I’m so excited. Last fall was my first Readathon, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting my second ever since. Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is just what it sounds like: readers around the world spend the same 24 hours (or as many of those hours as they want) immersed in books. People read on their own, listen to audiobooks, read with their kids…anything that involves books! There are also events happening throughout, coordinated on the main Readathon website. It’s ridiculously fun, and I can’t wait to do it again.
Another way to participate is to be a cheerleader for part of the event. I did this last year, and I had so much fun I’m doing it again this year! You’re assigned a block of participants, and then you spend a little time reading their updates and cheering them on. It’s nice to take a break from reading and see what everyone else is doing, plus as a reader it’s wonderful to get that bit of encouragement!
You don’t have to have a blog to participate. There’s a group on Facebook, or you can follow @readathon or the hashtag #readathon on Twitter. Or you can just read sometime during the specified hours and know that tons of other people around the world are doing it with you.
For the last Readathon, I gathered a pile of books mostly at random that I pulled from during the event. This year, I’m doing things a little differently. I’ll be using the Readathon to catch up on some of the ARCs and other reading commitments that have been hanging around! I’m really excited to devote a block of time to these books, as they all look interesting. I’m trying to stick to the faster, lighter, shorter, gripping reads from my list, just because I know they’ll go more quickly! Here’s what I’m including so far:
- Hush by Eishes Chayil
- The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton
- The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard
- Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterley
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
- The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
- Nazareth, North Dakota by Tommy Zurhellen
I also have a Reading Buddies book (The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen) and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, should I find myself feeling particularly scholarly and energetic! I’ll also have at least one audiobook, though I’m not sure which yet. Last time my husband and I took a walk in the evening, and I listened to my book. It was a nice break from reading inside.
I know there’s no way I’ll make it through even half of those books, but I do enjoy having a variety available. It’s much easier to grab from that pool and go than stand in front of my overstuffed shelves, deliberating and wasting precious reading minutes.
All that’s left for me to do is to tidy up my reading areas and stuff the cupboards with tasty snacks!
How about you? Are you participating in the Readathon? If so, what preparations do you undertake?