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#BookishBloggersUnite is a weekly post, usually on Fridays, created by a group of bookish friends that just wanted to talk about books together. Feel free to join in!

This week, we are discussing Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I participated again this year, and this gives me a chance to wrap up as well as process the day.

The Plan

Quite honestly, I didn’t really have a plan going in. I love the concept of a TBR, but they never really work out for me. I’m a huge mood reader, but if I set a plan, I’ll feel like I have to stick to it, so I usually just don’t. I knew I really wanted to read Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, but beyond that I was pretty open…and I ended up reading a very eclectic combination of books. The only thing I really did to prep a reading list was to make sure I had plenty of variety. I had a huge stack of comics from the library for when my eyes got tired, and I knew I needed an audiobook. On Friday night, I ended up browsing the Libby app and finding the audiobooks my library had in stock. I picked out Logical Family by Armistead Maupin, who wrote the Tales of the City books (which I now plan to reread).

The Readathon

The readathon went pretty swimmingly for me. I ended up finishing Shadowshaper and also got to read Above Us Only Sky, The Tea Dragon Society, Interpreter of Maladies, Jackaby, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Taproot, Goldie Vance Vol. 2, and I finished The Nature Fix.

This was the first readathon in which I read nonfiction. I usually avoid nonfiction because I’m very slow reading it and I don’t like feeling slowed down, but I’m glad I finished The Nature Fix and I really enjoyed One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, which was a BOTM pick for me a very long time ago. So, I’m glad I branched out a bit I guess.

I also got to enjoy some outside time this readathon, which was a great change of scenery. I sat and read for about an hour in a small park by my apartment, and I also got in 2 different audiobook walks, which were great. This is a great way to rest your eyes, but still be reading!

All in all, I had a pretty great experience. I tried to stay up as late as I could, but my eyes started closing of their own volition around 3:30 a.m. here, which was hour 21 (I think). I was pretty happy with all of the reading I got done though, and was very happy to find some new series to start!

How was your readathon experience? If you didn’t join this time, will you join in the fall? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “#BookishBloggersUnite: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

  1. It sounds like you had a GREAT experience, Sarah! I’m so glad. I didn’t participate this time, as I’m still trying to get my blog back up and I wanted to dedicate my energies towards that. I do miss readathons; I should get back into participating again!

    I’m really impressed with how many books you got through. Do you listen to books faster than 1x speed? How on earth did you manage to read so much?!

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    1. I’m so glad you are getting your blog back up :). Sometimes blogs Plus life are a lot of work–but once you do, I’d love to see you in some readathons! I don’t listen to books faster than 1x speed…and for this readathon, I read everything I finished. I was very focused this time around, and I usually mix up regular books with comics—and I read a lot of books on the shorter side.

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      1. I sometimes feel like I’m the only person in the world who listens to books at 1x speed, so this is reassuring to me! So many good tips here… I’ll have to find an upcoming readathon just so I can test them out. I don’t often think about book length, but that is always recommended. I don’t know why I ignore page numbers. 🙄

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