The April 2009 Read-a-thon Info & Sign-ups

In October 2007, Dewey from The Hidden Side of a Leaf started the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, an event that was inspired by 24 Hour Comics Day. In her words, here’s how the read-a-thon got started:

My husband and son go to 24 Hour Comics Day, an annual event held in October. My role has always been to drive them there and pick them up the next morning, so that my husband doesn’t have to drive half an hour after being up all night working on his comic.

When I participated in MotherReader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge this past spring (and even won a prize!), I was reminded of the 24 Hour Comics Day. That weekend, I decided that this October 20th (a Saturday), while my husband and son are off making comics, I would hold a 24 Hour Readathon. Ideally, if it goes well, I’d like to make it an annual thing.

When Dewey first started the read-a-thon in October 2007, 37 people participated. When she again hosted the read-a-thon in June 2008, 69 people participated. At Dewey’s last read-a-thon in October 2008, there were 119 people participating. As someone who helped Dewey with the organization and execution of the read-a-thon, I can tell you that she was blown away by the response to her idea.

The read-a-thon, in about one year’s time, became such a cornerstone of the book blogging community that the event was nominated for best event/carnival/meme for BBAW. It didn’t win, but Dewey really appreciated the nomination.

After Dewey passed away, the three of us who had helped Dewey with the past two read-a-thons, Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) knew we wanted to continue the tradition. We certainly don’t expect to live up to the high standard that Dewey set for us, but we can certainly try.

So mark your calendars! The next 24-Hour Read-a-thon will start: April 18th at 5am Pacific (1pm GMT).

For information about the 24-Hour Read-a-thon CLICK HERE. There are some changes, so even if you’ve participated before, please look for new information.

If you would like to host a mini-challenge, please email DeweyReadathon at gmail.

If you would like to donate a prize, please email DeweyReadathon at gmail. For prize ideas, check out the prize list from last time.

If you would like to help with an organizational task, please check out the FAQ page to see a list of tasks and email us at DeweyReadathon at gmail if you would like to take on any of them.

If you would like to donate BookMooch points that will be given to BookMooch charities during the event, please email DeweyReadathon at gmail.

There are new buttons available at the FAQ page!

To sign up to be a Reader, use Mr Linky below.

To sign up to be a Cheerleader, use Mr Linky below. Don’t forget to send an email to DeweyReadathon at gmail if you want to host a mini-challenge.

96 thoughts on “The April 2009 Read-a-thon Info & Sign-ups”

  1. For some reason it’s signing me up as a Cheerleader too when I sign up to be a reader :/ I don’t want to commit myself to being a cheerleader though because I know I won’t have time to be honest! I’m just going to want to read!

  2. Woohoo!!! I’d like to do an hour of cheerleading also, but I haven’t figured out when I want to fit that in. I guess I might just wing it on the actual day.

    Thank you ladies for hosting again. We all miss Dewey, but this is the perfect way to keep her memory alive.

  3. Thanks for hosting this ladies! I’m going to donate some books too–just need to see which ones and I’ll knit up some dishcloths.

  4. I am so excited to be participating in the read-a-thon for the first time. Thank you for carrying on this great event in Dewey’s name.

  5. Yay! My schedule for the 18th/19th is currently clear… let’s hope it stays that way!

    I think I’ll be able to donate some a prize or two as well… will let you know.

  6. Jessica, and Shelly Burns: We are unable to edit the links in the Mr Linky. You’ll need to re-enter your info, and we will delete the old links.

  7. I cannot commit to this weekend but I will pop in and cheer when I can. THANK YOU for continuing this awesome event. It IS so fun! I’ll be thinking of you ALL even though I’ll be off NOT reading and NOT at my computer much…

  8. I think I’m going to hedge my bets, and sign up for both. I can’t read for 24 hours straight, but I can read in bursts, and run around everyone’s blogs with my virtual pompoms – at least once! 🙂

  9. I am super excited about the read-a-thon. The only problem I have is I have to work for 5 hours on the 18th! Argh! But I’ll be working in a library, so . . . maybe I’ll have an interesting post about that. 🙂 So I am planning on reading for 18 out of the 24 hours. Is that valid? I’ll definitely spend some work time hopping around to other readers, cheering them on!!

  10. Jessica, it’s totally valid! People are more than welcome to participate for only part of the 24 hours. Normally only a handful of brave survivors make it to the very end anyway 😛

  11. This will be my first attempt at the read-a-thon – but I am very excited, even though I am quite anxious.

    While I don’t think I can manage the full 24 hours of reading -and still be functional to teach the following week – I am going to try to do a ‘half marathon’ — 12 hours in the 24 hour period.

    Thank you so much for hosting such a fun, productive challenge!

  12. I signed up. This sounds very interesting. I will post a blog about this on Thursday when i will have time to write one up. I love to read 🙂

  13. Looking forward to reading – and am trying to commendeer the super-comfy couch at my grandparent’s place as it’s the best spot ever to read!

  14. I’m all signed up but I’m not participating like I wanted to. This year I was going to leave my kids with hubby and go to my mom’s house for uninterrruped reading but April 19 I have a bridal shower to go to. So I will do my best to read all day long and most of the night but won’t be able to stay up ALL night long as I’ll be leaving for the bridal shower in the morning of the 19th. 🙁

  15. This is going to be my first read-a-thon and after hearing some of my friends talk about it, I am very excited!! Thank you so much for hosting this!!!

  16. Can you delete my first signup? I needed to change my link. Thanks!

    I doubt I’ll be able to do 24 hours. I’m going to shoot for 18!

  17. I just came to sign my daughter and I up to read. Unfortunately, I goofed. I accidentally signed Annie up under “cheerleaders” instead of “readers.” I will go add her to the readers, but could you possibly remove her from the cheerleaders? I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!

  18. Alright, I’m a bit scared because I haven’t stayed up all night since 1996 or something. And I really like sleeping. Also, I have an appointment at the exact hour I’m supposed to be starting this so I’ll have to get up even earlier to begin I guess. Oy, it’s going to be interesting! I’ll take that advice on short, light books to heart.

  19. I want to cheerlead, but do I have to commit to a particular time during the read a thon? My kids will be on spring break then and I’m not sure what we’re doing that day.

  20. Finally, finally, finally, I can participate in the Read-a-thon! I’m so excited! My only regret was that I didn’t get to partake in the festivities when Dewey was still with us. But Wordlily, Nymeth, and Hey Lady! are so great, I know they’ll make Dewey proud. Yay Read-a-thon 2009!

  21. Whoops! I accidentally added my name to the Cheerleader list. I’m a participant this year although I will certainly be rooting for everyone else too! 😀

  22. Hey ladies, I just signed up to be a cheerleader – I have to work during the day on Saturday so I would prefer to cheerlead late in the evening, sometime between 10 pm and midnight (I’m in central time). Hope that will work! I’m sorry I can’t participate as a reader, but cheerleading will definitely be fun!

  23. I remember there was a read-a-thon shortly after I started blogging in June, and then I wasn’t able to participate in the October one, but I’m going to give it a try now. I remember reading a lot of people’s posts in June. Lol… I don’t know if I’ll be able to do all the wonderful fancy stuff and all, but I’ll read 😉 and grab my kids for some of it, too.

  24. Thanks for putting all of this together! I plan on taking some breaks and being a cheerleader. I don’t think I can read 24 hours straight.

  25. Hi!
    I have been a stalker of lots of reading blogs for a long time and I have finally decided to get a blog of my own! One of the main reasons is to join the 24 hour read a thon with you all! So I hope you don’t mind if a newbie blogger that no one knows joins in…I am hoping this will be a great introduction to the wonderful book blogging world!

    Obsessed Reader

  26. I have an appointment on Saturday, so I can’t really participate in the 24 hours, but I’m really excited to drop in and be a cheerleader!!! 🙂 I’ll definitely be dropping in, and probably be feeling sad that I’m not part of it all!

  27. G’day from the land down under!!! Lol

    Alaine ( and I are participating in the read-a-thon together this weekend however and are super excited. Due to the time difference, we would have to start at 10pm Saturday and finish at 10pm Sunday (not very good when we have to work on Monday morning!)

    So we’ve decided to start at 9am AEST on Saturday and finish at 9am AEST on Sunday! That means we’ll have about 11 hours doing this alongside you guys. It also means that by the time you start, we’ll be over the halfway mark and pushing on into the dead of the night!

    If you would like to cheer us Aussies on for our early start, we would love your support. However, we’re happy to have 11 hours with you guys too.

    Yay for our first read-a-thon!

  28. I finally did it! I know that I won’t be able to read the entire time, but I’ll do double duty as a cheerleader when I can’t dedicate my time to reading. I’m going to read through the night. If anyone would like to tag team with me for the rest of the 24 hours, let me know!

  29. I didn’t think I was going to be able to participate this time but a way just opened up. I’ve been helping my sister with the post surgery/post stroke care of my Mom since just before New Year’s. I just learned that my Mom will be spending Sunday with my brother’s family and my sister will devote the day to mother/son activities. Which leaves me free to sleep off the Read-a-thon fatigue duty and guilt free Sunday. I may not be able to devote the full 24 as I’ve been riding the sleep deprivation roller coaster since news of Mom’s fall just before Thanksgiving. Plus I’m not going to push the evening KP duties onto my sister’s overflowing plate even for this. But she has given her blessing to my participating as much as possible on Saturday. It sounds like a mini-vacation. a get-away into story!

    I am so glad you guys are keeping the read-a-thon alive in Dewey’s honor. During the last one–my third–I was feeling so blessed by the experience, I was planning to promise to help out with the next one but then I jumped right into NaNoWriMo and then news of my Mom’s fall was followed by news of Dewey’s passing… Reading, writing and sleep time have been in limited supply since then. Sometimes I’m not sure I’m even the same person I was last October.

  30. Do you think this blog will have any updates before Saturday? I was hoping to see some encouragement or information – perhaps on prizes or contests. Anything at all from the leaders of this read-a-thon?

  31. I would have liked to be a reader, but I am gonna offline a great deal, and not able to read that much either.
    So I signed up as a cheerleader, sadly no mini challenges, but I will sure come by Saturday (my time) evening and Sunday morning to cheer on everyone 🙂 As much as I can

  32. After months of considering this I’ve decided to sign up. It’s the perfect weekend since my daughters are at their Dad’s house although I do have a previous lunch engagement in the afternoon so those hours will be taken by other activities BUT I think it sounds fun and I’ll take an audio book to listen to on my way to and from.

  33. I just signed up. I hope this Saturday isn’t one of those days where everyone I know or ever met decides to call me and catch up.

  34. I just discovered this today! I think I’ll try it out. Hopefully I’ll have a lot of time tomorrow – depends on what my parents want to do and if I end up being dragged along!

  35. I’ve signed up but not sure if I’m doing this right? I’m wanting to read as much as I can tomorrow and not sure how much that will be???? Can I put a book down at anytime and start reading something else???? if anyone can please email me at ezziriah (at) gmail (dot) com so I know I’m doing this right? I have a toddler so don’t think i can commit to the full 24 hours but,while we are here at the house I can read. Its just I know I have a few things to do on the 19th and not sure if I can read all day so would love to read as much as i can tho

  36. I’m pretty much housebound this weekend (sitting with my 87-year-old father who is recuperating from double-pneumonia) so I hope to be checking in and out some, all depending on how he does and how much time I really end up with for reading, etc.

    Unfortunately, I only have one book left here that I haven’t read – so I may have to sneak out in the morning to find something more.

    I haven’t had much sleep in the last two weeks, so this is really iffy.


  37. I cannot believe I just signed that! UGH… now I’m getting scared!
    I am JUST home from an extra long vacation (anyone who reads Random Wonder knows my hubby was injured while visiting our son in Iowa) and most of my reading should be mail! However, I also have a stack of ARCs begging for my attention! Excited at my first time, but a bit worried too…

  38. Last minute sign-up here. I didn’t think I’d be able to participate this time round, but my daughter isn’t coming home for the weekend after all, and maybe if I don’t announce that I’m doing a 24-hour-readathon the rest of the household will somehow not realize it’s going on and protest. 🙂

  39. I’ve heard of many fellow YA book bloggers joining this and thought I’d give it a go. Sounds like fun. It will be my first read-a-thon.

  40. Thanks to the wonderful organizers for the Read-A-Thon! Joining in at the last minute, should be a great time – good luck and have fun everyone 🙂

  41. Family commitments won’t allow me to participate today, but I’ll be spending some time on the sidelines cheering! Good luck everyone!

  42. I have begun my Read-a-thon some time back.. I am reading “MAHATMA GANDHI The Pioneer of Indian Freedom Struggle.”
    It would be fun if all the readers would leave their comments here….. 🙂
    I really want to stay up all night and read.. hope my roomies don’t mind the lights…
    Good Luck Everyone… 🙂 ?Happy Read-a-Thon…. Happy weekend.. 😉

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