Hour 11 – Tips To Help You in your Quest to Keep Going!

Welcome to hour 11! I’m Katherine and I’ll be your host for the hour. 

Yes, you made it this far. How were your first 10 hours of the Readathon? Exciting? Thought-provoking? What has your favourite book been so far and why?

If you find yourself struggling at this point, I have some tips to help you keep going:

Decide why you want to keep going— is there a character in danger you are fearful for and you want to find out what their fate is? Or is there a build up to a first kiss or a betrayal? If a family secret is about to be revealed or a new planet discovered, decide what draws you in most about the book and focus on finding out more about that.

Not hooked by the book? Don’t worry, I know the feeling. Some books just don’t work out. Pick another from your pile or E-reader.

Take a break— the Reverse Readathon is not just about reading, check out some of the mini challenges going on or hop over to Twitter.

And if you are more of a blogger, get chatting and comment on another blogger’s post.

Have a snack. Whatever you fancy, whether that’s chocolate, s’mores ice cream or something healthier, nourish your body to help concentration during the Readathon.

Buddy up! Some love to read in solitude but for others a “Buddy Read” is a great way to share the same book. It’s all about reading or listening together. You can even FaceTime/ Skype a friend and enjoy a book together or read pages aloud to each other.

We all have our favourite authors (Some of mine are Jodi Picoult and Cathy Glass). A Book by your favourite author can make the hours fly by.

Time for a short one: Graphic novels, short stories or any short book can help you get through more and help with that Goodreads Reading Challenge goal.

Change genre: fancy some romance? A thriller? Or that memoir you wanted to discover? A genre change can make you experience another way of writing. Or you could even try a new author.

Sleep is as important as activity: We all know this is a long event but make sure you get some sleep so you can wake up and see how much more you get done. In a cliffhanger but too sleepy to finish? Saving the best book to last? Keep these by for morning so you can finish on a high. And if the last day of the Readathon schedule finds you just going to bed while others are getting up, have a relaxing book to hand so you can have sweet dreams.

Whichever way you decide to tackle the Reverse Readathon and whether it is your first time or your fifth, above all I wish you the best of luck and hope you have fun in the remaining hours of the event.

 

New Mini-Challenge:

Wordsearch – Gabby. This will be hosted to both my Twitter and Instagram accounts. Have fun and good luck!

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

 

 

Hour 9 – Read The World During #WITMonth

Hello friends!

Welcome to Hour 9. I’m Janani, and I’ll be giving y’all company for the next couple hours, here as well as on Twitter. This is my fifth year participating in Dewey’s and maybe the fourth(?) time hosting, and I love it every single time. The book community friggin’ rules, and reverse readathon time zone works perfectly for me here in India. Hour 9 is a good time to stretch your legs, get a beverage and/or a snack, maybe switch up reading formats, or hell, even take a nap. Whatever floats your boat, I’ll be here with ya. 

August is Women In Translation month, the brainchild of one of my favorite bookish humans, Meytal Radzinski. She created #WITMonth in 2014, and every year, spends a phenomenal amount of time promoting books in translation written by women and creating umpteen spreadsheets and Twitter threads for folks to add more books to their TBR. 

One of her more recent focuses has been reading and promoting translated works written by women from non-European countries, which is one of my personal favorite things about this project. Of the mere 3% books translated in the US, an overwhelming 64% are Eurocentric, which as one can imagine is not even close to an accurate representation of the number of works coming from the rest of the world. 

Therefore, I urge you to make space for women in translation in your TBR mountains, especially giving non-Eurocentric translations a shot. There’s so many gems to be found, and chances are you’ll find more than one thing that fits your reading taste, while helping promoting these women’s incredible work. 

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If you have any #WITMonth books on your TBR, make sure to tag @read_wit and me @TheShrinkette. Buy these books, promote the hell out of them, review them across platforms—all crucial and helpful to the cause. Can’t wait to see what translated works y’all have for me! 

 

New Mini-Challenge:

Opening Line Quiz – by Neha

 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

 

 

Hour 7 – Authors for dinner

Readers have their favorites: favorite book, favorite hot beverage mug, and certainly favorite authors. And social media doesn’t make it any easier because it’s quick tag or DM to say what you like about their books. All positive because there’s nothing worse than people @-ing an author only to share criticism. 

Over my reading career there are those authors that just speak to me on a different level. It probably started with reading one of their books then it escalated to finding them on social media platforms, their website, and podcasts and videos. So it’s an easy transition for a homebody baker bookworm like me to want to have them over for dinner. 

If I had to put together a seven-day calendar of author dinners, here’s who I’d want over (but don’t ask me what we’re having yet because that is a whole other level of obsession like my dresses and book choices):

  • Caitlin Doughty of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?
  • Ruta Sepetys of The Fountains of Silence and Between Shades of Gray
  • Diane Ackerman of A Natural History of the Senses AND Mary Roach of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Gulp, and Bonk together
  • Jeffrey Eugenides because The Virgin Suicides is an all-time favorite
  • Emily Dickinson 
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • and, Adib Khorram of Darius the Great is Not Okay 

 

Who would you have over for dinner? 

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Check me out @ http://readersbeadvised.wordpress.com and on Twitter @ReadersBAdvised and Instagram ReadersBeAdvised.

New Mini-Challenge:

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt by Jess


Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

 

 

Hour 5 – How Audiobooks Saved My Readathon

Welcome to hour 5!

You’re almost a quarter of the way through! I hope everyone is enjoying the readathon so far and getting through some great reads!

My name is Michelle and I’ll be your host for the next two hours, here and over on the Twitter feed. I blog at Fitkittymama Reads and can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @Fitkittymama. My first Dewey’s readathon was in April 2018 and haven’t missed an event since then, but this is my first time volunteering. I am super excited to take on this new role in the readathon. The Reverse Readathon is my favorite event every year. I mean, I’m a night owl who lives on the west coast of the US, so starting at
5pm works much better for me than starting at 5am.

So I wanted to tell you all why I love audio books when it comes to participating in the readathon.


I started listening to audio books about 4 years ago, so they have played a part in all of my Dewey’s adventures. Initially I saved them for those wee hours when my eyes were tired
but I wanted to keep reading. And that was good. It allowed me to continue reading, but also allowed my eyes some time to rest and not strain to read the words. I’ve refined this strategy a bit through the years, but audio books are an integral part of my readathons now.

So here are 5 reasons why audio books are a great addition to your readathon TBR

Help alleviate eye strain

When you’re reading for hours on end, your eyes are going to get tired. Breaking up your reading with audio books every couple of hours can help to alleviate some of that eye strain and give your eyes a break.

Allow you to keep reading while getting other things done

I don’t know about you, but I can’t devote 24 solid hours to reading. There are things that I need to do around the house from picking up to food prep to self care. By listening to an audio book while I’m doing those things, I’m productive and completing more books.

Allow you to keep reading if you need to leave the house

And like needing to get things done around the house, sometimes I need to run an errand or take a walk during the readathon. Instead of chalking that time up to lost reading, I just listen to an audio book in the car while driving, and then pop in the ear buds and listen while I shop or walk as well.

Provides a change of pace

Now it might just be me, but I need to break things up throughout the day to keep myself interested and motivated. The best way I have found to do this during a readathon is by changing up my format between physical, digital, and audio books. Each reading experience is slightly different and allows me that needed break.

Can’t get stained or damaged by food or drink

I know many readers hate to eat or drink while they’re reading because of the risk of getting something on the pages of their books. Listening to an audio book during meal and snack times keeps you reading, and keeps your physical books and digital readers clean.

I hope you enjoyed this little break! Think about adding an audio book to your next readathon if you haven’t already! Let me know some of your favorite audio books over on the Twitter feed.

New Mini-Challenge:

Crossword Challenge – by Gabby. This will be hosted on both her Twitter and Instagram Accounts. I linked the challenge to her Google Docs. You will need to download it instead of opening it as a google document or the image will distort.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

Hour 3 – You Could Win a Free Book!

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Hi, everyone! I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz here as your host for the third hour of the Reverse Readathon. Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon was the very first event I ever participated in as a new blogger twelve years ago, and I’ve participated in every single readathon since. Have you participated in many readathons? Have you ever made it all 24 hours? (My answer: once.) How are you doing so far? What are you reading right now? What do you hope to read? I hope you will say hello in the comments.

This hour I’d love to invite you join us in the mini-challenge I’m offering on my blog now and throughout the readathon. It’s the Pandemic Mood-Boosting Challenge. Share a book that boosts your mood during the pandemic and you might win a free book of your choice (up to $15 value) at BookDepository! 

New Mini-Challenge:

Pandemic Mood Booster – hosted by Deb

 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

 

Check out the Bingo Board!

 

Cheer your fellow readers!

 

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

 

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

 

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

 

 

 

Hour 1 – What’s on your TBR?

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate and I’m so excited to be kicking off this readathon with you! I cannot believe that it is time to begin. I live in California and get to start at 5 PM this time. I’m so super excited for this start time as I am feeling so well rested (I slept until 2:15 PM) and like maybe I can go the full 24 hours with no naps!

This is also the first time in a long time that I’ve gone through my physical books and pulled out a stack of books to read during the readathon. I usually pop in an audiobook and multitask (I’m a craftaholic so I like to be able to knit or crochet or cross stitch while still reading a book). Anyone else? If so, let me know what you do while listening to audiobooks!

Have you made a reading pile? Check mine out in the picture above. I’ve also got lots of options on my Kindle, Audible, and Libby (Library account). I like to have a lot of options and then be able to switch or pick the book that is striking my fancy the most at the moment. I really tried to pick books that would fit all the prompts for the Bingo Board so that I will hopefully get a blackout! I’ve never managed to do that so I’m hoping this time will be the one where I manage to accomplish that bucket list item!

Let me know your tips and tricks for picking books during the readathon! Do you have a small pile or a lot of options? Do you have a finish a book before starting a new one? Are you going to try to get a bingo or even a black out? Let me know down below!

Don’t forget to join in on the first of 5 reading sprints being hosted on the Goodreads Groups. For those who haven’t done a reading sprint before, you basically put aside all distractions for an hour and see how many pages you can get read during that hour. It’s a lot of fun. There will be Sprints in hours 1, 6, 12, 18, and 24.

Now it’s time to get reading!

New Mini-Challenge:

Opening Survey

Hour 1 Goodreads Reading Sprint

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

Hour -0… One hour till we begin!!!

Hello Readathon Friends! This is Kate and we are one hour away from the Reverse Readathon. This is the first time Gabby and I will be hosting, and we couldn’t be more excited. We have a lot of ideas and dreams and visions of the future, and we hope that you’ll stick with us and share in the fun.

We wanted to start with a small change… Readathon Bingo! This is something Gabby actually started a couple years ago on the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Goodreads group and its something that we were so excited to bring to the group as a whole. In case you missed the post with the Bingo Board and Rules, you can find that linked above. This will be linked on every bi-hourly post so you can be able to reference it. Please feel free to copy the image and post your progress to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #readathonbingo

Also, if you haven’t already joined our Goodreads Group, now would be a great opportunity to do so! We will be hosting a Reading Sprint in the first hour and would love for you to join us!

Without further ado, I’ll now leave you to all those last minute things you’ve procrastinated doing… that first book you need to pick, that snack you need to grab, the coffee you need to brew… and the opening survey you need to fill out (please see below). I’ll see you all back here in an hour when you all crack open our books together and begin our weekend reading adventure! Happy reading, friends 🙂

Opening Survey!

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?

Link below or leave a comment!

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Check out the Bingo Board!

Cheer your fellow readers!

Join our Goodreads or Facebook groups!

Watch for posts and stories on our Instagram!

Tag your posts with #RevereseReadathon on all your social channels

Let’s Play Readathon Bingo

If you’ve participated on the Goodreads Group before during the readathon, then you will know that every Readathon, Gabby creates a Bingo Board for us to use while participating in the readathon. The goal, obviously, is to get a bingo. But for those who really love a challenge, the ultimate goal is to get a blackout. This is all for fun and bragging rights, as there are no prizes. This year, we are so excited to bring Dewey Bingo to the whole Readathon community. You can use the above photo or find the PDF on Google Drive.

There are just a couple of rules:

  1. For a book to count for a square, you must have read a minimum of 50 pages. You are NOT required to finish a book before marking a bingo square complete.
  2. You may fit your book into as many squares as you can. So say you read 250 pages of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo while it was dark. You started reading on your couch, then read some more in the kitchen while fixing a snack, and then you wrapped it up in bed in your pjs. You will have completed MANY bingo squares by doing this. 1 – Read while its Dark Outside, 2 – Read 200 pages, 3 – Read in 3 different locations, 4 – title contains a D, 5 – Snack and Read, 6 – Read a book with Traveling, 7 – Read in your PJs, etc. There could be more depending on if this is a genre out of your comfort zone or what you made your personal challenge or if this takes place in winter (I can’t remember but I think so). Therefore, while it might seem overwhelming, it really isn’t as hard to get a blackout if you do some planning ahead.

The Bingo board has been posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads and you can participate in any or all of the platforms. You can also let us know about completed Bingos or Blackouts here. Good luck to all and “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!’

Reverse Read-a-thon Reader Sign Up

Last week we announced the dates of our Reverse Read-a-thon (August 7-8, 2020). We had 31 people volunteer to help out and I couldn’t be more excited about the response.

Today I’m back to bring you the sign up to be a reader sign-ups. As a reminder, you do NOT have to read the full 24 hours to be a reader. If you even just get in one hour of reading, you are a participant in this event. So please sign up below and let us know your readathon home 🙂

Summer 2020 Reverse Readathon

Hello Readathon Friends! This is Kate and Gabby and I are so happy to be taking over this well loved event!

One of the top questions we have received is if there is going to be a Reverse Readathon this summer. The answer: Yes we are!

What is the Reverse Readathon? Last year, Andi and Heather decided to host a laid back readathon that would take place at the beginning of summer. The idea is to have a laid back readathon with fewer hourly posts, no prizes, and way less stress for everyone involved. It was also another opportunity to have readers all over the world join in and read together.

Aside from the more laid back approach, the Reverse Readathon starts 12 hours earlier than the regular readathon. So for those of you used to starting at 5 AM (like me) now we get to start on Friday at 5 PM! That will hopefully allow us to power through those rough night time hours early on when the enthusiasm is still high, and then be able to make it till the end.

So when will this Reverse Readathon be? We will be started Friday, August 7th at 8 PM EST and ending Saturday, August 8th at 8 PM EST.

We are looking for some people who might want to volunteer and co-host over here on the blog or maybe host a mini-challenge. If this is something you would be interested in try, please sign up on the Google Form below. In the next week, we will have another post for reader sign ups.

~Kate & Gabby