April 9, 2011
It’s that time again – a time when readers all over the world hunker down for 24 hours and read, read, read (and blog, and connect to other readers). I love Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon…and if you’ve never experienced it, I highly encourage you to give it a try. Read all about the event on the dedicated blog.
One of my favorite parts of the Read-A-Thon is the preparation for it – the anticipation and selection of books from which to read. I find that I usually read between 3 to 4 books during the event (around 600 or so pages). I try to participate for 18 to 20 hours (spending around 10 to 12 of those hours actually reading). I have lost count of how many times I’ve done this event – but it is several…and I’ve developed a bit of a plan that seems to work for me. I keep the books I read on the lighter and shorter side (I can’t focus on deep or intellectual reading once I’m about 6 hours in), and I try to give myself breaks to visit other blogs and do the mini challenges. So it is not just all about the reading – it is the connecting with others that makes this event so much fun!
I have started narrowing down the choices of books for the Read-A-Thon in April. So far I’m considering several books – a mix of nonfiction, memoir, short stories and novels. I like to have a good variety to pick from depending on my mood as the event rolls forward. These are all books which I have been eager to read. Don’t be surprised if this list changes between now and April 9th!!!
- Being With Animals by Barbara J. King (nonfiction, 228 pages)
- For Sale By Owner by Kelcey Parker (collection of short stories, 131 pages)
- Fire Season by Philip Connors (memoir, 238 pages)
- The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure (memoir, 327 pages)
- Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton (novel, 406 pages)
- The Murderer’s Daughter by Randy Susan Meyers (novel, 307 pages)
- A Dog Named Slugger by Leigh Brill (memoir, 216 pages)
How about you? Are you planning to participate in the Read-A-Thon…and if so, have you started picking your books yet?