August 2021, Reverse Readathon

Hour 9 – Summer Book Recommendations

Summer Book Recommendations

Hi, It’s Katherine here from and I’m so happy to be your host for hour 9.

Summer is a time to relax and do what you love. If you love reading then there’s no doubt you’ll be looking for some book recommendations.

Here are some of mine from those I have reviewed:

One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low

The Orange Grove, The Villa and Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan

Summer at the Château by Jennifer Bohnet

The Promise of Summer by Bella Osborne

My Greek Island Summer, One Last Greek Summer and Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis

A Summer on the Italian Lakes and Summer in Andalucía by Lucy Coleman

That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson

She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway

The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge

The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

The Summer Villa by Melissa Hill

Summer in a Cornish Cove by Kate Ryder

There are so many fantastic summer reads out there that I am sure everyone will find something.

You can find all these reviews and more on my blog

I review women’s fiction, romance and thrillers mostly with a mix of other genres, and my book is also a lifestyle blog.

Follow me on Twitter and Goodreads

I hope you have a fabulous reverse Readathon.

What are your favourite summer reads?

Comment below and don’t forget to enter your finished books into the database, cheer people on or check out the action on social networks. Have fun, too!

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Hour 7 – How Do You Read?

Dear readathoners,

Hello there! My name is Cindarella and I’m a book blogger, lover of books, bookaholic, book
hoarder and I love studying languages. I live in Finland, but I used to live in Sweden and study
English and other languages at the university of Stockholm. In 2016 I started my book blog
and update it every now and then. I have been blogging since 2007 about my life, my cats and
hobbies. My favorite kind of book is a big one, I read mostly in English.

My favorite thing about the reverse readathon is that it starts at 4 a.m. Finnish time, so I can
jump in early in the morning, since I am an early riser. Come rain or shine, weekend or weekday,
I usually always wake up at 6-7 a.m. My cats help me, they are often hungry, meowing and
demanding an early breakfast.

My TBR for this readathon is kinda short but sweet. I’m often overly ambitious and try to read a
lot more than I ever could. Nowadays I have many audio books that help me read a lot faster and
retain more information. My TBR is:

Physical books
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Green Mile by Stephen King

Audio book
The House in the Cerulean Sea

What books are on your TBR for this reverse readathon?

I often listen and read simultaneously, this is my new favorite way to read. Books can be enjoyed
in many ways, there is no right or wrong way to enjoy a good book. I have started collecting
audio books on Audible and have a nice collection. Most books I also own as physical copies.
Anna Karenina is a Russian classic, I am reading it in Swedish, my mother tongue, since I don’t
know Russian. Good Omens is a fun book about the end of the world, totally silly. The Green Mile
is a thriller/horror book by the great author, that is much loved and respected. I have read a few
books by Stephen King and I have loved most of them. The Green Mile is a reread as is Good
Omens. I am a rereader… lol

Good luck with the readathon!
You can follow my progress on my blog:
Have a lovely reverse readathon!

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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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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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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

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


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 @ We can’t wait to read with you this weekend!

August 2021

2021 Reverse Readathon PreChallenge

Welcome back to Dewey’s Readathon! We had some changes to the administration of this much loved, long-lived reading institution after the last Spring Readathon. The new leadership team is coming together as we prepare for our most casual Readathon event of the year, the Reverse Readathon. For folks who have never done this one, we start at 8pm instead of 8am, so this year the Reverse Readathon starts August 6th at 8pm EST. We read, chat about reading, add far too many new titles to our TBRs, and whatever else we enjoy doing during readathons. All our events are about having fun and reading, but this one is more casual, at least so far.

So, the Pre-Readathon Challenge for this readathon is also more casual. Starting Sunday, July 11th, keep track of how many hours you read. This can be on social media, or in a notebook, or on a spreadsheet, or wherever works for you. Over the next 4 weeks leading up to the Readathon itself, see how many of these prompts you can check off. There are only 8 prompts, so if you aim for 2 per week you can finish all of them, and it is up to you whether you count the same book for multiple prompts.

  1. Read a murder mystery/crime novel OR romance novel set in a place you’ve never visited.
  2. Read a play published after 1950.
  3. Read a book listed on either the Guardian’s 1000 Novels Everyone Should Read list or Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
  4. Read a book in which at least one character is non-binary gendered, where this is a character trait, NOT the central conflict of the narrative.
  5. Participate in a book-related Goodreads, Facebook, or other social media group (not Dewey’s).
  6. Add a book to your pre-readathon TBR that is mentioned in a book blog, booktube, or other bookish social media site. Read the book.
  7. Read a science fiction/fantasy novel, OR if you mostly read sci-fi/fantasy anyway, read a Western or cozy mystery.
  8. Read a non-fiction book.

You can keep track of your progress online or on paper or wherever, but if you post your progress online, feel free to use the hashtag #2021ReverseReadathon .



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.

October 2021, readathon, Reverse Readathon

Read-A-Thon Wrap Up

***Make sure to enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

Thank you so much for joining us on this amazing and fun Read-A-Thon!

Our next Read-A-Thon will be on Friday October 22rd! We will be formatting the October Readathon as a Reverse Readathon. So start time will be at 7pm CST. We are excited and hope you can come join us!