I am so ecstatic about this upcoming event!!! 😀 *Does a dorky dance*. Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon has been going since 2007 and has been on my radar for the past few years. Previously the event has always fallen on dates when I was unable to participate, but not this year. No, not THIS YEAR!
The idea of the read-a-thon is all in the name really, you aim to stay up reading books for 24 whole hours breaking only to pee, eat and update your blog or other social networking sites with your progress. Can you say hardcore? 😀 The bookworm in me is so up to the challenge!
The Readathon is flexible however, not everyone stays up for the whole 24 hours and you can have as many or as little breaks as you want (the challenge is supposed to be fun, not a death sentence) and there is no requirement to finish if you get half way through and decide you’ve had enough.
There are lots of fun things you can participate in along the way, as well as updating your own blog with your progress you can also join in with mini-challenges which usually consist of bookish questions. Entering them is not only entertaining but often gives you the chance to win prizes too!
As well as being epic proportions of fun, an exciting challenge and potentially a great way of making a dent in your to be-read-pile, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is also a great way of connecting with other book lovers and bloggers from around the globe. All the participants and challenge hosts are likely to be just as crazy about books as you are, so you might just make some new friends in the process! It also has the potential to increase your stats page if your vain like that (not me, of course ;)) because it may direct new bloggers in your direction.
There are, I believe several ways you can participate in the challenge, as a Reader, Cheerleader, Mini-Challenge Host, Organizer or Prize Donater.
Readers: Attempt to stay up for 24hours reading books and participating in mini-challenges (optional). If they need breaks they can update their blogs or visit the blogs of other readers to encourage them.
Cheerleads: Help keep readers motivated and must donate at least an hour of their time to visiting readers blogs and encouraging them when they are starting to get tired or fed up giving them an extra boost. (Also another great way of meeting new bloggers, everyone likes encouragement. :P)
Prize Donor: Pretty much what it says on the tin, donate some prizes!
Mini-Challenge Host: Not entirely sure how this one works but can go hand in hand with prize donating. I think the idea is that you come up with your own mini-challenge for the Readathon, post it on your blog and then your page becomes the equivalent of a bookish intersection where everyone stops by to view your challenge, and then blogs about it on their own page. 🙂
* * *
Sounds pretty good right? It definitely does to me anyway, I can’t wait!!! 😀 Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon will be taking place on the 27th of April 2013. Although I have a LOT of deadlines during this month I’ve decided I can spare a day or two to get lost in the magical world of fiction. And if not, well, I’ll make time. *Stern face*.
All the details about the Readathon can be found on their website here, and any questions you have can probably be answered by the FAQ section. If you want to join in the fun this April you need to enter yourself here with your name, email and web address, it’s that simple! Come on guys, you know you want to. 😉
I’m in, but the question is, are you? 😛