Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is on 22 October and I will be participating for the very first time.
So what is it?
Dewey created the readathon on her blog (now archived) in 2007 but sadly she passed away in 2009. Her husband used to attend 24 hour comic events so she decided to do the same with books. The readathon continues in her memory and is held every April and October.
It is basically a pretty low key event that encourages you to read as much as possible in 24 hours. There are prizes to win, even for just signing up and posting throughout the day on all social media platforms. You can also volunteer. There are options to sign up to be a cheerleader, helping to organise the readathon, help with the prizes, etc.
Everyone in the world starts at the same moment but you will need to work out what time this is for you. It depends on where in the world you live! There is a helpful date and time tool on the website to help you work it all out.
To sign up (completely free and very easy to do!) or for further information, please click here.
My Starting Time:
Brisbane, Australia start time is 10pm, on Saturday 22 October, so 24 hours from then is 1opm Sunday 23 October.
Where will I be active?
I am going to be a cheerleader!
This means I will check out some other participants and drop by their social media accounts and/or blog and say hello and give a few encouraging words
While I have decided to have a TBR, I may only follow it loosely. It will definitely be subject to my mood. I have a few graphic novels I want to read, which I may catch up on at 10pm, at the start of the readathon before I sleep! I also have some bookclub books I need to read and I am trying to stay with a spooky theme for Halloween. Or at least attempting too (since this is also the theme for our bookclub this month – besides Crooked Kingdoms which technically isn’t spooky but EVERYONE just wanted to read it).
I got both Rat Queens Vol 1 and Saga Vol 2 at Brisbane ComicCon this year and I am really looking forward to reading them. It’s been awhile since I have read Saga Vol 1, so I may dive into the first one before reading the second.
I figure it’s always handy to have some graphic novels on hand, whether I choose to read them late on Saturday night so I can fit some reading in before I sleep at the start of the readathon, or to break up my reading later on Sunday.
The Witches by Roald Dahl is a favourite of mine from when I was younger.The Witches is a perfect short read for a readathon. It also fits the Spooky theme for the month of October. I am trying to buy up Roald Dahl’s books secondhand and read them all so this will be my first book read (hopefully!) towards that goal.
I recently picked up The Woman in Black by Susan Hill from a Lifeline Bookfest event. It is an extremely short novel and fits the spooky theme perfectly. I haven’t watched the movie or read the book before so I don’t know much about it, other than that it is quite creepy.
My Bookclub Picks:
So for my bookclub (hosted by Dymocks in Brisbane, everyone is welcome!), we have a set book a month and then we all vote for two others. Usually we have a theme and this month is a spooky one. The Call is the set pick for the month and Nightfall and Crooked Kingdom won the most votes out of a list we nominated at the meeting. (Crooked Kingdoms technically isn’t very spooky but we all read Six of Crows for another month and desperately need to know what happens!!).
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski will be my official novel that I am going to attempt to finish in the readathon. It focuses on a set of twins living on an island where it has been 14 years of day and 14 years of night is fast approaching and everyone needs to leave the island, but just when this is about to happen, the twins’ friend disappears and they volunteer to go and find them, not knowing if they will make it back in time. Sounds spooky for sure.
Crooked Kingdoms by Leigh Bardugo is a highly anticipated release for me. I actually don’t think I will read it in this readathon BUT it will be next on my list. Who knows? I may even get a chance to start it in the readathon – we will see!
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin is YA, paranormal dystopian?? I think? It’s confusing and weird and wonderful. I am about halfway through as you can see. I may just finish this one in time for the readathon. Otherwise I will be finishing it off at the start and putting too much pressure on myself.
Let me know about you!
Are you participating this year? Do you want to encourage each other? Have you participated previously? Any tips and tricks for a first time 24hr readathoner? Let me know 🙂