Friday, June 27, 2008

The 24-Hour Read-a-Thon Is Almost Here

I'm not nearly as prepared - either mentally or physically - as I was for last October's event. But as the day passes, I am getting more and more excited! My 17yo daughter Jelly Bean would like to join in the fun too - if she can convince her dad to let her.

Among the Things I've Been Dealing with Today
(so I'll be able to dedicate the time tomorrow to the read-a-thon):

  • Emails about work (but at least I'm not in the office!)

  • A giant pile of laundry

  • Vacuuming

  • Dishes

  • Grocery shopping

  • Bills and bank deposit

  • Preparation of templates for posts
Among the Books I've Piled Up:
  • The Devil in the White City (One of this month's in-progress reads.)

  • Eat, Pray, Love (Another of this month's in-progress reads.)

  • Fearless Fourteen (The latest Stephanie Plum novel.)

  • Thirteen Reasons Why

  • Flip

  • Catalyst

  • Dear Mr. Henshaw (Last time I concluded that some YA or children's books would be good read-a-thon picks, so I've got several ready.)

  • Eats, Shoots, Leaves (With the probably mistaken idea that I really am going to finish the Book Awards Reading Challenge by June 30.)
Among the Food Items That Will Give Me Sustenance:
  • Tomato Sandwiches

  • Vanilla Yogurt with Raspberries and Pecans

  • Lucky Charms

  • Shrimp Cocktail Dip with Wheat Crackers

  • Ginger Cookies

  • Tortilla Chips with Refried Beans and Cheese

  • Plums

  • Pizza

  • Diet Coke with Lime

  • Popcorn

  • Perrier

  • Raspberry Tea

  • S'Mores (prepared by my own private chef, Sugar Bear)
Other Things I'll Need:
  • My Laptop

  • A Pillow and Blanket

  • A Watch
Things To Blog About If I Need a Break
(in addition to my read-a-thon updates):

  • Review of Dark Assassin

  • Update of Challenges YTD

  • New Posts for My Series Blog
Tips From Dewey That I Need to Remember:
  • Pick a variety of shortish books.

  • Start with something short and easy to get a sense of accomplishment early on.

  • Choose some light things for the end when I'm tired and sick of reading.

  • Give myself permission to put a book aside if it’s not holding my attention.

  • Just in general don’t be a masochist. This is supposed to be fun!
The Read-a-Thon Beneficiary:

Besides just having a lot of fun reading and book blogging, this read-a-thon has an official beneficiary: RIF (Reading Is Fundamental). I will be making a donation to the organization here - and I encourage you to do the same.

For more information about the 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, click here.


  1. I wish I had a laptop... it would make this whole thing A LOT easier. But I guess this computer is okay, as long as a certain sister of mine lets me on...

  2. Great list(s)! I think I will have to go buy me some Lucky Charms...

    I'm cheering.. GO YOU! Read lots!

  3. It looks like you are pretty prepared to me! I really enjoyed Devil in the White City, though you'll probably have to take a break from time to time on that one! Good luck!

  4. Is it possible to be more prepared than that? :)

    Have fun, Alison!