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Pre-Readathon Mini-Challenge

Several years ago, we started doing “pre-readathon readathons”. These were usually 2-3 different “challenges” that people could participate in to get amped up for the readathon. When we took over as hosts, this was something that we wanted to bring to the event as a whole. These are completely optional to participate in and are just meant to be fun.

For the first of our challenges, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of 15 reading challenges for you to complete before the start of the readathon. These are intended to challenge you, but not be impossible. You can track your reading challenge here on the blog or in the space for the challenge on the Goodreads or Facebook groups as well as our new Reddit Community (each of those link back to where you can post your challenge). Please just make a new post or comment and then update it as you complete a challenge. Each book read, may only qualify for one challenge, so no double dipping for this (unlike in the Bingo event).

So without further ado, here are your Reading Challenges:

  1. Read a “long” book (over 500 pages) – For readers under 13, page count over 250 pages. Can be multiple books
  2. Read a “short” book (under 250 pages) – For readers under 13, page count under 100 pages. Can be multiple books
  3. Pick 5 of your favorite genres and enter them in a randomizer. Read a book in that genre
  4. Read a “spooky” book (your own definition of spooky is fine)
  5. Read a book that is 75% one color on the cover.
  6. Read a book that was published in the last 18 months
  7. Read a book that was published more than 100 years ago – For readers under 13 years old, a book published more than 10 years ago.
  8. Read a book set in the Fall or with a cover that looks like it is Fall (leaves changing, etc)
  9. Read a book set in the Spring or with a cover that looks like it is Spring (trees blooming, etc)
  10. Read at least 75% of a book when it’s dark outside – For readers under 13, it must be read 75% after dinner, but doesn’t have to be when it’s dark outside.
  11. Read at least 75% of a book outside (please social distance… a park or back patio will do fine)
  12. Read a book with an animal (real or made up) on the cover
  13. Read a book with a main character or author whose first name starts with the same letter as your first name.
  14. Take five books you really want to read and put them in a randomizer and read whichever one is chosen.
  15. Read a book that is set in a location you wish you could visit or live in. This location can be real or imaginary.

We are allowing one Alternate task where if there is a task you don’t like or can’t complete, you may read book of your choosing in it’s place. This may only be done once. The only other requirement is that qualifying books need to be over 125 pages (except for the short book task and for readers under 13).

***I have tried to add adjustments for our younger readers, but parents, if you feel any challenge prompt needs further adaption, please feel free to do this. No need to check if a prompt is okay. You know your child and what will challenge them.

Once you have fully completed the reading challenge, you may come back here and enter your information and books on included Google Form. Everyone who completes the challenge will be given a shout out in the Welcome post on the day of the readathon! And one lucky person will be awarded a gift card from Steph Coelho. Thank you so much for offering a prize donation!

October 2020, readathon

October 2020 Reader Sign Up!

It’s that time of the year again… time for the final Dewey’s Readathon of the year! Readers… it’s your turn to sign up!

Do you have to read the whole 24 hours? NOOOO! Do what ya can. We’d love to have you! Even if it’s five minutes!

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Volunteer Sign Up!

We are just over a month away from the October 24 hour readathon and I could not be more excited! How is everyone doing on the challenge we issued earlier in the week? I must confess, I have started a book, but I have not yet finished it… maybe I’ll be able to complete it tomorrow.

This is the first official one that Gabby and I are hosting and we have some really fun and exciting things we want to do. But in order to accomplish everything we would like to, we need people to volunteer to help us out.

In addition to the normal things to volunteer for, I am hoping to be able to bring back cheerleading! I know how much of encouragement this was to me my first few years as a reader. Seeing those bright and cheerful notes of encouragement just helped me to keep pushing on. This year, I will be dividing the reader sign up list by platforms so that cheerleaders can easily find readers on the platform of their choice and go cheer them on. This is something that can be great to do if you need to take a break from your book or if you pop on an audiobook and then spend a short amount of time just going through and cheering on other readers. Please consider doing this. It won’t be a huge time commitment and it’s nothing we are going to be scheduling. I just would love to see this old tradition become a part of the readathon again.

Keep your eyes open on the first of October for the first surprise new feature, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in volunteering, find the sign up below. Readers, your sign up post will come in the next week or two.

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Less than 40 days until READATHON!!!!

Hello friends! We are just under 40 days away from the October 2020 readathon. (Click here to find the countdown clock.) I can hardly believe it. I’m writing this post to let you know that Gabby and I have some exciting things in the works for this readathon. Tune in on October 1st for the start of something new!

In the meantime, I would love if we could get some volunteers to write pre-readathon posts with any tips and insights from their experience with the event. There are many angles that could be addressed (tips for staying awake, reading for charity, snacks, books, etc). If you are interested in writing a post for the blog, please email me at: deweyreadathon@gmail.com

By the end of the week, there will be a post up calling for volunteers for the event. We will need people to help with co-hosting the main website, mini-challenges, twitter parties, etc. If this is something that interests you, please do not hesitate to volunteer. You don’t need to have volunteered in the past to volunteer now. In addition, if you have an interest in donating a giveaway prize, please get in contact.

And finally, Gabby and I wanted to issue a small challenge to get excited about the readathon. If you’re like me, life has gotten busy and you may not have cracked open a book since the Reverse Readathon (don’t look at my shame). So to start getting ourselves out of our reading slumps and to stretch those brain muscles, we are challenging you to read at least one book a week every week in the lead up to Readathon. If this is too easily attainable for you, then adjust the number of books so that it is a challenge for you. In addition, if you find that you are too easily able to meet your challenge goal, feel free to increase the number for future weeks.

Thank you for checking in and happy reading!

Kate & Gabby