Sunday, April 22, 2012

Readathon Wrap-up

Dewey's 24 hour readathon
I'm back from a great breakfast out with my family, and ready to throw down some thoughts about yesterday's 24 hour read-a-thon.

I loved it.  It is so nice to sit back and just read for a full day.  I had prepared ahead of time and did as many of my typical Saturday chores on Friday.  So when Saturday came around, I didn't have that background stress of "oh, I need to clean xxx" or "I have so much laundry to do".  While those chores could have been great excuses for breaks - I was instead able to use my breaks to play with my kids.  I was the adult in charge for the day - my husband had classes (finals even) and then went to the Red Sox/Yankees game (debacle).  So while my kids are fairly independent, and play well together - I still need and want to play too.  Food is a great break too!

I had thrown together a little pile of books from the TBR Bookcase as possibilities to read.  The pile was YA heavy, but also short classics and had one review book.  I figured they would be easy to get through quickly, or to drop off if they weren't working.  Even with this pile, I still strayed and chose my last book (not finished) from elsewhere in the bookcase.  It was nice to have a guideline of sorts, but I still needed to branch out by the end.

I read pretty much continuously from 8am until 10pm.  I really tried to make it until at least 11, but I just couldn't do it.  So I went to sleep at about my normal time... but woke up at 3:30am.  I felt wide awake, and almost went back to my living room reading nest and picked up again.  But then I thought about how much I would probably regret that when one of my kids woke up - just a couple hours later - and so I went back to sleep.

I hope I can participate again in October, but seeing as how I will be midway through my first semester in Grad School - that seems pretty unlikely.  I'll keep my fingers crossed though!

Many thanks to the organizers, the cheerleaders, and to the spirit of Dewey herself.  I didn't know her, she was before my blogging days started, but she came up with a great event and I think it is wonderful that people keep it going.

Now - I have to write up reviews of the books I read before I forget!

Books read cover to cover:
book cover of Grow Up by Ben Brooks

book cover of the yellow wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

(actually, I only read The Yellow Wallpaper, but I will read the other stories at some point, as I enjoyed this quite a bit)
book cover of Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

Books started but not finished:

book cover of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel



MJ said...

Congrats! I originally had plans to knock off some reads for your Classics challenge, but I've been in such a slump I decided to concentrate on lighter, easier books instead. I hope that the slump is officially banished so I can make headway on some of my more "serious" reading goals :-)

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...


I'm in law school and I participate but I don't think I would have been able to do it my first year. Now I'm able to plan ahead to make it work.

Crossing my fingers you can participate next time.

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Well that certainly gives me hope Alexis!

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