So today I am preparing for my first time participating in Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon!
“What’s a read-a-thon?” You might say. Well, it’s quite simple really: you read for twenty-four straight hours, blogging and/or tweeting about your progress, and checking in on fellow readers through out the day. I’m pretty stoked!
Since I’ve never done this before, I looked all around for helpful tips and tricks. The Dewey’s 24 Read-a-thon website has many such posts from people who have participated in years past. It was all super helpful! The gist: pick your books ahead of time, have snacks, plan rests, and have fun!
Armed with these basic instructions, I set out to gear up for this marathon of reading!
Step One: Picking the Books
I have a million books sitting around my house. I’m one of those people who will get a book even if I might not get to it right away, simply because I love looking at a shelf full of books and having options. So this step was equally easy and hard. Most of the former read-a-thoners suggested having shorter books to break up the day and keep you motivated. Nothing feels better than finishing each mile in a marathon, right? (I mean, is that right? I wouldn’t know.) Same concept here! In the end I went with this lovely stack o’ books:
1. The Art of the Personal Essay—This one is pretty self-explanatory. I don’t plan on reading the whole thing, but if one of the longer novels starts to wear on me I can do a sprint or two with a quick essay!
2. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen—This one I’ve been working on for a while. I’m over 200 pages in, and the it’s the main goal of me read-a-thon to finish this bad boy!
3. Life After Life by Jill McCorkle—I got this (and many others) from a spree at the library and it’s the only one I can’t renew, so I need to finish it ASAP. Plus, it’s pretty short and should go by fast!
4 and 5. Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska by John Green—I’m planning a John Green Week here on my blog, but have let myself get distracted from finishing these last two novels. No more distractions! 24 hour read-a-thon to the rescue!
6. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner—This one is also from the library, but I thought I’d toss it onto the stack just to have the option.
Obviously, I might not finish all of these books tomorrow. I’m also not limited to this stack, if something else on my shelf calls to me, then I might pick that up. But it’s good to have a game plan!
Step Two: The Snacks
I sometimes forget to eat even when I’m not reading for 24 straight hours, so this step was muy importante! (Busting out my high school Spanish skills!) For the day I got some of my favorites: Cheezits Reduced Fat (not because I’m on a diet, I just like the taste better), Pomegranate Craisins, Keebler Cheesecake Middles cookies (these I’ve only had once, and that was yesterday, and they’re delicious so I bought a packages JUST for tomorrow), and apples. I also have easy (microwave) meals like Cambell’s soups.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be familiar with my obsession with PUMPKIN SPICED LATTES. Since I’m going to be very busy reading tomorrow, I’m not sure if I’ll make it out to my favorite supplier-I mean, coffee shop for my morning PSL. PLUS, what am I supposed to do in the home stretch when the shop definitely won’t be open? These questions were really weighing on me yesterday, and I came to the only reasonable conclusion: I would make my own Pumpkin Spice Lattes here at my house.
I Googled for recipes and came across one that looks pretty good. It’s from the blog Farm Girl Gourmet and looks pretty easy. The recipe is for making two ten ounce lattes (HA!) so I’m going to double it each time I make it, keeping the left over Pumpkin Spice milk mix in the fridge for later! I haven’t tried it yet, I will let you all know how it goes.
Step Three: Taking Breaks
Well, I have to walk my dog no matter what else is happening on any given day, so that’s break number one for sure. Also, tomorrow happens to be Homecoming here in Davis, so a few of my friends will be in town. I’ll be taking a couple hours off in the evening to have dinner with them. Other than that, I’ll probably just tweet/blog when I can’t look at one more page.
Step Four: Have Fun!
I am already so excited for this thing, I can’t even tell you. I’m really looking forward to knocking out some serious reading, seeing everyone else’s posts, and just generally having a great time being the crazy bookworm I am! It’s like Christmas in October.
So that’s the plan! See you all out there! Follow me on Twitter for regular updates, and visit the home page for posts about any and all completed books!