I looked it up last night. I still have the emails between Shesten (the previous host), Andi, and me. Andi and I have co-hosted the Readathon for 7.5 years. That’s around 17 readathons. It feels endlessly long and oh, so short. And I have so many memories.
There was the year the site crashed during the event and almost killed me. The year we had over 3,000 readers and we were still so new that it caused massive (needless) panic. The year we waited until the last minute to get going and Andi ran (almost all) of the shindig on her own. The year she stayed up the whole 24 hours. The year we found out a few authors read with us (I will never tell who, do not ask) and gave away books during the event. The first time we trended on Twitter.
There were endless weeks of prep. Staying up late drafting posts. Begging for prizes, begging for help with cohosting, begging for cheerleaders, making sure all the links worked, and more. Lots of coffee was consumed.
Then there is all the excitement leading up to the event. The plans shared, the many photos of potential reads, your precious reading buddies, menus, snacks, drinks, the times you’ve gotten together with friends and family in your homes and hotel rooms, and the list goes on. It all comes down to the love of reading and who doesn’t get a tear in their eye just thinking of it?
It was all done with love.
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13 thoughts on “Hour 1 – Memories”
You guys have done such a fantastic job with the read-a-thon! https://wordpress.com/post/stacybuckeye.com/23990
I loved being a cheerleader. My first time was #TeamTiger back in October 2013, and it was my second Dewey’s. #memories
I’m going to miss you both, you did such an amazing job.
Thanks for all you’ve done – and are doing today.
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I love hearing these memories! I always had fun hosting mini challenges and being a cheerleader! It’s incredible the work that went into each readathon behind the scenes.
*sniff* Beautiful memories!
You guys did amazing job! Thank you!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your dedication to this amazing event ❤
I remember my first read-a-thon, when I spent the night at the library with our teen patrons … They had a lot of fun … pizza at midnight and dance breaks to stay awake 🙂
Getting a bit teary reading this actually. Life was totally different back during my first few Dewey readathons. I still had a bookshop and a book blog, and I remember being so excited about taking part for the first time I actually got butterflies! Such good times…
You guys have been great! I was waffling on whether to do the Readathon this year, and I’m so glad I’m here. Thank you for your years of work!
1. What fine part of the world you are reading from today? Brooklyn, N.Y.
2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith and Project Chick by Nikki Turner.
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Milano Cookies,some fruit and drinks.
4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 35 and studying back my academics and having fun.
5. If you participated in the last Read-a-Thon? Yes
What’s one thing you’ll do different today? Finished the books today
If this is your first read-a-Thon ? No
What are you most looking forward to? Just reading as community!!!😍😍😍
I wish I could say I’ve been with this event since day one. I’ve been participating for about 5 years now. It’s been an amazing event. One of the best I’ve been to! I’m glad I found it!