Read-a-Thon FAQ

Logistics
What is the 24 Hour Read-a-thon?
What is the date of the next Read-a-thon?
Where can I sign up?
Once I sign up, what do I do next?
I can’t decide, The date of the Read-a-thon is too far away, I don’t know my work schedule, etc.
How can I keep track of the participants?
Do I have to stay up the whole 24 hours?
Do e-books count?
GIVE ME BUTTONS! Please.

 

Prizes & Challenges
Prizes? Did you say prizes?
What the heck is a mini-challenge? Do I have to do them?
Where do I find out about the mini-challenges during the event?
Can I host a mini-challenge?

 

Roles
What are the ways in which I can participate?
What is the role of a Reader?
What is the role of a Cheerleader?
May I participate in more than one way?
I can’t participate, but is there some small way in which I can help?
What’s this about organizational tasks?

 

Charity & Giving
Will there be a chance to raise money/books for charity this time?
If I want to be a Prize Donor, how do I do that?

 

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 and win prizes. In recent years, this event has grown to encompass Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other channels as well!

What is the date of the next Read-a-thon?

October 18, 2014

Here is a handy, simple-to-read time zone list.

You can expect a Read-a-thon every April and October.

Where can I sign up?

You can sign up to be a Reader in the read-a-thon here and other opportunities to volunteer will pop up on the main page.

Once I sign up, what do I do next?

Keep your eye on this blog. In the days leading up to the Read-a-thon, we’ll post updates, “warm up” posts on topics of interest, last minute info, etc. The day of the Read-a-Thon, there will be hourly posts about mini-challenges, prize winners, and all kinds of other great stuff.

I can’t decide yet. The date of the Read-a-Thon is too far away, I don’t know my work schedule, etc.

That’s OK. We’re hearing this from a lot of people, and believe me, we won’t let you forget! We’re going to keep mentioning the read-a-thon, especially the week before it starts. Just sign up if/when you decide to join us! The only problem you might encounter if you sign up at the last minute is that you may not make it onto the participants list before the event starts.

How can I keep track of the participants?

As we get closer to the Read-A-Thon, participants will be published on the homepage.

Do I have to stay up the whole 24 hours?

No, although it’s more fun if if you do. Cheerleaders only need to commit to at least one hour, and Readers can either choose to stay up the entire time or take breaks as they need to. There are some prizes that you’ll only be eligible for if you participate all 24 hours. In general, the event is a “choose your own” type of adventure.

Do e-books count?

Well, sure! Also audio books, reading to the kids, etc.

Prizes? Did you say prizes?

That’s right! While the April 2014 prizes have yet to be compiled, you can keep on eye on the Prizes page for more info.

What the heck is a mini-challenge? Do I have to do them?

This is something that bloggers host so that Readers can take a break from their reading. You can check out the the April 2011 mini-challenges by skimming through the April 2011 readathon category. Mini-challenges are optional; you can skip as many as you want or you can just spend the whole 24 hours reading if that’s what you want to do.

Where do I find out about the mini-challenges during the event?

In this blog! Just visit it throughout the day as often as you want and you’ll find mini-challenges waiting for you in the hourly posts.

Can I host a mini-challenge?

Of course!! Sign-ups for hosting mini-challenges will be up soon.

What are the ways in which I can participate?

The types of participants are Reader, Cheerleader, Mini-Challenge Host, Hourly Co-Host, Angel and Prize Donor.

What is the role of a Reader?

What they do: People who sign up to be readers are committing to reading books, post updates in their blogs, and participate in mini-challenges when they choose to; if they need breaks, they visit the blogs of other readers and encourage them. The most hardcore among us will stay up the entire 24 hours and do nothing but read and update, even going so far as to skip showering and eat meals while reading. However, not all of us are that hardcore, and it’s OK for you to customize this read-a-thon to meet your needs. All I ask is that you be honest in your updates, and that’s about the only rule for readers.

Updating for Readers: This should be individually customized. If you want to spend 5 or 10 minutes updating each hour or every 3 hours, that’s great. If you want to update whenever you feel like you need a break from reading, that’s great, too. If you want to just read and read for 24 hours straight and then write one big update, that’s also great. You do what works for you, OK?

Suggested format for updating: Again, customize this as you wish, but I suggest updating about what you’re reading, how many pages you’ve read since your last update, and how much time you’ve spent reading since your last update. You may want to keep a running total of time spent reading and number of books/pages read.  This could make you eligible for some prize drawings. Updates might also be your typical book reviews, once you finish something.

Readers visiting other readers: Do this if and when you’re in the mood, as often as you like.

Tips for Readers:

      1. Pick shortish books. When you’re reading for such a long time, you might get really sick of the same book for hours on end.  2007 Readers recommended that you start with a short book so that you have a feeling of accomplishment when you finish it early in the read-a-thon.

2. Choose something light (children’s books, humorous books, graphic novels, books you already know well) and save those for the end when you’re tired and sick of reading.

3. Try not to pick really dense nonfiction unless you have the most enormous attention span ever.

4. If you’re going to use this time to catch up on other challenges, try to have a big variety available. You don’t know what will hold your attention, so don’t assign yourself specific books without alternates.

5. Give yourself permission to put a book aside and try something else if it’s not holding your attention.

6. Careful with caffeine! If you drink more coffee than you’re used to, you’ll be jittery at first and then crash later. Drinking something lightly caffeinated (green tea?) throughout the day seems to work better.

7. Don’t sit in the same spot/position all day! This could make your back hurt. Instead, move to different places in the house every hour or two.

8. In general, don’t be a masochist. This is supposed to be fun! And if anything about the challenge makes you start picturing us with little devil horns and wanting to strangle us, please stop and change it so that it works for you. Or, you know, go ahead and scream TO HELL WITH THIS CHALLENGE and go to sleep. We don’t want sleep deprivation making you hate your friendly read-a-thon organizers.

Suggested high-interest, keeping-you-awake books: See Eva’s giant post of suggestions she gathered from her readers.

What is the role of a Cheerleader?

Key points:
1. Cheerleader keep readers motivated.
2. The cheerleader role requires a commitment of one hour minimum.
3. We need as many cheerleaders as possible, even those who can’t spend much time on it.

You can participate for one hour, or you can participate the entire 24 hours, or for any amount of time in between.

Cheerleaders will just spend whatever amount of time they can visiting the blogs of readers and encouraging everyone (this now also includes cheering on Twitter at the #readathon hashtag! We also cheer on Tumblr. The main purpose of cheerleaders is to keep Readers from feeling isolated as they spend their day reading.

We would like to have as many cheerleaders as possible, so that the Readers don’t go for any large chunk of time without an encouraging comment.

If you like. It’s certainly easy enough to be a Prize Donor and a Cheerleader or Reader. It’s also possible to take on one of the organizational tasks and be a Cheerleader and/or Reader. There have been some people who were both Cheerleaders and Readers, and even a few who were mini-challenge Cheerleaders and Readers, but I suspect these people are secretly superheroes.

May I participate in more than one way?

There are several ways that you can help:

• Keep a spreadsheet of prizes donated and won as well as donors.
• Keep spreadsheet of cheerleaders/mini-challenges
• BookMooch points tracker
• Participant tracker
• Reminder
• Promoters: These people spread the word about the read-a-thon in the weeks before the event so that as many bookish people as possible find out about it. Buttons are available below.


I can’t participate, but is there some small way in which I can help?

You would go straight onto our mental list of Most Awesome People Ever if you would promote the read-a-thon in your blog. If you scroll down, you’ll find buttons you could use. You don’t have to say much; you can just say Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is coming up and link to this page. Or you could just put a button in your sidebar. But if you don’t really care about being on our M.A.P.E. list, you could promote the read-a-thon just because your readers might be interested!

Or you could just sort of hover in the background and, if you’re not busy on October 22nd, visit a few Readers and say hi (or not). Some people might use the word “lurker” but here at Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon, we prefer the term “laconic blogpals.”

Will there be a chance to raise money/books for charity this time?

During one of the early read-a-thons, some bloggers solicited donations for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), an organization that provides children with books. If you would like to ask people to sponsor you, you might want to choose RIF or one of the BookMooch charities or some other charity. Choose whatever charity you want! We’ll post a list of suggestions at some point.

If I want to be a Prize Donor, how do I do that?

Just email us at DeweyReadathon at gmail and let us know what you’d like to donate! We will love you forever.

GIVE ME BUTTONS! Please.

Here you go. This first button was created to include Dewey’s name. These buttons were all made by past read-a-thon participants. You’re also free to make your own (let me know and we’ll add it here) or tweak these.

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The following buttons were provided by Bitsy from Fabula: A Book Blog. Thank you, Bitsy!

This button was provided by Michelle from A True Book Addict (thanks, Michelle!):

Thank you, Kanaye, for this lovely button!

Thanks for these buttons, Alanna!

 

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15 thoughts on “Read-a-Thon FAQ”

  1. I having been looking forward to this for a long time, and then was bummed to see that the read-a-thon and the adult band festival (that my community band performs in – it’s an all day event) are on the same day.

    Imagine my surprise when I heard last night that the band festival may be cancelled because of the venue not being available (double booked). So now I get to wait and see if the rumor is true or if they find a new place to hold it on such short notice.

    I guess either way I will have a fun, full day! I’m just hoping I find out soon so that I know if I can participate in the read-a-thon. :)

  2. Hi! At this stage I can’t commit to a whole 24 hour of reading but I would like to put a button on my blog of the event, can someone please tell me how to go about doing that? I’ve got a Blogger account. Thanks!

  3. Alyce, I hope you manage to join us!

    Hi Angelica! First, you click with the right button of your mouse over whichever of the buttons you like best and save the image to your computer.

    Then, on your blogger dashboard, you go to edit layout, then add a gadget, and then you select picture. You click browse, go to the directory you saved the read-a-thon button to, and upload it. Click save before you leave the edit layout page and you’re done!

    Also, it’s not necessary to commit to the whole 24 hours…you’d be welcome to join us for just part of the day :)

  4. Hi! I’d like to participate for the first time, though I think I’ll also have to do several errands on the 18th, so I can’t spend the entire 24 hours reading. Will that be all right?

    I’d like to post a link to this event in my blog, though. It’s exactly the kind of thing I’d like to promote.:)

  5. Hi guys! I’m making my handy dandy read-a-thon spreadsheet (because I’m an ultimate nerd in addition to being just a book nerd), and I’m wondering if GMT will be THE official time of the read-a-thon (for example, will mini-challenges, deadlines and such be announced in GMT time)?

    :D So excited!!

  6. Trish, the way Dewey did it, and the way that I think is fairest for everyone, is to just use “Hour 1″, “Hour 2″, etc, instead of a specific time.

    Priyanka Shetty, it really depends…some people read 5 or less, others 7, others 10 or more. It depends on how fast a reader you are, number of pages, font size…but the important thing is to read at your own rhythm and have fun.

    fantaghiro23: Welcome aboard!

  7. Here’s another button for your collection! I thought those who are looking for a spooky Halloween feel might like it, or it’s great for people with more dark themed blogs. I recently launched a horror review blog, in addition to my regular book blog, and I wanted a more scary button to display there. Hope you like it! :) Here’s the link to it on Photobucket:

    http://s519.photobucket.com/albums/u359/miller4plusmore/?action=view&current=bookofshadows-1.jpg

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