Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon
Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Some Beginning Questions...
So What is it Exactly?
There is a dedicated Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Page if you want to find out more information on how it started, if you want to sign up, check out FAQs or even download a bookmark you can use for each hour to track your reading.
To keep it short: Dewey was book blogger who had the idea to start a 24 hour readathon, an event where you tried to read as much as you could within a 24 hour time frame. The readathon grew in popularity between the year it started in 2007 and in 2008. Unfortunately, Dewey died in 2008 but the readathon continues in her memory and occurs twice a year.
Hang on, do you have read for the ENTIRE 24 Hours?
Only if you are a book reading robot. Otherwise, it is just as much as you want to read within a 24 hour time frame. I like sleeping at least for some of the hours!
Cool, I want to join!
Sure thing. Sign up on Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon page with what social media sites (if any) you will be most active on during the readathon. Not only are you eligible for door prizes when you do sign up, you are also cheered along by dedicated cheerleaders but you also help the hosts have an idea of just how many people are participating in the event!
There is even a world clock that lets you know, based on your time zone, what time you should start to follow along with the rest of the world.
For me, my start time is 10 pm on Saturday, finishing at 9.55pm on Sunday.
Where can I find you?
I use an Australian/New Zealand hashtag so us Aussies and New Zealanders can cheer each other on while the rest of world naps during their night hours!
Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: My TBR
Check out my TBR below with my comments on why I chose each one. I recommend reading a variety of genres and formats to change up the reading. Shorter and faster reads are excellent at the start to keep up your motivation and it is always good to have a short story, poetry or graphic novel in between the longer reads.
This time around, I have:
· 2 x short story collections (though one is super tiny)
· 1 poetry collection
· 2 x graphic novels
· 1 x YA novel
· 1 x Adult novel
Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Top 5 Tips
Here are the top 5 tips I’ve picked up from previous readathons:
Always keep a backup (screenshots, an extra timer on google running in the background) as it is so easy to accidentally reset the clock. I also recommend using Bookly if you have an iOS device (not sponsored). I just really love the ability to track both time and pages read while reading. I don’t really have the discipline to do this year-round with my reading but I do like using the app for each readathon I participate in.
Make sure you have either regular meals or snacks while reading. Preferably ones you can eat with one hand! Seriously though, it is important that you don’t get so involved in your reading and trying to read for as many hours as possible that you forget to eat!
3. Drink Water:
Similar to the tip above, make sure you drink enough water. Don’t dehydrate! Especially if you are going to be awake for longer than normal.
4. Regular breaks:
Whether you want to sleep your normal hours or just take quick super naps during the 24 hour period, make sure you don’t push yourself too far and listen to your body. If you need to sleep, that is OK! Also take regular breaks, stand up and stretch, walk up to the kettle rather than get your husband to bring you tea (just me?) and give your eyes a bit of break now and then. They are doing a lot of work!
While reading is usually a solitary activity, it is so much fun to connect into the reading community and find others like you that love reading. Make some new friends, follow some new readers, add more books to your TBR pile. Whether you are hanging out on Twitter, Instagram, Litsy, Facebook or all of them, make sure you use the hashtag #readathon and follow the dedicated page (just search Dewey’s readathon and you will find it!). The dedicated readathon page on each of the socials will be reposting other readers’ posts and there will be mini challenges throughout that you might just win a prize for!
Happy Reading everyone!