April 2017, Uncategorized

Warm Up: Music While We Read

I grew up being one of those choir freaks. I feel deeply connected to music, so naturally when I read I also like to listen to music. However, I get distracted easily, so all the music I listen to while I read is instrumental. Now, some of you might think that sounds boring. However, I will tell you there is instrumental music that can move anyone’s soul. If your looking for something to listen to while you read here are my suggestions.

Movie sound tracks have wonderful music. Here are some of my current favorites to listen to:

Finding Nemo
Passengers
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Monster, Inc.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Boss Baby
Game of Thrones
Night at the Museum
Forrest Gump
Schindler’s List
P.S. I Love You
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Sherlock
Downton Abbey
Edward Scissorhands
Avatar
And of course any of the Harry Potter Movie Sound Tracks!

If you are into to popular songs that are on the radio, there are several artists that recreate them instrumentally. Here are my recommendations for some awesome artists:

The Piano Guys
2Cellos
Simply Three
Vitamin String Quartet
Brooklyn Duo
Midnite String Quartet
Dallas String Quartet
Piano Tribute Players

For those of you who like classical music I recommend some more contemporary composers:

Philip Wesley
Break of Reality
Brain Crain
Michele McLaughlin
Joe Bongiorno

A non-music suggestion is some ambient sounds. I have been loving ASMR Rooms on YouTube.  The creator is brilliant, and who doesn’t want to feel like you’re in your favorite Hogwarts house common room?

Currently I’m loving 221 B Baker Street.


Also, the website coffitivity.com gives you the feeling of being inside a coffee shop from wherever you happen to be

For those of you who have Spotify, as an added bonus I created a playlist that contains 24 hours worth of music to listen to with no repeats. The playlist is entitled “24 hour Readathon Playlist” The playlist is also free to listen to on random shuffle for those that aren’t premium members. Here’s the direct link!

Whatever you choose to listen to I wish you happy listening and happy reading.

Find Elizabeth on Instagram at @lizzardreads!

April 2017, Uncategorized

Warm Up: Why Readathons Make the Book Community Stronger

Hi, my name is Dannii and I am a self-confessed bibliophile. Ever since the age when meaningless squiggles turned to letters on a page, I have been obsessed with reading. It was not until relatively recently, however, that I discovered the wonderful people of the online book community.

I know, I know. Where had I been?

Late 2015 I watched my first Booktube video (Sahsa Alsberg’s, if you’re wondering) and I created my own bookstagram and GoodReads accounts the very next day.

2016 was the year of my very first readathon, and I don’t think it was until that time that I realized how equally infatuated I had become with both reading and the wonderful people who proclaimed their shared passion as mine, on the internet.

Being a reader was always in my blood. Being surrounded by people who never understood or appreciated my ardor never dulled my captivation with books. It did, however, dull something inside of myself. I never stopped reading. But I did stop talking about reading. Reading was not only my escape but became the only sphere I had in which to be truly myself.

I lost a part of myself in all these years of living almost, what felt like, a double life. One in which every night I would travel to past times and fantastical lands, trade the everyday for the make-believe, perform feats of breathtaking magic, fall in love over and over again, and never tell a soul about it the next day.

The internet provided a space for me to not only share this hidden part of my myself, but for me to be, finally, understood.

Reading, by its very nature, is a solo activity, often suited to those with an introverted nature. How wonderful that this singular-person activity could be shared online with like-minded people and even transformed into a group event in the form of a readathon. How wonderful to lose myself in a book and find myself in the realization that hundreds or thousands of others are performing the very same activity, at the very same time as myself.

Readathons, and their controlled times of fevered reading, enlivens us to share our passions and to delight in the sharing of others. It encourages us to loudly proclaim what we love and to proudly mark ourselves as part of this open and inclusive community.

During a readathon, we become not several individuals performing the same activity, but a banded and passionate army of bibliophiles; promoting our love, our true selves, and, most importantly, each other.

Find your thing and you’ll find your tribe. Shout it loudly as you hold them close. I found both my passion and my people, and they are all of you.

Thank you so much, Dannii! You can follow Dannii on Twitter at @dannii.elle.reads or at United by Pop where she is a blogger.

April 2017, Uncategorized

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!

You can also visit Becky at https://beckyrenner.com.

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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!

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We Will See YOU in October!

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In the meantime, keep in touch! Follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook group.

April 2016, Uncategorized

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!

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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?


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The Pre-Party Post

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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!