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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

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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

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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

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August 2021 – Reverse Readathon Sign Ups!

Hello and Welcome! The August 2021 Reverse Readathon is at hand! And it’s THIS. WEEKEND!

So quick, tell us, can you read with us? We’re so sorry for the late notice, but, things have been a bit crazy around here. We honestly expect NO ONE to hang out with us the full 24 hours. Who are we kidding? We won’t hang out with us the whole 24 hours! Yet, can you read for an hour? Two? If so, join us! Sign up! Meet us here! Meet us on Twitter! Meet us on Instagram! And guzzle what few or many pages you can with us, this weekend. August 6th 8pm EST to 8pm on the 7th. There is a handy-dandy page right here (<-updated link) to tell you what time that is where you are.

And if you can do anything to help out, please hit us up by DMing us on Twitter or emailing at deweyreadathon @ gmail.com. We can’t wait to read with you this weekend!

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Apologies

Dewey’s is truly sorry for any harm caused by choosing Harry Potter as a theme for the Reverse Readathon. There was never any intention to hurt anyone or make anyone feel excluded. The reasoning behind trying a theme was to bring something new to the readathon and try to bring in more participants as the last Reverse readathon had half the number of readers as in previous years. The purpose in choosing Harry Potter as a theme stemmed from the love of the story and was in no way in support of the author. This was a mistake and for that we offer our sincerest apologies. Dewey’s denounces any hate or abuse that is directed towards the trans community and never wanted anyone to feel unsafe. 

Upon noting the feedback, it was requested that the readathon be cancelled, as it was not reflective of what Dewey as a person would want. Out of respect for all, the readathon was cancelled. We wanted to hear from the community and allow people to have the space to express themselves and their concerns, but an apology should have been issued sooner.  

As for the comments, please know no comments were deleted.  Dewey’s has always had and will always have a belief in the freedom of speech.  WordPress has some sort of algorithm that automatically approves some comments and puts others into pending that must be processed manually. Unfortunately, this is why certain comments were posted late. All voices should be heard.  

There have been requests for new hosts and we would love for volunteers to take over. If you are still wanting to participate in a readathon over the summer @transathon is hosting a readathon to help support trans and nonbinary authors.

Dewey’s is meant to bring us all together to share in the joy of reading and we hope this will continue for many years to come.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon Warm Up: To Persevere or To DNF?

Hello readers! After an extremely busy past couple of weeks, I’m finally getting my reading life back on track (and the timing couldn’t be better)! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Shawn (aka Mr Geek) from http://www.TreatYoShelf.blog where I love to talk about books! This coming weekend (April 24), is next round of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! I am thrilled to be returning as a co-host plus I’ll be leading a Twitter party and a mini challenge! I’ve also already picked out my book for the read-a-thon but more on that later!

As we’re all warming up for the read-a-thon, I thought what better time to discuss the somewhat controversial topic of DNF’ing books. For those of you who don’t love acronyms, DNF stands for Did Not Finish. I thought this was a perfect topic to cover in my warm up post because as we’re all settling in for 24 hours of reading, you NEED to enjoy the book you’re reading!

Personally, if I start a book I always finish it. It doesn’t matter if I love it or hate it – I always persevere through until the end. My one little caveat is that I will sometimes “take a break” from a book to read something else, picking up my previously abandoned book here and there to chip away at it as time goes on. I love to write book reviews and feel like I can only do that if I complete the book. I’ve persevered through some really bad books like The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor (funny GoodReads review can be found here). So I’m curious, what’s your take on DNF’ing books? Do you read 25%? 50%? 75%? Before deciding it’s not for you and calling it quits? If you DNF a book, do you still write a review? Do you still give it a rating? Do you still count it towards your GoodReads challenge (for those of you who participate)? I’m really hoping all these questions stimulate some good conversation (also, this is a no judgement zone, if you frequently DNF I applaud you and want to learn your ways)!

Before signing off, I want to briefly talk about the book I selected for the read-a-thon! I was granted an ARC of Riley Sager’s upcoming release, Survive The Night and plan on reading this (hopefully) from start to finish during the read-a-thon. I am an avid thriller reader and am very excited to diving into this book. For those of you who haven’t heard of this book, here’s the synopsis:

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?

I’ve read several of Sager’s books so far (The Final Girls and Lock Every Door). I find his writing to be engrossing and oh so addicting! This new novel seems eerie, creepy, thrilling and right up my alley! I’ll be posting spoiler-free updates about this book during the read-a-thon and a full length review after I finish! If you’re a fan of thrillers, definitely keep an eye out! Survive The Night will be officially released on June 29, 2021!

Until We Meet Again,
Mr Geek

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Stacking those Short Books

Hello everyone, it’s Kristen from @bookgoil on any socials you can find me on or over at The Book Monsters.

When it comes to building a TBR for the day of the readathon, I always try to mix in some shorter books so I feel like I’m making some movement on my reads. There’s nothing worse than feeling like the day has gone by and you feel your progress is lacking.

Personally, I prefer adding some graphic novels and manga to my mix of reads, but there are other options as well. I’m currently reading Witch Hat Atelier for manga and enjoying it. For graphic novels I always suggest Lumberjanes or Giant Days.

Novellas are a great way to add some short reads, maybe there’s some short stories in a favorite series you haven’t read yet that you can get free or cheap on your e-reader?

Short elementary and middle grade or even picture books with your littles (or for fun on your own) are also another option.

Whether you’re a planner or a pantser, make sure to have some short reads available at hand, they make a nice quick grab if you’re not feeling your current read or need a break from a longer book.

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Dewey’s 24 hour Survival Kit

I think part of the fun of Dewey’s 24 hour readathon is the prepping for the readathon.  As a Dewey’s pro I thought I would share with you what I recommend you put in your Dewey’s Survival Kit.

Your TBR Stack.
This really depends on your style it can be a lot of short books, a long book you want to make some headway on, or a mix a books your want to work though. I personally love getting a new book or two from the library or bookstore.  Right now my library only allows us to pick up holds so how’s the time to reserve those books!

Drinks, Drinks, Drinks
The day or two before the readathon I like to go to the store and pick up some treats.  I’m a southern girl so in the spring I love having lemonade and sweet ice tea. Also I highly recommend picking out your cute mugs or cups and having those clean and ready to go (for those twitter or instagram pictures

Meals
I like keeping things simple on the day of the readathon so I’ll stick to things I’ve made beforehand or even simple meals such as sandwiches. I have also ordered pizza one year and that is always a fun treat.

All of the Snacks
I like to have a frozen treat on hand for the April readathon.  Right now I’m loving lime fruit pops. I like having fruit and veggies with humus on hand.  Also a must is some sort of salty snack such as cheese and crackers.

Reading Spot
Get your reading spots ready.  I’m loving reading on my patio right now so part of getting it reading ready is making sure I have a citronella candle ready so I can read at night without being eaten alive.

Treat Yourself
Find some way to pamper yourself.  Whether that’s reading in the bath, using a face mask, or going and getting yourself a fancy coffee find some way to relax.

Way to track your reading.
I will either journey my reading in a vlog or on instagram stories but I’ve also used a plain post it note in the past to keep track of the total number of pages I’ve read and which hours I have finished a book.

Hang out with all your fellow readers on social media throughout the readathon.
You don’t have to pick all platforms but I find instagram and twitter are both popping every year.  #readathon

I hope you all have a fantastic readathon.  You can find me on youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7jD44dYQNMVTWDJkEsrejw and instagram and twitter @ElizabethGReads.

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The Beginners’ Guide to Dewey’s Readathon

It’s that time again! The time to devote an entire day to reading. If the word “again” doesn’t apply to you, that means it’s your first time. In that case: welcome! Welcome to 24 hours spent reading, snacking, reading, posting your progress, and reading some more.

Established in 2007, Dewey’s Readathon takes place twice a year (sometimes with a few extras thrown in between) and is an entire day devoted to reading with other book lovers around the world. If it’s your first time participating, here are few tried and tested tips to get you through the 24 hours.

Build a Stack
There’s no better opportunity than a readathon to get through your TBR pile. Many readers build a stack of books they’d love to read during the readathon, often compiled of titles they’ve long been wanting an excuse to start. Many of these book stacks are ambitious and we often don’t get through them all, but it’s good to have options!

Get Snacks
You’ll need plenty of fuel to get through the day (and night!), so stock up on your favourite snacks and remember your favourite drink: whether it’s tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or wine. Remember to take a break for proper meals too.

Follow the Action
One of the best things about the readathon – besides all the reading  – is the support along the way. And it comes from all corners of the globe as readers from different countries dive into their books. Follow the conversation by following the hashtag #readathon, as well as these accounts on your preferred platform:

Twitter: @readathon
Instagram: @deweysreadathon
Facebook: Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon
Goodreads: Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon
Reddit: 24HourReadathon

Take photos and introduce fellow readathonners to your books, your snacks, and your furry companions. You can also participate in Twitter parties, take part in photo challenges on Instagram, chart your progress on Goodreads, and best of all: chat with fellow readers. It’s a great way to take a mini-break between chapters or books.

Take It Easy
Don’t feel pressured to finish your stack or spend every single minute of the 24 hours stuck into a book. Reading’s what you love best, so don’t let it become a chore or a bore. Dedicate however much time you want or can. Besides, many readers are still working, looking after little ones, or running errands, so it’s understandable and logical that most will be taking breaks to get life done.

If you’re worried you may miss the action online because you can only join at night, don’t worry! With readers participating all over the world and in multiple time zones, you can be sure to find someone participating when you hop online. While your part of the world may be getting ready to go to bed, another part may be waking up.

Get Moving
Taking breaks is important, especially if you’re taking part in all 24 hours, or most of them. You’ll just find yourself getting stiff and cramped if you sit around all day – or falling asleep if you lie down! One of the best ways to take a break is to get moving. Go for a walk, skip, run, dance, or do yoga. Stretch out your body and get the blood flowing again. If you want to carry on reading, switch to an audiobook.

Try Something Different
That’s another point to consider. You don’t have to stick to conventional, hardcopy books. Read your Kindle, download an audiobook, find a play or poetry. Read comic books and graphic novels. It’s your chance to try something new or different – not just in terms of how you’re reading, but what you’re reading. Always wanted to read more horror? Pick up a horror novella or short story and give the genre a try. Look for new authors, books in translation, and find ways to diversify your reading.

Catch Some Zzz’s
If you feel your eyelids fluttering and find yourself reading the same sentence over and over again, take a nap. Go to bed. Get proper sleep. Don’t skimp out on the zzz’s. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle more chapters.

Find Your Zone
This year, Dewey’s readathon takes place on Saturday 8 AM April 24, 2021 Eastern time. Check the times here to find out what your local starting time is.

Enjoy!
Make it your own. Take 50 photos. Take none. Read only one genre. Read three. Read aloud. Read quietly. Turn on music. Turn it off. Devote an hour. Devote twelve. Whatever you do, make it your own, and have fun!

Happy reading! See you on the 24th of April!
Haven’t signed up yet? Sign up here.

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THANK YOU for 10 Amazing Years

Another readathon has closed, and this one was pretty special for a lot of reasons. For one, this event has been going on for 10 years, and that’s practically 100 in blogging and social media years.

Of course, we have to thank Dewey for her wonderful vision and skills for bringing the community together. I know she would be thrilled with this reading holiday that happens every six months.

Just as important, we have to thank you. The people who decide to take a crazy chance on 24 hours of reading every season. The people who put things on hold to help. All of you make this possible. 

Case in point, for the first time ever, I was REALLY out of commission for the first…oh…third? half? of readathon day. I struggle with anxiety, and it bit me right in the keister yesterday. I was down for the count. But you know what? The event went off without a hitch because of all the people involved who make this thing run like a well-oiled machine.

Thank you…

Heather, co-organizer and best bestie
Kathryn, Facebook and Goodreads empress, forever closing-hours co-host
Gabby, our newest Goodreads wrangler and help-any-way-she-canner
Kelly, Instagram guru
Liberty, Litsy rock star
Kendra, co-host and mini-challenge host
Elizabeth, co-host who saves me every time from one of the late shifts
Dana, co-host and prize wrangler
Cass, co-host and Twitter badass
Rachel Noel, co-host, Twitter wizard, mini-challenge maven, cheerleader, all-around selfless human
Julianne, co-host and mini-challenge pinch hitter

You all really have no idea who much you mean to this event, to me personally, and to all the people who take part.

I never have enough room to thank everyone: the many of you who donate prizes to make the readathon a little brighter for another reader, the ones of you who leap into hosting Twitter parties, those of you who are whipping the community into a reading lather on every imaginable social platform.

Y’all are just awesome. All of you. This event would be nothing without you.

Thank you, thank you, and we’re looking forward to many more years.

Oh, right. You want to know when the NEXT readathon will be!

April 28, 2018. We’ll see you there with our books at the ready!