deweys 24h readathon

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Readathons


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the lovely peeps at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week the challenge is to list 10 things/books of a certain theme/question. 

So – if you have been hanging around Ranty Runt of a Reader for any period of time, you might have observed that I LOVE readathons. Here’s my list of 9 things I love about readathons, and one thing I dislike about them.

  1. I read all the things. During a week long readathon, I usually finish between 4-6 books. That’s the same number of books I would normally read in a month on average. In a 24 hour readathon I might knock off a book and a half.
  2. Readathons force me to read different genres. I read lots of thriller novels – I’d say 75% of my reading would fall in the thriller genre. But if you read six thriller novels back to back, things can get repetitive, boring and slumpy. Normally, I would include a classic and something sci-fi or fantasy themed in my TBR. If I read a romance – chances are it was during a readathon.
  3. They usually are flexible with book choice. I don’t read YA or romance – and many book blogging events revolve around those two genres. Readathons generally don’t force you to read a certain genre/book, so I feel I can participate equally with those who DO read those genres.
  4. I get excited to read. During a readathon, I need to strategically prioritize reading over other things, like hobbies, TV and work. I’m excited to add to my page count, to finish a book, to review a book. During a readathon, I’m more excited about everything.
  5. I meet new bookish people. Readathons usually have a sign-up link, and part of my preparation for a readathon is to check out other people’s blogs and friend them if I find them interesting. It’s also great to meet people who blog about different authors/genres.
  6. They provide a hook to my blog. Sometimes, I don’t post as regularly as I would wish. I program the dates of readathons into my phone (especially the bigger events) and even when I’m not feeling like blogging, a readathon will at least get me to crack open a book. Also, most likely lead me to reading other peoples blogs, and then I provide my own with some love. They are events that hook me back into blogging.
  7. They provide different content. Sometimes blogging can start to feel stale. When I first started, all I did was reviews, and that became old quick. Readathons provide something else to write about, but doesn’t require much research or preparation. Challenges within readathons are GREAT for this.
  8. Readathons continue blogging traditions/memories. Some of the more established readathons have become institutions within the blogging community. Events like Bout of Books have been running for so long that it seems like my calendar is divided into the three parts of the year between ‘thons. Also, Dewey’s 24hr readathon keeps the memory of a passed blogger. This is all important for our community.
  9. I get students to read in class. When I am teaching, and a readathon happens to be at the same time, I tell ALL my students about the readathon. Then when it’s time for silent reading I inform students that it’s my readathon time and then we see how much we can read.

And number 10. I always find out about readathons too late. I constantly find wrap-up posts/videos or update posts from during the readathon. I know there’s a couple blogs out there that try to keep track of these things, but so far no list I’ve found has been that comprehensive and kept up to date. Am I missing a resource here?

Are you hosting a readathon? Let me know. Do you love them as much as I do? Do you hate them (are you even human?)? Why?


Dewey’s 24h Readathon

IT’S TIME FOR DEWEY. Well, in like 30 minutes. I’ve decided that I am going to have this one post and just update it during the day – I’m planning on participating in a couple of memes and minichallenges, but mostly to update my reading progress.I will be working and sleeping today – I haven’t taken any leave, but am looking forward to reading and participating when I can!


Here is my TBR – and how many pages I have read of the ones I had previously started.

The Picture of Dorian Gray – 87 of 194
Sandakan –  227 of 656
The Godfather  – 120 of 446
Split Second – 139 of 396
The Secret Agent – 0 of 224
The Anzac’s Long Shadow – 0%

Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m from Adelaide, Australia
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Picture of Dorian Gray and Sandakan
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I found some vanilla diet coke, which is so RARE around here. I brought two bottles. YUM!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m an education student, history buff and workaholic. I like to knit and watch action movies when I’m not reading
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ve never participated in a 24h readathon – only bout of books readathons. I’m most looking forward to finishing some books!

11pm– I’ve been cracking through Sandakan (p304), such a crazily deep book. I’m now going to get ready for work and hopefully be able to get back to the reading at 1am, having done most of my work for the morning! haha. I’m going to take two books with me to work, not sure if I’ll get either one finished, but I can hope! 

Dewey’s 24h readathon signup and TBR! 

Hi guys!

I’ve been crazy busy the past two weeks so I’ve only managed to finish one book, but I’ve started many others, and I hope to get caught up on my reading this weekend.

I’m participating in my first Dewey’s 24h Readathon, which I think will start here in Adelaide at about 10:30pm Saturday night… Although I need to double check the time zones… Adelaide is a pain in the butt to convert things to!

This Saturday is ANZAC Day here in Australia, when we remember our soldiers and honour them; and I’ve decided to read two books about the Anzacs – Sandakan and The Anzac’s Long Shadow. I’m also planning on catching up on some unfinished reads – the Godfather, Split Second and The Picture of Dorian Gray, if I don’t finish Mr. Gray before tomorrow night. Finally, if I get through all that (hahaha, so unlikely!) I’ve also got my classics club spin book – The Secret Agent and the latest Logan McCrae to read!

I will be working on Sunday morning – from Midnight to 7am, so I will have to get some sleep and do some work during this readathon, but my goal is to squeeze in 10 hours of reading… If I enjoy this readathon, I might even annual leave the next one so I can participate for the 24hours!

To sum up my TBR:

Sandakan – Paul Ham
The Godfather – Mario Puzo
Split Second – Alex Kava
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Anzac’s Long Shadow – James Brown
The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
The Missing and The Dead by Stuart MacBride

So, goodluck to all you other readathoners – on the day I will be mainly be using twitter to chat with people – I’m @bookybecksa so feel free to hang out! I will be posting a couple of things throughout the day on my blog, so I apologise if you get a little spamified by me! Any other readathoners? Any hints or tips for a first timer?