I'm faking the read-a-thon again....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I've been wanting to participate in the semi-annual 24-hour read-a-thon for a while but it just hasn't been plausible for me. With being in school and having an internship (alongside my full time job), I work almost every day and can't afford to spend an entire day only reading -- especially since it means I would also need the next day off to catch up on sleep!!!

I'll be finished with my internship in March 2011 so I have high hopes that I'll be able to fully participate in the April one. That leaves this one.

And I've decided I'm going to try to fake it again this time... sort of like i did last April!

This time I have Saturday AND Sunday off.... BUT it's because my husband and I will be visiting my brother-in-law in Raleigh, NC. That means I'll be hanging out and not necessarily reading. However, I believe! I believe I may be able to get a LOT more reading done, if not all day. And then maybe I can challenge myself to stay up as late as I can to keep reading until 8:00 am, hehehehe. I think I'll do every quarter updates, or maybe every 4 hours if I get a lot done.

My only dilemma... I had grand plans to read Freedom while I was on vacation and I really want to read it still... but it seems adverse to read a book over 500 pages for an event that works best when reading a bunch of short ones.

Anyone have any advice on how I should go about doing this? Thanks!!

14 comments:

okbolover said...

I can't do read a thon's either. Too many things need my attention. My version of a read a thon is reading from 5 pm to 1130 that's a reading binge for me :P

well, we try, right? :)

softdrink said...

The best thing about the readathon is that it's totally customizable. There is no right or wrong, so do whatever works for you, and have fun doing it!

So that's my vague advice.

brandileigh2003 said...

You will be in my city on Saturday then!

Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Jenny said...

Karoline -- haha, yeah, I would probably consider that a reading binge too... yeah I'll just do what I can!

Jill -- very true! Thanks!

Brandi -- cool! Do you recommend any book stores in the area?

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Have fun!! Enjoy, and I'll be trying it the next time around!

Jules said...

I think reading a 500 page book will be fine. Usually people recommend reading shorter books or short stories is so you don't get bored or to tired reading the same thing all day. But if you are able to sit and devour a book in a sitting, go for it. Alternatively, you could read a portion of the book, and read something else.

Like softdrink said, the read-a-thon is totally customizable. Not only for how long you read, but for what you read everyone is different, so do what work best for you and read what you want to read.

I for one, will only do a few updates, maybe every four hours like you were thinking. It depends on how I feel I suppose. Either way, enjoy weekend, and hopefully see you at the read-a-thon.

Also, this was a lot longer then intended. Especially for so early in the morning.

bermudaonion said...

I think the point of the read-a-thon is to build a sense of community, not to read more books than anyone else. If Freedom strikes your fancy, I say go with it!

Amanda said...

I agree 100% with Jules! My husband only participated in Readathon once and he spent most of his time reading a 700 page classic, and much enjoyed himself. If you want to read Freedom, then go for it! :)

Zibilee said...

I would say my only advice is to take frequent breaks so you don't get too burnt out. I think I would actually recommend a longer book if you can stomach it. It would feel like such an accomplishment if you could finish it! Good luck with your read-a-thon!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I've never done the read a thon before. I think for me I would want to have a few shorter options in case I would get antsy. ?? But sitting down and giving a big novel a chance is a beautiful thing too, especially since you really want to read it and it DOES sound good.

reviewsbylola said...

I hope you get a lot of reading done! The day after the read-a-thon kicked my ass last time, so I understand why it is impractical to participate in the read-a-thon. I have a job interview this Sunday, so I definitely won't be pulling an all nighter!

Trisha said...

I'm a firm believer that you can do whatsoever you like during the readathon. Personally, I have to take breaks from really long books by inserting a shorter one every 150 pages or so.

nomadreader said...

I've had to miss the last few read-a-thons too because I work weekends. I hope I can find time to do one again one day!

Jenny said...

Thanks for the comments/advice everyone!! Looks like we have quite a few things planned tomorrow after all so not sure quite how much reading I'll get done... BUT some of our stops will be at the local bookstores. =)

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