Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Oct 2017

This weekend I’ll be taking part in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon which is an event that is held twice a year in April and October and that is open to readers worldwide (there’s still time to join up if you’re interested!)

It starts at 1pm UK time, and runs for (you guessed it) 24 hours.  Having done this event twice before (April 2015 and April 2016), I’ve not yet managed to read for the whole period, and I won’t be able to this time, either, not least because I’ve got an ice hockey match to go to on Saturday evening.  I normally aim for around 16 to 18 hours of reading time, which is feasible yet challenging.

If you are considering taking part, don’t feel like you have to read for the whole period – this is ultimately meant to be a fun event, so just do what you can.  For me, the hardest parts are the night-time hours – from hour 10 or so in the UK – and the last couple of hours, by which time I’ve usually had enough.  The best advice I can give is that it does help to plan strategic breaks, to get up and walk around regularly, and to make sure you’ve got plenty of good food and snacks available 🙂

It’s not essential, but I like to have a theme for the books I read during readathon, but it has to be a broad enough category to allow for plenty of variety, as I think that reading so much in a short period of time would get dull VERY quickly if the books were too similar.  This year I’ve chosen a theme of indie publishers, and my current plan is to read through the following titles:

I may not get through all of them, and I have several back up options available in case any of these isn’t working for me on the day, but reading these six would total ~1,200 pages.  Eeeek!  I’ll try to provide updates on my progress throughout the weekend – wish me luck!


  1. It’s my first time participating but I already know I won’t make it the whole 24 hours – I have a wedding reception tomorrow so I need to sleep! – But I’m really looking forward to it 🙂 You’ve got some great choices there Jo!

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