Warm Up: How to Make the Most of your Readathon

I have been participating in Dewey’s Readathon for years and every time I sign up, I know each one will be different. While I was hoping to have a ton of time for this one, I now have made time with my husband, so I won’t be able to spend the whole day reading like I have (sometimes) in the past.

When you’re thinking about your Saturday, realize that any time spent reading is AWESOME. I know that my husband tends to stay up late and sleep in, so I’ll be getting up early to slam in some reading and challenges while I can.

Here are some ways that you can sneak in reading if you are super busy:

  • Hide in the bathroom for 10 (or more) minutes with your book.
  • Listen to audiobooks when driving, cleaning, etc.
  • Read with your kids (if you have them).
  • Read before bed after everyone is asleep (or otherwise preoccupied).
  • Keep a book with you at all times (you never know when there’s a long line or wait time).
  • Put your phone down, your computer away and read instead.
  • Read on your lunch break.
  • Arrive early/stay late at work for 30 minutes and read in your car.

If you aren’t super busy, here are some other tips to feel like you are getting the most out of your readathon:

  • Pick short books (whether graphic novels or novellas or just shorter books)
  • Choose books you are very interested in reading or have a lot of what keeps you reading (action, kissing, etc.)
  • Prepare snacks the night before (and drinks!)
  • Minimize errands – do you NEED milk or can you wait til tomorrow?
  • Order in instead of making dinner (or listen to an audiobook while cooking!)
  • Set a timer of 5 minutes to check the challenges/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram so you can get back to reading – when you are done, move your phone to another room or at least out of sight.
  • Take breaks from reading in a comfy spot. I find as the later hours come on, if I’m too comfy, I get sleepy. Sit in a firm chair in those moments or read while standing up.

Hope these tips help and always remember to HAVE FUN!

Thanks so much to Kristen from The Book Monsters



Warm Up: Spruce Up Your TBR with Diverse Recs!

Hello readathoners!

Are you guys gearing up for 24 hours of epicness, glory, bookternet, and books? Perusing the bookish web for reading options, making trips to the library and your favorite book-buying outlets, gearing up for mini-challenges, stocking up on food, adding the #readathon column to your tweetdeck, and every other fun pre-readathon ritual? Sweet!

First off, I’d like to give a shout out to Andi and Heather, who are the champions behind this biannual event. This readathon grows with every round, and as great as it is to have more and more people join each time, these two tirelessly spend so much time organizing, promoting, putting together challenges, prizes, and cheerleaders–all to honour their dear friend and give us a wonderful 24 hours of being wrapped up in a blanket of bookish fun. So thank you, Andi and Heather, for putting your heart and soul into keeping this event up and running. You are amazing.

Diversity and inclusion in publishing have been talked about a lot recently. If you’re in any part of the bookish internet stratosphere, you’ve at least picked up rumblings of groups such as We Need Diverse Books, Diversity in YA, DiverseBookBloggers, etc.- that focus on promoting own voices and authors of color, LGBTQIA+, differently abled, etc. Or as I like to call them, the non-cishet/white/able dudebro authors. There are plenty of people more eloquent than I am that are constantly educating people on the importance of being able to find yourself in a story, so I’ll leave that part to them. Meanwhile, I know so many dear friends and fellow readathon participants who would like to diversify their reading, so I thought I’d share some short and/or fast paced, unputdown-able (yes that’s a word) books that expose us to a wide variety of experiences and boost authors belonging to one or more marginalized groups. I haven’t read them all but they are definitely on my TBR.

The Ballad Of Black Tom by Victor LaValle is a take on H. P. Lovecraft’s uber racist The Horror At Red Hook. If you haven’t read the original and don’t want to, Tor.com did us all a favor and gave us a detailed commentary on all of its problems, which allows us to skip ahead to LaValle’s elegant response of a novella. The book follows Charles Thomas Tester, a young black man in 1920’s New York City, living with his father and hustling to make ends meet. He’s a mediocre guitar player, a terrible singer, and uses his guitar case to make his “deliveries.” One of these jobs results in his introduction to Suydam, who has a serious case of white savior complex. He exposes Tom to an occult experience where he is exposed to several hidden realities and possibilities. In the second half of the book, the perspective shifts to Malone (Lovecraft’s original protagonist), who is an NYPD detective that has been keeping tabs on Tester and Suydam and the horrors that ensue.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor is the winner of The Hugo Award for Best Novella this year, and rightfully so. It tells the story of Binti, whose natural aptitude for technology gives her an opportunity to attend a prestigious university on the planet Oomza where she will be the sole human representative of the Himba people. However, it also means she will lose her place in her family as they are rooted to land and do not travel. She embarks upon her journey to another planet and on her way her ship is attacked by the Meduse, a species that terrorizes space and has long been fighting against Oomza University. Will she make it there alive? Read and find out.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is another one-sitting read. It revolves around 16-year old Simon who is gay but not yet out, has a dorky family and a great group of friends, and a humongous crush on his anonymous penpal. Shit hits the fan for Simon when a fellow schoolmate screenshots one of his emails and uses it to blackmail Simon; in order for his sexual identity to remain a secret, Simon must talk his blackmailer up to one of his best friends. Simon is now struggling with his growing feelings for his email pal, without ditching his family and friends, and controlling the narrative of his coming out. Don’t dismiss this as a painful closeted gay boy story, it’s actually got a ton of fluff, email flirtations, dorky-parents-who-think-they’re-cool, loving siblings, extremely loyal and supportive friends and teachers, and several moments that will melt even the most crotchety of hearts.

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology by Hope Nicholson is a collection of science fiction short stories written by and about LGBTQIA+ and two-spirit Native people. There’s a wide variety of identities and stories in here, and the overarching theme is love; different kinds of love- romantic, familial, self. A lot of stories leave you feeling hopeful. It also comes with some excellent introductions and background for people who are not very familiar with the cultural ins-and-outs of Native people.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett the most hyped and most anticipated novel of October 2016, and it absolutely lives up to the hype. I finished reading it a few days ago and I’m so tempted to go back and read it again because it is just. so. GOOD. Set in a black church community in Southern California, it revolves around three people: Nadia, who’s recently lost her mother and is grieving; Luke, a former football star; and Aubrey, a god-fearing girl living with her sister. At seventeen, Nadia gets pregnant. It’s Luke’s baby, and she decides to get an abortion. She keeps the secret from everyone, including her Aubrey, her best friend. She and Luke break up and she moves to Michigan for school. The years go by, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey, now adults, are still haunted by their individual choices made all those years ago, and caught in a complicated love triangle, with each of them constantly wondering if they should have made a different choicer back then. It is a story of possibilities, and the author gives it to us with lyrical writing and fleshed-out characters. This is a stunning debut that you won’t be able to put down.

George by Alex Gino is a middle grade novel that is perfect for your kids to understand the meaning of transgender. This book is so important. George has a secret. A secret so big she can’t even share it with her best friend Kelly. She also really wants to audition for Charlotte in their class production of Charlotte’s Web, but her teacher says only girls can audition for the part, and everybody thinks George is a boy. It is a beautiful coming out story for a little trans girl, and one of the best examples of why children need such books. Very sweet and affirming.

Be My Fantasy and Stay My Fantasy (The Fantasy Series) by Alisha Rai. Seriously, if you’ve heard me recommend this only a thousand times so far, I’m not even sorry. I love naughty romance stories, and Alisha Rai checks all the boxes with this one. Elizabeth Harding is the polished daughter of a politician by day, and patron of a pleasure club by night. Luca Santos is an ambitious fellow with a wicked imagination who yearns for Elizabeth but doesn’t think she can handle anything that’s not demure. What happens when he finds out her secret? Can Elizabeth stay away from this irresistible man who is always ready to fulfill her fantasies? Only one way to find out.

Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction by S. Andrea Allen and L. Cherelle that I’d only just heard of, but c’mon, lesbian short fiction? No way I’m not reading this. According to Goodreads, it is a “collection of short stories that embraces the fullness of Black lesbian experiences. The contributors operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word, and have written stories that amplify the diversity of Black lesbian lives.” Halle-friggin-lujah, sign me up. Intersectionality is my favourite aspect of the conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion, especially because my own identity falls in that bracket. This is true for a lot of us, we don’t identify one-dimensionally, and therefore would like to be represented in more than one way. The reviews sound promising, and if any of you have already read it, let me know!

These are just a few of the plethora of own voices books out there. I urge you to seek more of them out and talk about them to your friends, your kids, your families, and your fellow booknerds. If you’ve had the privilege to see yourself represented in a book or many, then you know how vital that experience is, and know that there’s so many people out there who have to dig deep to find them. Meanwhile, if you have any other diverse readathon recommendations, share them using the official hashtag #readathon, or drop them in the comments below.

I can’t wait to see everyone’s diverse picks! Have a happy, cozy, and book-filled Readathon!

Thanks SO much to Janani from The Shrinkette! Go visit her blog!













Warm Up: Making Readathon Work Around the World

You might associate Readathon with getting up in the middle of the night or setting your alarm super early to start reading but for those of us joining from Europe, we’re starting in the afternoon. That means completing the full Readathon really means being awake for more than 24 hours, unless your superpower is being able to sleep and wake at precise and convenient times!

Whilst a huge part of the fun is the fact we all start at the same time (I am never more aware of time zones than Readathon weekends) I do know a few Europeans who bend the rules a little. Some start as soon as they wake up, fitting in a few hours before the official start. I personally start at 1pm UK time with everyone else but I do always have a sleep when reading becomes impossible. I know I can always carry on reading after the official end if I really want to get that 24 hours in.

A lot of the advice you’ll read is good practice for all, but there are some things you may want to do differently with a PM start.

  1. Don’t have an “early night”. I mean, don’t go out partying the night before (been there, done that, bad idea) but try and stay up a little past your normal bedtime. This will help with tip 2.
  1. Have a lie in. Easier said than done, I know. Readathon is exciting and I am usually awake at 8am (T minus 5 hours).
  1. Have a nutritious lunch. You’ll have time to eat something before you start reading. If you’re not used to big lunches, don’t overdo it as you might fall into a food coma, but it’s good to start off feeling fueled. If all you eat is snacks the rest of the day, at least you’ve had some nutrients!
  1. Use the morning for preparation. It’s a great way to get into the Readathon mood. Take some photos, get your update post format ready, make nice TBR piles for you to ignore later. Check out other participants and chat on Twitter using the hashtag; the pre-event buzz is something I think the US participants miss out on a bit what with being asleep. Wish people good luck!
  1. Set an alarm for Sunday morning. Yes, Sunday not Saturday. With the best will in the world, most of us will fall asleep on our books and plenty of people schedule in a planned sleep. I usually set an alarm for 6am (which is hour 18 in the UK) so I can carry on reading up until the end. This is your secret weapon. We get congratulated for being there at the end but we’ve all had a nice little snooze in the middle.
  1. Cheer those final hours! If you’ve given up reading by Sunday PM, it’s really nice to spend some time leaving words of encouragement to those who have been slogging it out the whole time. It *will* be appreciated.

Got work or school on Monday morning? While we see hordes of readathoners heading to bed after the final hour, an afternoon nap just doesn’t work for me. I try and stay up till at least 9pm otherwise I’ll be socially “jetlagged” for a few days. If the weather’s good, it’s a great time to get some fresh air and stretch those legs. Readathon is really a whole weekend event for our time zones, but that makes it even better!

Our new puppy has had me in Readathon training mode for a few weeks now! I’m much more used to broken sleep and I’m sure she’ll be excited that for once I’m happy to hang out with her at 6am. Actually, I bet I won’t need that alarm this year…

Thank you SO much, Ellie, for your advice! Visit Curiosity Killed the Bookworm.

Warm Up: Readathon, As You Like It

I participated in my first Dewey’s Readathon because of the sheer force of goodwill I witnessed on social media in the weeks leading up to the day. Readers were so excited, so enthusiastic, so eager to spend the day reading together, they’d prepared their reading lists (and snack menus!) weeks in advance.

Oho! What have we here? I though, like Horace Slughorn laying eyes on Harry Potter for the first time. Except instead of being the collector, I wanted to be the collected.

It wasn’t just the enthusiasm that sucked me in with the force of gravity, on Jupiter. It was the warmth and generosity, the goodwill and support. Listen, I’ve seen all kinds of behavior on social media, much of it, I will confess, decidedly the opposite of appealing. Yet here were hundreds of humans spread across our spinning orb who had come together to experience and celebrate a shared love – of books. It didn’t matter what kind of books – genre, classics, graphic novels, literary fiction, comics, nonfiction. It didn’t matter what form of books – audiobooks, e-books, paperbacks, hardbacks. All were represented. The centripetal force was a mutual passion for the experience of reading.

Witnessing the pure joy radiating from this community united in a singular purpose … it felt like discovering my own golden ticket. But instead of rivers of chocolate (which, I won’t lie, also sounds pretty good), it was books, books, and more book and – best of all – fellow book lovers with whom to share them. Need reading recommendations? Want suggestions for creating a comfy reading space? Interested in snack ideas and recipes? Seeking a reading buddy for whatever book you’ve planned? You got it. Photos of book piles, furry companions, energy-boosting spreads, bookish clothing and accessories? Yes, and on whatever social media platform you favor.

And unlike the first day of summer, Dewey’s doesn’t come just once a year. We get to do it all over again on Saturday. I can’t wait!

Some of us already have our lists and menus prepared (hats off to you awesomely organized peoples of Earth!). Some of us will figure it out as we go along (picture me waving at you). Some of us will be thrilled to read or listen to one book. Some of us will polish off a tall stack. Some of us will split our time among reading, mini-challenges, and social media. Some of us will barely lift our eyes from the pages, sticking as close to the 24-hour mark as we can make it. The beauty is, we support each other to readathon however it best works for each of us.

For me, I have one (two-part) inviolate rule: Enjoy the day and spread the joy. And I have a three-step plan for doing just that.

Step one: Kick my inner perfectionist to the curb. It’s not a competition, including against myself. A successful readathon isn’t measured by how many hours I read or how many books I finish. It’s about connecting with this community of readers.

Step two: A little structure goes a long way. Any one of the activities I have planned for Saturday – reading, writing, and social media – can suck me into a black hole of rapidly vanishing time. I’m planning to set my timer to allow myself time enough to participate in everything I have planned.

Step three: Be a good citizen. I joined readathon for the community. How I can give back the joy it has given me is by nurturing that community through cheering other readers on, like good citizens do.

That’s my plan, and I plan on sticking to it! Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate your best readathon tips and suggestions. I’d love to hear them in the comments!

Wonderful post, Sally! Visit her at her blog!


Warm Up: Readathon Brings You Back

When I started my blog back in September 2009, I had no idea the book blogging world existed. My intentions were to create a little space for myself on the internet where I could blog openly about my classics reading project for my friends and family to read. But over the course of the next few months, people found me and I found the book blogging community. The first day I received a comment from someone other than my mom (who truly was the only one who read my blog regularly), I freaked out. Because why wouldn’t I? Another book lover had found me and was also cheering me on in my reading quest.
Over the course of that first year of blogging, I learned a lot about the blogging community in the midst of some personal struggles. While I had gotten happily married in December 2009, I was unemployed and miserable during that first year. There were little to no teaching jobs in my state, so while I would interview and sub when I could, I spent a lot of time at home in our apartment. And I thrust myself fully into blogging and being a part of this community. I hosted readalongs and book chats, joined reading challenges, and discovered new blogs to keep me entertained and focused on reading. I read classic after classic and posted multiple times per week to keep growing my own space on the internet. And in April 2010, I joined my first 24-Hour Readathon in honor of Dewey.
My husband jokingly teased me that day about whether joining a readathon was any different than what I was already doing, but I loved the idea of a community of readers all setting aside a day to read. And it was an amazing day. Book bloggers from all over came to visit and leave me encouraging comments. I met some new bloggers during that readathon that I still talk to today. I read a LOT, which is a theme during all readathons. But most of all. I was struck by the community of it all. The idea that reading together from all our collective couches and cozy spots made a community, well, I believe that’s a special idea. And I loved it.
In the years since that first readathon, my life has changed. I finally found a full time teaching job which has truthfully pulled me out of the cocoon of the blogging world. And while I’m still a voracious reader, I don’t have nearly the amount of time I used to. Blogging has fallen by the wayside as my priorities have changed, and while I still attempt to write, sometimes a couple months go by before a post goes up. But, I still love the community of book bloggers. I think it’s a unique community because reading is a very solitary process. We all read on our own, with our imaginations creating the images of the words on the page. And while we may read the same book, our interpretation may be different. That makes what we do during the readathon so special and unique. That is why twice a year, no matter what else I’m doing, I participate in the readathon. I’ve hosted on the main site, been a cheerleader, and have held mini-challenges–all in an effort to give back to a community that has given me so much.  Two times a year, I can be fully invested in this amazing community. I can cheer on people who are tackling challenging books, or reading with their kids, or enjoying a much anticipated new release. I can check out bookish pictures on Instagram and Litsy, keeps tabs on my blogging friends through their posts and twitter, but most of all, I can feel like I am a part of a larger community. The readathon, unlike anything else, reminds me of just how amazing the book blogging community is.
So when you’re reading on Saturday, set aside some time to reconnect with the bloggers you love. But also reach out and meet some new ones. Take some time to scroll through the associated hashtags and comment. Because for two times year, reading isn’t just a solitary activity, it’s a community quest and we can all use the encouragement. I hope you all have a successful and fun readathon, and if you’re like me and haven’t been blogging regularly, take some time to remember what an amazing community we’re a part of, and how we are always welcomed back.
Thanks so much to Allie from A Literary Odyssey!


Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!


Why do we ask for donations?

We expect over 2,000 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! This year we’re trying to streamline our prizes behind the scenes so we’re more focused on e-gifts and prize “packs.” Less shipping (and potential flaking out) for everyone!

Here are some ideas:

  • A gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • A small pack of ARCs you’re finished with
  • E-gift card
  • A bookmark bundle
  • Something handmade
  • A puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, we like to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 (or euros) or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner BookDepository! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

Warm Up: Gamify Your Readathon

Readathon’s an exciting time. You’re reading NONSTOP with thousands of your closest new bookish friends. But sometimes even that isn’t enough to keep your reading momentum going as the clock is ticking. Or maybe you’re going into the readathon while you’re already in a reading slump (hello, me). I’ve come up with a number of ways to keep your reading fun and fresh, no matter your situation. Let’s make #readathon even crazier and more ridiculous than it already is.

Book Taste Testing

I’m sure many of you do this to an extent by crafting a glorious TBR pile for the readathon then jumping around to whatever calls out to them. But for this activity I want you to get serious. Dim the lights, bust out the wine and cheese platter, and take a look at your bookshelf. Pick out ten books, either randomly or purposefully trying to pick out a variety. Grab some books you think you want to read and grab some you had forgotten about. Now I want you to kick back, relax, and read the first ten pages of each book. It’s highly encouraged to literally toss books aside if they don’t catch your interest. If you find one that you don’t want to put down after the ten pages, I expect an invitation to the book wedding. If nothing thrills you, do it all over again with new books!


Crowdsource and Randomize Your Reading

It’s hard to be really truly random in choosing books. So many biases influence our choices. Even if we bought a book and thought we wanted to read it, the initial shiny book syndrome can wear off and you’ll veer away from it for no reason in particular. I could tell you to grab a book randomly off the shelf, but even if you closed your eyes and chose one, there’s no saying how many do-overs you’d impose, you monster!! (I think I’m projecting right now). So let’s hold you accountable here. When you want a random reading choice, open up twitter, facebook, instagram, litsy, or wherever you do your readathoning and do a call for book numbers with #readathon. And, if you see one of these calls by a fellow, desperate reader, give them 3 numbers. The first is which bookcase, the second is how many shelves down from the top, and the third is how many books in from the left (or right, live your life). If somebody gives you a number too big, just loop back around and finish counting from where you began (like if somebody says 5 for bookcases and you have 4, you’d be pulling a book from shelf #1). Bonus points for sharing a photo of your shelf – ultimate accountability!!


Sync Your Crafting With Your Reading

During the readathon, it’s great to take eye breaks by listening to audiobooks (if you’re not an audiobook convert yet, I dare you to sign into your library’s online audiobook service and try one out). I don’t know about you, but when I listen to audiobooks I need to be doing something else at the same time so I don’t get too comfortable and doze off. If you’re a crafter, this is the challenge for you. If you’re knitting/crocheting/weaving/sewing/WHATEVER, change colors based on a parameter of your choosing. Maybe whenever a new character talks, or when a new chapter starts, or when the characters are in a new location. It depends on the type of book you’re listening to. Regardless, you’ll end up with a product that’s uniquely synced up to your book – a good craft for this is a striped scarf. Oh my god, imagine a scarf that’s the exact length of a new favorite book!! Ok, maybe that would be too long if you’re a fast knitter. Use your best judgment when participating in this one.

If you’re not a hardcore crafter, grab a coloring book or a blank piece of paper to doodle with the same color changing concept! Bonus points for sending your work of art to the author.

Some other quick suggestions:

Find a friend or do a shoutout on the #readathon hashtag for a competitor in a #readingduel. Challenge them to either read for as long as you can without stopping or see how many pages you can read in a set time limit (no cheating!).

Read the last page of the book first and come up with what you think will happen to get the characters there before you actually start the book. Let us know if you’re as creative as the author!!

If you’re on Habitica (or some other habit gamification app), set up a habit that will reward you for each time you read a certain amount of pages or for when you finish a book. Make sure to create a Reward you can redeem with your earned coins to give yourself a break. This can easily be translated into real life as read pages = get points/rewards.

Print out a Books on the Nightstand Bingo card. Even though BOTNS is sadly over, the bingo cards are still a delightful way to refresh your reading. You win #readathon if you get a bingo during the 24 hours.


Thanks so much to Julianne for this fantastic warm-up post! Visit her at her blog, Outlandish Lit.


So, where CAN you find us online anyway?

Hello Readathoners! This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and we are less than a week away from the most wonderful day of the Fall!
If I’ve counted correctly, this will be my 15th readathon. Over the 7 and a half years that I have been participating in Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon, I have seen this even grow from several hundred readers to now around 2,000. And witnessing this growth has been such a joy. I don’t know about you, but this is an event I look forward to ever spring and fall. I get my family involved in reading throughout the world. Everyone reads, including my year and a half old nephew.
Naturally, as this event has grown, so has it’s presence on social media. In the beginning, participation used to be primarily limited to personal blogs, this website, and twitter. But now it is so much bigger than that. I thought I would take a minute and introduce you to all the places you can participate for the readathon!
Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon:
Short Blurb: Well, since you are already here, I trust you know about this website. But in case you don’t know what to expect, every hour on the hour there will be a new hourly post from one of our co-host volunteers. I’ve been manning the last several hours for several years now and it is a blast. Those posts will include a short message, encouraging you to read on, the links to the current mini-challenges, and any prize winners. It is good to check in on the website ever couple of hours to stay informed on what is happening with the readathon. Additionally, you will find a place to include the books you’ve read to our database so we can see what books have been read during the readathon.
Dewey’s Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/readathon
Short Blurb: If you look at the main page for Dewey’s Twitter Account, it will tell you that it was founded in April 2009. That makes it 7 and a half years old. Twitter is a great way to participate in the readathon. It is easy to snap a quick picture and update. To cheer on other people who are participating. To get involved in the book reading community. It is also easy to lose yourself in the #readathon hashtag. For hours. Trust me, I have done it. We’ve had members put in twitter jail for too many tweets during readathon! And we always pride ourselves in getting the hashtag readathon treading during the event. This gets more people interested and more people reading. If you have twitter, I highly recommend you check it out. So much fun during the event.
Short Blurb: Two years ago, we decided to make a platform where those without a blog could participate in things like the mini-challenges, without needing to create their own blog. Since then, the group has grown into so much more. There are threads to participate on and update what they are reading. Post what’s on their reading piles, what’s on their plate, what they are currently reading, and so much more. Last year we decided to expand it to have hourly discussion threads with co-moderators  just for goodreads who will post a question of the hour. There are also six hour long sprints where people put away all distractions and see how much they can read in an hour. This group has formed its own little community and we always welcome more to come and participate with us and enjoy the love of reading. If you have a goodreads account, you should really come and check us out.
Short Blurb: Last year, one of our readers asked if we could create a Facebook group. We thought that was a good idea and so we went ahead and did that, not really knowing how much attention it would garner. Now we have almost 1000 members and it is an active group all year long, not just during readathon. They help keep us informed of other, non-Dewy readathons. But during the event itself, it is very active and very easy to use (especially if you have facebook). It is so easy to post your pictures or write your updates there and with so many members, it is so easy to cheer one another along. You never feel alone or isolated on the facebook group. Sometimes (for me personally) twitter is so large that I can get lost and overwhelmed in it. So if you are looking for a happy medium, please check out and join our Facebook group.
Other Places to Readathon:
There are so many ways to readathon other than the ways I have named above. I know that many people will post pictures on their Instagram pages (we are there too! Deweysreadathon! Look us up!) and use the hashtag #readathon. Additionally, we are on Litsy as deweyreadathon. The FABULOUS Liberty Hardy will be running the show over there for us. THANK YOU SO MUCH LIBERTY!!!
There are personal blogs that will have people participating in the readathon. On Youtube, in the past, some readers have posted videos with their To Be Read piles and some small updates. We will be posting links to all these readers who signed up in the coming days.
Do you know of ways to readathon that I missed? Please let us know in the comment section below. This is an awesome event and there are so many ways to participate. Find the way that works best for you and do it! Happy Readathon!!!

We Need Your Help with Cheering.


Hi guys. Heather here, with a message and a request.

While we have a ton of support from readers and friends, the truth is Andi and I do most of the Readathon prep by ourselves. Somehow we make it look effortless (that’s all Andi), but it’s not. The biggest source of contention is cheerleading. The fact is, everyone wants a cheerleader, but only 50-75 people sign up to cheer every season, and with an ever-growing number of readers (2,000+), it’s just not realistic. *Hard Truth*

This October, our lives are crazier than ever. I work full time, am a parent of two, a wife of one, and I am taking a class at the university where I work.  Andi is starting up her Etsy business, teaching at three universities, is a parent of one, and a wife of one, and a dog mom to four.

Time is at a premium, and something has to give.

This season, we are trying something new with cheerleading, and we need your help. We are going to post a PAGE (top navigation!) on this blog that will have a link to EVERYONE who signed up to read and shared their blog, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media. We ask that everyone who is participating in the event take a moment and cheer a few people on. Be it on Twitter, on their blog, Facebook, Goodreads, or wherever. Consider sending your fellow participants a brief YOU GO READER.

We will love you forever for it, and you will help fulfill Dewey’s original goal of building our bookish community.

Don’t forget to follow hashtag #READATHON in all the places! That also helps streamline the cheering!

October 2016 MINI-CHALLENGE Sign-Ups!

It’s that time again, and we’re gathering mini-challenges for the October 22, 2016 Read-a-thon!

Who? Anyone who has participated in the Read-A-Thon before and knows how the Mini-Challenge piece of the puzzle works.

How? Fill out the form below.

What? You provide the Mini-Challenge and some sort of prize. If you are unable to provide a prize, let us know and we will do our best to conjure one up for you. 15 minutes before your hour hits, you post your challenge. An official directions email will surface in your inbox about a week prior to the ‘thon.

Please keep in mind, that participants should be able to easily complete your challenge in 5-10 minutes, so nothing terribly complicated!

When? October 22, 2016. If there are more mini-challenge host volunteers than hours in the ‘thon, the wonderful Mini Challenge Volunteer Coordinator will pick the 21 best-suited for readers. These will be fun and stimulate many different parts of the brain, to give you guys a rest and a little rehab from all of that READING!

Without further ado, let there be mini-challenges!