October 2021, readathon, volunteers

October 2021 Volunteer Sign Ups

Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash

We are just over a month away from the October 24 Hour Readathon and we are so excited! For the readathon next month we, as always, could use a little help. If you would like to volunteer for mini-challenges, hosting, Twitter parties, or anything, really, please fill out our form and we will be in touch soon!

Um, the form has been updated to the October form. So, if you signed up before, please sign up again! We, uh, I (Heather), obviously need all the help I can get.

Uncategorized

Onwards and Upwards

Well, that was fun! I am going back to sleep in a bit, but since I had to get up anyway… The cats were understandably alarmed when, after spending a full 24 hours practically ignoring them to focus on books and the computer (neither is furry or purrs, so they do not see why the human would ever ignore them for such cold, inferior things) their human FELL ASLEEP for a whole 5 HOURS!!!!! No canned food was dished out and no pets or snuggles were forthcoming for all that time after the human set the books down. Things have gotten straightened out a little now, though. Food is in the dishes again, including the evening canned food, and maybe the human will finally put away the stacks of books that have been occupying some of the cats’ auxiliary sitting spots for the past 2 days.

While the cats are distracted with their food, I can pop back online for a quick wrap up post. If you missed it, we just finished our 2021 Reverse Readathon, which ran from 8pm EST yesterday till 8pm EST today (well, Aug 7th. It is midnight now here, technically now the 8th, but you get the idea). Despite some interesting snags relating to transferring account access to the new leadership team (Dewey’s has a LOT of accounts on a LOT of sites now, since every so often a new social media site or tool pops up and gets added to our collection.) we managed to make this readathon happen on time, and from my end it seemed to go pretty smoothly. I had fun and got some good reading time in, and I hope everyone else did too. Thanks, everyone, for being so supportive and patient as we figure out what we are doing.

Our next readathon will be coming up in October. We have not confirmed a date yet, in part because most of our leadership team is catching up on lost sleep at the moment (yes, probably even those with cats), but I’ll be posting our first official October 2021 Readathon announcements very soon.In the meantime, be sure you log your books in our Completed Books database, and if you didn’t during the readathon, check out all the guest posts, discussions and activities on our website, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads. (We also have a Tumblr page again, so if you (still?) use Tumblr be sure to follow our page there. Here, btw, is a linktree with many of our site links all in one place- very handy.

I (Jamie, your ‘fearless leader’, or perhaps ‘first among equals’ Dewey’s host) am really into community building, and there is such a huge potential for community building within the bookish realms of the Internet. So, besides lots of mentions of cats, you can reasonably expect to see frequent posts and activities under my readathon ‘regime’ that encourage everyone to check out each other’s book blogs, etc., and explore all the other bookish resources online. While we are getting set up for our next official event, take some time to explore book groups and pages on Facebook, book blogs on Tumblr, bookish accounts on Twitter and Instagram, and booktubers on Youtube. When you find ones you like, make comments on their posts, follow their pages, and when you’ve read the books they recommend, participate in the discussion about those books. It makes the bloggers and bookish social media people happy when people like their posts and make comments, and all those discussions about books make the authors of the books happier because real people are talking about their books.

But, for now, my cats are fed and snuggling into their sleep spots, and I definitely need to stop yawning and join them for the rest of my post-readathon long nap.

Goodnight, fellow readers!

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 23 – The Home Stretch

The 2021 Reverse Readathon is almost over. Did your readathon plans work out as expected?

I started, as always, with a large TBR stack, far more books than could ever fit into a weekend, maybe not even a week. I finished a few books, including some I had particularly hoped to finish, and made progress in several more. The books I didn’t finish will simply roll over into my TBR for August, and for other reading events coming up. I am also one of the admins for a much smaller readathon that happens monthly, and that one is next weekend, so I’ll definitely finish more books from my stacks soon.

What will you do when the readathon is over? Here are some of the things on my To Do list:

  • Sleep
  • Stretch
  • Pet the cats
  • Clean litter boxes, wash dishes, etc. (aka all the chores I postponed while reading)
  • Log all my finished books in the Dewey’s Completed Books database (see link at the end of this post)
  • More sleep
  • Pet the cats
  • Wrap up my readathon log on Goodreads.
  • Read some more
  • Start planning for our next readathon, which will be in the standard 24hr format, in October
  • Stretch
  • Finish assembling a granny square blanket
  • Pet the cats
  • Read more books

What will you be doing after the readathon?

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 21 – Food for the Reading Brain (literally and figuratively)

Hey!
My name is Flavia and I am a reader all the way in Germany.
I’ve been participating in Dewey’s since 2016 but this is actually my first Reverse Readathon.

Dewey’s is usually a chance for me to go all out on reading. (Sadly not this time around as I’m working on my Bachelor’s thesis and have an early train to catch tomorrow.)
And I get VERY ambitious about it.

I don’t think I’ve ever managed to stay awake for the entire 24 hours. But I’ve read a good 1000 pages or more most times (like 8 books) in the hours that I was awake.

And there’s a few things that really help that I would put into 2 categories:
1. What to read?
2. Fooooooood

Now I’m not the first person to suggest this but switching up your format can help you read A LOT more. While some people can absolutely take the weekend just to read which is amazing. Sometimes there is other stuff to get done. So if you can, take advantage of the glorious world that is audiobooks. And since I love free stuff, just letting you know here that there are free ones on Spotify. My favorites include: George, You Should See Me In A Crown and A Princess In Theory.
Another great readathon tool are graphic novels. Which I know can get pricey. But checking your local library’s (digital) collection is always worth a shot.

Now food!
To eat or not to eat while reading is muy, muy controversial. I know, I know. And to be honest I don’t usually eat while reading but during Dewey’s it sometimes just has to happen. My two favorite book safe foods are grapes and Cheerios.


Generally speaking I think it’s essential to have easy and quick things at hand. Being overly full makes you (or at least me) tired, so consider more small meals instead of a few big ones.
Also this is the day to have the snacks you want all for yourself :D. But I mean in the end just do what feels good to you…

So tell me:
Do you eat while reading?
What are your favorite snacks?
What formats do you read in?
(also if you are hungry and haven’t moved in hours consider my little bake and stretch challenge from a past Dewey’s)

I hope your readathon is going well and you have an awesome day no matter how much reading you get done. You can find on social media under the username flaviaaalouise.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

April 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 19 – Emotionally Exhausted

Rachel Noel here! So many things happening all the time had lead a lot of us to just feel emotionally exhausted. I can only care about so many things for so long before I need to cut off any and all contact with the world. Pretty sure a lot of you can empathize. That’s a big part of why I’m grateful for the Reverse Readathon.

Today is the day to turn off your phone, ignore your emails, and just spend time on you, for you. The Reverse Readathon is your “excuse” to tell people you can’t have visitors, go shopping, talk on the phone, respond to emails, cook dinner, or do your chores. You have an “event” you’re participating in!

Even if you don’t participate in the full 24 hours (I’m hoping to get some good sleep) you can use the Readathon as your excuse for however much time you want or need. An hour of emotional recharge may not sound like much, but it can make a world of difference. An hour of escaping reality, not doom scrolling, not among annoying people can be a life saver. And we’re here for you.

Remember, you are worth giving yourself attention. You are worth taking time to do something you like.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 17 – Readathon Reading Companions

Here we are in Hour 17! We have gone more than half way. How are you doing with your reading? I’m Kelley and I am one of the new organizers of Dewey’s Readathon. I am as excited as I am nervous about being one of the people responsible for the legend that is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I will be your host for this hour.

For this hour, I want to hear about your reading companions! Mine are the four footed and furry kind, who love to purr and get into everything. 🙂 And I would not have it any other way. They challenge my ability to get reading done at times, as evidenced here…

Elizabeth, AKA Lizzie Bit,

And here…

Mr. Darcy

Other times, they just want to hang out and keep me company while I read or update social media…

Snickers
My grumpy old man, Amun (16 years old!)
Jakey Baby, my snuggle bug

Now it’s your turn! Tell me about who is keeping you company during the readathon. 

Happy reading! I hope you are having a great readathon so far.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

Uncategorized

Reverse Read-A-Thon: How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

Hello Reader and Happy Reverse Read-A-Thon day! It’s me, Mr Geek (from http://www.TreatYoShelf.blo g & @ItMrGeekToYou on Twitter) and I’m here to cheer you on in this read-a-thon and give you some tips to help you bust free from the reading slump that has been holding you back. Earlier this year, I experienced once of my worst reading slumps of all time. I read several very meh books, back-to-back-to-back-to-back and just wasn’t interested in reading. Hopefully these tips can help you get yourself back and track and smash that reading slump. So….

1) Don’t be afraid to abandon a book you aren’t enjoying! This is definitely a “Do as I say, not as I do” tactic. Personally, I have the HARDEST time DNF’ing a book or just putting it down to read something else. I think this was a big contributing factor to my slump earlier this year. You can always go back to your current read some other time when you might be in the mood for that particular story.

2) Switch up your format! If you’re struggling to get through a book, consider getting the audiobook version from the Library, Scribd, Audible or your favorite audiobook service. I’ve found that if I’m struggle to get through a book, listen can really help push me along. I love to read on my Kindle and listen to the audiobook – I usually opt for audiobooks when I’m going for a walk (since my mind can’t really wander to other things). 

3) Try out a new genre! I’ve found this one to be extremely effective for me. I typically read a lot of YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Murder Mysteries / Thrillers / Suspense books. If I’ve been reading a lot of Fantasy or YA, I might flip to a Thriller. Sometimes I even go rogue and branch out into something that I don’t read often, like Literary Fiction or Contemporary. Every genre has a unique writing style. By switching up the type of book you’re reading, you’re automatically getting a different feel, plus the plot will be different than what you are used to. 

4) Consider re-reading a favorite! I had a mild reading slump a few years ago and decided I was going to pick up the first few Harry Potter books. Returning to that world and revisiting some of my favorite characters rekindled my love for reading and definitely got me back on track. 

5) Seek out a new book by one of your favorite authors! I have a few authors that I will auto-buy any book they put out because I just love their writing style and stories (I’m looking at you V.E. Schwab and Christopher Moore). Their novels are always well written, enjoyable and a nice escape from reality. 

Well there you have it, a few of my personal reading tips to help you break free from your reading slump. I hope everyone has a great day full of lots of books and pages! I’ll be reading my ARC of T.J. Klune’s upcoming book, Under The Whispering Door. I’m about 30% in so far and it has been solid. Very different from House In The Cerulean Sea but enjoyable nevertheless! If you’re interested in more thoughts, be sure to stop over at www.TreatYoShelf.blog for my full review later this month and follow allow on Twitter @ItsMrGeekToYou.  

Until We Meet Again,
Mr Geek

August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 15 – Data Nerds Unite

Hello! This is Janani, aka TheShrinkette, and welcome to Hour 15! At this point I’m sure you’ve gotten some reading done no matter where in the world you are, so kudos! tumblr_m6a9axlCwA1rys4czo1_500

This post is dedicated to my reading nerds. I’m talking reading journals, spreadsheets, Goodreads, stopwatch—all of you who use some form of technology to track your reading and reading time. Readathons are the perfect time to bust them out, so I thought I’d share three of my favorites from over the years. 

Book Riot’s Ultimate Tracking Spreadsheet: I have loved watching this one evolve over the years, and it’s great for folks who want to see what kind of books and authors they gravitate towards over the course of the year. Super easy to use, everything’s already set up for you, and your reward at the end of the year comes in the form of GLORIOUS PIECHARTS.

giphy

Storygraph: This was definitely my favorite find of 2020. Here’s why you should be using it. One, its a superior alternative to Goodreads, which is an Amazon product, and I know a lot of folks are actively trying to not give their money to Amazon if they have the capacity. Two, it’s prettier; Goodreads’ interface belongs in the previous century. Three, you get tailored recommendations, and can look for books by mood. Four, you’ll be supporting a Black woman and a small business! Five, PIE CHARTS. It’s a win win win win win!

giphy (1)

Bookly: This is for my readers who are trying to actively allocate consistent time for reading, would like to read more, or would like to track how long it takes them to finish a book. The data give you fantastic insight into your reading patterns and behaviors, especially useful when you’re trying to establish a habit. There’s free and paid versions, Android and Apple apps. 

giphy (2)

I hope y’all find these useful, and if you’re already users, I’d love to hear your experiences! Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the readathon, and shoutout to everyone who has managed any amount of reading today!

download

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 13 – There’s a Quote for That!

Love to read?  Love books?  Love the Readathon?  Well, there’s a quote for that — from the serious to the laugh-out-loud, from Somerset Maugham to Lisa Simpson and beyond!  To inspire and cheer your Readathon, here are a few of the quotes about reading and books I’ve collected.  Do you have any favorites to share?  

Seriously — 

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”    W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

Less seriously–

Image

Do you agree?

Image

From the most literary quote–

Image

To the not most literary quote–

Image

Let’s give the last word to my favorite quote, Anonymous–

Image

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels

August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 11 – Hobbies in Books

My biggest non-bookish hobbies are crochet and kitten rescue. And if you came to my house and looked at my books, you could probably guess at least the cat part by my books. I have a lot of the Cat Who mysteries, of course, by Lillian Jackson Braun, but I also pick up random other murder mysteries with cats on the cover or in the title, whenever they show up in Little Free Libraries or library free-books shelves. Any time a bookish game has a ‘read a book with an animal/cat on the cover’, I have plenty to choose from. I even had one murder mystery set at a cat rescue, though I gave that one away to a friend last year.

Crochet is a bit harder, for some reason. I have pattern books, of course, but I have not yet found good murder mysteries with a crochet theme. Knit, yes. Crochet, no. Every once in a while though crochet is mentioned in a book I am reading. One of the women picked up for breaking curfew in Night Watch(Terry Pratchett) is a seamstress who also does crochet, and I am pretty sure one of the inspector’s wives in one of the series I was reading earlier this year does crochet. And while Miss Marple does more knitting, I always enjoy the scenes where she is shopping for more yarn (‘wool’) while also gathering clues, or when she has someone holding hanks for her while she winds them.

What are your hobbies? Do you have books that feature them? Do you know of any good murder mysteries featuring a crochet theme?

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook or Reddit groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #Readathon on all your social channels