April 2017

Thank you!!!

Thank you everyone, for another great readathon! Though we had a ton of hiccups (I really hope this posts soon) the love, the reading, and the joy in both were there in full force (perhaps even more?). We will be back later with a full wrap up, but again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Also, one bit of important information:

The next readathon will be OCTOBER 21, 2017!!!!

April 2017

April 2017 READER (and Volunteer) Sign-Ups!

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Ready for the Biggest Reading Party of the Year?

Thought so!

In addition to reader and volunteer signups in this post, we also wanted to unveil a new addition to readathon. This season we’ll be putting an emphasis on philanthropy and giving. Dewey was one of the most generous people we’ve ever known, willing to give her time and energy and love to our community of readers. We want to share our love of reading and learning through giving. Giving takes many forms, and we know not everyone has the resources to give financially but we’ll be looking at several ideas throughout the event. room to read logoOur focused effort will be a goal of raising $1,000 for Room to Read, a non-profit organization focusing on literacy and girls’ education across Africa and Asia. You can visit our campaign page or check out Room to Read’s Charity Navigator report card.

Without further ado, reader sign ups are live and we’re so excited for you to join us on April 29, 2017. Please sign up to join us below and come to the (1st) biggest book party of the year!


If you’d like to volunteer to help with the event, sign up below and we’ll get back to you!

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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!

October 2016

Hour 5 – Take Care of Yourself!

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Hi there! Heather back to check on you lovely readers! How many books have you read? How many snacks have you ate? Did you get up and stretch a bit? Rest your eyes? As you grab book after book after book, remember to pace yourselves! We have a long way to go!

Mini-Challenges

A Puzzling Read

Book and Snack Challenge

Bookish Other Half

Prize Winners

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Bryan from Still Unfinished

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016

Hour 2 – It’s All About the Comfort

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So, how are you doing out there? Getting comfortable? Settling in with a good book? Comfort is so important today. A nice place to sit, the right amount of light, the right clothes…all go to a wonderful reading experience. Make sure you’re comfy, you’re just getting started!

Mini-Challenges

Six Word Story

Intro Survey!

Prize Winners

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Sally Allen Books

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016

Hour 1 – Let’s Get this Party Started!

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Hey guys! Heather here, ready to get this party going! I want to send a huge shout out to a few people for helping us out behind the scenes. We are not doing any official cheering this go round, but Jenn, Memory, and Kelly have graciously agreed to help us out with our Instagram account, Liberty is heading up our Litsy, and Kathryn is tackling Facebook AND Goodreads. And of course all our lovely co-hosts who will be posting today and watching Twitter. Andi and I will be circling everything to make sure it all runs smoothly, but these gals are carrying the brunt on these fronts and we SO appreciate it. Give them a round of applause y’all.

Also, it goes without saying that we are so thankful for Dewey. This was her brainchild and we are so honored to keep the Readathon going in her memory. If you are unfamiliar with Dewey, I encourage you to check out our History page. She was an extraordinary woman and she is so missed. Thank you Dewey!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

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Now, LET’S GET STARTED!!! GO READ!!!

Mini-Challenges

Intro Survey!

Prize Winners

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KristaOnPurpose

CLAIM YOUR PRIZE HERE!

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016

Hour 0 – Opening Event Questions

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Hello everyone! I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE. I can’t wait to get started, so, shall we?

Opening Meme:

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!

Click below to link up!

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016

Warm Up Post: Asking the Experts

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Those words have come out of my mouth on many an occasion . . .although I am not your typical book worm. I didn’t grow up reading . . . I was more in to paper dolls and doll houses. My library finds consisted of The Bobbsey Twins when I was in grade school – shared them with my best friend. Then we moved on to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Reading ended for me for a few years – – – until my era of reading Janette Oke pioneer women stories in the 1980’s. Then in the 1990’s my sister and I started our own version of Oprah’s Book Club – naming it after ourselves and sharing a book a month across the miles. Now I’m at the time in life when I am much freer to do as I please – and I should be pouring through the books. I’m writing this blog post because I don’t seem to be able to stay motivated (and sometimes awake) enough to read all the great books I have either collected or purchased on my Kindle!

What is my problem? I tend to think that I can’t sit and read unless certain household chores are done. That’s #1. Secondly, when I do sit to read I find myself being sleepy.

So if my goal is to become an avid reader then I need to fix those things which keep me from it. Easier said than done – My personality is pretty set in it’s way and my medicines make me sleepy – but there has to be some ideas out there to free up more time. I have friends who read like crazy – maintain nice homes and socialize . . . let me become a student of them! So, they have graciously allowed me to interview them with a few short questions.

Here are their valued responses:

When is your best reading time?

Tami (my sister) – I read most consistently in the evenings. My husband and I have very different taste in television viewing, so I sometimes escape to another room to read when I don’t want to listen to his shows. When I’m home alone, I read rather than turning on the TV. It has been a standard practice at our house to read before bedtime for our entire marriage. Reading in bed has become more difficult with age because of restless legs, aching back, etc., things that interfere with comfort. But I still rarely go to sleep without picking up a book – even if I only read a page or two.

Carol (friend and co-worker) – Any time night or day is my best reading time! However, I find myself reading most, in the mornings, sitting out on the deck with my coffee. Another best time is when I cannot sleep and get up about 3 a.m. and read for about 3 hours! Well, and another favorite time is late afternoon, again out on the deck, sitting in the sun! (Yes, night or day!)

Mary (Tami’s friend) – I read before I go to bed . . . not in bed. If I don’t have a book to read . . I am rather miskanbobbled . . . LOL (Oh wait . . . it is just worse when I don’t have a book to read . . LOL)

Is it easy for you to sit and read if there are household chores you could do? If so – tell me your theory on this!

Tami – Yes and No. I’m not a terribly finicky housekeeper, so I can ignore a certain amount of housework. Again, it’s easier in the evening. I established a plan when my kids were young that gave me 9:00 pm. cutoff for housework. Anything not done by that time, I was allowed to put on hold for the next day. I would have an hour or so to myself, and I usually spent it reading. I sometimes read in the afternoon, but it’s more difficult to ignore household duties then, so I play games with myself: One chapter, one chore; or 30 minutes of reading, 15 of housework.

Carol – It is usually pretty easy! Sometimes I do have thoseh chores crossing in and out of my mind. My best theory is, though, that those chores will still be waiting when I come to a good stopping place in my book, or, I come to the end of the book . . . and I’m not ready to start another one! A proven theory is that “things will get bad enough” and I will definitely have to put those pages down!

Mary – What I do when I feel like reading during the day and I need to get work done, I treat myself . . . like when the living room is dusted and vacuumed . . . then I can read for a few minutes, then off to the next project.

What is the one thing that will keep you from sitting and reading?

Tami – Restless legs!! I asked my husband his opinion on this one and his immediate response was “TV! It’s so much easier to stare at the television and it’s a habit, I think.” Since we usually eat in front of the TV (another bad habit) it’s harder to turn it off and pick up a book. For me, it’s my phone – Facebook, Pinterest, games . . . I can get distracted for hours.

Carol – Social obligations! (And when “things get bad enough”)!

Mary – Not much if it is a really good book . . . well maybe going to work . . I have not figured out how to drive the school bus and read at the SAME time . . . if I get that figured out . . . I will let you know!

What is your biggest benefit from the reading that you do?

Tami – There are many benefits. Reading has given me a broader perspective. Reading has increased my vocabulary, my knowledge, and my interests. There are many places and events that I know about only because I read it in a book. Reading has introduced me to a much wider assortment of people than I could meet in reality. But the biggest benefit has got to be escape. I have gotten through stress, boredom, sadness, and even fear by escaping into the fantasy world of a book. Even when there is nothing in my world that I want to get away from, reading lets me escape to old friends or totally new characters; a mystery to solve, or a mind to explore; real life events or a little magic.

Carol – I don’t think I can limit it to one! Here are some benefits and they all seem big: Entertainment; escape; learning about new things and old things, and places, and increasing my vocabulary. Books are full of tidbits! A big thing that people who don’t read miss is this: Reading the story of someone else, true or fiction, can benefit the reader with different perspectives on different situations, and in turn, the reader may learn to have more understanding and tolerance for those around them (and more empathy for themselves as well)!

Mary – It has increased my vocab a lot . . . not that I use the words but I know what they mean . . . when I was much younger and I came across a word in a book I didn’t know, I would look it up . . . don’t have to do that so much anymore . . . and I think it is relaxing . . . even a good suspense book! I wish it made me a better speller – but nope!

Thanks ladies for your thoughts!

I also did some of my own research and found a few tips that I will try as well!

One reader said to set a goal per reading session – determine that you will read 15 pages before laying the book down.

Another piece of good advice – ignore what you “should” be reading – and read what you like! As my sister often says, “Life’s too short for bad books”.

And because it’s technically possible – be prepared digitally across all your mobile devices – Ipad, smart phone, and of course Kindle – to read the same book wherever you are.

Sacrifice something. You’ve got 24 hours in a day. You spend 8–10 hours (hopefully not much more) working. You spend 6–8 hours sleeping. You’ve got family and friends to spend time with every day. All of this doesn’t leave much time for other interests, like reading. So . . . I have determined that in order for me to make strides in my TBR list in 2017 I will be more “intentional” about my reading. 9 p.m. seems to have been the most popular hour of the day to say – – – I’m done for today – – – I will read now. For me that means that TV will be sacrificed. Shows can be recorded and watched at another time – but not after 9 p.m. Then I will hit the sack and get some extra sleep – the best solution for my sleepy eyes!

Thank you again to my friends who shared their secrets to reading success . . . I admire all three of them in the books they have read and what they know! I thought it was very interesting that “my experts” all had some of the same feelings about reading. Tried and true advice . . .

Everyone make sure to sign up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon coming very soon – Saturday, October 22! I can’t wait!

Thank you Teri! Be sure to follow Teri’s reading tomorrow over at Henningsen Happenings!

October 2016

So, where CAN you find us online anyway?

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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.
Twiter:
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.
Goodreads:
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.
Facebook:
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!!!
October 2016

We Need Your Help with Cheering.

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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!