We are just over a month away from the October 24 Hour Readathon and we are so excited! For the readathon next month we, as always, could use a little help. If you would like to volunteer for mini-challenges, hosting, Twitter parties, or anything, really, please fill out our form and we will be in touch soon!
Um, the form has been updated to the October form. So, if you signed up before, please sign up again! We, uh, I (Heather), obviously need all the help I can get.
Well, that was fun! I am going back to sleep in a bit, but since I had to get up anyway… The cats were understandably alarmed when, after spending a full 24 hours practically ignoring them to focus on books and the computer (neither is furry or purrs, so they do not see why the human would ever ignore them for such cold, inferior things) their human FELL ASLEEP for a whole 5 HOURS!!!!! No canned food was dished out and no pets or snuggles were forthcoming for all that time after the human set the books down. Things have gotten straightened out a little now, though. Food is in the dishes again, including the evening canned food, and maybe the human will finally put away the stacks of books that have been occupying some of the cats’ auxiliary sitting spots for the past 2 days.
While the cats are distracted with their food, I can pop back online for a quick wrap up post. If you missed it, we just finished our 2021 Reverse Readathon, which ran from 8pm EST yesterday till 8pm EST today (well, Aug 7th. It is midnight now here, technically now the 8th, but you get the idea). Despite some interesting snags relating to transferring account access to the new leadership team (Dewey’s has a LOT of accounts on a LOT of sites now, since every so often a new social media site or tool pops up and gets added to our collection.) we managed to make this readathon happen on time, and from my end it seemed to go pretty smoothly. I had fun and got some good reading time in, and I hope everyone else did too. Thanks, everyone, for being so supportive and patient as we figure out what we are doing.
Our next readathon will be coming up in October. We have not confirmed a date yet, in part because most of our leadership team is catching up on lost sleep at the moment (yes, probably even those with cats), but I’ll be posting our first official October 2021 Readathon announcements very soon.In the meantime, be sure you log your books in our Completed Books database, and if you didn’t during the readathon, check out all the guest posts, discussions and activities on our website, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads. (We also have a Tumblr page again, so if you (still?) use Tumblr be sure to follow our page there. Here, btw, is a linktree with many of our site links all in one place- very handy.
I (Jamie, your ‘fearless leader’, or perhaps ‘first among equals’ Dewey’s host) am really into community building, and there is such a huge potential for community building within the bookish realms of the Internet. So, besides lots of mentions of cats, you can reasonably expect to see frequent posts and activities under my readathon ‘regime’ that encourage everyone to check out each other’s book blogs, etc., and explore all the other bookish resources online. While we are getting set up for our next official event, take some time to explore book groups and pages on Facebook, book blogs on Tumblr, bookish accounts on Twitter and Instagram, and booktubers on Youtube. When you find ones you like, make comments on their posts, follow their pages, and when you’ve read the books they recommend, participate in the discussion about those books. It makes the bloggers and bookish social media people happy when people like their posts and make comments, and all those discussions about books make the authors of the books happier because real people are talking about their books.
But, for now, my cats are fed and snuggling into their sleep spots, and I definitely need to stop yawning and join them for the rest of my post-readathon long nap.
Hey hey, friends! Heatherand Andihere! 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!
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.
Read a murder mystery/crime novel OR romance novel set in a place you’ve never visited.
A) like you scaled Mt. Everest– quick someone take a picture!!? or
B) like you’re a drained AA battery?
Everyone approaches the readathon differently, and I’m starting to learn that life has to get in the way, so this wasn’t the go-for-gold kind of readathon but an I’ll-read-as-much-as-I-possibly-can. And the benchmarks along the way are what we can celebrate. This book community is to be applauded for their tireless preparation (here’s looking at you hosts!), the pre-readathoners, and readathoners themselves. Plus the every day readers.
I hope you made a connection or two along this twenty-four hour journey. You might have found a new bookish friend on Twitter or a reading twin on Goodreads. If not a person, maybe someone shared your next great read and a recipe to try (thanks BINGO board square).
Regardless of how much you read- be it pages or books- you are to be applauded for being here. For showing up. For reading. For snacking while reading. We are a community of readers. It’s our identity. Tattoos. Sagging bookshelves. Swag. It represents us.
We know we are each others cheerleaders throughout this 24-hour readathon, but who do you have close to you? Including the furry, scaly, or stuffed kind too.
My dad wasn’t a book reader, instead he was a magazine and newspaper guy, but he was a learner. Every day it was understanding something new and asking plenty of questions about anything. As he’s gotten older, he’s reading more books in addition to his traditional items and he’s a big fan of a good conspiracy theory.
My mom was the bodice-ripper romance novel reader. She always had a bookshelf downstairs and picked them up at garage sales as I was growing up.
My brothers- one was a reader of the science fiction variety, the other one preferred to be outdoors and barely read what he was asked to in school, let alone on his own.
This was what surrounded me growing up. It was more about ways to learn which included books rather than daily and weekly trips to the library and massive bookshelves at home. But there were plenty of visits to the library and bookshelves nonetheless. I became a reader and a writer because I liked what I explored in those mediums and here I am decades later. This includes acting as my two boys’ and husband’s cheerleader. They’re audiobook listeners including mysteries and nonfiction. Plus what middle school boy doesn’t have an obsession with Dog Man, Hilo, and Harry Potter? In turn, they can always be counted on to leave me alone (especially during readathons) but check in on my progress, and usually for an hour or two, will participate themselves.
And as long as our 130-pound dog can be underfoot, he doesn’t really care what we’re doing, but he’s okay if I have my headphones on when I’m walking him because he knows I’m reading. He’s a good dog like that.
We make time for reading. Before bed. If it’s a casual weekday or weekend, it definitely happens at the table while eating. We go to the library… often. We know our indie bookstore sellers by name.
Think about who surrounded you growing up. Did they provide support for your reading or have you come into reading later in life and was lured in by another reader who provided the support and recommendations that you needed? Who surrounds you now to cheer you on?
Maybe when the clock strikes hour twenty-four, you can put down your book and say thank you to those cheerleaders in your life.
Holy wah, it’s Hour 22! Look at how far you’ve made it! Whether you’ve been awake and reading this whole time, took some naps, or kept your sleep schedule, thank you for participating as much as you have!
If you find yourself needing some encouragement, let us know! We’re happy to help remind you to:
1) Drink water 2) Stretch your legs, walk around a bit 3) Put down a book if you’re not enjoying it 4) Eat some food 5) Pick up another book 6) If you can’t find another book you want to read, go ahead and buy another. You deserve it.*
*Read-A-Thon is not responsible for you spending your entire paycheck on books. No matter how much fun book shopping is.
I really hope you’ve had fun these past 24 hours and I’m looking forward to seeing you all next time. We’re almost to the finish line! Just remember:
I’ve been participating in the 24-hour Read-A-Thon for at least 8 years and for every Read-A-Thon, I always bake up a little special something for my snacking. The first couple of years I made homemade hot pockets; carbs, protein, etc. to keep the body going. After that I started making cheesecakes for the sugar rush. Now I’m making granola bars and rye bread. Can you tell I’m getting a bit old? 😉
But one of the things I love about baking is how well it can mix with reading. Sometimes the recipes are too involved and you have put on an audiobook, but others are more relaxed and you can get in some reading. Seriously, today’s rye bread recipe requires the dough to sit overnight. I can get in so much reading during that time! And if I decide I want to do something fancy, maybe decorate some cookies, I can put on an audiobook and just relax.
But this has me wondering: do you mix your hobbies? Do you sometimes use one hobby as an excuse for another (i.e. “I need to crochet so I’ll put on an audiobook”). Are you doing any non-reading hobbies today?
We have been reading for 20 hours. Well most of us probably haven’t actually been reading for that long straight. But if you have, ALL the power to you. I will probably have slept at least 5 hours because I don’t think messing up my sleep schedule completely is a reasonable idea for me. How about you? Did you sleep? Are you planning to?
But back to the reading for 20 hours… I know there have already been some posts on moving. Walks, dance parties etc.
What I (would) like to focus on is some stretching. I might even do a little live session over on Twitter. We’ll see. But let’s also do it on here. I am recycling my mini challenge from the last round of Dewey’s.
This challenge is called bake and stretch. So we'll be making a mug brownie and stretching our bodies a bit.
As for the ingredients I think most people will have these things at home. If not, feel free to just get a snack and stretch with us. If stretching isn’t your cup of tea, also totally fine. We’ll need flour, sugar, cocoa, water, oil and vanilla.
step 1: Add 4 tsp flour to your microwave-safe cup
stretch 1: alternately raise your hands over your head and stretch your sides
step 2: Add 4 tsp. sugar
stretch 2: try to touch your toes. Don't worry if you can't reach them, I can't either most of the times.
step 3: Add 2 tsp. cocoa
stretch 3: stretch your hips from side to side
step 4: add 2 tsp water and 2 tsp oil
stretch 4: cross your fingers behind your back and raise your hands
step 5: add 1/4 tsp. vanilla and mix
microwave for 30 seconds