HAPPY EASTER! I hope everyone is having a lovely day. I’m currently in Coleman with my in-laws. Today’s post is all about Dewey’s Read-a-thon. Read-a-thon is this Saturday at 1 GMT.
WHY THE READ-A-THON IS EVERY BIT AS COOL AS YOU THINK IT IS (or not as scary as you think it is)
I thought about doing a video post to tell you why the read-a-thon is so much fun and why you should join, but I figured I’d just end up yelling “Read-a-thon! Read-a-thon! Read-a-thon!” in an overly excited tone. I’ll spare you for now, but I wanted to share the top 10 reasons why I love the read-a-thon so much (and other miscellaneous information overload).
1. Being able to reenact those teenaged years when you could stay up for 24 hours with no worries
2. Reading and blogging for 24 hours without the guilt that you should be doing something else
3. Meeting and connecting with other bloggers all over the world who are doing the same crazy thing you are
4. Mini-challenges: a great way to give your brain a rest after a long stretch of reading
5. Snacks. Junk food. Caffeine. Whatever your poison, I know I’m not the only one who stores up on yummy foods to eat throughout the day and night
6. Remembering Dewey
, the fabulous blogger who started this incredible community builder two years ago
7. Reading for a cause–I’ll be donating $5 to ProLiteracy
for every book I finish during the 24 hours (see a list of suggested charities here
–definitely not an exhaustive list).
8. It’s the silliest fun one could possibly imagine that involves reading and blogging (yes, you know I’ll be posting that Harry Potter Puppets video again)
9. Accomplishing what you thought was impossible–reading more than you expected and staying up later than imaginable
10. Hours of cuddle time with your favorite cuddle-buddy (for me, Maggie)
The read-a-thon is really what you make of it. It is scary and daunting. It’s tough to set everything aside and devote all that time to reading and blogging. But it is such wonderful fun. Even if you can only participate for a few hours here and there, join for a few hours. Even if you can’t read, visit a few blogs and cheer us on. We LOVE cheerleaders. We LOVE comments. We NEED the encouragement. And finally, forgive us for seriously jamming up your readers throughout the event.
This will be my third time participating in the read-a-thon. When my friend Laura
first tried to talk me into doing the read-a-thon last summer, I scoffed at her, telling her that staying up for 24 hours did not
sound like fun. I’m a slow reader and have an incredibly short attention span. I can barely read for an hour without getting restless. Laura ended up not being able to participate that time, but I decided that morning
to jump on the bandwagon. I had the time of my life.
(please fill me in with your tips, too!! I’d love to add them to the list)
**Keep a stack of books handy. If something doesn’t catch your attention immediately you can quickly move on to something else
**Pick books that are short and don’t require a ton of attention. Put that War and Peace
back on the shelf…right now! Eva
has created a big long list of books
that are sure to keep you reading through the wee hours.
**Include some Young Adult titles in your stack–they provide a perfect break from heavier reads and they are sure to keep your full attention. (Tip from Laura
Before the Read-a-thon:
**Either pre-prepare some meals or have quick and easy things on hand. Don’t want to spend time cooking! (Hence all the yummy snacks–Jodie
suggests a combination of sweet and salty snacks for variety)
**If you will be doing blog updates (which I recommend!!), make a template beforehand so you can just plug in numbers and quickly post
**Get all of your weekend obligations like cleaning out of the way early. You’ll be too tired on Sunday unless you are a superhero (which I don’t doubt some of you are).
**Let people (friends/family) know ahead of time that you’ll be participating in a 24-hour read-a-thon so that they don’t think you fell off the face of the earth when they try to get ahold of you (tip from Joanne)
**Laura and I created a spreadsheet to help us keep track of minutes and pages–very handy! We also have a column for the hour, our time zone, and the read-a-thon time zone. This time we’ll also add time spent blogging, mini-challenges entered, bloggers visited, etc.
During the Read-a-thon:
**Don’t overload on the caffeine. While in small doses it can be OK, it might make you jittery and then crash. Especially if you aren’t used to it.
**Take some time out of your reading to join a mini-challenge or do some cheerleading. If you spend the whole 24 hours reading you’ll certainly get a lot accomplished, but you’ll miss out on the community building aspect.
**Don’t torture yourself. If you can’t make it anymore, don’t worry (I’ve never been able to make it the full 24 hours, but I’m gonna try my darndest this time).
**Keep your camera charged and handy so you can include fun pictures of you, your books, your cat, your food, your reading spot, etc. (Tip from Laura)
Throughout the week I’ll be cleaning and doing laundry so I don’t have to worry about anything over the weekend. I’ll be compiling my books so I don’t have to find something to read at 2 AM. I’ll be making a list of participants so that I can cheer you on. And, of course, I’ll be piling up my read-a-thon snacks. What I’m looking forward the most, though, is meeting Laura (and maybe Kari) at 2 am at IHOP for a late-night Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity.
The books I’m thinking about reading (um, I’ll probably only read four of these–see tip about choices!!):
*The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Shaffer and Barrows
*Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
*Catch Me If You Can – Frank Abagnale
*Tales of Beedle the Bard – JK Rowling
*Second Nature – Alice Hoffman
*Sam’s Letters to Jennifer – James Patterson
*The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven – Sherman Alexie
*Notes from the Underbelly – Green
*The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne
*Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
*Cause Celeb – Helen Fielding
– Laura Zigman
Anything up there that you’ve read and recommend? Anything you think I should steer clear of?
What is YOUR favorite part of the read-a-thon? Any special memories? What are your fears? What tips do you have to share? Have I twisted your arm and convinced you to join or did you already sign up weeks ago? Read-a-thon!Read-a-thon!Read-a-thon!
Yayyyy Read-a-thon! Sign up here.