I’ve been participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon since October 2013. I came across it when I just starting to watch BookTubers and one of them talked about her plans for the Readathon. I thought it sounded fun, intriguing even, and signed up right away. About a day before the event was scheduled to happen. Didn’t even think about it, just signed up. Without a plan. Or a thought. Or a dedicated reading spot. Yeah, I was definitely a newbie.
But I made it through all 24 hours. Barely, but I made it! And I loved it. All of it. While I was hesitant to talk to anyone, I thoroughly enjoyed cheering on other readers, whether it was on their Twitter, Blog or YouTube channel. It’s honestly the biggest part of why I’ve been coming back for almost 7 years. As much fun as it is to stay up 24 hours and just read, it’s so much more fun when you can share jokes, support, recommendations and more with other readers.
So, Andi, Heather, thank you both so much for getting this community going. Thank you for giving me a chance to volunteer and get involved. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for #Readathon.
Hooray for you and welcome to hour 13. You passed the halfway point of the Readathon and are ready to push on through the final 12. Whoot – Whoot.
I’m Paula, your host for the next couple hours. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a pot of tea, some snacks and to fall back into the world of my book.
My question is, have you ever read a book with a world you just yearned to be in? Do you prefer a fictional world like Narnia, or something real, like Jane Austen’s Britain? Leave a comment below with a book world you could see yourself entering and I will randomly choose a winner at the end of hour 14.
Helloooo there! Janani here, from The Shrinkette (don’t look, I haven’t blogged in ages, but you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy doing what I do best – yell about books).
Hope your #ReverseReadathon is going well so far. We’re over halfway-in, which means some of you have done a good chunk of reading and are ready to nap, and some of you are ambling towards a steaming mug of coffee to kickstart your ‘thon. Wherever you are, how much ever you’re reading, I’m just so glad you could join your fellow readers today. Before I lose y’all to the books, let me do my part in adding some more to your TBRs. August is Women In Translation Month — that’s right, a whole month dedicated to translated books written by women. It’s the brainchild of my Twitter pal Meytal Radzinski, who is honestly one of the raddest, wittiest (heh), most badass feminist bookworms I’ve had the good fortune to interact with. Meytal started #WITMonth in 2014, and it’s been going strong ever since. Not just in August, but all year round, people use the WITMonth hashtag to share their wonderful book recommendations.
The goals are really straightforward: read, promote, put your money towards as many non-English books written by women. If you can’t monetarily support these authors, spreading the word is just as powerful. Review, tweet, snap, Instagram — do it all! Only 30% of books translated to English are written by women (WILD, RIGHT), so any and all promotion of #WITMonth is crucial.
So, do you have any #WITMonth picks on your TBR for today?
Welcome to Hour 13! I’m Dana and I hope you’re enjoying your reading so far!
Yesterday was my birthday and this readathon is my gift to myself. There is nothing better than a whole day spent reading. Well, maybe reading with brownies.
My two boys and I are spending much of the day at the library. They are alternating between playing on the computers and reading with me. It’s a win/win really….they get to play video games and I get more reading time!
Then, on the way home, we’ll stop at the park for a while if the rain stays away. We live in the “Sunshine State” but Florida has NOT lived up to it’s name the past couple of days. April showers bring May flowers though and it’s washing away our pollen so I guess that’s a good thing?
So tell me…where are you reading from today? Anyone else at the library like we are?
Mid-Event Survey: 1. What are you reading right now? 2. How many books have you read so far? 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? 4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? 5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
Dana here back for Hour 13! I loved all the funny memes and gifs you all posted in the last hour. Awesome job, you guys! This readathon is all about fun!
Because it’s all about fun, this is a friendly reminder not to compare your reading to someone else’s reading. Seeing someone’s update that they just finished book #6 and you’re just barely half way through book #2 and feeling a bit badly? Who cares?! You are both reading! Any reading is good reading, right? Amirite? Spoiler alert…I am right! Enjoy the day even if you can’t read the whole day or you’re slower than the other person. It’s supposed to be fun.
So tell me…how’s hour 13 going? Hanging in there? Need some water or a healthy snack? What about needing to give up a move a bit?
I am passing the blog over to Elizabeth. Thanks so much for playing along with me today! I’ve had so much fun talking to you all here and on Twitter!
Enjoy the rest of your reading!
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Welcome back! It’s Hour 13 – all downhill from here. If you’re like me you have probably hit a second wind. You’ve gotten some reading done, you’ve eaten some of your snacks, maybe you’ve napped a bit. You’re feeling good and you’re going to crush your reading goals. Am I right?
Or maybe you haven’t gotten as much reading done and you wanted to. You had to work, the kids are arguing, you have a headache…whatever it might be remember that you can adjust your goals on the fly. The worst is comparing yourself to someone else who’s posted that they’ve just started book #11. It’s all about fun! Have fun!
If you need to adjust your goals a bit, then do it. Always remember ANY reading is good reading, right?!
Hello Fellow Readathoners! This is Courtney of Stiletto Storytime (@stiletostrytime) here to spend the next two hours co-hosting and hanging out with you. You’ve made it more than half way so BIG pat on the back whether this is your first Readathon or you’re a Dewey 24 Hour veteran. Way to go you’ve got this! There is no wrong way to do readathon as long as you are reading and having fun….I promise.
Meanwhile it’s getting into the evening here in the eastern United States and for some us it’s almost time to read some goodnight books before tucking our little ones into bed so we can get a chance at that “mythical” reading in peace and quiet experience we all dream of. I’m a children’s librarian and a Mom so I thought it might be fun to wake some of us up or possibly send others into a power nap with a little twist tonight. So for your enjoyment here is Ludacris freestyling the classic bedtime book “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dowdney. The author herself has said she loved it so enjoy but be warned the next time you read it out loud to little ones…you might be tempted to throw a beat and some “whats” in there.
I’m Dana and I’ll be with you for the next few hours. Dewey’s is my most favorite bookish event and I’m so happy that I’m back to co-host. Having 24 hours devoted to JUST READING *angels singing* is a really good excuse to get a new book or 10 so I bought a couple specifically for the readathon. Not that we need excuses to buy books, though, am I right?!
So tell me…anyone else buy any specifically for Dewey’s?
Don’t forget to get a drink and move around for a few minutes. Then get back to enjoying your reading 🙂
It’s Lucky Hour 13 and I’m back for one more hour with you. Getting past Wednesday is the hardest part of the work week, right? Well, you have done the Readathon equivalent.
I told you last hour about one session I attended at the Texas Library Association Conference last week that was moderated by Teri Lesesne and Donalyn Miller from the Nerdy Book Club. Here’s a couple more of the reading thoughts they shared with us at the conference:
You are definitely doing your part to fight evil today!