What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon?

For 24 hours, we read books, post to various social media: blogs, Twitters, Instagrams, Litsy, Reddit, Facebook, Goodreads and MORE about our reading. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October. We also have an extra readathon, the Dewey’s Reverse Readathon, which happens in August. The next event is our October Readathon scheduled for October 23, 20201

Dewey’s Readathon was created by the beloved Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf (her blog is archived at the Wayback Machine). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon was hosted by Heather of My Capricious Life and Andi of Estella’s Revenge, with help from scads of volunteers from 2013 to April 2020.

Beginning with the Reverse Readathon in August 2020, Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon was hosted by Kate of Kate’s Book Nook.

Starting with the 2021 Reverse Readathon, Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is hosted by Jamie, of Ravenmount.

And because we like to be difficult, Andi and Heather rejoined the team in August 2021 along with Jamie, Kelley, Julie, and Kelly (Kailana). Having a lot of platforms takes a lot of hosts!

More on the read-a-thon’s history.