October 2010

Welcome! and Hour 1

Yay! It’s finally here! I can’t BELIEVE how many people are participating! It’s so exciting to take a day just to read, and to do it with 400 of your closest friends. 😉

Before I get started on my blah blah blah, check out this readathon they’re doing in France! The first time they had 10 readers, and the second time they had 54! So so cool!

There’s going to be a lot going on today, and we’re going to try to help you keep it all straight. But before we start off, I want to remind everyone:

  • If you have a blog and use word verification, please turn it off for the duration of the read-a-thon. It makes it easier for the cheerleaders to cheer. :)
  • We have new buttons! Check them out on the FAQ.

If you’re participating in the readathon, please make sure you’ve signed up at the original sign up post.

You can email the hosts (Trish, Shesten, Danielle, and Bobbie) at deweyreadathon@gmail.com.

Also, if you can contribute a little bit of cash so that Shesten can send books to international participants, we’d be very grateful!

Did you see we posted the mini-challenge schedule? Go plan your day!

If you’re on Twitter, please use the hashtag #readathon. We’ll be tweeting from @readathon.

Many people update their blog every hour or every few hours, and if you’re wondering what you should update it with, other than, Still reading, here is a suggested template; you can make your own or adapt this one.

Title of book(s) read since last update:
Number of books read since you started:
Pages read since last update:
Running total of pages read since you started:
Amount of time spent reading since last update:
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!)
Mini-challenges completed:
Other participants you’ve visited:
Prize you’ve won:

Hmm…what else? I think that’s it! If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments area. I’ll either respond via email or edit the post to answer your question.

Let’s get this party started! Our first activity is this short little meme that’s become the Hour 1 tradition. This is open through Hour 3. We will then draw three winners who will each get to pick one book from our list of prizes. Have fun, and let the reading begin!

Where are you reading from today?

3 facts about me …

How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?

Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?

If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

46 thoughts on “Welcome! and Hour 1”

  1. I’m so sorry my computer hiccuped and messed up the comments by posting twice. Feel free to delete one!

  2. Where are you reading from today? Georgia!

    3 facts about me … Hmm…I can’t whistle, I know all the words to Beetlejuice, and my favorite band is Huey Lewis and The News

    How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours? 5? Maybe 6.

    Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)? Just stay away lol!

    If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time? If you get bored fast, read a short story or a graphic novel. Keeps you going 🙂

  3. Trish, Shesten, Danielle, and Bobbie,
    Kudo’s to you guys on over 400 readers. I helped Dewey with one of the early read-a-thons and I know she would be so proud and honored that you carried on the read-a-thon.

    As I a reader I am thrilled also! The 2 read a thons are my 2 favorite Saturday’s even though I don’t get to read too much – I love the excuse that all I need to do all day is read! 🙂 This day means a lot to me also because of all the bonding I get to do with other readers!

    Thanks so much!!
    Darcie

  4. Yay! I’m so excited to get started.

    Here are my three facts about myself:

    1. My To Be Read pile technically consists of hundreds of books stacked around my bedroom in out of the way places. But I really want to finish reading Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin and Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill. After those are done? Who knows.

    2. I don’t have any specific goals aside from having some devoted reading time. (Which is a huge deal for me! My past several weeks have been dominated by various projects, so I haven’t gotten much reading done.)

    3. This is my third-ish(?) readathon. The first time I ignored some advice to start out reading some short books or picturebooks to begin on a high “look at me finish books! YAY!” note, and that readathon draaaaaagged. The second time, I made sure to include some short books, and that readathon went much more smoothly. So take breaks from longer books with wee-little-baby short ones! That is all the wisdom I have.

  5. Posted my answers in these comments (#6, oops) instead of on the blog. So I’m commenting again to let you know I posted them also on my blog like I was suppose to do lol. 😡

  6. I’m so excited that the read-a-thon is finally here! Looks like we have a fantastic day in store for us – let’s hit the books!

  7. 1. Norman, OK
    2. a) I’m a firstborn b) The paternal side of my family has lived within the same 15 miles radius for over 100 years c) My 15-great grandmother was Mary Boleyn
    3. 15 or thereabouts
    4. I would like to finish a couple of books.
    5. Take breaks! Drink water. Do whatever you need to stay fresh.

  8. So here is my first meme ever 😉

    I’m reading from Poland. Pretty sure I’m the only one…

    3 facts about me …
    – I’m a vegetarian since my high-school freshman year.
    – I named my first hamster Cato, ’cause I was reading a huge compendium on ancient Greece and Rome history!
    – My musical mood for today: Jason Mraz and Bruno Mars. Don’t judge me!

    How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
    2 short stories collections, 2 theatrical plays, 2 novellas/narratives. Should be enough.

    Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
    Nothing specific.

  9. I messed up a little and ended up linking the Hour 1 Challenge under the sign up section. Oops!
    Sorry!
    Anyhow, got started a bit late – 5AM is quite early for a Saturday – so just now gettiing reading. Oh well, better late than never.
    Have fun everyone and happy reading!

  10. I’m really liking the whole idea of this! =D I’ll be starting a little late but I’ve got all of today off so I think I can make up for the time.

  11. So, I totally let the date creep up on me and forgot to prepare. Instead, I’m going to pop around and do some stealth cheerleading. It will be fun to see how everyone is doing whilst I knit away the day. Good luck to all!

  12. 3 facts about me …:

    Im Italian
    Im 17
    I have ADHD

    How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?:

    Only 3 ):

    Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?:

    2 books, hopefully (:

    If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

    I did it last time but I dont really remember much more than being distracted by blogs the whole time (:

    bratdownstairs at yahoo

  13. I have been meaning to read The Get for ages (I bought it 3 years ago) and I finally read it. It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life so the synchronicity is wonderful. The woman had a lot to say to me. It was a last minute addition to my read stack and the first one I picked up!

    This might be my only post for the read-a-thon; my computer is being super cranky. It’s on it’s last leg and I think I am going to have to step up my hunt for a new one. I’ll try to keep it going, but …

    Good luck everyone!

  14. I got a late start but I’ve managed to finish the first book and participate with a couple of blog posts and Tweets to the readathon group, so I’m feeling pretty good. On to the next.

  15. very late start for me.
    3 facts:
    I love to fish
    David Copperfield made me vanish
    My favorite food is nachos, and I can’t eat them anymore
    Books to read: only one: I’m going to get as far as I can in Atlas Shrugged.

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