Saturday, April 23, 2016

Today is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon!

(drumroll, please)....For the first time ever, I am participating in a 24-Hour Readathon! Woohoo! You can read all about Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon here and see who else is participating. I live in Delaware in the U.S.

In truth, my version will be more like a 12-hour readathon, with a break for my daily nap. Because of my chronic illness, I can't actually skip any of my usual sleep and stay up reading the whole time, like some do, but the organizers assured me this is just fine - everyone does it their own way!

In fact, I also don't have any special snacks planned - again, because of my illness, it's important for me to stick to my usual diet and meals. I've already spent an hour making & eating breakfast for/with my family (though I was listening to my audio book while cooking!) and was planning to make dinner, too...but we do have LOADS of leftovers from a retirement party my husband hosted for a friend last night, so maybe we will just eat chicken fingers, mini crab cakes, veggies & hummus, and chips & salsa for dinner again tonight!

I also don't have huge stacks of books to post for today - just the few I am working on right now, since I have a backlog and am trying to get to several books in time for their respective discussions in book groups - yes, I belong to too many of them! (but it's fun)

Even this meager pile looks like more than it is. I have about 10 pages left of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (I just could not stay up one minute longer last night!), so my first goal is to finish that. Then, I am moving onto Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz for an online book group (I'm already behind on that discussion!).  I don't expect to completely finish that one today, but I hope to make some good progress. Readathon alumni recommended having some short, quick books on hand in case you get bored with one big book, so I pulled the shortest novel I could find from my shelves, Playing a Part by Daria Wilke, a teen/YA novel I've been meaning to read for too long.

Finally, I have my trusty iPod loaded with a new book that I started yesterday, The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick, a gripping middle-grade novel about what happens when a solar flare knocks out all the power. So far, it is riveting & the book I am most looking forward to today. I will listen to this audio book when I am cooking or doing other necessary tasks today - squeezing out every bit of book time!

So, those are my plans. My husband is going to join me (to some degree) - he's reading now but says he MUST finish The Walking Dead today, too (Readathon coincides with our cable's Watchathon Week!). Now, I need to go finish up Queenie Hennessy - I'll check in later to let you know how it's going.

Have you ever participated in a readathon? Did you enjoy it?


  1. I've never tried a readathon! Sounds fun though... Enjoy yourself- and don't get too tired!

    1. This was my first one, too! Lots of fun!

  2. Yay for taking care of your body and your brain! I hope you're enjoying your reads!

    1. Yes, I did! I really enjoyed my day off :)