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THANK YOU for 10 Amazing Years

Another readathon has closed, and this one was pretty special for a lot of reasons. For one, this event has been going on for 10 years, and that’s practically 100 in blogging and social media years.

Of course, we have to thank Dewey for her wonderful vision and skills for bringing the community together. I know she would be thrilled with this reading holiday that happens every six months.

Just as important, we have to thank you. The people who decide to take a crazy chance on 24 hours of reading every season. The people who put things on hold to help. All of you make this possible. 

Case in point, for the first time ever, I was REALLY out of commission for the first…oh…third? half? of readathon day. I struggle with anxiety, and it bit me right in the keister yesterday. I was down for the count. But you know what? The event went off without a hitch because of all the people involved who make this thing run like a well-oiled machine.

Thank you…

Heather, co-organizer and best bestie
Kathryn, Facebook and Goodreads empress, forever closing-hours co-host
Gabby, our newest Goodreads wrangler and help-any-way-she-canner
Kelly, Instagram guru
Liberty, Litsy rock star
Kendra, co-host and mini-challenge host
Elizabeth, co-host who saves me every time from one of the late shifts
Dana, co-host and prize wrangler
Cass, co-host and Twitter badass
Rachel Noel, co-host, Twitter wizard, mini-challenge maven, cheerleader, all-around selfless human
Julianne, co-host and mini-challenge pinch hitter

You all really have no idea who much you mean to this event, to me personally, and to all the people who take part.

I never have enough room to thank everyone: the many of you who donate prizes to make the readathon a little brighter for another reader, the ones of you who leap into hosting Twitter parties, those of you who are whipping the community into a reading lather on every imaginable social platform.

Y’all are just awesome. All of you. This event would be nothing without you.

Thank you, thank you, and we’re looking forward to many more years.

Oh, right. You want to know when the NEXT readathon will be!

April 28, 2018. We’ll see you there with our books at the ready!

October 2017

Hour 12 – HALFWAY!

Welcome to Hour 12 – we’re halfway there! ***throws confetti*** I’m Dana and I’ll be hanging out for the next few hours. How is it going so far? Everyone doing well? It’s time to fill out our Mid-Event Survey so here goes…

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?

Keep up the great work everyone! See you soon!

Mini Challenges

Mid-Event Survey

Make New Friends (Goodreads)

Readathon Mad Libs

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winner

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If you see your name announced as an hourly prize winner, visit the PRIZES page to claim.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017

Hour 0 – Opening Meme

Hello my lovely dears and WELCOME! It’s the Readathon’s 10th Birthday this year and I stand amazed. Who knew when Dewey had this brilliant idea, that we would still be here, TEN YEARS LATER, celebrating reading and community and geez y’all….

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

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Oh Anthony Anderson. I feel you. I FEEL YOU.

And thank you Dewey. How I wish you were here to see this.

Here is the opening meme. Feel free to answer in the comments, on your blog, on Twitter, or wherever you’re sharing your reading today.

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?

Be sure to link up here!

If you see your name announced as an hourly prize winner, visit the PRIZES page to claim.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017

(CLOSED) Challenge: 10 Years in 10 Books

In celebration of 10 YEARS of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, we’re doing a grand challenge that will last the entirety of the event:

10 Years in 10 Books! 

The Details:

Submit one book recommendation published in each year of the Readathon (2007-2017).

We’d love it if it’s a book you personally recommend, but we also realize you may not have read a book from each year. We’re pretty easy-going. If you need to, just find a book published in that year to submit, whether you’ve read it or not.

Entry:

To enter, link up a social post (blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Insta, whatever). You can also link multiple posts if you don’t want to do all of this at once.  If the linky doesn’t work for you, by all means, use the comments section.

Bottom line: we just need to see that you suggested 10 books whether it’s all in one go or spread out over multiple entries. We don’t want to take an hour of your time, so if you’d like to dip in and out of this challenge throughout the day, feel free!

The winner will be chosen at random AT THE END of the event (when Andi wakes up).

The Prize

A $50 credit to the bookish online retailer of your choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Out of Print, Book Riot Store, Wordery, $50 worth of BookDepository books…whatever! (No, this credit can’t be split up. Sorry!).

Ready, set, CELEBRATE!

Thanks to Random.org, our challenge winner is Kai from Fiction State of Mind!

October 2017

10 Years: Building Community with Fun

Dewey created 24-hour readathon 10 years ago and for about eight of those years it has lived on without her.  I started blogging in 2007 and it didn’t take long to be discouraged with very few if any commenters.  I stumbled upon Dewey’s blog and began reading.  She encouraged me to continue doing what I loved even if no one commented because I brought poetry reviews and poems to a wider readership just by being present on the Internet.  She said, “Readers will come.”

What does this have to do with readathon?

Dewey loved book blogging but she loved having fun online with her book-loving friends.  From Weekly Geeks to readathon, her mind created activities that begged for participation.  I was hooked from the first time I participated in 2008.  Some of my favorite memories are with readathon, especially the year Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) and I decided to do the event together at her house.  We ate Chipotle and snacks, while her daughter had a great time participating in the mini-challenges (comic book writing and more).  She was much younger then, but spending time with both of them while reading books – sometimes out loud – and just goofing off made it memorable.  I’m not sure how much reading we actually did that year, but we had a blast.

I think that’s what Dewey wanted all along: Readers coming together, sharing books, and being creative together.  Here’s to 10 more years.

Thank you SO much, Serena Agusto-Cox from Savvy Verse and Wit

October 2017

Warm Up: Readathon Memories

As someone who loves to write, books and reading are important to me, for helping me get inspired to write and also for relaxation purposes. I listen to an ebook or audiobook multiple times a day and always before bed every night.
I first participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour  Readathon  in 2014. I love competitions and reading events. I managed to read all of One Day by David Nicols during my first event. In the years since, I have read/listened to a variety of books in different genres.
By far the best part of the Readathon  (after the reading) is that it’s  such a fun event with book lovers sharing their experiences and activity on social networks and other blogs.
I wrote a blog post in 2015 which was a “warmup” post for the event and enjoyed blogging my progress.
I am part of the Goodreads Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon group, and follow the event accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
Here are some examples  of what I read during the Readathon. I read various types of books, from books from my teens and childhood to Classics and fiction. I’ll even read a short story or a graphic novel if I feel like it.
Thanks so much to Andi and all who make the Readathon so enjoyable. I will continue to take part every year as I have done since my first time participating in the event. It’ll always have pride of place in my calendar!
My advice to those who still haven’t joined the event is: go ahead and do it! It doesn’t matter if you read 1 page or 1,000. Just enjoy the event- it’s so worth it!
Thank you to Katherine Hayward for sharing some of her Readathon memories!
October 2017

Warm Up: That Special Dewey’s Readathon Feeling

I often say books are my friends. To be honest, that’s not just a phrase– it really represents day-to-day life for me. I have wonderful people-friends, but we are scattered all over the world and have our own lives. So, when I feel lonely, happy, bored, anxious, overwhelmed, playful, excited, disillusioned, scared, hopeful, vulnerable, insecure, liberated, or [insert any and all other emotions here], I turn to literature.

Books never disappoint (okay, Girl on the Train did disappoint). There is a story for every state of mind or matter of the heart. Imagine how I felt when I found out about Dewey’s readathon – an entire 24 hours dedicated to reading and it comes along with an entire community of like-minded, equally book-obsessed, virtual people-friends! Every positive adjective in the Oxford dictionary would not be enough to describe my feelings toward this day and these people – I would probably have to borrow from other languages.

I love the planning of snacks, making of anticipatory blog posts, sifting through my Mt. TBR, and chitchats with everyone on social media about it all. I never met Dewey, but I imagine her to be like my favorite book –  a safe haven, an adventure, at times hilarious but also irritating, full of wisdom and anecdotes, and above all a feeling like you’re coming home.

I’ve only participated in a few Dewey’s readathons, nonetheless I know that this is just the beginning to a wonderful tradition for years to come. I am looking forward to many more hours of chocolate indulgences, graphic novel scares, pushing through sleepiness because I don’t want to lose a minute to some ZZZs, out-of-my-comfort-zone poetry, social media updates, and coffee, coffee, coffee. So here’s to book-friends, people-friends, and a cozy blanket. Have a great readathon!

A ginormous thank you to Juliane for this amazing post.

 

October 2016

October 2017 PRIZE DONATIONS!

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

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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!

October 2017

October 2017 MINI-CHALLENGE Volunteers!

It’s that time again, and we’re gathering mini-challenges for the October 21, 2017 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 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, we will do our best to conjure one for you, but we cannot be certain of it! 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! We want to host challenges across platforms, but keep in mind that we’d like as many participants to be able to take part as possible. That makes some platforms more limiting than others (for instance, a challenge on Litsy requires that all participants have the app).

When? October 21, 2017. 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!