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The Readathon is Tomorrow! And I Have Books!

read-a-thonThe Readathon is coming!

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, is Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, an excuse for book nerds around the world to set aside their responsibilities for a day to spend an entire day reading. While this is what I end up doing most Saturday afternoons, there’s something special about doing it at the same time as nearly 400 other people around the world.

I’m going to try something a little different this year. Rather than making updates on a post on this blog, I’m going to use my neglected Tumblr, A Little Bit of Dorkiness, and my Twitter feed (@kimthedork) for updates throughout the day. It’s supposed to be beautiful and spring-like in Minnesota tomorrow, so I’m hoping to be outside much of the day. Since I can update Tumblr easily from my phone it seems like a good option.

I may do a couple of check-in posts here as well, but for the most part I hope you’ll see updates on Tumblr if my readathon progress interests you.

One of the traditions for a readathon is to pick out a book pile ahead of time. When I’m in the middle of the readathon, the prospect of choosing my next book from all of the books in my house (well over 300 unread at this point), is overwhelming. So I like to pull out a stack of options to choose from. I also love to go to the library and pick out some special readathon books. Here’s the stack I put together for tomorrow:

spring 2013 readathon book pile

And if the titles are hard to read, here’s a list:

  • Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Red Ink by David Wessel
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford
  • Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
  • The Murder of the Century by Paul Collins
  • Telegraph Avenue (section 4) by Michael Chabon
  • Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

It’s way more books than I can read in a day. If I’m lucky, I’ll get through four of them, plus a section of Telegraph Avenue. But that’s pretty darn ambitious, given my past readathon performances.

I think I’m going to start with Frozen in Time because I need to post a review for a book tour on Monday. After that, my day is up for grabs. I’m planning to save Divergent and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for late in the day, since I’ve had several people suggest they’re fast reads (which is what I need when it gets dark at night).

Tonight I need to go pick out some snacks and finish up the last few chores I didn’t get to this week. Then I can settle in tomorrow without guilt that I’m ignoring something important that needs to be done. I am so very excited.

Are you participating in tomorrow’s readathon? What books are you looking forward to? And thoughts on which books I should make sure to get to tomorrow?

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  • Vanessa April 26, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Wonderful post…I really like your blog.^^
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    let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

  • River City Reading April 26, 2013, 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the tips, this is going to be my first time around and I’m feeling a little intimidated! I hope I can keep my momentum going. I’ve been thinking through some books, but wanted to see where I was as of today…about to make some final decisions now.

    • Kim April 30, 2013, 6:26 pm

      Yeah, I suppose it can seem a little intimidating, but the important thing is to have fun. Everyone comes up with ways that work for them.

  • Diamond April 26, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Amazing! I’m participating too! It’ll be my first time doing Dewey’s ;) And my first time doing a 24 hour read a thon! I’m excited. I’ll post my updates on my blog and twitter! I have a tumblr too (just followed you, I’m also in the google group book bloggers do it better). http://DeeNazC.tumblr.com

    Good luck! I’ll be cheering you on!

  • Jennifer April 26, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I’m going to post updates on my blog and on twitter too…I think? We’ll see how it all goes down :D Have a great read-a-thon! Yahoo!

  • Sara April 26, 2013, 10:21 pm

    https://leprechaunreads.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/so-its-that-time-of-year-again/ is my stack. Yours looks great as well. I’ve bookmarked your tumbler to follow throughout the day!

    • Kim April 30, 2013, 6:27 pm

      Thanks! I hope you had a wonderful readathon!

  • Alex in Leeds April 27, 2013, 5:48 am

    Hope you’re enjoying your first book… ;)

  • Allison @ The Book Wheel April 28, 2013, 8:41 pm

    I enjoyed Peculiar Children – I read it before I started The Book Wheel, but I remember it being a fast read and not nearly as creepy as I thought it was going to be!

    • Kim April 30, 2013, 6:27 pm

      I wish I’d gotten to that one. I might read it this weekend just because it sounds so fun.