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Readathon challenges and tips – Dewey and the Count of Monte Cristo

This entry is part 16 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

Readathon challenges offer hours of reading fun

24-hour read-a-thon reading challenges

October 12, 2013

Dewey readathon challenges offer great reading opportunities. Join hundreds of readers for the semi-annual 24-hour Dewey’s Read-a-Thon this Saturday, October 12, 2013.  A Dewey Read-a-thon is flexible and the choice of reading material is wide open.

Readathon challenges are great ways to reduce the size of those piles of stacked books that litter every nook and cranny of the house. With Dewey’s you don’t have to look far for readathon ideas. Right now there are 284 fellow readers who’ve already signed up.

These are highly interactive readathon challenges for those who enjoy the camaraderie of fellow readers urging, cheering, and sharing along the way.  There are official cheerleaders, hourly challenges, cohosts, and giveaways. Check out the Facebook page, too, and of course there’s Dewey’s Twitter.  Check out the hourly prizes offered. Read all the FAQs. What? You say you’re a solitary reader? Don’t fret. You can still participate: the social opportunities are all optional.

Book choices for readathon challenges

I haven’t pulled all my potential books for this Saturday’s readathon challenge; however, I do have two books that have made my readathon book list.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Since I’m participating in the Count of Monte Cristo Read-Along, I’ll definitely spend some time following the Count’s adventures. This is the unabridged version translated by Robin Buss and the one I highly recommend. Don’t be scared by the page count; it’s a fast read.

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe – I’ve loved Edgar Allan Poe since I was a kid slouched in the huge comfy armchair pouring over the words to The Tell-Tale Heart. This is the perfect time of year to read Poe.

To participate, check out Dewey’s Read-a-thon Readers Sign up page

Alexandre Dumas's country home with writing studio named after his famous novel.

This historic museum celebrates the writer Alexandre Dumas.

The Count of Monte Cristo Read-along

Readathon challenges and read-alongs offer ways to get more reading done. If you haven’t read The Count of Monte Cristo, now is the time. The Count of Monte Cristo Read-along is one of The Classic Club’s events hosted by Elyssa over at Unscripted. If you haven’t read Dumas, you must. Maybe you were introduced to him as a child or teenager through the abridged novels or movies.

To really get the full flavor of his novels, you need to read the unabridged translations. I like the one published by Penguin and translated by Robin Buss. Don’t be afraid of the size of the book. I’m already into chapter 12 of The Count of Monte Cristo and it’s pretty hard to put down. Take advantage of this readathon challenge and simply read two chapters a day over the next couple of months. I bet you finish ahead of time.

Alexandre Dumas – Popular commercial fiction writer? 

Alexandre Dumas is much like many writers today who write popular fiction. His action adventure stories were wildly popular and published as serial novels. You’ve heard of The Count of Monte CristoThe Three Musketeers, and The Man in the Iron Mask? He wrote all three. All three have been turned into movies, and all three are so much more than simple historical adventure stories.

Dumas spent twenty years writing plays and learned to please an audience. A prolific writer, he brought those writing skills to his historical novels. An avid traveler, Dumas enjoyed writing travel books, too. Today he is considered to be one of the most widely read French writers.

In his day, Dumas would have been considered a bestselling writer, and he earned a lot of money through his writing. Enough to build a large country house that he named Château de Monte-Cristo — even added an extra building for a writing studio. (Wouldn’t you just die for that?) Unfortunately, Dumas was a bit of a big spender and two years later he had to sell off his wonderful country home. Today his magnificent home has been restored and is now a museum dedicated to France’s beloved writer.

Readathon tips

After you’ve selected a couple of readathon challenges, try these tips:

  • Pull more books than you think you’ll read so you can play around with your choices.
  • Stockpile some drinks and snacks so you don’t have to run out to the store during prime reading time.
  • Add a short story or two to the mix so you bank in opportunities for success.
  • Try various formats including e-books and audio books.
  • Remember that you’re reading for pleasure and are not in a race to the finish.
  • Be happy with your outcome. There’s always more readathon challenges on the horizon.

There you have it. All you need to know to get started in two fall readathon challenges. I hope you’ll join me for some heady reading experiences. What’s on your reading list? Be sure and leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    It IS the perfect time to read Poe – hope you have a great read-a-thon!

  • LMM831

    Great selections for the readathon and great tips! Have fun!


  • Jennifer Hartling

    How is your day going? I’ve seen you on Twitter a bit, hooray! I hope you’re having a great readathon!!

    Jennifer~ Team Otter Cheerleader!

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