This is Juli from ich lese once more.
Last hour we chatted about the weird spots we’ve spent our past readathons. This hour I thought we could talk about what inspires us each year, or even twice a year, to participate in this 24 hour readathon.
I wrote a post for Dewey’s readathon’s 10 year anniversary and I really think that sums it up nicely: reading often makes me feel nostalgic and reminds me of simpler times when I was a child and books were my (often only) friends. But on top of this, and probably more importantly, I’m deeply inspired during every readathon on how people truly show up. We have some who can barely make time to pick up a book any other day but will do so for the readathon. We have some who make it a family affair, some who read for charity, some who break personal records, some who will read the entire 24 hours, and some whose main purpose is to cheer on the readers. This community is incredible. It gives people like me a home. And honestly, not just twice a year but really all 365 days. Both the Facebook and the Goodreads groups are super active throughout the year. After each readathon, I compile long lists of books to be added to my TBR based on what fellow readers suggest here and when I finally get to one of those books I am reminded of you guys. I personally have taken up reading for various charities in the past based on what I’ve seen people do during the readathons. I stay motivated throughout the 24 hours because I know that there are millions (let me believe this number is true) reading at the same time. I can feel the energy even though I am physically removed from everyone else. And thus, every readathon I show up for this! This community. This collective. This energy.
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