Updates & How to prepare like a boss for a readathon! #readathon

October 21, 2017 Book Event, Bookish Fun 10

For the uninitiated, Dewey’s Readathon is a twice yearly reading marathon that has been running since 2007. I have participated in a few and I can guarantee you that they are a fun event with zero pressure on how long you read for.  So I’m stacking my books, getting my camera ready for the Instagram challenges and I’m ready to read till my eyes bleed (slight exaggeration!).



The must know details:

It’s on Saturday, 21st October.  And anyone can join in.  You don’t need to be a blogger, it’s aimed at readers and all you need is a book and you’re in!  Don’t stress about the 24 hours, I don’t do that, I just join in as much as I can but I like my sleep so I’ll be dropping out when I get tired.  I know, I’m lightweight 😀

How to Prepare for a Dewey Readathon:

check markGrab a stack of books!  Mix up the variety and have some varying lengths in there too.  I find switching between books just stops me getting too restless.  Graphic novels are another great way to give your eyes a rest from continuous reading.


check markMake some tasty snacks.  Seriously, half the fun is the food and you are going to be drooling all over your screen when you see what others are eating so make sure you have tempting nibbles to hand!


check markTell your friends and family to get lost for the day!  Nothing like endless interruptions to ruin your readathon experience.  Tell them you’ll be all theirs on Sunday but Saturday is for you!


check markBring it out of the house!  I find getting away for a little bit makes it even more of a treat.  So I’ll be reading in my local coffee shop (and blogging and tweeting and instagramming) for a couple of hours too.


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Be Social: During the event, don’t be afraid to join in some of the challenges.  The more you interact, the more fun it is. I find Twitter and Instagram the best way of chatting to other readers during the event so come look me up if you want to talk books and bookish nonsense 😀


check markIf you are wondering just what a readathon entails, you can check out MY READATHON EXPERIENCE APRIL 2015


My Dewey Readathon Goals:

  • Read!  Sounds obvious but there is a lot of fun distractions during the event.  I want to get the balance right between having the crack on social media and reading my books.
  • Join in challenges
  • Visit some new-to-me blogs
  • Read some more
  • Photo all the books!
  • Enjoy it!


My Dewey Readathon Updates:

A girl can’t live on books alone, so I fuelled up for my day!



Challenge – Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Ireland.  With Storm Brian howling outside my window.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

All of them 🙂

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

My homemade sweet potatoe fries

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m an Irish dedicated follower of fiction.  My book motto is anything goes and I love any kind of bookish chat.  I also have a slight instagram obsession.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Switch up books.  I’ll go between physical books, ebooks and audiobooks.  That way I don’t get bored and the audiobooks allow me to multi-task too.



Challenge – 10 Years in 10 Books! 

10 books I highly recommend from the last 10 years – 1 for each year.

 Through the Barricades by Denise DeeganVendetta by Catherine DoyleOnly Ever Yours

Room by Emma Donoghue
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

What I read


  • The Dark Lake – an audiobook that I was already reading.  I finished it and wow.  Loved this debut novel – review coming soon
  • The Surrogate – an ebook that I was already reading.  I finished it and it was VERY twisty!  Will review soon as it’s from NetGalley.
  • Pointe – a paperback that I bought during the summer.  I have very mixed feelings on it.  Again will review soon


Talk to Trish : Are you joining in?  What preparation did you do?  What’s your top tip for getting the most out of the event?  Happy reading!

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10 Responses to “Updates & How to prepare like a boss for a readathon! #readathon”

  1. Whitney

    You highlighted some great books for “Ten Years of Dewey” Room and Before I Go to Sleep are both fantastic! Have a great readathon today.

    • trish

      I only found out about the readathon last minute too, but thankfully I had a pretty free day so was able to jump in!

  2. Wattle

    I hope you have/had a great readathon! It was fun seeing everyone’s updates on Twitter (I didn’t participate, because Saturday is for sleeping in and housework lol)
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