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2022 Inter-Readathon Summer Reading Challenge

Keep track of your progress on your blog/social media sites, or wherever you like to track your readathons. Post images and discussions related to this challenge on Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, etc. Yes, you can change stuff to fit your needs, no there are no prizes or rules, and yes this is just for fun. This is a new feature in the Dewey’s universe, and if it proves entertaining enough we will most likely do it again for the winter inter-readathon gap.

  • Go to your local library, bookstore, freecycle book source, thriftstore that sells books, etc. Pick a book at random and check it out/buy it/adopt it. Read it.
  • Get book recommendations from someone on social media. Pick 3 of those recommended books, get them, and read them.
  • Choose a book with at least 300 pages, and a notebook/reading journal. Read the book, stopping every 20-30pgs to journal about your reading(pictures, quotes, reactions, etc.).
  • Read a book published between 2020 and 2022.
  • Read a book originally published before 1950.
  • Browse the current world news. Choose a country/region/issue from the news that interests you. Find a book related to your chosen topic/location, and read it.
  • Read a book set during a world war.
  • Write and post a review for a book you enjoyed this year. (This can be on Goodreads, Amazon, your blog, etc. We will have a folder in our Goodreads group where you can post these, too.)
  • Make a 6-book rainbow (stack up books with a red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple spine). Take a photo and share on social media. Then read those books.
  • Read a book that was selected for a book club or group.¬†
  • Complete the 2022 Spring Readathon pre-readathon challenges (located in our Goodreads group).

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Dates for our Upcoming Readathons

Our 2022 Reverse Readathon will start at 8pm July 22 and run through 8pm July 23.
Our 2022 Fall Readathon will begin at 8am October 22, and end 8am October 23.

Yep, you read that right. Our Reverse Readathon starts at 8pm on Friday, July 22. It is still a 24hr readathon, but it starts in the evening and runs overnight, for us folks in the US time-zones. This event is our youngest, and is quite popular with folks who hate getting up super early, as well as folks in non-US timezones where an 8am EST start time translates to a more obnoxious time. As a night owl, I personally like this format a lot, but don’t let it fool you. The staying awake and reading for 24hrs part is still hard (and fun).

For our traditionalists, our Fall readathon will be on October 22, starting at 8am EST. This is our other long-standing readathon event, pretty much the same as our Spring readathon, just in October.

Our official pre-readathon challenges will be posted in late May for the Reverse Readathon. In addition we’ll have a new Inter-Readathon Reading Challenge starting this year, for folks who need something to fill the long, slow months between our events(more info coming soon).

-Jamie Barringer

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2022 Spring Readathon Cool-Down

Congratulations to all our readers. Another great Spring Readathon has come and gone, and hopefully we have all read a few more pages or books than we had before this weekend.

If you haven’t yet, stop by our Goodreads group and chime in on some of the hourly discussions, get some ideas for next readathon’s snacks, books, and strategies. If you use tumblr and have not yet followed our tumblr page, make sure you do. Our facebook group is usually a bit active during the months between readathons, too. We have a pretty solid admin team at the moment, but if you are interested in how you may fit into our admin team, be sure to join/follow Dewey’s 24hr Readathon on all our sites that you are on, and keep an eye out for our call for volunteers for our Reverse Readathon -dates for this and our Fall Readathon will be announced later this month. We may also have an inter-readathon reading challenge coming soon, to help dull the ache of post-readathon let-down.

Also, of course, if you haven’t yet posted your readathon wrap-up for this readathon, on whichever sites you were using to participate, you should. Brag about how much reading you finished, tell us about the books you read, the snacks you enjoyed or disliked, etc. Inquiring minds want to know!

-Jamie Barringer ūüôā

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Hour 24

We are not quite done yet. In some readathons this is where my brain really starts to tune out, just before the end. But, in one more hour, we’ll be done, reading champions for another season. I’ve tried using an audiobook for the last hour-long sprint, which works IF you can stay awake. I also have tried putting on an album of music that is an hour long, not classical music, to mark the hour. I am leaning towards a David Bowie album, or maybe Queen or Led Zeppelin. Something familiar enough to be background, but noisy enough to not lull me to sleep. I also am switching to a new book for this hour, something easy and fun (a Doctor Who novel, actually), so my brain will be super happy to stay alert and reading for one more hour.

Have you settled on your last reading sprint plan? Ok.

On your marks …. Get set …. Read!

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

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2021 Readathon Year Wrap-up

Huge thanks to all our behind-the-scenes team who made our readathons happen this year. The Spring 2021 readathon was fantastic, and I loved the board game pre-readathon challenge- pure genius. Our Reverse Readathon was a true adventure for me, since we were cobbling together a new administrative team, under my rather novice leadership. We gained a few new cool ideas from that readathon too, especially the super-cool participants map(look for it on Facebook in our Announcements section). By this recent Fall readathon we’ve started to sort out a system that doesn’t put too much work on any one person in out behind-the-scenes crew, and hopefully we can take what we’ve gained from this year and spin up an even better event for our next readathon, in Spring 2021.

Did you enjoy your Dewey’s readathon experiences this year? Will you be participating in any other readathons in 2012?

If you haven’t yet, be sure to wrap up your Fall 2021 readathon log on your social media, add your finished books to the database, and add your relevant books to the various challenges on our Goodreads site. I’ll still be around, tidying up Goodreads, maintaining the parts of our Goodreads and Facebook that stay active between events, and playing with making our Tumblr more active, but simce I probably won’t ‘see’ most of our participants again much before next spring, thanks to all of our reading community for making such great reading events possible.

Jamie B, Dewey’s Readathon cohost.

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Hour 24 – Celebration Time

We are in our very last hour of the last Dewey’s readathon of 2021. Of course, many of us continue to read after the readathon is officially over. Still, at the end of this hour we’ll have made it through another full year’s worth of these oddly-addictive reading events. Why do we do them? I am still not sure how to explain that part to folks who haven’t tried it. Do we read more because we do readathons? Do we enjoy reading differently? What do you think? Why do you do readathons?

Actually I do read more during readathon weekends, since I have an excuse to set aside chores and projects and just focus on reading for a full day. Even as an admin for the readathon, I get a lot of great focused reading time during these events (maybe even moreso, since I expect myself a a host of the readathon to stay awake and reading or doing admin stuff online for the whole event). I read a LOT, anyway, but on a readathon day I may actually finish several books all in one day, or make a huge dent in one of the long, heavy tomes I sometimes get bogged down in.

Do I enjoy reading differently as someone who does readathons? That often depends on which books I choose for my TBR. A lot of people find that if they don’t set aside time and really focus on reading, or if they let the book they are reading drag on for weeks, they don’t enjoy it as much. During readathons I focus on reading specific books for long enough to really pick up the momentum of each book. And at the end, I almost always have a small stack of books I actually finished reading. Having something to show for all those hours of reading sometimes boosts my enthusiasm for reading more after the readathon is over. Just finishing books, and enjoying that sense of accomplishment, helps me stay motivated to start the next book.

Well, I am sure many of us are far too exhausted to do much more than take a well-deserved nap right now, so if you are reading this before the end of Hour 24, stick with it just a little longer, give yourself a treat at the end, and maybe dance around the room a bit to reward yourself for finishing. If you have already done the nap bit and are reading this later, you may still dance and reward yourself with a treat of some sort for a job well done. Our next readathon will happen in April 2022, which gives our admin team a chance to work out the wrinkles and build an even better readathon event. In the meantime, read a lot, seek out book clubs and book groups online and in person that need your participation, build up your book blogs, and stay tuned for the next great Dewey’s reading adventure.

(Oh, yeah, and be sure to wrap up your readathon on your social media site or blog.)

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall?
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?
  3. What was your favorite snack?
  4. Did you add any new books to your TBR/wishlist after seeing what everyone else is reading?
  5. What was your favorite book or experience from this readathon?

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Hour 23 – Final Stretch

Hey! Nikkie here again from Stars Books & Tea! We are in the final hour! Can you believe it? Did you do everything you were hoping to do? Remember that reading is reading! It doesn’t matter if you read a paragraph or fifty books. However, if you read 50 books in a day, I want our secret. Just saying! Do you have any tips or suggestions that you’d like to give to people just starting out readathons?¬†

Bonus Question: If you had the opportunity and unlimited funds, what is one book or series you’d love to see adapted to movie or television show? How would you do it?

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Hour 22 – Readathon Mode

Hello and greetings from Finland! Cindarella here! Today is the day and I am really excited. I have been in a reading slump, they come and go. I can’t help it and envy people who can keep a routine¬†of reading every day. Nonetheless I have been in a reading groove this year from time to time and I have finished 67 books so far. Yay! It is the most I have ever read in a year. Last year I finished 41 books. Everyone has their goals for reading and I used to not have one, then decided to try to read my age in books and last year I turned 40, so I exceeded my expectations last year. Audiobooks have helped me a lot. Sometimes when I am in a slump I reread old favorites. I am currently rereading several of my favorite series. ¬†


My TBR for this readathon is not set, I will continue with books I am currently reading, including Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson and The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The girl with the dragon tattoo is a reread and I’m reading it in Swedish, which is my native tongue. I love Swedish crime and horror books, I own a lot of them but I haven’t yet read them all.¬†


The things I do when preparing for Dewey’s readathon are: I bring out my pepsi, try to find the best spot to sit/lie and read in my home (I really like my new reading chair that was designed in Denmark) and just put on either one of my reading music lists from spotify or decide which audiobook to listen to. I often listen to my reading music lists on spotify, they include a lot of movie soundtrack music and other instrumental music. I really love music, I don’t do anything without listening to music lol.¬†

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Hour 21 – Time for the Comics!

As someone who has stayed up the full 24 hours of many a Readathon, I have learned the consequences of staying awake a FULL 24 HOURS. Right about this time many of you are likely feeling extra tired. Or, if you’re like me, you’re in the loopy part of being tired where everything is funny! How am I supposed to focus on reading when everything is making me laugh?!

Cat Memes images in 2020 | Cat memes, Funny cat photos, Cute cats

My advice? Switch over to comics! Calvin & Hobbes, Superman, Fairy Tail, Thor, Princeless, Rat Queens, whatever! They’ll go with your loopy mood, be a heck of a lot easier for you to read and try to follow, and they’re fun. And if you don’t have any comics, no worries! There are a ton of great web comics out there. Questionable Content, Least I Could Do, TwoKinds, Stand Still Stay Silent, whatever genre you like, there’s a web comic for you.

Joe Krall - How Calvin and Hobbes Taught Me How to Read - Englewood

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Hour 20 – Snackies!

What is a Readathon if not an excuse to indulge in snacking? Forget fad diets, it’s Readathon day!

Lucasfilm Defends Baby Yoda's Unbridled Hunger For Eggs In Last Week's 'The  Mandalorian' Episode

Of course, there can be repercussions from improper snack habits. As an experienced Readathoner, let me give you some advice on making sure you don’t go into a sugar coma and can’t read anymore.

  • Drink plenty of water. It can’t all be coffee, alcohol, energy drinks, tea and the like.
  • Try to balance out your sweet snacks with savory snacks or meals.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Pace yourself with what you’re eating. You don’t want to eat everything and make yourself sick!
  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
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Is there any other advice you’d offer? I’m pretty sure these are basics, but I’m only human so I’m likely to have missed something.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Cheer your fellow readers!

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