Join me this Saturday, April 21st as I tackle a rather intense stack o' books for the sake of Dewey's Read-a-Thon, a biannual twenty-four hour marathon of literary proportions.
I admit, I made a snap decision to add The Litoverse to the rank and file of the challenge—I'd heard about the marathon a year or two ago after a favourite book blogger pledged her Saturday to the cause. I hadn't realized how massive the following had become, and I was tipped off to this looming marathon date via Twitter.
The first Dewey Read-a-Thon was held in October 2007, hosted by a blogger who wrote under the handle "Dewey". The marathon was named in her honour after she passed away in late 2008. Current hosts, Trish and Shesten, have kept Dewey's original mission alive and hundreds more have pledged their weekend to the written word ever since.
Participants are encouraged to balance their time between three main activities:
- Tackling their book stacks to read, read, read;
- Posting about their reading and taking part in mini-challenges throughout the day;
- Visiting other reader's blogs and starting discussions about what's being read.
Imagine it—a whole Saturday dedicated to the loveliness of literature and the online banter of book bloggers. Even alliteration cannot communicate how excited I am for this event. I don't know that I'll make it through the entire twenty-four hours during this first jaunt—I mean, I do have a tea party to attend on Sunday—but I'm looking forward to the marathon. For those who want to show their support, but might not have the free time to read for an entire day, the Dewey Read-a-Thon also invites bloggers to sign-up as Cheerleaders to keep participants motivated through the long hours ahead.
So prepare thyself for rambling posts and a mad-exhausted Moffatt this coming Saturday. Activities start at 8 AM sharp (for those in the GTA), so I'll be seeing you then!