One day. 24 hours. Cheerleaders. Mini challenges. Prizes. Snacks. Readers around the world. And — of course — books!
What is this glorious event of which I speak? Why, it’s Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon!
Twice a year, readers and bloggers around the world settle down for 24 hours of reading. Bloggers post about their reading, cheerleaders visit participating blogs to provide encouragement, and everyone participates in mini challenges hosted on blogs that have volunteered. There’s even a Twitter feed dedicated to the event. This Saturday, October 9th, is the next Read-a-Thon. It will be my first time participating, and I am pumped!
Apparently, if recent posts by past participants are to be believed, much planning goes into Read-a-Thon prep. People plan snacks, clean favorite reading areas, and comb through their bookshelves to find the ideal reading material. Schedules are cleared, commitments rescheduled. So much anticipation!
In my time zone, the Read-a-Thon runs from 8am on Saturday to 8am on Sunday. Since my husband and I will be driving to an out of town wedding on Sunday, I don’t anticipate making it much past midnight. If I’m going to help with the driving, I’d best be awake! I’m also signed up to be a cheerleader, which means I’ll be taking a break from my own reading to see what other bloggers are up to and provide encouragement as needed.
Today is my day for preparations. I have four reading spots to fix up. I have snacks to brainstorm and then procure. And, I have books to select. This last one is the hardest for me. I’m tempted to just browse my shelves when the time comes and grab whatever interests me at that moment. I have a feeling, though, that shorter, lighter books will be easier to get through during a sustained reading session than longer or denser books. It’s probably easiest to start with a potential pile and then branch out if those don’t work. Ack, so many factors to consider!
If you’re not signed up yet to read, or you’d just like to browse the (enormous) list of participants, you can do so here. There’s also a list of Read-a-Thon start times by time zone. Or, if you’d like to be a cheerleader, you can sign up for that as well! Questions? Check the FAQs. And finally, if you’re interested in who Dewey was and how the Read-a-Thon got its start, there’s a history page on the Read-a-Thon site as well.
My questions for you: If you’ve participated before, what do you do to prepare? Do you have any advice for a first-time participant? Or, if you haven’t participated in the past, will you be reading with us on Saturday?