24-Hour Read-A-Thon Starting in T-5 Hours!

OMG, you guys, I just found out about this and it made my day. No, it made my whole goddamn week. So here’s the story. Dewey’s Read-a-thon takes place twice a year, in October and April. On each of the two selected days, hundreds of book bloggers and reading enthusiasts sign up to read for 24 hours straight, all at the same time (you can find start times for different time zones here). During or after the read-a-thon readers post updates to their blogs and/or Twitter feeds saying how it’s going, what they’re reading, how long they’ve been reading and how many pages they’ve read.

The idea is to just read. Read as much as possible, read to the exclusion of distractions and TV, read wherever you’re comfortable, read whatever you want. Some readers go hardcore, forgoing showers, errands and social interaction – even reading while eating – and try to go the full 24 hours. Others pop in and out, taking breaks, napping and calling it a day when they get tired. Whatever your personal reading style, there’s room for it here.

I’m a late registrant, somehow having missed talk of this until now (nearly midnight and the scheduled start time for my area is 5AM!) so I won’t be going hardcore. My plan is to get up when I’m up – hopefully around 8 or 9 – and just read as much as possible for as long as I can, taking breaks as needed. I’ll see how it goes and maybe next year I’ll try for a hardcore read!

If you want to learn more about the read-a-thon, go here, or to register go here. And don’t forget to check out the blogs of participants listed on the registration page, drop some words of encouragement, and spend as much time as you can reading tomorrow!

I’ll try to add a post or two here, but if you want to see what I’m up to (and check out other readers), follow me on Twitter (@Backlist_Books) or the hashtag #readathon.

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I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to read, but here are some of the titles on my possibles list:

1. Faceless Killer (Kurt Wallander thriller #1) – Henning Mankell
2. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
3. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
4. The Cuckoo’s Calling – J.K. Rowling
5. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow – Rita Leganski
6. Further Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin

If you’re joining in, what’s in your reading pile? Any books to recommend? //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="82f610c9"; var scJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://www."); document.write("”); //]]>

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17 thoughts on “24-Hour Read-A-Thon Starting in T-5 Hours!

  1. M.

    Thank you! Just calling it now, unfortunately, with 3 hours to go. I want to keep going, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canada, and I've been informed that my family expects me to be, you know, AWAKE for Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow! But man, was this ever fun! And you cheerleaders are amazing. Thank you!

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  2. M.

    Thank you! Just calling it now, unfortunately, with 3 hours to go. I want to keep going, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canada, and I've been informed that my family expects me to be, you know, AWAKE for Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow! But man, was this ever fun! And you cheerleaders are amazing. Thank you!

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  3. M.

    Finished one book, read bits of a couple of others. Not too bad, considering this is the longest I've EVER tried to sit and read for! Thanks for all the encouragement! πŸ™‚

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  4. M.

    Finished one book, read bits of a couple of others. Not too bad, considering this is the longest I've EVER tried to sit and read for! Thanks for all the encouragement! πŸ™‚

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  5. Katrin

    That is such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this with me! I think I am doing pretty good without even knowing. Haha. I will definitely spend my evening reading! Can't wait to hear how your day is going!

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  6. M.

    Go you! Excellent! Cat woke me up – gonna get started shortly. Thanks so much for the Captcha note – I hadn't realized it was on (I HATE that thing) so I think I've removed it now. What are you reading to keep you awake?

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  7. M.

    I'm planning to pop back and forth between a few books to keep my attention going – and Fangirl will definitely be one of them! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! So excited!

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  8. sharlenesmith

    Fangirl seems to be a popular choice. I had a 1am start time and it's now 3.35am and I'm still awake! Miracle.
    Good luck with reading once you've risen from your slumber πŸ™‚ #RahRahReadathon #TeamTiger
    p.s please remove your captcha for Deweys so other cheerleaders can leave comments faster and easier. Cheers

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  9. Too Fond

    So glad you had a chance to join in on the readathon fun! You have a good list going there, but I have to give a special cheer for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I read that one recently and just loved it. I hope you do, too. Go reading! πŸ™‚ #TeamTiger

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