I often say books are my friends. To be honest, that’s not just a phrase– it really represents day-to-day life for me. I have wonderful people-friends, but we are scattered all over the world and have our own lives. So, when I feel lonely, happy, bored, anxious, overwhelmed, playful, excited, disillusioned, scared, hopeful, vulnerable, insecure, liberated, or [insert any and all other emotions here], I turn to literature.

Books never disappoint (okay, Girl on the Train did disappoint). There is a story for every state of mind or matter of the heart. Imagine how I felt when I found out about Dewey’s readathon – an entire 24 hours dedicated to reading and it comes along with an entire community of like-minded, equally book-obsessed, virtual people-friends! Every positive adjective in the Oxford dictionary would not be enough to describe my feelings toward this day and these people – I would probably have to borrow from other languages.

I love the planning of snacks, making of anticipatory blog posts, sifting through my Mt. TBR, and chitchats with everyone on social media about it all. I never met Dewey, but I imagine her to be like my favorite book –  a safe haven, an adventure, at times hilarious but also irritating, full of wisdom and anecdotes, and above all a feeling like you’re coming home.

I’ve only participated in a few Dewey’s readathons, nonetheless I know that this is just the beginning to a wonderful tradition for years to come. I am looking forward to many more hours of chocolate indulgences, graphic novel scares, pushing through sleepiness because I don’t want to lose a minute to some ZZZs, out-of-my-comfort-zone poetry, social media updates, and coffee, coffee, coffee. So here’s to book-friends, people-friends, and a cozy blanket. Have a great readathon!

A ginormous thank you to Juliane for this amazing post.


3 thoughts on “Warm Up: That Special Dewey’s Readathon Feeling

  1. I know! I’ve only been here for a couple of years but Dewey’s, specially in October, is by far one of my favorite times of the year 🙂 I love planning everything, I’m even planning my sleep hours so I can try my best to survive the 24 hours ^_^

    I just can’t wait!
    Thank you for your post 🙂 It’s always so good to find book lovers crazy enough to go through a 24 hours read-a-thon with you, even if you’re miles apart 🙂


  2. Books are my safe haven too in so many ways: comfort when dissease occationally shows it’s ugly face, friend when flying or having to pass waiting time, therapist on a bad day, inspiring when the day is just grey and gloomy…
    The readathon gives new ideas to the evergrowing TBR list and remarks from other readers bonds us if even during the readathon
    Hope you all have a good readathon :0)


  3. I’m pretty sure Dewey’s was the first Readathon I ever participated in, back whenever I did my first one (2012? 2013? ’14? I can’t remember). You all started me on a lifelong quest to join as many readathons as I possibly can. I’ve met other readers and it’s been just wonderful. So. . .



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