I'm supposed to be reading right now. No, I mean it. While there are plenty of times that I'd rather be reading than doing anything else today I am supposed to be reading. All day. I and almost two hundred bloggers around the world are taking part in Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon.
What is the 24 Hour Read-a-thon?
It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day.
Some of you may be wondering who Dewey is. Dewey was a real leader in the book blogging community and blogged at The Hidden Side of A Leaf. The Read-A-Thon was her idea and it quickly grew into one of the most anticipated events among book bloggers.
When Dewey first started the read-a-thon in October 2007, 37 people participated. When she again hosted the read-a-thon in June 2008, 69 people participated. At Dewey’s last read-a-thon in October 2008, there were 119 people participating. As someone who helped Dewey with the organization and execution of the read-a-thon, I can tell you that she was blown away by the response to her idea.
Sadly, Dewey passed away last year. This is the first Read-A-Thon that will be held since then. It's the biggest Read-A-Thon to date, a testament to how much work Dewey did when she started it and the continuing efforts of Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady).
Bloggers are updating their blogs throughout the day. You can refer to the full list of the participants but here's a few to get you started.
Fyrefly is updating hourly.
This is Laza's first Read-A-Thon.
Sarah got up an hour early on her day off to start reading early.
Kim, at Page After Page is all stocked up on snacks and her son is playing along too. (Love it!)
I Heart Monsters has an alarm clock mishap but she's up and reading!
And I simply must start reading. I'll be sticking my head in here throughout the day to update this post with my progress. Ready, set, READ!
2pm EDT: Finished Blubber by Judy Blume (had not read that in years!).
3:40pm EDT: Reading Ballet Shoes. I can't believe I didn't read this when I was younger. I would have loved it! (Still am loving it, of course.)
6pm EDT: Finally finished Ballet Shoes. It took me much longer than it should have.
7pm EDT: Reading Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. Why didn't I read this years ago?
9pm EDT: Finished Briar Rose. I might get in one more book before I have to call it a night. Maybe.
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