I haven’t done Dewey’s 24 hour-readathon in years, and I am so excited to participate in the next one, which is coming up VERY soon on April 29, 2017! If you haven’t heard of Dewey’s Readathon, it is a book love fest where participants spend 24 hours reading books, talking about books, and posting about books on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Litsy, Instagram and more!
The first 24 Hour Readathon was hosted by Dewey at The Hidden Side of the Leaf in 2007. Sadly, she passed away in 2008 and the readathon was renamed in her honor. I last participated in the late 2010’s, and I am so excited to be back!
I live in the EST zone, so I will be starting at 8am in my time zone on Saturday, April 29.
My Readathon TBR Pile
I like to have a lot to choose from during a readathon, so I have a large stack of books that will be on hand:
- Ms. Marvel, Volume 6
- Saga, Volumes 4 -6
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (a re-read)
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
- Every Day by David Levithan
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
- The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (a re-read)
I am hoping to polish off at least two books for the #DiversityBingo2017 Challenge!
Oh, But there is more…
Additionally, I am setting myself a philanthropic goal as well, and for this one, I will need your participation!! The Dewey Readathon’s emphasis is on philanthropy in addition to the social aspect, and I embrace that whole heartedly!
I will be donating $1 to The Ada Jenkins Center for every page that I read during the 24-hour readathon, up to a maximum of $500! And for every comment that is cheering me on during the readathon, I will donate another $0.25 per comment, per person, up to a maximum of $100! That is a total of $600 that could potentially be contributed to an organization that promotes the importance of education and equal opportunity for all citizens, and helps those in poverty break the cycle and gain economic independence.
I will be setting up one master post on the day of the readathon where I will be updating as the day goes on. All you have to do is send out some happy cheerleading vibes throughout the day by commenting on the post, and sharing it with others.
The reason I chose The Ada Jenkins Center is due to my first-hand experience of all the wonderful things they do in my local community. The Center is a model for other community centers across the country, as a resource hub, a one-stop shop for a wide variety of social services and support programs.
I am especially impressed by the Ada Jenkins LEARN Works Program:
The purpose of LEARN Works is to partner with families, schools and volunteers to support the academic progress of students and advance family engagement. The after-school program they provide is AMAZING, and no child is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
Let me know if you plan on participating in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon! I will be updating here on this blog, as well as at:
Twitter: @abergsmanNC I will have a threat that I will be updating quite often!
Litsy: 4thhouseontheleft – I’m just starting out on Litsy, but plan to use it frequently during the readathon!
Please link to your platforms in the comments! If you haven’t signed up for the readathon yet, you can do so here!
This is for such a lovely cause! Have fun and good luck😊
Ive seen references to Readathons before but have to admit I don’t understand how it works. Do you really read for 24 hours? Or is the idea to set a number of pages you’ll read.
BTW what a lovely idea to match this with a philanthropic endeavour.
It is very flexible. I definitely don’t plan on staying up all night, but some people do. It’s really about setting aside a day just to read, and there is a lot of social media chatting that goes on throughout the day as well, with mini-challenges spread throughout the whole 24 hours.
thanks for solving the mystery for me.
13 Reasons Why is a really good choice for this readathon! Both times I’ve read it, it’s only taken me a few hours. xx
Thanks! I’m not sure if I’ll get to it or not tomorrow, right now it’s hovering around Book #4 (behind Will Grayson, Will Grayson; Ms. Marvel; & Milk and Honey).
All good choices!
I think I’m going to add Milk & Honey to my list – everyone is reading it and I’ve heard so many good things! I’m watching 13 Reasons Why right now! lol. I thought the book was great. And Will Grayson Will Grayson is AMAZING on audio if you can get ahold of it!
Good for you for donating on readathon day! I wish funds were okay that I could do that … hopefully by the next readathon. I’d love to donate to my local library!
Have fun on Saturday!
That’s why I want to read 13 Reasons Why…so I can watch the show! I am very much a book before the movie/TV series kind of person.
The Handmaid’s Tale!! Have you watched any of the Hulu series yet??
Not yet, but I will soon. I love Margaret Atwood, and that was the first Atwood book I ever read (and I’ve probably read it at least 10 times since).
Wonderful selection and it is so great that you are linking it to a cause!!! I love Margaret Atwood and I also think that having an Agatha Christie in the mix always helps! Happy Reading!
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