Tomorrow is Dewey’s Read-a-thon.
It is a 24-hour reading, snacking, cheering, fighting-off-sleep, eyes-burning, utterly crazy, unbelievably fun event that is held twice a year in the book blogosphere. The idea is to read for 24 hours straight, with lots of breaks. It was started by a remarkable woman called Dewey whom I never met; she died before I started blogging. This wonderful event is one of her gifts to book bloggers and readers everywhere. So far, 403 readers and 63 cheerleaders will take part in tomorrow’s read-athon.
The official start time is 1pm GMT (for those in my time zone), but I will probably start reading about 3 hours earlier. This is the third time that I’m participating; I’ve been a reader twice and a cheerleader once. I’m cheerleading again this year. I’m on Team Lucky Charms and will be encouraging fellow readers (with M-P names) during hours 12-14 and then again at hour 18.
I’m in a bit of a reading slump so I’m hoping that the read-a-thon will get me over it. I’m yet to select that books that I will read. For now, I’m thinking about several novellas and a novel or two for my upcoming Ghanaian Literature Week. I’m hoping that I will be able to read for at least 18 hours. I do have a rambunctious five-year-old in the house. And although he has a play date scheduled, things are still subject to change. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Consider joining the read-a-thon if you have not made any plans for the weekend. We are allowed to read for all or part of the 24 hours. Some of us will sleep, wake up and continue reading while others will fight off sleep and read for the full 24 hours.
If you are on Twitter and are inclined to follow our progress and cheers us on, the hashtag is #readathon. The hashtag for my cheerleading team is #cheerlucky.
If you’re participating:
- Please remember to turn of word verification on your blog
- Take frequent breaks
- Have your snacks ready before you start reading
- I find drinking lots of fluids helps.
- Start with a small book. Finishing the first book is such a boost and encourages one to continue reading.
- Try and participate in the mini-challenges. There are lots of prizes to be won.
- Pace yourself
- Drop a book if you are not enjoying it
- Remember to have fun. It’s not a competition.
I will post updates every three hours.
Are you taking part in the read-a-thon? What will you read?