April 2020, readathon

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

After such a long time and much discussion and humming and hawing and second-guessing, Heather and I have decided that this will be our last Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

We love this event, and we have loved every second of hosting it. We have loved being a part of this community, and we have loved celebrating Dewey who first brought us all together for a Readathon. Alas, our lives have changed so much in the last few years. New jobs, growing families, and maturing kids. New hobbies, old hobbies, new inspirations. It’s just time.

We can happily report that the Readathon will continue, but we’re going to save that for Saturday. We are very, very happy that Dewey’s will continue to thrive.

In the meantime, we have one challenge and one request for this event…share your favorite Readathon memories. Share them on Twitter and Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads, here, there, everywhere. Be sure to tag them #readathon and #deweymemories.

We’ll see you back here for a heck of a party on April 25, 2020!

15 thoughts on “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye”

  1. Oh no! I am so grieved to hear this. I’ve had so much fun with Dewey’s Readathon since I discovered it a decade or more ago. I’ve been struggling with brain issues that have made reading difficult these last couple years and just rededicated myself to trying once again come readathon time. I hope it’s successful and I get to join everyone for a last hurrah! Or even better, that someone willing, passionate, and organized steps up to take the reins. Thank you all for this wonderful experience!


  2. Oh my gosh! This is so devastating! I totally understand, though, and you have to do what’s best for you! I absolutely loved being a moderator the couple of times I managed it, and loved interacting with everyone via Goodreads threads, or here in the comments. I truly hope it can continue on, with someone who loves the event and Dewey as much as we all do. Good luck with your new endeavors and HAPPY READING!


  3. I’m heartbroken but I understand. I’ll definitely be staying up for two entire 24 hours. ‘This is going to be some party. Good luck everyone, see you on Saturday.


  4. I’ve been with you since October 2012. Just wanted to thank you for your time and effort. You brought a lot of joy in lives of so many people around the world. This event brought for me some memorable moments and some new friendships and I owe them all to you.
    Thank you, Andy, thank you, Heather. You will be missed. Hope to run into you among the readers.

    Lot of love from Croatia.
    Iluzija O. Istini


  5. This hurts my heart a little bit 😢 this will be my 9th readathon! I’m so thankful I was able to participate for as long as I did!


  6. Oh no! This is really devastating! Readathon has been such a source of joy for me in the last few years and a couple of days I said to my husband, that I really hope it will be hosted forever. Thanks for all you’ve done for us.


  7. Andi and Heather,

    You two are incredible and have given so much to make this event joyful for readers around the world! I’m thrilled it will continue with a new organizer, but you guys will certainly be missed. This is my 17th readathon and I will definitely be sharing my readathon memories to celebrate you both. I hope this Saturday is a great final readathon as the hosts for you guys. I can’t wait!


  8. Heather and Andi thank you for your years of commitment. Happy for you both that life continues to evolve and expand. Maybe sometimes you will join us as readers for a few hours here and a few there. Hope to see you again.


  9. Omg nooooo!! I have just heard about this readathon and I was so excited about doing it again in 2021 but I completely understand and I will still do it every year as a sign of honor for this readathon!! Stay safe and God bless:)


  10. So sad to hear. Thanks for running the Readathon – I take part every session and have done for years, it’s a regular event for me and one I love. Glad it will continue!


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