Last Friday (as in a few days ago) I found out about Dewey’s Readathon. I’ve really been thinking about the literary world and giving back lately especially because John Green has been in the spotlight. (rah-rah!) So I decided to jump into Saturday’s readathon wholeheartedly, unprepared and super excited. Sadly, my total reading hours was, to put it eloquently, very crappy. My Saturday had already been blocked out and I scrambled to cram in as much reading as possible.
But the re-tweets and support readathon-ers showed me and others was palpably exciting and stimulating. What an amazing universe where complete strangers encourage each other in our own private endeavors. I loved that each reader had their own charity close to their heart that they were raising money towards. I was humbled that Reach Out and Read, reached out to ME because of my small efforts for their organization. There were many things I learned this first time around..
1. Why was I asking other to re-tweet all #readathon tweets? Give readers/passersby a reason to be re-tweeting.
2. Re-tweet others’ efforts more.
3. When leaving blog post comments, make it all about that person. Instead of things we had in common or what I was doing.
4. Set a money goal for hours read AND books finished. And set a reading hour goal in the first place.
With the time I did have, I discovered that I really enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s Lunar series. Sometimes I stay away from books because they are so well liked-hyped but this was a mistake with this trilogy and I’m so glad I’ve rectified it.
So, Dewey’s Readathon was, in my book, a great success despite my paltry offering at the end of the day. Next year I’ve vowed to do better and hopefully raise much more money for organizations that are doing such saving work.
*image Wikicommons Chemical Heritage Foundation, Mattheus van Hellemont The Alchemist