I don’t have the best track record with read-a-thons, but this year Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon comes at the perfect time! I have a big (virtual) stack of review books to read before May so I’m jazzed for this opportunity.
The readathon takes place on Saturday, April 27. In my time zone, the read-a-thon begins bright and early at 5AM. (Check here for the start time in your time zone) We have been woken up by a very persistent mockingbird early every morning so maybe it won’t be too hard to wake up!
Mr. Movie Date Andrew is on board with the read-a-thon plan and is cheering me on. This year I’m also hoping to encourage my daughter to read with me. She has an AR reading goal to meet in the next week so hopefully she can get caught up. I’m even bribing her with junk food readathon snacks!
Speaking of Snacks
I am not too much of a snacker, but I’ll have Trader Joe’s Iced tea, diet coke, and clif bars on hand for energy. And I’ll have an audiobook ready when I need to cook.
I think I’ve set myself up for failure in the past with readathons by posting a big stack of books I need to read, and then I get discouraged if I only finish one or two books. This year I’m going to take a more laid back approach, and mix in some novellas and shorter books to give me that sense of accomplishment throughout.
Since there are over 400 of us signed up to read it’s a great chance to visit and encourage other blogs, and break up the reading with some mini challenges. I’ll do a little unofficial cheerleading so let me know if you’ll be participating so I can cheer you on! I’m terrible at twitter, but will try to post some updates there or on my FB page. Hashtags: #Readathon #Dewey #MiniChallenge #RahRahReadathon.
Most of the books I hope to read are on my kindle, but I’m including a picture of the book covers for a visual. Primarily these are books I’m featuring on upcoming blog tours, mixed in with some shorter books:
Fall of Night by Rachel Caine (in progress, 200 pages to go)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Audiobook in progress, I’m about half done) – I listened to a couple hours of this today.
No Attachments by Tiffany King (300 pages)
Game.Set.Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli
Binding Agreement by Kyra Davis (128 pages) Die for Her by Amy Plum (Revenants novella- only 60 pages)
Haiku – Hour 20
Keep your eyes open
Finish your book for Dewey
One more book tonight
Mid-Event Survey – Hour 12
1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? ZZZZzzzzz….what’s that you say? Why yes, I was starting to nod off a little bit.
2) What have you finished reading? Just finished my first book, Fall of Night- woohoo!
3) What is your favorite read so far? FoN is my only book so far, but it was a good one. Moving on to some shorter reads now.
4) What about your favorite snacks? Wasabi almonds & diet coke- yum.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I have visited a few blogs through the mini challenges like Midnight Book Girl, Fake Steph, and Little Miss Reads-A-Lot. Looking forward to making the rounds a little bit more later.
Book Sentence – Hour 8
Best and Worst Covers – Hour 7
My current read Fall of Night is a new release so it doesn’t have a paperback version to compare to. But, the UK edition does have a different cover. I do like them both and especially that the UK version ties into the story, but overall I prefer the US cover. The bat is a little overkill I think.
Book Puzzle – Hour 6
This book is a new release YA contemporary written by a male author, and should be an easy one to guess!
Re-Title Your Current Read – Hour 4
I’m reading Fall of Night, Morganville Vampires book 14, by Rachel Caine. I’d re-title this book “Escape from Morganville: I want to go back” or “Where can I buy some vampire bunny slippers in this town? I miss Myrnin and his spider Bob too”
Book Appetit! – Hour 3
The audiobook I’m listening to is The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It takes place in New York in the 1980s so it would be fun to have a themed cocktail party to pair with the book. Vodka and Tang were the drinks used to toast the new Interestings club, but wine and other kitschy cocktails would certainly be in the mix. There’s lots of great food opportunities for appetitzers from latkes to sushi to samosas.
Spine Poetry – Hour 2
Introductory Questionnaire- Hour 1
1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in sunny Burbank, California
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? It’s a pretty nice mix in my stack, and I’m liking Fall of Night and The Interestings!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Wasabi almonds and diet coke.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I woke up a little late but now I’m raring to go. There was an impromptu slumber party at my house last night so it may be harder to coax my daughter to join me to read today!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The new thing for me is adding shorter books to the mix!