August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 5 – The Weirdest Place You’ve Read?

Hello all! Whitney here!

Reading is usually a solitary pursuit. We love to hunker down and get lost in other worlds, but when life tries to get in the way, we have to get creative. We may be surrounded by other people, in rooms buzzing with activity, and many of us will stay in the pages of our latest read. Since childhood, I’ve brought a book with me, wherever I go; it’s gotten me some odd looks over the years. Here are a few places I’ve read:

A display window in a GAP outlet store. It was the only place to sit in the whole joint, and my book demanded to be read. The store was filled to the brim with Black Friday shoppers, but it didn’t bother me.

Restaurants! I love reading while I eat. This one has gotten me more weird looks than most of the other places I’ve read, but it’s worth it. I once stopped to buy a new release I’d been dying for, on the way to a reastaurant! It was maybe 800 pages long, and in the days before ereaders were a thing. My family wasn’t so thrilled, but I don’t think they expected any less from me.

The DMV. ‘Nough said.

Lying flat on a trampoline, on a pretty day. I’ve been told this is not what trampolines are actually for. I remain skeptical. (It was weirdly comfortable…..go figure)

During class, all throughout school. If I finished an assignment quickly, I would pick up my book and dive in. My teachers never minded, as far as I know. If they did, none ever asked me to put the book down.

Detention! I expected them to tell me to stop, as doing my favorite thing in the world wasn’t the punishment I was there for, but they never did. I only ever had detention twice, though, so maybe this was coincidental. It was almost worth getting In School Detention………..

My own birthday party. I’m not super social in person, and the people close to me are used to it. I don’t think anyone was surprised to see me off to the side with my slice of cake, reading.

The grocery store.

While writing this post. I got stumped for a minute, so I read a few pages until it passed.

The shower, thanks to my waterproof kindle and a particularly addictive book that just wouldn’t let me put it down.

Now that I’ve come clean (no pun intended), tell us some of the weirdest places you’ve read! Have you ever gotten any looks or comments about it?

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August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 3 – Exploring the Online Book World

Many years ago, when blogs were still just html programmed basic sites, many hosted on university servers on student/faculty accounts, I started my first blogs. One was about all the books I was reading. Goodreads did not exist yet, and there was no good database about books that I could link to when talking about books. In fact, I think most of the links I coded into my sites were just internal, linking from one section of my site to another. And, while I liked writing about books, I got a lot more interest for my collection of links to animated dancing critters sites (think Hamster Dance, but there were dozens of great ones back then).

Nowadays there are so many sites about books that one could explore the bookish online world forever and still maybe never take in everything. Goodreads has maybe set a standard for what bookish social media can be, and for folks who are not enthusiastic about that huge, complex site, there are quite a few smaller sites that also provide book-oriented social spaces. There are several sites where readers can sign up to volunteer as reviewers for books that have not been released yet (or that are new or underappreciated), sites like Netgalley and Online Book Club.

Readathons, which were a cool new idea still 15 years ago, popped up on all sorts of book blogs, along with yearly reading challenges and other bookish competitive games that I still have a hard time explaining to my mother. During Covid these sorts of activities and the social media groups that support them became a sort of psychological lifeline for a lot of booklovers who suddenly were stuck in quarantine with nothing much to do but reading (not such a terrible idea for many of us, at least when you put it that way 😉 ). Also during this past year, Covid inspired more book clubs to start up using sites like Zoom to get around the isolation of quarantine. Perhaps these Zoom based book clubs will last into the future as yet another way bookish people connect online. Dewey’s is one of the older readathons that is still running, and has adapted as social media has changed. Hopefully in another 10 years we’ll still be doing these readathons, though it will be interesting to see which social media sites we’ll be using by then.

What are some of your favorite bookish sites online? Do you have any book blogs or booktubers you like to follow for reading suggestions (or just for fun)? Do you have a book blog or other bookish social media site?

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August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Welcome to the August ’21 Reverse Readathon!

Hey hey, friends! Heather and Andi here! I bet you didn’t expect to see us, did you? (PS: we’ve missed you!) We’re back to help facilitate this very WHOA-LAST-MINUTE Reverse Readathon while the new hosts–Jamie, Julie, and Kelley–get their feet under them. Because this was a very last minute thing, we truly apologize to anyone who may have gotten left out or overlooked who wanted to help behind the scenes. We will all be back to normal with our usual amount of organization and spreadsheets for the October event. But now it’s time to READ!!! The whole Readathon team is so happy to have you, every single one of you, for this event and many more to come. Cheers to books! AND READERS! lets read
  • 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
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Opening Readathon Survey!

Good evening and welcome to hour -1! The readathon hasn’t started yet, but you can get a head start by answering our opening event survey. Feel free to answer here in the comments, on your blog, or on your social media of choice. We will see you back here in an hour!

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?

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