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Getting Ready for the Read-a-Thon!

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is tomorrow and I am so excited! I went grocery shopping, cleaned the kitchen, and did my laundry and otherwise tidied up my house yesterday. Tonight after work I’m going to make some delicious baked goods (Apple and Cheddar Scones, perhaps), clean some more,  and try to get to bed early.

I got so excited that I already put my book stack together. Even though last year I only read six books, I put together a stack of 12 to choose from. I wanted to take pictures to show you, but I left my camera at work… bummer!

From my personal bookshelves I have…

  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Working in the Shadows by Gabriel Thompson
  • Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield (a holdover from the last Read-a-Thon that I made an awesome ’80s playlist on Spotify to listen to when I read!)

From my stacks of review books I have …

  • Falling for Me: How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love by Anna David
  • Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
  • You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

From the library I have…

  • The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  • Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern
  • The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell (graphic novel)
  • Mercury by Hope Larson (graphic novel)
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Dean, Shannon, and Nathan Hale (graphic novel)

I decided I’m also going to set some goals for this year. When I did the Read-a-Thon back in April I read six books — three memoirs and three graphic novels — for a total of 1,420 over almost nine hours.

This year I hope I can read seven books, 1,500 pages, and more than nine hours. That would be awesome! I don’t have any friends joining me this year — just Boyfriend and the cat — so I think I should be able to read a lot. I’ll have one post tomorrow that I’ll update throughout the day to keep track of how things are going.

Even if you can only read for part of the day, you should definitely consider signing up — the Read-a-Thon is one of my favorite events of the entire year! I’ll also be cheering as part of Team Lucky Charms, so check in on Twitter as well 🙂

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  • bermudaonion (Kathy) October 21, 2011, 6:32 am

    Have fun! The Imposter’s Daughter is perfect for the read-a-thon!

  • Kailana October 21, 2011, 6:54 am

    Looks like you have some great reads ahead. Have fun this weekend!

  • Stephanie October 21, 2011, 7:48 am

    You are my Only is on my pile too! I plan on spending today cleaning and going to the grocery.

  • Fyrefly October 21, 2011, 9:13 am

    Oh, making tasty baked goods tonight sounds like such a good idea, but I don’t think I’m going to have the time. Sad face! I’ll have to get by on the last of my previous loaf of bread. Maybe I’ll bake tomorrow – with my audiobook on, of course!

  • Amused October 21, 2011, 10:53 am

    Seven books is amazing! Good luck tomorrow. I’ll come by to cheer you on for sure!

  • Joy Weese Moll October 21, 2011, 11:23 am

    Looks like a great selection! I haven’t managed to pull anything together, but I did post a couple of things about reading to get me in the spirit!

  • Jillian October 21, 2011, 2:51 pm

    It’s my favorite event too!! This will be my third, and I plan to really focus on reading this year (as opposed to Twitter, etc.) I only have two books planned, but I think they’ll last all 24 hours. Have fun!!

  • Buried In Print October 21, 2011, 3:08 pm

    The behind-the-scenes prep work that you’re doing will definitely help maximize your reading time; I like that you’ve got your goals set so concretely. A great approach: I’m taking notes.

  • Vasilly October 21, 2011, 5:48 pm

    Great goal! I didn’t think to have any goals for this read-a-thon. Good luck and happy reading!

  • Trisha October 21, 2011, 7:03 pm

    I wish I was going to be readathoning properly, but I was invited to a last minute birthday party! I’ll only get a few hours in tomorrow. Ah, those times when real life interferes with reading.

  • Trish October 21, 2011, 8:59 pm

    Yay readathon! And seven books seems pretty doable with your pace. My goal is one book, but I’ll be focused much more on the cheering this time.

    Apple and Cheddar scones? Yum!! See you tomorrow! 🙂

  • quirky girls read-jehara October 21, 2011, 10:53 pm

    Happy reading!!! Your scones sound absolutely delicious! I am such a procrastinator and have decided to bake my pumpkin muffins in the morning while listening to The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

  • Mystica October 21, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Enjoy the reads

  • Nan October 22, 2011, 5:11 pm

    You’ve read a lot of pages! Enjoy the ballet.