Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Stating My Intentions

After having known about Dewey’s Readathon for years through watching booktubers’ videos on the day, this is the first year that I’ve actually committed myself to taking on the challenge. I’m under no illusions – I will not be sacrificing sleep (it’s physically impossible for me to keep myself awake for 24 hours, I’ve tried before) so I won’t make it to 24 hours of focused reading. Likewise, family are a thing that whilst very loved are also attention-demanding (one 2-year old in particular on weekends), so I’m aiming more for 12 hours (if that) of reading over the 24-hour period.

Unlike some readathons, Dewey’s chooses to have all the participants start at the same point regardless of time zones. I’m in England so according to this handy dandy calculator the readathon for me will start Saturday 17th at 1pm which, if I’m honest, is possibly the worst time of the weekend for me to try to read since I’ll be visiting family at my aunt’s house as we do every Saturday afternoon. However, onwards and upwards, as this will definitely be an exciting experiment in how much reading is actually possible when I think it won’t be!

I’m terrible at sticking to TBRs and an impulsive reader for the most part so this is the stack of books I’ll be choosing from during the readathon:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (x)
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig (x)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (x)
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (x)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (x)

My base intentions are to finish Ruin and Rising, but I hope to make at least a considerable dent in one of the others from this TBR too. Who else is doing the 24-hour Readathon this weekend? Anyone have any tips for success during this short readathon? I’ll probably update throughout the day in a blog post here and also over on Twitter – I’d love to hear from other participants.

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4 thoughts on “Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Stating My Intentions

  1. Vivien Reis 16/10/2015 / 22:16

    I’ll be participating for the first time as well! I don’t have any tips to give, since I’m a noob but I second your 12-hour readathon! I’m not losing a lick of sleep over this…I’ll turn into a corpse for a few days if I even try haha. I just followed you on Twitter btw so I can get your updates!

    • Emma 16/10/2015 / 22:30

      Yay, we can be noobs together :P Followed you back on Twitter – now let’s hope I actually remember to tweet!

      Same thinking on the precious nature of sleep to be honest. Anything less than 7 hours sleep and I’m cranky, anything less than 6 and I’m best avoided at all costs so I think, for the good of everyone around me, actually staying awake for 24 hours is a bad idea.

      • Vivien Reis 17/10/2015 / 00:10

        Haha same! I have no clue how I managed two years straight in uni with 5 hours a night. I am not the same woman!

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