It’s that time of year again – time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! It starts tomorrow (for a list of start times by time zone, go here) and goes all day long. I was supposed to be away right now, so I’m a bit late to the party, but better late than never, right?

In case you’re new to the readathon, here’s what you need to know:

What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs, Twitters, Tumblrs, Goodreads and MORE about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey (her blog is archived at the Wayback Machine). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is hosted by Heather and Andi of The Estella Society, with help from volunteers. – from the “About” page on Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon site

It’s a great opportunity to re-focus your reading energy if you’re lagging, an excuse to ignore everything else for a couple of days and just read, and a great way to knock off some of those books that have been stubbornly hanging around on your TBR pile for way too long.

I’ve participated in the readathon many, many times now, so I’ve got some helpful pro tips here if you’re interested.

If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late! Head on over and register for the readathon right now!

I’m going to be playing it by ear this year in terms of which books I read, and I know I won’t be up to doing the full 24 hours. But I’ll be reading as much as I can and checking in with everyone’s progress on Twitter! Head on over and join in the fun.

Good luck, Readathoners!


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