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Warm Up: Short Reading Recommendations

Warm Up: Short Reading Recommendations

Few things bring out my competitive spirit quite like reading. I know sometimes I should slow down and savor, but it turns out I’m a glutton for books. More is always better.

Nothing gets my competitive juices pumping quite like Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. Twenty-four hours to read as much as you can? I’m so there.

I need to get the most out of my 24-hour reading blast. So I’m going to stick to short book that I can blaze through.

Here are nine nibbles of novels I already read and loved (plus one I will read myself during the readathon). I highly recommend these for your April 29th reading binge!

  1. Binti – Measuring only a slim 96 pages, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor is a refreshing dose of afrofuturism. Follow the eponymous protagonist Binti across the galaxy in this bite-sized novella about prejudice, culture, and home.
  2. The House on Mango Street – Weighing in at only 110 pages, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros tackles culture and belonging with a deceptively simple style that belies the magnitude of art and symbolism woven into this book. A true favorite of mine that I love to teach. You can read it in a sitting.
  3. Night – Coming in at only 120 pages, Night by Elie Wiesel is by no means a light read. However, it is an important one. It details a first-person account of life at Auschwitz. Night is required reading as far as I’m concerned.
  4. Animal Farm – “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell’s 122-page barnyard dystopia seems increasingly relevant and referenced in our current political climate. Give it a read and picture politicians as pigs!
  5. Ethan Frome – Here is another classic for you to sink your teeth into. Edith Wharton’s 128-page Ethan Frome depicts stark life on a frigid farm in turn of the century Massachusetts. It’s the perfect dark tale to lead you into summer!
  6. We the Animals – A more recent work, Justin Torres’s We the Animals clocks in at only 128 pages. This story of heritage and coming of age pairs quite well with The House on Mango Street. I recommend reading them together as your Dewey’s one-two punch.
  7. Hunger – With only 134 pages, Knut Hamsun’s Hunger has influenced the likes of Kafka, Joyce, and Henry Miller. Abject poverty, hunger, and despair? Sounds like the perfect novella for a sunny April afternoon.
  8. The Old Man and the Sea – Good old Papa Hemingway. The Old Man and the Sea is one of his finest works. If you haven’t read this tight tale of a man’s struggle with a big fish, think about tackling it for this readathon. At only 134 pages, you can finish it before your drink runs dry. (Your soda, that is.)
  9. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – With an elegant 150 pages, Muriel Spark tells the story of a notorious teacher and her dangerous relationship with six girls who worship her. Pair this one with one of the darker reads for a little balance.
  10. My Read: By Night in Chile – I’ll be reading this novella by Robert Bolaño to get ready for my own trip to Chile this June. According to Goodreads, it’s “a deathbed confession revolving around Opus Dei and Pinochet.” Sounds intriguing!

I hope you’ve found something good to read for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. Get your TBR stacked and your coffee brewing! Come read with me on April 29th. Tweet to met @Becky_Renner I can wait to read with you!

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Readathon Wrap Up for October 2016

Readathon Wrap Up for October 2016

Hi everyone! Heather here with your October 2016 Readathon wrap up! Are you like me and love to look at the stats after these events? Let’s get right to it!

Readers signed up: 1723

Books read (currently at): 1192 (don’t forget to add the books you finished to the database!)

Countries represented (that we know of): France, India, US, Spain, Japan, Poland, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Norway, New Zealand, Wales, Israel, Austria, Australia, Bosnia, Scotland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Brazil (Holy Cats that’s awesome.)

Social Media used: Facebook, Twitter, Litsy, Goodreads, Instagram, this Blog… We were slightly unprepared for Litsy and very excited by the response there! We will definitely utilize it even more in April.

I want to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing us to try this change with the cheering. As the co-host responsible for the cheering teams, this took a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I haven’t enjoyed a Readathon this much in years and was able to help Andi so much more with the other behind the scenes stuff. In truth, cheering took all my time the month before and the day of the Readathon. So thank you, so much, for allowing us to try it and I hope you will allow us to continue to modify the cheering to get it to where it is fun for all.

Now, see you ALL in April! Invite your friends!

We Will See YOU in October!

We Will See YOU in October!

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April 2016 CHEERLEADER Sign-Ups!

April 2016 CHEERLEADER Sign-Ups!

Gimme a Y. Gimme a O. Gimme a U! What’s that spell? YOU! Cheerleading for a bunch of crazy kids who are going to try to read all day long. TWENTY FOUR HOURS! The cheerleaders are JUST as important as the readers and with the way this event has grown in the last few years,  we desperately need ALL THE CHEERLEADERS. So grab those pompoms, write out your best cheers, and join us for some cheering this April 23!


What does it mean to be a cheerleader for Dewey’s Read-a-thon?

It means having a great time while encouraging others by leaving a cheer, rhyme, or otherwise encouraging comment on participants’ Twitter! In a change to our normal practice, we are only doing organized cheering on Twitter this time around. Never fear…if you’re not a Tweeter, we will post a link to participants’ blogs on the day-of, OR you can join us on Goodreads!

You can read AND cheer, in fact we encourage it! Some people with limited time ditch the reading and JUST cheer! Some even go #TeamRogue and cheer because they want to…or because they forgot to sign up…or they decided to join at the last minute!

Anyone can sign-up to be a cheerleader! Most readers will take an hour or two to go around and encourage other readers on Twitter. While reading is the main focus of the read-a-thon it’s the interactions and connections you make that make the event so special.

How much time do I need to devote?

You can devote as much as 24 hours to as little as an hour. It’s whatever works best for your schedule! We certainly do not expect you to cheer for 24 hours, but wow, if you do, we would certainly all bow down to you.

How does this work?

There will be hundreds of readers to visit during the Read-A-Thon but don’t fret…you do not have to cheer for them all. A day or two before the event you will be assigned a cheerleading team based on the number of hours you said you could cheer. Each squad is then assigned a group of readers but you can of course cheer for those listed in the other squads!

Hip Hip Hooray!~ Now what you say?

The Pre-Party Post

The Pre-Party Post


In an effort to help you get squared away before GO TIME! here is the Introductory Meme for you to fill out if you wish! Post to your blog (and link up below!), here in the comments, or wherever else you may be participating!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

See you soon for the start!

Get Ready! It’s coming!

Get Ready! It’s coming!


We’re getting ready over here! October 17th is fast approaching. Things are already going on behind the scenes (new server! new look [coming soon]) so be getting ready. The next readathon is coming!!!