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Hour 7 – Authors for dinner

Readers have their favorites: favorite book, favorite hot beverage mug, and certainly favorite authors. And social media doesn’t make it any easier because it’s quick tag or DM to say what you like about their books. All positive because there’s nothing worse than people @-ing an author only to share criticism. 

Over my reading career there are those authors that just speak to me on a different level. It probably started with reading one of their books then it escalated to finding them on social media platforms, their website, and podcasts and videos. So it’s an easy transition for a homebody baker bookworm like me to want to have them over for dinner. 

If I had to put together a seven-day calendar of author dinners, here’s who I’d want over (but don’t ask me what we’re having yet because that is a whole other level of obsession like my dresses and book choices):

  • Caitlin Doughty of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • Ruta Sepetys of The Fountains of Silence and Between Shades of Gray
  • Diane Ackerman of A Natural History of the Senses AND Mary Roach of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Gulp, and Bonk together
  • Jeffrey Eugenides because The Virgin Suicides is an all-time favorite
  • Emily Dickinson 
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • and, Adib Khorram of Darius the Great is Not Okay 

 

Who would you have over for dinner? 

DinnerTable

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New Mini-Challenge:

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt by Jess


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Hour 5 – How Audiobooks Saved My Readathon

Welcome to hour 5!

You’re almost a quarter of the way through! I hope everyone is enjoying the readathon so far and getting through some great reads!

My name is Michelle and I’ll be your host for the next two hours, here and over on the Twitter feed. I blog at Fitkittymama Reads and can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @Fitkittymama. My first Dewey’s readathon was in April 2018 and haven’t missed an event since then, but this is my first time volunteering. I am super excited to take on this new role in the readathon. The Reverse Readathon is my favorite event every year. I mean, I’m a night owl who lives on the west coast of the US, so starting at
5pm works much better for me than starting at 5am.

So I wanted to tell you all why I love audio books when it comes to participating in the readathon.


I started listening to audio books about 4 years ago, so they have played a part in all of my Dewey’s adventures. Initially I saved them for those wee hours when my eyes were tired
but I wanted to keep reading. And that was good. It allowed me to continue reading, but also allowed my eyes some time to rest and not strain to read the words. I’ve refined this strategy a bit through the years, but audio books are an integral part of my readathons now.

So here are 5 reasons why audio books are a great addition to your readathon TBR

Help alleviate eye strain

When you’re reading for hours on end, your eyes are going to get tired. Breaking up your reading with audio books every couple of hours can help to alleviate some of that eye strain and give your eyes a break.

Allow you to keep reading while getting other things done

I don’t know about you, but I can’t devote 24 solid hours to reading. There are things that I need to do around the house from picking up to food prep to self care. By listening to an audio book while I’m doing those things, I’m productive and completing more books.

Allow you to keep reading if you need to leave the house

And like needing to get things done around the house, sometimes I need to run an errand or take a walk during the readathon. Instead of chalking that time up to lost reading, I just listen to an audio book in the car while driving, and then pop in the ear buds and listen while I shop or walk as well.

Provides a change of pace

Now it might just be me, but I need to break things up throughout the day to keep myself interested and motivated. The best way I have found to do this during a readathon is by changing up my format between physical, digital, and audio books. Each reading experience is slightly different and allows me that needed break.

Can’t get stained or damaged by food or drink

I know many readers hate to eat or drink while they’re reading because of the risk of getting something on the pages of their books. Listening to an audio book during meal and snack times keeps you reading, and keeps your physical books and digital readers clean.

I hope you enjoyed this little break! Think about adding an audio book to your next readathon if you haven’t already! Let me know some of your favorite audio books over on the Twitter feed.

New Mini-Challenge:

Crossword Challenge – by Gabby. This will be hosted on both her Twitter and Instagram Accounts. I linked the challenge to her Google Docs. You will need to download it instead of opening it as a google document or the image will distort.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

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Hour 3 – You Could Win a Free Book!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz here as your host for the third hour of the Reverse Readathon. Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon was the very first event I ever participated in as a new blogger twelve years ago, and I’ve participated in every single readathon since. Have you participated in many readathons? Have you ever made it all 24 hours? (My answer: once.) How are you doing so far? What are you reading right now? What do you hope to read? I hope you will say hello in the comments.

This hour I’d love to invite you join us in the mini-challenge I’m offering on my blog now and throughout the readathon. It’s the Pandemic Mood-Boosting Challenge. Share a book that boosts your mood during the pandemic and you might win a free book of your choice (up to $15 value) at BookDepository! 

New Mini-Challenge:

Pandemic Mood Booster – hosted by Deb

 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

 

Check out the Bingo Board!

 

Cheer your fellow readers!

 

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

 

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

 

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

 

 

 

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Hour 1 – What’s on your TBR?

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate and I’m so excited to be kicking off this readathon with you! I cannot believe that it is time to begin. I live in California and get to start at 5 PM this time. I’m so super excited for this start time as I am feeling so well rested (I slept until 2:15 PM) and like maybe I can go the full 24 hours with no naps!

This is also the first time in a long time that I’ve gone through my physical books and pulled out a stack of books to read during the readathon. I usually pop in an audiobook and multitask (I’m a craftaholic so I like to be able to knit or crochet or cross stitch while still reading a book). Anyone else? If so, let me know what you do while listening to audiobooks!

Have you made a reading pile? Check mine out in the picture above. I’ve also got lots of options on my Kindle, Audible, and Libby (Library account). I like to have a lot of options and then be able to switch or pick the book that is striking my fancy the most at the moment. I really tried to pick books that would fit all the prompts for the Bingo Board so that I will hopefully get a blackout! I’ve never managed to do that so I’m hoping this time will be the one where I manage to accomplish that bucket list item!

Let me know your tips and tricks for picking books during the readathon! Do you have a small pile or a lot of options? Do you have a finish a book before starting a new one? Are you going to try to get a bingo or even a black out? Let me know down below!

Don’t forget to join in on the first of 5 reading sprints being hosted on the Goodreads Groups. For those who haven’t done a reading sprint before, you basically put aside all distractions for an hour and see how many pages you can get read during that hour. It’s a lot of fun. There will be Sprints in hours 1, 6, 12, 18, and 24.

Now it’s time to get reading!

New Mini-Challenge:

Opening Survey

Hour 1 Goodreads Reading Sprint

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

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Hour -0… One hour till we begin!!!

Hello Readathon Friends! This is Kate and we are one hour away from the Reverse Readathon.

We wanted to start with a small change… Readathon Bingo! This is something Gabby actually started a couple years ago on the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Goodreads group and its something that we were so excited to bring to the group as a whole. In case you missed the post with the Bingo Board and Rules, you can find that linked above. This will be linked on every bi-hourly post so you can be able to reference it. Please feel free to copy the image and post your progress to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #readathonbingo

Also, if you haven’t already joined our Goodreads Group, now would be a great opportunity to do so! We will be hosting a Reading Sprint in the first hour and would love for you to join us!

Without further ado, I’ll now leave you to all those last minute things you’ve procrastinated doing… that first book you need to pick, that snack you need to grab, the coffee you need to brew… and the opening survey you need to fill out (please see below). I’ll see you all back here in an hour when you all crack open our books together and begin our weekend reading adventure! Happy reading, friends 🙂

Opening Survey!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

Link below or leave a comment!

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels