Ok, so I think you guys have officially realized I’m a weirdo and I love doing these internet readathons. So far I’ve participated twice in the Dewey’s #readathon and twice in #boutofbooks. Both have been most excellent so much more fun than I can possibly explain. There’s something about knowing that during a set time, you are reading with other like-minded readers, and you’re coming together to cheer each other on and support one another, that is so cool to me. I’m reading with other people a) that I’ll most likely never meet in real life; b) who are from all kinds of backgrounds that are way different than mine and might not be my friends because our lives don’t overlap; and c) who think books are awesome enough to spend a full 24 hours or 7 straight days read.
Color me dorky, but I love it.
This coming Saturday, October 18, I will be participating in my third Dewey’s #readathon! I cannot wait. Just a head’s up that I’ll be using this blog and not my book review blog as my home base. Honestly, I don’t post tons of reviews over there, so I will most likely have a single post the day of the readathon that I update throughout the day.
It’s going to be be such good fun! There’s still five+ days left before the fun begins and I feel like I have a LOT to do. You’d think that a 24 hour readathon would have minimal prep but it really has a lot more go into it than you expect. Here’s a glimpse of what I need to get done!
- Kate from Kate’s Book Nook and I are running the readathon’s GoodReads page and it’s more work than you’d expect! We have been creating posts for posting before, during, and after the readathon. Now that it’s getting closer, we have a few more things to post and follow up on, and then we’re splitting the duties the day of in six-hour blocks. (I’m hours 1-6 and 13-16!) It’s fun but we have to think out of the box a little bit.
- Shopping for food! This hasn’t happened yet (I’ll probably shop on Friday so I can get fresh stuff to get me through the day!)
- Finalizing my books and then a list of backup books (can’t try to read a book that isn’t engaging, at least not for this event!)
- Making arrangements for things that go on that day. It’s my dad’s birthday (but he’s working) and I want to make sure I can meet up with him at some point to buy him coffee and wish him a happy birthday. And who knows what else might happen? I’m trying to plan ahead for anything that might come up.
- I’m in the middle of two books right now (It’s Not Summer Without You and A Prayer for Owen Meany). I’ve got to finish them before Saturday morning at 5 am!
- Clear my Friday schedule so I can get to bed early. In April I was too excited to sleep and that bit me in the butt because the readathon starts at 5 am California time. Sleeping for four and a half hours and then staying up for 24 hours is not a good combination!
It’s not too late to sign up! Check out Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon to sign up!