I’m so so excited to announce that I will be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon for this first time tomorrow. If you’re unfamiliar with this readathon, it’s unique from other readathons because rather than starting at midnight, everyone begins at the exact same time and reads together throughout the day. I’ll be beginning at 7am on Saturday. The Dewey’s website has helpfully posted a list of all the start times by time zone.
I’ve never participated in a 24 hour readathon before, so I really have no idea what to expect. I’m planning to stay up for the entire 24 hours, but I can’t drink caffeine anymore, so I don’t know if it’ll be possible. But I have to try! I’ve been planning all week for this, and I have a lot of ideas and things (and places to go!) that I hope will keep me motivated and help me stay awake. I’m not sure to what extent I’ll be participating in challenges and chatting with people. I really want to focus most of my time on reading to avoid internet distractions. But if I feel like I need to break up my day, I may end up interacting more than I planned.
The most important thing that you’re probably wondering is, what am I going to read?? For readathons, I always pick out a much bigger stack of books that I’ll be capable of completing. I’m a huge mood reader so I like to have a lot of different book options to choose from. For this readathon, I also have some ebooks and audiobooks in case I need to change things up. I’ve picked a lot of short books so that I can fly through as many as possible.
- Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
- Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
- Fallout by Todd Strasser
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
- Just So Happens by Fumio Obata (graphic novel)
- Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch (graphic novel)
- The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow by James Tynion IV (graphic novel)
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
- Boomerang by Noelle August
- Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman
- The Submissive by Tara Sue Me
- Surfacing by Kristin Halbrook
- The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
- Marked Men #3: Rome by Jay Crownover
- A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (60% completed already)
- Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich
- What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Like I said, obviously I don’t plan to get through all of these! These are just the options I’ve set aside. Realistically, I’d like to read 4-5 books throughout the day, but I’ll be happy as long as I spend most of the day reading. As far as updating throughout the day, I haven’t really decided what I’m going to do. I’m not sure what other people do to update. I might try my hand at Storify thanks to this post on the Readathon blog. I think I’ll update on Instagram every hour, so that’ll be the best place to follow me for frequent updates!
Are you participating? How do you usually update throughout the day? Feel free to link me to where you’ll be updating if you are!! Happy reading 🙂