Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – a beginner’s guide in 6 short bullet points

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon - a beginner’s guide in 6 short bullet points

“We read to know we’re not alone.” – William Nicholson

What are you doing this weekend? If you don’t have anything planned, you could join me as I throw myself headlong into Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

This will be my first readathon, and I’m very excited! I’ve thought about doing one for ages but just never got around to actually do it – until now!

As the name indicates, Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon involves reading books for 24 hours, but what’s the story behind it and what precisely does it cover?

As I like to know what I’m getting myself into, I’ve read everything I could find about Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – which means that you don’t have to now!

If you’re not quite familiar with the 24-hour event and want to know more, do keep reading. In just six short-ish bullet points, I’ll sum up all the basic stuff, so you can get the most out of this fantastic event!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon - a beginner’s guide in 6 short bullet points

1. What?
Even though Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is an event where participants try to read as much as possible in 24 hours, it’s so much more than a reading challenge. It’s about the community. It’s about engaging with fellow bookworms on blogs, Goodreads, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Litsy and Facebook. You read, you share your reading progress, you participate in mini-challenges, and you root for other people’s reading victories.

You could spend 24 hours reading nonstop without participating in a readathon, but you wouldn’t get the support or the opportunity to meet so many like-minded people. We participate in readathons to know we’re not alone – in our crazy book obsession.

2. Who?
The first 24-Hour Readathon took place on 20th October 2007. It was the brainchild of a fellow bookworm and blogger called Dewey, who sadly passed away in 2008. She got the idea for the event from the 24 Hour Comics Day, which her son and husband attended once a year. Since 2007, the readathon has grown into an international event where bookworms from all over the world come together to read and meet.

3. When?
Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon happens twice a year in April and October. This year the April event is on Saturday the 29th.
The starting time varies depending on where you live. I’ll be blogging from Denmark where the readathon kicks off at 2 pm. You can find the start time for your location here.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon - a beginner’s guide in 6 short bullet points

4. Where?
Everywhere! The event may have started out in U.S.A. with 37 participants back in 2007, but the readathon is now a worldwide phenomenon where bookworms come together in an online community to share their passion for books.

5. Why?
Why not! It’s a great way of bringing bookworms from all over the world together. As we all know, reading is not really the most social passion you can have, but with readathons, we get to do what we love most: read books and talk about them with fellow bookworms!

6. How?
If you wish to join more than a thousand bookworms in the readathon on Saturday, you can sign up right here. There’s not really a deadline for sign ups, but if you want to be listed on the official participants list, you need to make sure that you’ve signed up before the morning of the event which is when the final list is updated.

Once you’ve signed up, there’s nothing left to do than to pick out which books to read and then keep an eye on the official website for event updates.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon - a beginner’s guide in 6 short bullet points

And there you go! You should now know enough about the event to throw yourself into 24 glorious hours of reading.

Have you already participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon? If you have, I would love to know what you love most about the event!

Happy reading!

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