Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is a biannual event held in April and October. Book lovers from all over the world get an excellent excuse to read for 24 hours. There are mini-challenges to complete, prizes to be won, and it’s a chance to interact with like-minded people and generally have some fun. It’s starts in just over an hour – 1pm UK time. There’s still time to sign up if you’re tempted!
This is my second readathon – I took part in the April event last year, and read 6 books totalling approx. 1,100 pages. I thought it went well for a first attempt, although I do intend to take strategic breaks this time round. Last year, I got a bit carried away, and tried to read straight through. I got to midnight, 11 hours into the challenge for me, and had to sleep for a few hours. I was up again at 4am, but I think that by pacing myself a little more, and taking short, frequent breaks throughout the day that I’ll feel fresher going into the night time hours, which was definitely the second hardest part of the day.
So what’s the hardest part? For me, the last two hours were really tough. I’d had enough by then. Again, I’m hoping that taking short, frequent breaks will help with this aspect.
It’s probably stating the obvious, but the reading list is key for a successful readathon. I personally like to focus on shorter novels – I think that if you’re going to be reading for close to 24 hours, then you need variety to keep it interesting. Here, in no particular order, is my planned reading list:
I also have a few back up options, in case I find myself struggling with any of these – this is not a day to spend time on a book you’re not enjoying!
If I have any advice for those taking part for the first time – it’s simply to have fun! This is meant to be an enjoyable event, so take breaks when you need to and don’t compare yourself to others – go at your own pace and do your own thing.
I’d love to hear from you, whether you’re taking part in the readathon, or maybe considering giving it a go at some point in the future.