I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already flown by. This means the first official #ThanksgivingReadathon has sadly come to a close. It was an amazing 5 days of reading and sharing the books we were reading. #ThanksgivingReadathon was a beautiful blur of thankfulness I needed in my life. I am thankful to everyone who participated so readily!
We had over 20 people take part in the readathon!! I cannot believe it. After last year where 3 of us read together, this feels amazing. I loved following along on social media with #ThanksgivingReadathon — it was amazing reading the sign-up posts and Tweets, plus all the photos! Thanksgiving meals, cozy reading corners, and beautifully framed book covers dominated my social media feeds. Check out the list of participants at the bottom of this post to see for yourselves!
Jackie B’s #ThanksgivingReadathon Successes
My own Thanksgiving Readathon participation was more successful than I imagined it was going to be. I didn’t have as much time to read paper or eBooks as I predicted. I spent a lot of time with my family. But, David and I listened to a book during our 16-hour round-trip car ride to my parents, and I listened to books whenever I walked the dog or exercised. I spent a surprising amount of time listening to audiobooks! Looking back on this– I’m actually surprised I spent that much time invested in my books. That’s the sign of a successful readathon, for sure.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Total Listening Time: 4 hours, 18 minutes (~180 pages)
Why read? I was in the middle of it when the readathon started.
Final Verdict: 2 stars
The Hidden Face by S.C. Flynn
Total pages read: 350 pages
Why read? Read and review posted for release day on Nov. 25th! This means I read an ARC!!! Check out my review here.
Final Verdict: 2 stars
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Total listening time: 13 hours 39 minutes (400 pages)
Why read? It was the audiobook for our road trip from Madison, WI to Columbus, OH – both directions.
Final Verdict: 6 stars. It’s brilliant.
Oh, and David thinks it’s masterful too. I nailed it picking this book for our trip.
Legend by Marie Lu
Total listening time: 6 hours 10 minutes (~265 pages)
Why read? This wasn’t on my TBR, but it came up from the library when I needed a new audiobook!
Final Verdict: To be determined– I still have 15% left in the book!
Rainbow Valley by L.M. Montgomery
Total pages read: 56 pages
Why read? For the #AnneReadAlong2017, of course! But, I’m a bit of a slacker and I’m still behind on these books. Oops!
Final Verdict: To be determined — but I love the Meredith children. And Walter. Because duh.
#ThanksgivingReadathon Overall Stats:
Total Pages: 1,251 pages
Total Audiobook Time: 24 hours 7 minutes
Overall Read Time: 29 hours 22 minutes
Total Books Completed: 3 books completed
Overall Spines Cracked: 5 texts explored
I’d say my readathon was a success!
Having the readathon forced me to take time for myself and reading. This readathon was really important for my mental health over a crazy set of days. Check out my #ThanksgivingReadathon Goals and TBR post to learn more about my Thanksgiving holiday traditions. That said, I’m so glad this has now become one of them!! I cannot wait to expand this readathon in 2018. Are you ready, Ottavia? 😉
Speaking of, I want to give a HUGE thank you to my readathon partner, Ottavia. She did a ton of the heavy lifting when it came to our graphic design and organizational effort. We couldn’t have done this without you. She is the driving force behind our adorable Winter Reading Giveaway, too!
You have until Tuesday, November 28th at midnight Central Time to enter! If you’re planning a wrap-up post, make certain to paste your link for an extra entry!
Spread the news! Share the love! I cannot wait to see who wins this amazing set of swag. Like I told Ottavia, I am a bit jealous I can’t enter.
A Moment of Thankfulness
There are so many things I’m thankful for, but I don’t think about them often enough. Over the last week, I’ve had many opportunities to reflect on all the amazing things in my life. In particular, I want to mention the people I am thankful for. Here is just a brief, certainly not all-encompassing, list:
I am thankful for David: My partner in crime, you keep me sane, happy, loved, and from totally burning the candle at both ends.
I am thankful for Soulmate: You know who you are. You know why you matter. You three complete me.
I am thankful for my blogger friends: There are so many of you who are the real reason I love blogging. Your positivity and encouragement, as well as controversial conversation topics, get me out of bed each day. Don’t stop. I need that.
I am thankful for my immediate family: Without my parents and little brother, I’d be lost. They provide so much support even from 9 hours away by car. I know I can call them anytime and they will be there.
I am thankful for my extended family: These are the weird and wacky people who ensure I always have fun. There are no somber times with these folks. Only joy.
Finally, a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us! If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out their blogs and sign-up posts below.
These amazing people blew their goals out of the water and made my Thanksgiving week absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to get to know all these people better over the next year.
As wrap-up posts are published, links will also be included here.
Kelly @ Kelly Kristensen Editing
Carole @ Stitches & Tea
Plans for Next Year
As I mentioned above, I cannot wait to make the #ThanksgivingReadathon a regular part of my Thanksgiving traditions. I feel like Ottavia and I are great partners in crime. We both want this to be a low-key readathon, but we also have some grand ideas. Here are a few of mine:
- Better marketing! We knew we were going to do this readathon all year, but we didn’t get to announce it until early November. Oops! Put it on the calendars now kids: November 21-25 2018!
- Put together a series of daily challenges for social media — photos or text, but some way to keep the conversation going throughout the readathon.
- Better utilize social media in general, actually. I’d love to do like Dewey and provide some warm-up post suggestions, discussion conversations, mini-challenges, etc…
- Get our link-ups together! We struggle with the technology. But I’ve got a year to figure this one out, right?
- Put together a series of posts relating to the readathon. As part of the promotion, help people understand tips for readathon success, talk about different types of readathons, provide top 5 lists, etc.
Ottavia put together an amazing list of what she thinks we should do differently for next year. Check her list out at the bottom of her Wrap-Up post. As you can see, we have some similar ideas– great minds think alike, yeah?
This was an amazing week. I’m sad it’s over, but I’ve made some wonderful new blogger friends. I cannot wait for this time next year! Thank you to everyone who made it so wonderful. I am thankful for you.
What do you think?
- Did you participate in the #ThanksgivingReadathon ? Share your wrap-up post and/or any of your favorite moments below!
- What did you read over the last week?
- What are you thankful for this year?
- Do you have any suggestions for how we can improve the readathon for 2018? Share below!