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24 Readathon Hour 11 Mini Challenge: Plan A Bookish Party

It’s October 22nd. The air is full of the smells of roasting coffee and possibly unshowered readers. Your ears prickle at the scratchy sound of pages turning and the crinkle of snack food wrappers. Twitter feeds are being scrolled through fervently; instagram pictures snapped every new hour; and book after book cries as it’s mercilessly devoured by a hungry Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon participant voraciously gobbling their TBR stack.

That’s right, it’s October 22nd, and that means it’s time for another Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’m running a mini-challenge for this hour: Plan A Bookish Party. I ran this mini-challenge in 2015 on my old blog, and it was a great success. So, let’s get started!

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Reading Nourishes Writing: Upcoming Readathons

“Reading Nourishes Writing” is a hugely important maxim over here at Happy Writer, one that I remind myself of constantly. (Especially when I’m feeling guilty for setting aside my laptop for a few more minutes of reading time.) As a writer, nothing will boost your creativity more than reading books, than filling your head up with words, and beautiful descriptions, and vivid settings, and characters so real you can see the sunlight glinting off their hair and hear the padding of their feet as they walk across the room.

Reading books will show you how other authors solved problems, how they structured their story, how they fleshed out their characters. You wouldn’t try to build a car without ever looking at the insides of a real, working car, would you? You can flip through dry manuals, sure, but a real peek under the hood will help you visualize where all those nuts and bolts and tube-y bits really fit. (Tube-y bits. I obviously know tons about cars.) Same principle! Learn by Doing. Write by Reading.

So, if you’re a writer out there who feels a little guilty whenever you set aside your WIP to read a couple more pages of a book, don’t! You’re filling the well, inking the pen, eating the food that’ll give you energy to keep moving. And, if you’re a person like me, who has mountains of books she never quite finds the time to conquer, here are some upcoming readathons that’ll help motivate you to take that break, refill that well, and read some books!

Upcoming Readathons: Fall 2016

The Great Twitter Readathon: Hosted by Sierra Abrams, this readathon will run exclusively on Twitter September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. There is an optional group read as well as group chats, if you’d like to join in!

The Tackle Your TBR ReadathonEvery year, Wishful Endings hosts the Tackle Your TBR Readathon. Running from September 12th through the 26th, the Tackle Your TBR Readathon is a laidback, no-stress challenge that demands no expectations: just a chance to motivate ourselves to read a little more than we might’ve normally and make a dent in our towering To Be Read stacks!

Banned Book-A-Thon: This weeklong celebration of Banned Books Week will run from September 25th to October 1st. Here is the video announcement and the Twitter to follow.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Held twice a year in October and April, the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is my favorite reading event. A full day of challenges, prizes, snacks, and a bajillion pages read. This year’s event will be on Saturday, October 22.

The FrightFall Readathon: Hosted by SeasonsReadings, this readathon will run from October 3rd through the 7th.

Epic Reads Open Reading Decathlon: Or, if you can’t fit a formal readathon into your schedule, might I suggest the open-ended Epic Reads Reading Decathlon challenge? All you have to do is read 10 books in 10 days! Easy, right? (heh. sweats)


Have you ever participated in a readathon? What’s your best number of books you’ve ever read in a single week? If you know of any other readathons happening soon, leave them in a comment below and I’ll add to this post!

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Dewey’s Readathon — Mid Event Survey

dewey readathonAs shocked as I was when we made it to Hour 12, I was even more shocked when Hour 12 passed in the blink of an eye and I hadn’t done the mid-event survey yet!

I’ve had a pretty good readathon so far, though I accidentally took a nap around 3 o’clock (and kept getting distracted by NEEDLESS CONVERSATIONS WITH NON-BOOK-READING HUMANS). Still! Books have been devoured! Laughs have been laughed! MANY TEARS HAVE BEEN SHED.

Without further ado, the Mid Event Survey:

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How to Conquer A 24 Hour Readathon

Dewey’s October 24 Hour Readathon is finally upon us. Are you pumped? It’s three minutes until the starting gun fires (figuratively, we’re readers, we do things quietly) and I’m trying to finish my last minute preparations. Knocking back a yogurt. Brushing my teeth. Putting up this blogpost. Finally getting a pic of my readathon TBR.

So, how exactly do you conquer a 24 hour readathon?

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#TackleTBR Update, Day 1

Tackle Your TBR 2015The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings.

It runs for two weeks, in which we all hope to have a blast with challenges, giveaways, and, most importantly, a ton of reading! See all the details, sign up, see the full schedule, and enter the giveaway here and share your goals (if you didn’t on your sign-up) here 

I accidentally got a lot of reading done on Day 1. I say accidentally because while I fully meant to be a productive member of society yesterday, I basically shirked all my responsibilities in order to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson in one sitting.

 

Well, a dent was definitely made. I really enjoyed it! Will Grayson, Will Grayson basically took all the things I like about John Green’s and David Levithan’s writing and kind of … balanced out the qualities that I don’t like. At first, I had a really difficult time with it because the narrators were so teenage and ~angry at the world~ just reading the book had me in a bad mood. But gradually the Wills came out of their shells, saw the world and themselves more for what it is, and I ended up being really satisfied and delighted with the end result. (Tiny shouting for someone to write down the phone number of the gorgeous Will Grayson made me laugh so hard at the end.) Solid book, and I think it’s probably my favorite of the John Green books I have read!

Anyway, here’s the official roundup:

Monday, September 14th (Day 1)

Challenge: There weren’t any! Though, if there was a challenge to maintain a productive home life while participating in the readathon, yeah, failed that. (I did manage to give both the dogs baths as well! That’s something!)
Read: Read ~270 pages of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and finished it!
Pages Read: 270
Books Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 270
Finished Books: 1

Goals for Day 2? I started to read The Bookshop last night and was either too tired or too brain dead, but I couldn’t even comprehend the first two paragraphs. Seriously, I reread them so many times. So I switched over to a different book, None of the Above. I’ll try that today, but I don’t think I’ll be spending the hours and hours reading like I did yesterday. I’ve got a really good idea I want to write about, and I’ve got astronomy classes to be working on! If I read ~60-100 pages of another book today, I’ll be satisfied.

Is anyone else out there doing the #TackleTBR readathon? How did your first day go? And — have you read Will Grayson, Will Grayson? What did you think? What’s your favorite John Green book?