According to the website, Dewey’s readathon is described as this: 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.
For me, it’s a chance to connect with new bloggers, and take a chunk out of my ever-growing TBR pile. It’s also a chance to ignore all of those worries, get rid of all the distractions, and just read. How often do we get a chance to do that?
I have heard of this readathon before, but this October was my first time ever participating. Wow, do I have a lot to learn… In New Zealand’s time zone it started at 1am, so I wasn’t confident in my ability to stay up for the entire 24 hours. Still, just dedicating the day to reading was okay!
I was up at 8, and very proud of that. However, with the rugby quarter finals on, I didn’t end up actually reading until around 10:30am (go All Blacks!!!). I was already half way through the Ruby Circle, so my aim was to finish that by the end of the readathon.
With a few updates on both Goodreads and Twitter, I managed to finish my book by around 1. So way better than I was expecting! Sure, we were 12 hours in at this stage, but I was never going to read from the beginning…
Then, a lunch break and on to book 2, The Restaurant At The End of the Universe. This one was only 180 pages, so didn’t take me nearly as long. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, so I did lose concentration quite a few times. This one took me around 4 hours to finish. It would’ve taken me longer if we hadn’t had so much support from people on Goodreads and Twitter!
The last book was the hardest. I started reading The Golden Son, the second book in the Red Rising trilogy. I was hooked right from the beginning, but also exhausted… Luckily for me, Brave was on! So I watched a bit of that. Then I watched a bit of YouTube (Connor Franta and Tyler Oakley if you were wondering). Oh, and don’t forget dinner. And after-dinner snacks. And some more socialising on social media. And the mini-challenges posted every hour. In about 6 hours, I read only 158 pages. It probably wasn’t the greatest idea to start reading such a big book. It’s awfully intimidating so late in the readathon. Yeah, not my best effort…
I crashed around 11:30pm. I know, I’m weak, but I usually go to bed even earlier! Staying up late is not one of my talents. I was pretty disappointed I couldn’t stay up until 1am, when it finished in my time zone. But for a readathon newbie, I think I did pretty well!
Did any of you participate? For the first time or for the 10th? Or, do you want to participate in April? How did you do? And what advice do you have for me for next time?