Hey all, Dani here.
We are just under a month away from my favorite readathon, and I am so excited about it. First I’ll just go ahead and give you the link to the official web site in case you want to learn more or sign up yourself.
This lovely readathon takes place twice each year, in April and in October. Last year I participated for the first time, and I’m proud to say I had a great experience in April, but I did much better interacting with the bookish community in October. You can find my wrap-ups for each event here (April and October).
And I’ve talked about the reason for and meaning behind this readathon before, but if you don’t want to search through old blog posts or visit the official web site, I’ll just give a brief rundown of the details now.
Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon was started (obviously) by a lady known as Dewey. She started the then 24 Hour Readathon as a response to 24 Hour Comics Day, which her husband and son participated in. So, while they went off to work on comics for a day, she held a readathon. This was in 2007.
Sadly, Dewey passed away after the two 2008 sessions, and in 2009 the readathon was renamed Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in honor of her memory.
Unlike some readathons that would go midnight to midnight, this one starts at the same time. So while some countries start at midnight, others start at 10 am or 5 pm, etc depending on where you’re located. For example, where I live in Ohio, my start time is at 8 am. So I’ll read from 8 am on Saturday, April 29th until 8 am Sunday, April 30th.
There are many different ways to participate in this reading challenge. Obviously you can be a reader, and you’ll be responsible for reading and occasionally updating on your social media/blog/etc about your progress (number of books/pages read, amount of time reading, etc). When you need to take a small reading break it is recommended that you visit other readers and cheer them on.
Which leads us to the cheerleaders. These are people who keep readers motivated. Cheerleaders are expected to participate for at least one hour, though you are more than welcome to do more.
Then they have mini-challenge hosts and hourly co-hosts. These are people who either take charge of the readathon for an hour, or create some sort of fun challenge that people can do when they need a little break from reading.
And of course, you can always be a donor. Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon also has prizes for people who complete challenges, post readathon updates, etc. I just participate in the readathon to motivate myself to read, so I don’t know a whole lot about the challenges or prizes, but they have them and you can find out more on the web site.
Oh, and new for the April 2017 session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, they are trying to raise money for the non-profit organization Room to Read. So if you’d like to donate, you can find that page here. The goal is set for $1000 but I think we can honestly do better than that.
Here’s some basic information about Room to Read. If you would like more details about the organization, you can visit their web site.
We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that enables them to reach their full potential and contribute to their communities and the world.
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
I love participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’m excited about supporting this important charity as well. I believe that literacy is vitally important to our global society. An educated world is a world capable of awesomeness. My first session with the readathon I read 5 books and barely interacted with the community, but my second session I read 9 books and actually had a few social media breaks to cheer on my fellow readers. I’m hoping to continue and/or improve that trend this time around.
Anyway, here’s my tentative TBR. Obviously we still have another month to go so changes may occur.
I guess this TBR shows that I am basically going with a themed readathon this time around. Basically I am focusing on books that feature books, magical libraries, librarians, etc. I own the first three books in The Invisible Library series, but only read about 30 or so pages of the first one. I remember enjoying it and I don’t really know why I set it aside and forgot about it.
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer is a book I picked up last year at Cincinnati Comic Expo, and I’ve been wanting to read it ever since. My TBR list is insane, so it’s difficult to fit in everything I’d like to read in a timely manner.
Next up is The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy and it is a fantasy book following a librarian. I picked this book up cheap from Book Outlet, and I’m always up for new to me fantasy reads.
I have had Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake on my radar for a while now, and despite some mixed reviews on the matter, I am nevertheless intrigued by the premise.
The Reader by Traci Chee is a little different from the above books in that it is a story where reading is basically unheard of, but a book is central to the story, and I’ve heard wonderful things about it.
Then there’s The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser, which features a character who can jump into books and interact with the characters and world inside. That automatically adds the book to my TBR.
Finally there’s Genrenauts: Season One by Michael R. Underwood. I read The Shootout Solution (Episode 1) and The Absconded Ambassador (Episode 2) during my last readathon and greatly enjoyed them. I’m hoping to at least read Episodes 3 and 4 during this readathon, though if I get really invested I may end up polishing off Episodes 5 and 6 as well. I love Michael R. Underwood’s awesome geeky genre-filled adventures.
So there you have it…my current TBR for the readathon. Things may change based on my mood the day of, but for now this what I’m hoping to read.