The Case for Readathons

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Ah the elusive Readathon – it is both my true love and my toughest challenge.

It all started with the Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon, which takes place twice a year – one in Spring and one in the Fall. I remember the excitement that followed discovering such a wonderful event well. Who could say no to twenty four hours of reading, eating amazing snacks, and consuming an inhuman amount of caffeine?! I had visions of myself snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket, with a cat on each side of me, plowing through a TBR stack of 10+ books one after the other.

I spent a full week making sure that my apartment was clean (so I didn’t have to worry about those pesky dishes half way through), I established a nest on my franken-couch (a couch that had been rebuilt with an outdoor cushion because the actual couch cushions had met a terrible fate at the hands of my fat cat), and I built a to-be-read stack of my dreams. I readied my Litsy, Twitter, and Facebook accounts to share all of my readathon milestones with my book-loving peers. Snacks were purchased in bulk and displayed on my coffee table for my own enjoyment and I spent a sleepless night absolutely ecstatic for my very first twenty four hour binge read.

When the time came, I was practically vibrating with joy as I snuggled into the nest to start my first book. However, about three hours in, fatigue set in.

While I love to read more than almost anything in the entire world, I am also a giant fan of the wonderful past time known as… sleeping. I had spent so much time getting ready, so much energy on making sure that everything was absolutely perfect and cozy, that I hadn’t really given myself a whole lot of sleeping time. Books are my escape from everyday life, but even I, the hungriest of word nerds, get lulled to sleep by long expanses of page turning. This is, unfortunately, the tale of how I slept through about six hours of my very first Readathon.

There are different types of Readathon though, my all time favourite being the 24-in-48 variety, in which the participants commit to twenty four hours of reading over a time frame of forty eight hours. This gives me lots of time for resting up when the occasion calls for it, and allows me to really give the books on my TBR list the attention that they rightfully deserve.

In the last few years, I have spent the Dewey’s 24 hour readathons with friends. Making and eating fantastic food, and talking about books while keeping our social media comrades up to date on our reading progress and antics. Although I was really disappointed in myself on the first readathon for not making it the full twenty four hours, the events that followed are some of my favourite memories that I will cherish forever. There’s something to be said for spending a full day with people that you enjoy, talking about your favourite thing – books.

For those that are interested in participating in the next round of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, here is the link to the official website (It looks like the next one is planned for October!) :

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