#ThanksgivingReadathon 2017 Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving Readathon On Novels And Nonfiction

Another long weekend has passed seemingly in a flash and the first official Thanksgiving Readathon is now at an end. I want to send a special thank you over to my friend and co-host Jackie from Death By Tsundoku for her collaboration in making this a highly successful endeavor.

We had over 20 bloggers take part in the readathon through Sign-Up posts and on social media, which is an exponential increase from last year (when with no announcements in advance, I believe there were 3 of us participating). I loved seeing everyone’s posts featuring reading nooks, mugs of tea, Thanksgiving feasts and pictures of the titles you were about to tackle.

I read 1.75 books during the readathon but they were LONG, so it’s okay (read my sneak peak reviews of each below). I’m looking forward to continuing this tradition next year and hopefully also further expanding it. In the meantime, hope everyone had an amazing time reading and also spending time with family and friends over the past 5 days.

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Thanksgiving Readathon ParticipantsHere is a list of everyone who joined along whether through a blog, social media or both in the Thanksgiving Readathon fun. I’ve linked to Sign-Up posts were applicable, and I’ll add Wrap-Up posts links when they get posted (make sure to share in the comments).

Thank you to everyone for showing so much enthusiasm and passion for reading, making this first official year of the readathon very special. It learned me discover some new book bloggers as well as learn more about some of the people I already followed.

If I forgot anyone please let me know of course!

Dani @ Perspective Of A Writer
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Megan @ Hungry Bookworm
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Jessie @ Dwell In Possibility
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Kelly @ Kelly Kristensen Editing

Mark @ Maphead’s Book Blog
Sign-Up Post

Elizabeth @ Mountain Of Books
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Molly @ Molly’s Madness
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Helen @ Helen’s Book Blog
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Katie @ Doing Dewey
Sign-Up Post

Sarah @ Reviews & Readathons
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Edward Dunar   and   Katharine Dunar

Rachelle @ Fortified By Books
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Carole @ Stitches & Tea

Kathy @ Books And Munches
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Lisa @ Hopewell’s Library Of Life
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Sasha @ Pathologically Literate
Sign-Up Post

Juliana @ Wild Places

Sarah Bussing

Theresa @ The Calico Books
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Elizabeth @ Satisdiction
Sign-Up Post     Wrap-Up Post

Crystal @ Lost In A Good Book
Sign-Up     Wrap-Up

My Thanksgiving Readathon ResultsAside from last year’s unofficial Thanksgiving Readathon, this was my first time making readathon plans, and I made a few fatal errors at the outset.

The first error was as usual to significantly overestimate the time I would be able to dedicated to reading. Readathon or not, that’s a pretty typical part of my life anyways – so no huge surprise there. The second error was not looking into the length of the books I selected to try to maximize the number of books I could finish in the allotted time.

Turns out that if you pick 600 page books to start with, you probably won’t get through that many of them in 5 days, unless you can do nothing but read in that time. Lesson learned! I read nearly 1000 pages during the readathon, but only completely one book and am nearly done with the second (at 60% of Prairie Fires but the sources start at 80%). I’m still proud of myself for following through with it, and now I can plan to be more strategic for my next readathon!

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (BOTM)

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Sneak Peak Review: I had VERY high expectations for this title because just about everyone whose review I read of it absolutely raved about it. The Goodreads reviews for this novel are also extremely positive overall, with a sky-high rating of 4.46, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I started off thinking Boyne’s writing was amazing and the story was incredibly captivating. I think there is so much merit in the way in which Boyne takes the reader through various decades of the 1900s, showing different ways in which people responded through time to homosexuality in Ireland and elsewhere. There were parts of the novel that were incredibly moving and thought-provoking. By half way, unfortunately, the writing started to fall apart for me. Not the quality of individual sentences, but rather the overall structure of it. There was A LOT of repetition of themes/anecdotes/jokes that had already been mentioned earlier in the novel. I thought the second half of the novel was at the level of an unedited draft, with rambling dialogue that added nothing to the plot or character development.

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Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser (ARC)

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Sneak Peak Review: Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favorite authors growing up, and I spent many afternoons of my childhood pretending to be little Laura in her house in the Big Woods. I even had a dark green dress that I particularly loved and wore all the time because it came with an apron that made me feel really in character. Despite this early attachment to the Little House series, I knew very little about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and to be honest about the controversy surrounding her writing and the role her daughter played in editing and revising drafts of her work. I’m VERY well-informed now. Fraser’s nonfiction work on Wilder’s life was hugely illuminating not just about the author herself, but about pioneer life on the American frontier. More than a biography, this is also an economic and social exploration of the times that I found profoundly interesting. At the same time, it’s long and still also very focused on Wilder’s life and her daughter Rose Lane, so I think if you’re not a fan you should probably skip it.

What I'm Thankful For This YearFamily & Friends

For keeping me sane, happy, loved and feeling secure. It’s important to know you have a support network and also to be there for others when needed. Facetiming with my family in Italy on Mondays is at the top of my list of priorities so I know they’re clued into my life and I can also participate in theirs.

My Bunny

I think a picture will suffice for this section.

Sammy Montingelli

My Job

I really like my day job and I think that’s relatively rare. If you didn’t already know I work in TV research and switched companies earlier this year. It’s turned out to be a good decision and I have nothing to complain about (which is also pretty rare). Very thankful that I feel stable and motivated in my position.

Reading & Blogging

I started to blog about books (and read even more than before as a direct consequence) because I wanted to find a creative outlet that matched my interests and passions. Mission accomplished. I find blogging challenging but also very rewarding, and it’s motivating to see my little blog grow as I learn and improve it.


Just thought I’d throw a fun one in. I haven’t been yet because Los Angeles has decided to go bonkers and there are apparently lines even to just get into the market part of the store. Also, I’ll be in ACTUAL Italy in about a month, so I’m in no rush. But I know that in 2018 it’ll be amazing to have Eataly here in LA to visit once a month or so and have access to all the Italian delicacies I’ve been missing from back home.

Plans For Next YearI think Jackie and I made a stellar team on this readathon. We sent a volley of emails back in forth through the preceding weeks to iron out the schedule, rules and other details. I took the initiative with putting together the giveaway items, and Jackie took over setting up the Rafflecopter. We really collaborated effortlessly and I think next year, now that we have the basics set up, will be even smoother.

There are a couple things I think I would want to do differently for the 2018 Thanksgiving Readathon:

  • Announce the readathon earlier. I think we gave people 2 or 3 weeks to plan but I’d like to start to remind readers of the upcoming readathon probably closer to mid-October, so everyone can have more of a chance to plan ahead.
  • Provide some reading structure for those who crave it. I think keeping the essence of the readathon as super flexible is important, since Thanksgiving weekend is so busy. I also want to provide a structured ‘reading challenge’ for those interested though. Maybe an escalating schedule of reading with 1 hour on Wednesday, 2 on Thursday, 3 on Friday etc., accumulating to 15 hours total over the weekend.
  • We could also do daily image challenges with prompts for Instagram/Twitter.
  • Create different Sign-Up, Wrap-Up and promotional images for the readathon, so we’re not using the same one over and over.

Any other ideas for how we can make this even more fun next year?

LineIf you participated in the Thanksgiving Readathon, make sure to link your Wrap-Up posts in the comments below or on Jackie’s blog. If you didn’t participate, do you think you’ll join next year?

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  38 comments for “#ThanksgivingReadathon 2017 Wrap-Up!

  1. November 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Another idea for next year might be to fill in the form so you can get your readathon added on Little Book Owl’s readathon calendar! [Just google littlebookowl and it’ll probably appear already]. Lots of people check that calendar to see what readathons are planned for the next month etc. 😀

    Loved this readathon, although personal stuff made me read a lot less than I had originally planned!
    My wrap-up post will be up later today. 🙂

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  2. November 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I really appreciated having a readathon over the Thanksgiving break; it was the motivation I needed! Thank you! http://www.helensbookblog.com/2017/11/i-first-read-about-this-on-maphead-s.html

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  3. November 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I had a blast this year! Thank you again for organizing with Jackie. I accomplished a lot more than I expected to, but mostly I just loved that I got to read so much (and still enjoy friends/family and not be a hermit). My wrap-up post is here: https://www.hungry-bookworm.com/2017/11/27/thanksgiving-readathon-wrapup/

    I would absolutely love to participate next year! The flexibility made it fun and easy 🙂 I enjoyed the interaction on social media too, but now I’m looking forward to checking out all the blogs of people that participated who I didn’t see throughout the weekend.

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    • November 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Yay! You did so well – I’m really impressed. Heading to check out your wrap-up post!


  4. November 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I had so much fun participating in this readathon! I seriously can’t wait until next year’s! I didn’t get to read quite as much as I had hoped, but I still read quite a bit, and honestly, way more than I would have had I not been a part of this readathon. 🙂

    Here’s my wrap-up post:

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  5. Sarah's Book Shelves
    November 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Readathons are tough for me in general and are especially a no-go when the kids are out of school, but I wish I could participate!

    So sad you didn’t love Heart’s Invisible Furies 😦

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    • November 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      I know – I don’t know what’s wrong with me! 🙂 lol to be honest, I really liked parts of it… right up until I didn’t


  6. November 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for hosting this readathon-I can’t wait to participate again next year! I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped (thanks a lot head cold), but I enjoyed what I did read. Here’s my wrap-up post: https://dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/thanksgiving-readathon-wrap-up/

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  7. November 27, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    That is the cutest bunny! Here’s my wrap-up post: https://fortifiedbybooks.com/2017/11/27/thanksgivingreadathon-wrap-up/

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  8. November 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I loved this readathon! Thanks so much to you both for creating and hosting it. I like the idea of having challenges for next year and all your suggestions sound good. Here is my wrap-up post: https://mountainsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/thanksgiving-readathon-wrap-up/ PS: Your bunny is adorable! ^_^

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    • November 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      It was really fun, wasn’t it? I thoroughly enjoyed it as well 🙂 And yes, Sammy is hard to resist. He knows how to maximize his cuteness.

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  9. November 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I really enjoyed this. I didn’t get as much read as I’d like, but I really hit the very best of the choices on hand. So, quality over quantity! Thank you again for hosting.

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  10. November 28, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I really enjoyed participating in this readathon!! Thank’s so much for co-hosting! Here’s my wrap-up: https://reviewsreadathons.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/thanksgiving-readathon-wrap-up/.

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  11. Juliana | Wild Places
    November 28, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I loved it. Thanks so much for putting this together. I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped, but managed to knock out a book and a half (though they were short!)

    Are you originally from Italy? My dad and his family immigrated from the Naples area. Excited to hear about your trip!


    • November 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      That’s still a really great result Juliana! I was born and raised in Italy (in Milan) and lived there until I moved to the U.S. for college. Now I’ve been abroad for about 15 years, but my whole family is still in Milan and I got home at least twice a year. Still an italian citizen, though I’m hoping to get my U.S. citizenship in a few more years 🙂


      • Juliana | Wild Places
        November 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

        Yup, I just checked out your about page and realized it was all right there. 🙂 Sorry about that! That’s great that you’re able to go home so often. I’m sure your family loves having you back.

        Thanks again for hosting the readathon, I really enjoyed it. The timing was perfect for those of us trying to read a certain number of books by the end of the year. Count me in for the next one!

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  12. Molly
    November 28, 2017 at 3:20 am

    You did way better than me! It looks like you had lots of fun. Thank you, again, for creating and hosting the readathon. I really loved participating and I can’t wait to do it again next year!


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  13. November 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    This was fun Ottavia! You two were super hosts!! I did finally get my wrap up post done… https://perspectiveofawriter.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/thanksgivingreadathon-wrap-up/

    Super fun about Eataly!!

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  14. elizabethtidwell
    November 29, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I agree with some of the suggestions above, and I also think it would be really cool to maybe have a theme incorporated somehow? Like I am digging the idea of reading a Thanksgiving-y book since it’s over Thanksgiving. Or even if there were like a selection of books on a theme to choose from if we wanted to–it could be cool to read somewhat the same book for one of the books we all read during the readathon (the rest we’d choose ourselves).

    And rafflecopter says it’s closed, but this post says the wrap-up posts can be submitted up until midnight (which is 3 minutes away! yikes)…but here’s my wrap up post: https://elizabethtidwell.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/readathon-wrap-up/


  15. December 4, 2017 at 5:53 am

    I had a lot of fun with the readathon and don’t think there’s anything I’d change. I did find that some days, I just really couldn’t fit in any reading because of holiday activities, but I think that’s inevitable at Thanksgiving 🙂

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    • December 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Yeah I think that’s got to be expected… If we start adding any (optional) reading challenges in, we’ll either do nothing or a really light one for Thanksgiving itself 🙂

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