Books!, Reading Challenge

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow… I am so sorry for being a horrible slacker lately when it comes to blog posts. Though I do have about 11 post ideas written up so I really just need to sit down and type them up and schedule them for release.

Anyway, today I’m just on here to briefly announce that I have decided to once again participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I participated during the last session back in April and had a lot of fun. I took photos of my reading progress and posted them on my Instagram throughout the day and managed to read five books in the 24 hours of the event. I should have been able to read more but I took a long break for LARPing and ended up taking a nap for a few hours as well.

This time around I basically just have reading on the agenda. Yes, I’ll technically be at work for basically the first four hours of the event where I am, but I’m working a job where I can actually read at work so it’ll be just fine.

I’ve been building a stack of potential readathon books for the past few weeks, but my readathon TBR is not set in stone; I have a lot of books I’d like to read so basically whatever sounds good is what I’ll pick up.

For those of you who have never heard of this event, it was started in 2007 by a woman known as Dewey online. Every year her husband and son would participate in 24 hour Comics Day and she would drop them off and pick them up. After participating in a 48 Hour Book Challenge, Dewey decided that in October 2007, when her husband and son were off creating a comic, she would hold a 24 hour readathon. 37 people joined up for the first event, and Dewey planned to make it an annual thing.

Unfortunately Dewey passed away in 2008, but the three ladies who had helped her with the hosting and organization of the event decided to keep it going, and in 2009 it was renamed to honor Dewey.

Now it is held every April and October and the number of readers has grown to around 2,000. Some readers only participate for a few hours and some (like me) go all out and try to stay awake and reading for as much of the 24 hours as possible.

Unlike other readathons where each time zone starts at say midnight in their respective time zone, Dewey’s readathon starts at the same time across the board. So, where I am in Eastern Daylight Time, I start at 8:00am, but someone in England would start at 1:00pm. Then it continues for the next 24 hours. You can figure out your start time here.

Not everyone who participates in this event is a reader though. There are people who host mini-challenges on the site or their blog, etc, and there are even people known as cheerleaders who visit the social media accounts of readers and cheer on their progress. Basically it is the community of readers and book lovers coming together to celebrate books and reading.

I enjoyed reading in April but I didn’t do much interacting with others. This time around I’m going to try to cheer on other readers when I take food, drink, or bathroom breaks. If you’d like to follow my progress for the readathon, I will be updating on my Instagram feed. Or stop by here again next Monday and I’ll have my readathon wrap-up blog post up.

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