It’s almost here! In two days the readathon begins, and as I did the two prior times I participated, I’ve been preparing.
First I took some ideas from my fellow readathoners on the Dewey’s Facebook Group and took an old journal that my hubby re-gifted to me and turned it into a proper reading journal. And by proper I mean it has what I want because I create every page myself. I bought a pre-made reading journal about a year ago, and while it is nice, it’s limited. I created my own headings and sections, and (not)art to fit my needs. I’m not artistically talented in the least, but I did what I could and had fun doing it.Next I planned and prepared my snacks, which are oh-so-important for the readathon. You can get so caught up in reading that you could miss a meal or two, so having things planned and prepared makes a huge difference. Some things I will have set up in my room ready to grab and others I will have to go to the kitchen for, which will give me the chance to move around and stretch (also very important). I think my snacks are completely different this year. I tried for a mix of both junky and healthy.
Picking my TBR list was harder this time than my previous two readathons. I think it’s a combination of being in a bit of reading slump and having way too many choices. In my previous two readathons, I think that I focused too heavily on particular books; specifically big reads. The first time I focused on The Temple of the Winds By Terry Goodkind, and the second I tried for It By Stephen King. While both times I had multiple physical, ebooks and auidobooks picked as back-up, I only focused on the main reads. Even though no amount of reading is a failure, I still felt as though I had failed myself by not completely either book. This time around I had a very hard deciding on books, but once I did, I focused on smaller reads, and books that I have been meaning to read for a long while.
- Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt
- Crazy Horse: A Life By Larry McMurtry
- Slade House By David Mitchell
- Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd#1) By Heather Brewer
- Only Human By Gareth Roberts
- Parnassus On Wheels By Christopher Morley
- The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly By Hwang Sun-mi
- How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written By Sterling Archer
- Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) By Zoraida Córdova
- Into White By Randi Pink
- Day by Day Armageddon(Day by Day Armageddon, #1) By J. L. Bourne
I also have some options queued up on my Kindle, Nook and iPod, and some current reads that I have yet to get through:
- Darkfire (The Nightblade Epic #3) By Garrett Robinson
- It: A Novel By Stephen King [I’ve been reading it off and on since the October 2016 readathon]
- Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations By Garson O’Tool
- The Paper Magician By Charlie N. Holmberg [audiobook as well]
- The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl By Issa Rae
- Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah
- Ready Player One By Ernest Cline [paperback as well]
This year in particular, the mods at Dewey’s as well as fellow participants have stressed/encouraged the philanthropic side of the readathon. Before now, I never really thought about any bookish charities. I’m sure I’ve seen some in passing, but I never really took the time to think on it. Then someone posted on the fb group that they were donating a specific amount of money to a charity for every page they read, which was followed by more instances of charitable contributions and a request for everyone to share their favorite bookish charities. It then dawned on me that I couldn’t, specifically, name one bookish charity, and that made me sad. As an avid reader and someone who encourages reading, I should know at least one [specific] bookish charity, right?! And then I received an email update from PaperBackSwap talking about…? You guessed it, their school donations program. They’ve picked five Title I Schools & Camps for PBS members to donate to this time around. Though I don’t have a lot to give, I figure if I can make a lame excuse for going back on my book buying ban and get new books for myself; I can make a legitimate excuse for some kids who need books way more than I do. The donations work in PBS book credits or PBS cash donations. I’ll be donating one credit per school which will work out to just about $20 or five books.
Final preparations will be me making drafts for all of my blog updates throughout the day. I hope to update every hour, but we’ll see how it goes. I hope everyone else who is participating is prepared and has a great time reading. And everyone else, if you’re never heard of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, or have never participated, give it a try!
If you want to follow my progress, you can do it here on my blog, or on twitter.