Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Readathon Preparedness

Just in case you didn't know, this Saturday is Dewey's Read-a-thon. I try to always participate. It's a lot of fun and a great way to do some catch up reading. In case you are unfamiliar with readathon, it takes place for 24 hours and you read as much as you can. There are mini-challenges and prizes. There are cheerleaders to help cheer you on! So check it out here and sign up. You can signup to read or cheer or both!

I am cleaning house this week and will be coming up with some meals to either make quickly or make ahead, so the day will be mine for the most part. I am trying to come up with easy and healthy snacks with a bit of chocolate thrown in.

I have come up with a stack of books as possible reads. I am a mood reader so I think this assortment will cover all bases. I picked so many books I had to show them in three pictures. I won't be reading all of these but I will be putting them in a crate or a tote so I can have them by me wherever I read.

As far as advice, farm out the kids(mine are self-sufficient) or encourage them to participate with you. Prepare food and snacks ahead of time. Get out your best comfy clothes, be it sweats or pj's. Take breaks often and maybe visit a few fellow readathoners or have fun with some of the challenges. Most of all...HAVE FUN!

These are two audiobooks I was sent for review. I am sure they will come in handy when my eyes get tired.

The Puppy Diaries by Jill Abramson read by Beth MacDonald

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides read by David Pittu

Next up, I have four library books in need of reading before their due dates. All of these have been recommended by fellow bloggers! Thank you!

June Bug by Chris Fabray

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Exposure by Therese Fowler

And last but not least, these are books I own. Some are for review and others are not.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Yankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton
The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell
The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

As you can see I have a bit of everything in that pile. I was hoping to add Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs but alas my daughter has stolen it back. I guess I should have purchased two copies. I hope to get a few books read this time since I have some shorter length books in there. I am sort of planning to read all weekend. The weather is cool and crisp and I am reading to hunker down and read! My start up time is 7 a.m. central time. See ya' then!


  1. Hubby is out of town, and the kids and I will be somewhat participating. Son has football practice, and we might see a movie but early morning and late afternoon and onward we will be hanging out and reading. Snacks purchased, and I'm working on my list. You have some great ones in there to fit every mood!

  2. It looks like you have some great reading material there. I'll be around to cheer you on.

  3. I am starting to prepare for the readathon too! I need to decide on something to toss in my crockpot Saturday. My husband has already been warned that my stepdaughter will be his sole responsibility!

  4. Exposure is AMAZING. One of my favorite books!

    I am also participating in this readathon! It's my first readathon EVER! I have to go to a Halloween party that night, so I will only be able to do it for the day. I want to get in six hours of reading.

    Good luck!

  5. I've participated in this read-a-thon since I started my first book blog, and will as much as I can this time around too. But, it will be very limited. My daughter and I are planning on doing a "Put On Your Pink Bra" 5K that day and then my hubby and I are going to a Bluegrass(ugh) BBQ event. I'll read and post when/if I can. I'll also be hosting a Mini Challenge the 7th hour if you'd like to check it out.

    Hope you have a great time!

  6. Great stack of books and good for you for making a bunch of healthy food ahead of time!

  7. Looks like you've got all your bases covered :)

    I finished The Night Circus recently and thought it was terrific. I've also read The Train of Small Mercies, which I was less than excited about.

  8. Great choices! I'm also reading The Marriage Plot.

    My list is here if you're interested:

  9. What a great list of books to choose from! I wish I actually COULD read the entire 24 hours! My daughter just finished Exposure, and she says it's great! You can't go wrong with Eugenides, and The Marriage Plot has been highly anticipated. Anna and the French Kiss gets RAVES, so it's on my wishlist, and June Bug is as well, since I LOVED the last Fabry title I read. The Night Circus, the Stiefvater series, The Winters in Bloom - all EXCELLENT choices for keeping your eyes open! Have fun!


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