A Date with a #Readathon (for Charity!)


Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon time is here again – hooray! I have been in a reading and blogging rut so I think this community readathon will help motivate me to read. I’m also reading for charity for the first time, so that will also give me an extra push to read.

Here’s the scoop on the readathon:

Timing: The readathon takes place on Saturday, April 26. In my time zone, the read-a-thon begins bright and early at 5AM.  (Check here for the start time in your time zone)

Challenge: Read for 24 hours, or as long as you can! (For the record, I’ve never made it the full 24 hours, but I try.)

Updates: Follow along at the official site for hourly encouragement, mini challenges, and prizes.

Community: Cheer for your fellow readathoners! Follow along with these hashtags on social media: #Readathon #Dewey #MiniChallenge #RahRahReadathon

The Books: I’ve selected a stack of short books to read. No, I can’t read all of these, but I’ll see what I’m in the mood for!

readathon for charity stack

Reading for Charity: I’m reading for charity this year, following Felicia, The Geeky Blogger’s, great example. I’ll be reading for The Trevor Project. Here’s their mission:

the trevor project logo

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

If you’re interested in reading for charity now or in the future, check out Felicia’s very informative post here. I’m going to follow her lead with the donation calculations:

  • $5 for each book read

  • $5 for each hour listened (Audiobooks are a great way to get more reading time in while you’re getting other things done)

  • 25 cents for each comment or like

  • $5 for each hour missed

If you’d like to help support this great cause, please drop by and comment on this post anytime during the readathon, and I’ll donate 25 cents for each comment. And cheer on all the bloggers reading for charity – Felicia has a list up here: http://www.geekybloggersbookblog.com/deweys-pre-readathon-post-charity-highlight/

Memes and Things:


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

The Media Capitol of the World (is that still true?) Burbank CA.

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

I’ve heard good things about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m not a snack-y type person, but I’ll probably indulge in a Luna bar for protein at some point.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Hello readathoners! I’m Lucy, an introvert, reader, and audiobook listener. I’m a mom to a hs freshman, and wife to a writer/dj. I dabble in vegan cooking and aim to workout more. I have two parakeets that run the house. My current TV addictions are Gilmore Girls and Parks & Rec. Nice to meet you!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my (fourth?) readathon and the first time I’m reading for charity. This time I have shorter books on my list so I can up my totals!

rory gilmore reading gilmore girls
Rory Gilmore would rock a readathon. Happy reading!
Hour 12 – Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
Just finishing the audiobook of Safe with Me by Amy Hatvany. Starting something short next, probably the novella Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover. Safe with Me was quite intense!

2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
Not really. Since I’ve been listening to my audiobook I was able to multi-task dishes, cooking and laundry today.
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
No, it’s been pretty quiet today!
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How much faster everyone else reads!
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
No, it’s better organized every year!
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Get a good night’s sleep the night before.
9. Are you getting tired yet? 
YES! I got up at 6 after about 4 hours sleep 🙁

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Audiobooks are my secret weapon.
I made it to hour 21.5- check this post for my wrap-up and totals raised for charity!




21 thoughts on “A Date with a #Readathon (for Charity!)

  1. Becca says:

    Good luck on the read-a-thon! Looks like you have a great list of books. #TeamWordworth will be cheering you on today. 🙂

  2. Tammy Sparks says:

    Good luck Lucy! I absolutely love the sound of the charity you’re reading for. Wish I could join in, maybe next time:-)

  3. Rachel Noel says:

    Good luck! I hope you raise a lot of money!

  4. Masanobu says:

    Reading for charity is a laudable goal – hope you raise a lot of money. Best of luck! 🙂

    #Team Wordsworth

  5. I am here to cost you .25 and I will be back later to cost you more 🙂 What are friends for?

  6. Yay for a fellow #readathon -er! So cool you’ve been doing this 4 times! It’s my first year and I totally agree Rory would rock it. Gotta love GG.

    Happy reading!! 🙂

  7. Good luck! This will be my first year participating. I’m very excited. I don’t quite have a stack picked out, though.

  8. Jess Potts says:

    I’m loving this readathon so far!!! Good luck to everyone –

  9. I loved your “more about me” section! You have an incredibly interesting life! A dj? I love it!!! Looking forward to checking back in on you later! #TeamBronte helping out #TeamWordsworth. Cheeerleaders! 😀

  10. Maggie says:

    Good luck! I cannot imagine doing this but I’m always so intrigued by how other people do it. Have fun!

  11. samantha1020 says:

    I hope that you are having a great read-a-thon so far! And reading tons of great books of course 🙂 Keep it up!

    Happy Reading!

    *Team Wordsworth

  12. Half way through! We can totally do this!

  13. Four Read-a-thons! Awesome.

  14. Natalie says:

    Half way through the readathon! Can’t wait to hit the midnight.

  15. we’re over the hump! More than halfway! Hang in there!

  16. Good luck with your reading goals! What an amazing way to raise money for such a great cause. Your stack looks great – my TBR list keeps growing…

  17. dtanton says:

    I’m always afraid to try audiobooks for readathon out of fear that I’ll fall asleep. I might have to try it next time, though.

    You’re doing great — keep on going! #teamwordsworth

  18. Rayna says:

    I would like to read for charity during a future read-a-thon. For now keep up the good reading!


  19. MsJohannah says:

    I should have opened the email that I get everytime you post and I would have been able to participate – at least I think so…okay, well maybe not since I was busy doing other things. Yah know? Maybe next year.

  20. kay says:

    I hope you had a great time reading, even though you were a tad tired! I only realized the readothon was happening on the day off, so I didn’t join, but I have been inspired by the posts of those participating!

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