If you’ve been looking for the perfect excuse to finally catch up on your TBR pile, then Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon tomorrow is exactly what you need.
Reading can be a solitary experience, and a welcome one at that, but with Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, there is a social and communal aspect to the day that can be a welcome addition to the typical reading/writing experiences. Readers are invited to keep track and announce the books they plan to read, share their progress, and participate in giveaways and mini-challenges on their blogs/websites and social media throughout the day.
I like to treat readathons like a special holiday, and like many holidays, a little planning and prep work can make all the difference for the big day. I’ve participated in a couple over the past year including the more low key 24 in 48 returning in January, and this is what I’ve learned:
1. Book selection is important
Reading one long novel, regardless of how entertaining it is, can leave you feeling antsy. Be prepared to break things up a bit and consider alternating your fictional tome with a non-fiction book. Read a greater variety of books throughout the day by keeping the page count of each book below 300.
Some great recommendations include:
The Gungslinger (Before the movie comes out!)
2. Branch out into new genres
If you’ve never picked up a comic book or graphic novel before, this is the perfect time to rack up some quality reading while keeping the word count low. I’ve only been reading them for a year and already I have some true favorites, the common thread usually being excellent artwork and interesting mythology.
Here are the ones I love:
3. Audiobooks are your best friend
Thanks to apps like Audible, I can pop my phone into my trusty armband and go for a walk, vacuum the house, and do all the “everyday life” tasks I need to do while still racking up my reading for the day.
Awesome choices include:
4. Read to other people
If you have tiny tots in your life, get them in on the action too. Reading out loud definitely counts. And if you’re more like me and cats are the tiniest living beings in your home, you could definitely read to them too (but don’t be offended when they fall asleep). You could also see if there are any reading opportunities at a local library or retirement home.
5. Treat it like a holiday, but without all the obligatory gifts and drunk family members
I like to make a point of ordering something special for the day, generally from a local bakery or something similar so that I’m also highlighting my local community when I’m sharing my progress. Last time it was all about the doughnuts, specifically gluten free doughnuts from my local café.
Make some little banners, or use a special blackboard to mark your progress. Participate for two hours or the full twenty-four; allow the day to feel as fun and festive as feels comfortable for you. Ultimately this day should feel like a celebration of all the great books that exist, the wonderful people who read them, and finding the time to read your heart out.
Casey is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.