October 2014, readathon

Warm Up: The Goodreads Group!

This is Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and Krista from Krista on Purpose. We are so excited to announce that for the first time ever, Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon has a Goodreads Group. You can find the group HERE.

In the lead up to the Read-A-Thon, you will new discussion topics so that you can start talking about which books you plan to read, which books are your favorite, and what snacks and treats you like to eat during the Read-A-Thon. Additionally, there is a short getting to know you survey so that we can see each other’s answers and get to know each other a little bit better, all in one handy location.

During the actual Read-A-Thon, we will also be a place where you can check in and participate with other readers or ask any question that pop up. Every three hours, a new poll will go up with random questions (such as “how many cups of coffee have you consumed”). There will also be an off-topics thread where you can just chat and “hang out” with fellow readers. Maybe give your mind a little break. We will have a thread where you can tell us all what you are currently eating and make everyone jealous!

Additionally, we will be hosting these things called “reading sprints” every six hours or so. A reading sprint is where you read as much as you can as fast as you can for a set about of time. For example, in hour 6, we could have a 45 minute reading sprint where you turn off your phone and computer, ignore twitter and facebook and youtube, and just go at it and read. At the end of it, report how much progress you made. Sprints are designed to give you that little extra push and motivation.

There will be threads for different genres so that as you finish a book, you can put a book in that genre thread and let us know what you think of it. For example, if I read The Hunger Games during the Read-A-Thon, I could put that in the thread for Young Adult books and then say something like “5 stars. Excellent read, especially during the readathon. The non-stop action and suspense kept me awake and alert. Highly recommend.”

Part of the best part about incorporating Goodreads Groups into the Read-A-Thon even is that just because the actual event is over, doesn’t mean that you have to be. In the post event section, we will have space for you to offers tips and suggestions. There will be a thread so you can offer book recommendations for anyone looking for something for April.

We are really excited about incorporating Goodreads into Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon and helping this event grow even bigger and better. If you have any hints or tips or things you would like to see included, please, let us know. We want this group to be amazing. Please, take a moment to join the group and introduce yourselves to us. Let us know what you think we should do or if you have any suggestion of questions you would like to see asked. Hope to see you all there on Saturday… if not sooner!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to our fearless Goodreads group leaders! They have really taken it and run with it! 

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