October 2020, readathon

Volunteer Sign Up!

We are just over a month away from the October 24 hour readathon and I could not be more excited! How is everyone doing on the challenge we issued earlier in the week? I must confess, I have started a book, but I have not yet finished it… maybe I’ll be able to complete it tomorrow.

This is the first official one that Gabby and I are hosting and we have some really fun and exciting things we want to do. But in order to accomplish everything we would like to, we need people to volunteer to help us out.

In addition to the normal things to volunteer for, I am hoping to be able to bring back cheerleading! I know how much of encouragement this was to me my first few years as a reader. Seeing those bright and cheerful notes of encouragement just helped me to keep pushing on. This year, I will be dividing the reader sign up list by platforms so that cheerleaders can easily find readers on the platform of their choice and go cheer them on. This is something that can be great to do if you need to take a break from your book or if you pop on an audiobook and then spend a short amount of time just going through and cheering on other readers. Please consider doing this. It won’t be a huge time commitment and it’s nothing we are going to be scheduling. I just would love to see this old tradition become a part of the readathon again.

Keep your eyes open on the first of October for the first surprise new feature, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in volunteering, find the sign up below. Readers, your sign up post will come in the next week or two.

April 2020, readathon

April 2020 Readathon Wrap-Up

Friends, I’m so happy-sad to write this post. This Readathon, the last for Heather and I as co-organizers, is bittersweet for sure. It’s been one of the greatest joys of my life to help run this thing for the last seven and a half years. It’s been an honor to pay tribute to Dewey, to read with you, to see you all come together, and it’s even more amazing because I’ve gotten to work with my best friend. Thank you, friends, for the time you’ve spent volunteering, cheering, posting, hashtagging, and definitely reading.

We love you a lot, and while we’re sad to step away, we are happy to remain Dewey’s Readathon readers.

It’s also a great, great pleasure to hand Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon to two people who love this event just as much as we do.

Thank you so much, Andi and Heather, for all that you have done for us over the years! We cannot wait to see what you will spend your Readathon time reading 🙂

When Andi first made her announcement that she and Heather would be stepping back as organizers, I immediately contacted Andi and volunteered to takeover. Read-a-Thon has always been such a big part of my life and I knew I couldn’t let it disappear. When Andi agreed to hand the reigns over to me, I knew I needed my Goodreads Partner in Crime to be my partner over here as well.

From Kate: “Hello! My name is Kate. These days, I am primarily an audiobook consumer, and 1.75 times speed is my jam 🙂 My favorite genres are Psychological Thrillers, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction. Brandon Sanderson is my all-time favorite author and if I had it my way, The Stormlight Archives would be mandatory reading 🙂 I got married just less than a year ago and we have since adopted two Maltipoo puppies that are the best part of my day (Gracie and Georgie). I love a good cup of tea and there is nothing better than a cold and rainy day spent cuddled up with a nice cup of tea and a good book! I used to book blog but I find it is hard to review audiobooks because I don’t have the actual book to flip through while writing reviews. I do, however, have a cross stitch related youtube channel if that kind of thing interests you… I am so excited for this next chapter of the readathon and the opportunity to bring some new features to an already amazing event!”

I already have so many exciting ideas for the upcoming readathon and we hope that you will come back to join us in the fall. Below we have two Google Forms that we ask you take a moment to fill out. The first is in regards to what you would like to see in upcoming Readathons. The second is for if you would like to volunteer to help out in some way with the readathon. Without volunteers, we are limited in what we can make happen.

Thank you all for your continued support. We hope you had a wonderful April Readathon! Keep your eye on this space for the announcement of the next Readathon. We will also Tweet out the date.