Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon is fast approaching! On Saturday, October 22nd, readers everywhere are invited to spend the same 24 hours reading together. Over 340 people have already signed up. My start time is 8 am but since I’m on duty for my RA job the night before until 2 am, I’m not sure if I’ll make that particular start time. Even if I’ll be a little (but always fashionably) late to the fun, I will be participating both as a reader and as a cheerleader.
Don’t have the time to participate as a reader for 24 hours? Don’t worry! I’ve been there, too. Might I suggest you volunteer to cheer for a few hours or so? Cheerleaders are an integral part of the Read-a-Thon, and last year I greatly appreciated their enthusiasm when I stalled out halfway through the day. And even if you’ve already signed up to read, might I implore you to cheer, too? It’s a great way to take a break when you start to go cross-eyed! There are currently only 46 cheerleaders for over 340 readers.
In the last read-a-thon this past April, I managed to finish four books – three novels and a graphic novel. The books above are my selections for this go around. I certainly don’t expect to finish all of these books, but I’m trying to have a variety of topics and genres on hand. I also tried to pick books of varying lengths and print size. I also have a couple more books on my iPad I can read should I get bored of the physical books I have on hand. At the top of my list are Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant and Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (eBook) as well as the next section for the Anna Karenina read-a-long I’m participating in at Unputdownables.
Last time, I created a new post each time I updated during the Read-a-Thon. Formatting each post took more time than I anticipated and I’m worried around clogging other people’s feed reader so I think this time I’m going to go with a single post I’ll update throughout the Read-a-Thon. I still haven’t made up my mind yet so if you have a strong preference, let me know.
The Sunday Salon:
The Sunday Salon encourages bloggers to get together –at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones– every Sunday and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on each other’s blogs. Salon participants are encouraged to blog about their time spent reading, pages read, information about current reading, discuss a reaction to a book, state what they plan to read the following week, or make suggestions for a group read.