25 in Five- My First Readathon


I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a readathon even if I’m not sure I entirely “get” it.

I first heard about the Dewey 24 hour readathon a few years ago, and while I love the idea of spending 24 hours reading as much as I can (while drinking tea or coffee and eating snacks), I’ve never tried it. People check in online, and apparently, there are “mini-tasks” to do. It’s social without actually being social.

Recently, I was on Instagram and found a different readathon, the #25infive. It’s a little different than Dewey. Instead of reading for 24 hours straight, participants read for 25 hours over the course of 5 days, August 9th to the 13th.

It looks like 25 in Five is less structured than Dewey, but that people check in throughout the days using the hashtag on both Instagram and Twitter. (If you don’t follow me on those platforms, and want to keep up with my readathon progress, now would be a great time to click the buttons to the right and follow me.)

Some people love readathons and other people hate them. I’m a total binge reader, so I anticipate that reading 5 hours a day for five days will be NO problem. My husband will want me to do real life things, and I’ll be like, “Shhh! I’m participating in an event!” And he’ll be puzzled but will go with it because he’s amazing like that.

If this one goes well, I fully intend to participate in Dewey in October, especially if it’s cold enough to get the fireplace going, because reading for 24 hours straight in front of the fireplace sounds like my idea of Heaven.

Have you ever done a readathon? Do either of these sound like something you’d be into?

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