as I know the dates I put it on my calendar.  I have joked in the past about going to a hotel for the day just to get away from everything and do the read a thon and I still may do that one of these times :)

      I would love to help with the co hosting again… I was new this time and I learned a lot of how it works and how to keep up with it. :D

That’s the read a thon.  If you are curious about it, go check out the site.  I highly recommend it!

 

 

 

Today I have my uncles funeral and some family things after wards.  My uncle fought cancer hard for years but this last year it really took over his body.  Last September he decided no more chemo and so he quit all the treatments to not feel sick all the time.  He had some good months before he started slipping these past weeks.  While it is a loss to our family, we are all happy that he is no longer suffering and in pain.  Today will be a celebration of his life. 

About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on April 28, 2013, in Dewey, Meanderings and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Had to comment on your hotel comment. I was just thinking the same thing. Wouldn’t it be great to check into a hotel for the event – just arrive with stacks of books (or your kindle) and some bags of snacks.

    • I have seriously thought about it. I could shut off my phone… not look at my house and go.. “oh I could do laundry, or make dinner…” or just the daily stuff :)
      Yes – come with book… audio when your eyes are tired.. snacks and order in dinner.

  2. Love the hotel idea!

  3. Sounds like a good and productive day!

  4. It sounds to me like you had a terrific readathon!

  5. I love the hotel idea too. I thought about doing it this time, the weather was so nice I’m glad I was here at home. But for the fall? It’d be fun to be somewhere with an indoor pool :)

  6. Thinking of you and your family today. (((HUGS)))

  7. This is probably my favorite event. The hotel idea, or better yet, a resort would be the ultimate. I have a fun time with it even though I have to run off and do other things throughout the day… that’s what audiobooks are for!

    Sorry to hear about your uncle.

  8. Definitely appreciated your hosting, Sheila! great book appetit challenge – took me an hr to create & post !! luv’d it :)
    now for October….

    Peace as you celebrate your family today…

  9. That is a great way to celebrate your uncle. Though loosing an important person in life always hurts it is better if it means they do not suffer anymore.

    I think you did a great job in co-hosting the read-a-thon!! To bad you did not get as much reading done as you wished for.

  10. Oh, finishing with an audiobook, I must remember this tip! Glad you had fun. :-) Cheese on the kitchen floor sounds scary, I’ve lived in a few student flats where that would not have ended well (MICE!). :-(

  11. I think you had a STELLAR day!!! All except the cheese which my dogs would’ve cleaned up fast and furious too!!

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Uncle, but now he is without pain. My heart goes out to you and his family!

  12. Hi Sheila,
    So much fun to co-host the readathon. I think this is my third time and it is one of the highlights of the readathon for me. Good job and hope to see you around.
    Kate

  13. Looks like you had fun through the read-a-thon. Someday I must figure out a way to sign up for one. Maybe go away for the weekend so DH won’t feel more abandoned than usual. :-) Happy writing and reading this week.

  14. Sounds like you were very busy, but still got through quite a lot of pages. I love the cheese story, although I’m sure you weren’t all that happy at the time.

    I’m also behind with reviews. I think I have 4 or so to write. Not a large amount, but it has to be done before I forget about the books’ stories!

    Hope you have a good week!

  15. Thanks for co-hosting the read-a-thon! It was my first and I thought it was a lot of fun. I guess I didn’t think ahead she I signed up- I forgot my family was going to be around and sort of demanding my time-oh well-I will plan better next year.

  16. You did SOOOO great!!!! I actually thought you’d co-hosted before!!! Smooth operator. ;) –Andi

  17. You have an awesome blog Sheila!
    The read-a-thon was lots of fun. Thanks for co-hosting and helping make it happen.

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