Anticipation – Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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.

Sign ups for April 9th are here.

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?

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  1. I am sure you will have lots of fun!! Enjoy whatever you end up reading. 🙂

    • Amused on March 16, 2011 at 19:34

    I will definitely be joining in the fun and I too am starting to think about what I want to read but don’t have a list yet. It’s just kind of floating around in my head.

    • Pam on March 17, 2011 at 06:34

    Oh good choices! I haven’t really done too many readathons, though I know this is an important one to so many bloggers. I’ll have to see what my weekend holds as it gets down to decision time. Good luck!

  2. I’m going to be joining in the readathon for the first time. I’m not sure how many hours I’ll be able to dedicate though because the real world seems to have worked its way into my diary already. I am looking forward to the communication with other bloggers though. No idea what I’ll be reading, I plan to just read the next on my TBR pile/shelf as I go along.

  3. I am looking forward to participating too. You have a great stack of books chosen already. I love preparing too..choosing books, buying snacks..I can hardly wait!

  4. I will plan to cheerlead from the sidelines like I usually do. Have fun!

    • Kim on March 17, 2011 at 22:30

    OH you know I have begun planning—along with my read-a-long pal (15 year old son, Sam)! I have started a list, but now I have to find some YA or graphic novels or just plain lighter stuff in the plan. We have our favorite food which I need to make sure we have on hand also!
    Have fun with your planning…

    • Wendy on March 20, 2011 at 08:12

    Kailana: Thanks!

    Amused: Glad to hear you’re also participating!

    Pam: This is a particularly good read-a-thon – and it goes by pretty quickly since it is only 24 hours!

    Abigail: Welcome to the madness!! Hope your first Dewey read-a-thon will be wonderful!

    Beth: *nods* the prep is half the fun!

    Kathleen: I love the cheerleaders – very motivating! Thanks for being one 🙂

    Kim: I bet it is really fun to do this with your son! Have a great time planning, too – see you on the big day 🙂

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