Preparation for Dewey’s Read-a-thon, April 2016

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With my Mt To-Be-Read hitting record heights and my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks figures looking sad, my reading stats could use a boost. Fortunately, my very favourite reading challenge is on this weekend.

Dewey’s read-a-thon runs twice a year–in April and October. It runs for 24 hours, but participation for the full length is optional. Which is a good thing, because this round will be kicking off at 10 PM on Saturday 23 April for the east coast of Australia. As usual, I plan to be going to sleep around then, but will be up early to cram as much reading as possible into my waking hours.

As with last year, I also plan to do some cheering. Cheerleaders help readers stay motivated by leaving comments on Twitter. There is always an incredible shortage of cheerleaders. Last October the read-a-thon saw 2008 participants, which is a lot of people to visit and motivate! I had a blast with it and am looking forward to doing it again.

Of course, a read-a-thon requires books! I find myself reluctant to commit to a particular list this time, but here’s a few things I’m thinking about tackling:

Earl Grey Editing, Dewey's Read-a-thon, readathon, Dewey, tea, Gulliver's Travels, Carpentaria, Alexis Wright, Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea Quartet, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, ASIM, Janeen Webb, Death at the Blue Elephant

Before you freak out, I’ve previously read The Earthsea  Quartet by Ursula LeGuin. It has just been a very long time.

If you need to tame your own Mt TBR or are looking to connect with a great community of book bloggers, it’s not too late to join! You can sign up, follow on Twitter, join the Goodreads group or any combination of the three. The read-a-thon website will be running warm-up posts containing great advice all the way up until the event. If you’ve already signed up, I’d love to hear about what you’ll be reading.


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