Friends, I’m so happy-sad to write this post. This Readathon, the last for Heather and I as co-organizers, is bittersweet for sure. It’s been one of the greatest joys of my life to help run this thing for the last seven and a half years. It’s been an honor to pay tribute to Dewey, to read with you, to see you all come together, and it’s even more amazing because I’ve gotten to work with my best friend. Thank you, friends, for the time you’ve spent volunteering, cheering, posting, hashtagging, and definitely reading.
We love you a lot, and while we’re sad to step away, we are happy to remain Dewey’s Readathon readers.
It’s also a great, great pleasure to hand Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon to two people who love this event just as much as we do. If you’ve spent time in our Goodreads group, our Facebook group, or here on the website, you already know Kate and Gabby. They have been running at least half of this readathon for years already, and it’s my pleasure to hand over the reigns!
We love y’all, and happy reading! Take it away, Kate and Gabby!
Thank you so much, Andi and Heather, for all that you have done for us over the years! We cannot wait to see what you will spend your Readathon time reading 🙂
Gabby and I (this is Kate) have been working together for several years now. From the first moment Gabby volunteered for the Goodreads Group, it has been a seamless partnership. Gabby had so many creative ideas on things we could do to make the group more fun and interactive.
When Andi first made her announcement that she and Heather would be stepping back as organizers, I immediately contacted Andi and volunteered to takeover. Read-a-Thon has always been such a big part of my life and I knew I couldn’t let it disappear. When Andi agreed to hand the reigns over to me, I knew I needed my Goodreads Partner in Crime to be my partner over here as well.
Gabby and I wanted to do a quick little “Get to know me” segment so that you can better get to know each of us.
From Gabby: “Hello Everyone! My name is Gabby. I am an avid reader and have been participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon for years! I started helping Kate a few years ago with co-moderating the Goodreads page and I’m excited to come on and continue with Dewey’s Readathon. I brought the new tradition of having a Bingo board during the readathon, which I am so happy everyone is loving. I have a YouTube channel called GabsAboutBooks where I review books, make reading vlogs, monthly wrap ups, book hauls, and other book related content! I am very excited to be cohosting with Kate and can’t wait to bring new ideas to the readathon!”
From Kate: “Hello! My name is Kate. These days, I am primarily an audiobook consumer, and 1.75 times speed is my jam 🙂 My favorite genres are Psychological Thrillers, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction. Brandon Sanderson is my all-time favorite author and if I had it my way, The Stormlight Archives would be mandatory reading 🙂 I got married just less than a year ago and we have since adopted two Maltipoo puppies that are the best part of my day (Gracie and Georgie). I love a good cup of tea and there is nothing better than a cold and rainy day spent cuddled up with a nice cup of tea and a good book! I used to book blog but I find it is hard to review audiobooks because I don’t have the actual book to flip through while writing reviews. I do, however, have a cross stitch related youtube channel if that kind of thing interests you… I am so excited for this next chapter of the readathon and the opportunity to bring some new features to an already amazing event!”
Gabby and I already have so many exciting ideas for the upcoming readathon and we hope that you will come back to join us in the fall. Below we have two Google Forms that we ask you take a moment to fill out. The first is in regards to what you would like to see in upcoming Readathons. The second is for if you would like to volunteer to help out in some way with the readathon. Without volunteers, we are limited in what we can make happen.
Thank you all for your continued support. We hope you had a wonderful April Readathon! Keep your eye on this space for the announcement of the next Readathon. We will also Tweet out the date.
~Kate and Gabby