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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.

October 2020, readathon

Get Ready: Dewey’s 24 Hour October Read-A-Thon by Mr Geek!

Hi All – My name is Shawn (but you can call me Mr Geek). I’m the author behind the blog, Treat Yo Shelf! So go ahead, Treat Yo Shelf to a new book! I’m really looking forward to co-hosting the upcoming Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon and I thought what better way to kick things off than with a quick introduction post telling you a little more about me.

When 2020 kicked off, I had lofty goals and expectations for the year. 2019, in general, wasn’t a great. My Dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent a pretty extensive treatment over the summer between that and his recovery the year was pretty bleak. I remember us sitting at dinner on New Year’s Eve, toasting that we were happy for 2019 to be behind us and ready for a fresh start in 2020. This year has not been ideal but I’ve been managing to find nuggets of happiness along the way. Early into the pandemic I struggled to read and found myself generally anxious about life and unable to focus on my books (granted, there were a lot of unknowns about work, life and what was going to happen next). As we shift into the latter half of 2020, I seem to have fallen into a nice reading groove and am working on accomplishing my stretch goal of 52 books for the year!

I’ve found that by joining read-a-thons, it gave me a greater sense of focus and allowed me to turn my reading into a bit of a game. One of the first read-a-thons I joins this year was Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. 24 hours dedicated to nothing but reading! I live on the East Coast and love the fact that this one starts at 8 am (my time). When Kate, from Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon, was looking for volunteers to help co-host this October read-a-thon I knew I had to sign up!

My blog, Treat Yo Shelf, was inspired by Parks & Recc and the greatest day of the year: Treat Yo Self. I’ve always been an enabler and an advocate for splurging on that new book! This October, Treat Yo Shelf and Dewey’s are coming together, to encourage readers throughout the country to go buy a new book and read along with me for 24 hours! Definitely stop over and check out some of my posts. I love to post book reviews, TBRs and monthly recaps – who knows, maybe I’ll help you find your next favorite read!?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon starts on October 24th at 8 am (EST)! I’ll be hosting a mini challenge (follow me on Twitter and subscribe to my blog, Treat Yo Shelf, for updates) and I’ll be co-hosting a couple of hours late into the read-a-thon! Hope you are able to join in on the fun! If you have questions, let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,
Mr Geek

October 2014

Hour 4 – Breakfast & Books

Breakfast & Books, Breakfast,Food, Eggs,  Blog A Book Etc

Fay again from Blog a Book, Etc.! There is something great about lounging around in bed and when you finally venture out from under the security and warmth of the covers, you end up at the breakfast table/cafe.

Whilst you are shovelling in the delectable mouthwatering bites of a proper poached egg you listen to your latest Audiobook or you have your latest read propped up next to you in order to stop it getting ‘food dirty!’. Now onto the reading (Again!)

What are your guilty pleasures for this hour and many more?

Or not so guilty!

 

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced –

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Cheerleader Winners!

Update our Books Read database HERE!

October 2014

Hour 3 – Take 5!

The Thing That Reads A Lot, Gilmore Girls, TV Show, American TV, Comedy, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Three hours in and we are going steady. Fay here from Blog a Book, Etc.! Reach for the snacks and the coffee if you need them and stay strong. Don’t forget to take regular rest breaks for those precious peepers.

Stop worrying about how many pages we are reading collectively and ENJOY what you are reading.

Over in the UK the weather isn’t the greatest so it is the perfect excuse to bust out the cosy socks and extra blanket and snuggle down. How about the weather where you are reading? What’s happening?

Take 5 and Share with us!

Mini Challenges

Door Prize Winners Announced –

Fill out the form HERE to claim your prize.

Reader winners:

Karsyn
Looney Lulu 
Mona 
Musiquedevie
Andi’s ABCs

Cheerleader Winners:

Kate @ Midnight Book Girl
melissa @ 1lbr

Update our Books Read database HERE!