Friday, April 8, 2011
I'm finally getting to participate in my first official read-a-thon. For those of you who aren't aware (readers of this blog who aren't fellow bloggers), the read-a-thon is a blogging community event where everyone spends 24 hours reading. The read-a-thon site has mini-challenges posted every hour and people manning the site, cheering readers on, etc. for the entire time. As of the writing of this post, there are 435 people officially signed up. I say this is my first official time because for the last 4-5 that I've been aware of, I had too much going on (school, internship, etc.) to be able to justify a straight 24 hours of reading for fun. PLUS, I couldn't afford to take a day off the following day which would, of course, be necessary. So I always just did what I could and read as much as I could. But I always had other commitments, even on top of just schoolwork.
But it worked out this time. I did have to take Sunday off from my therapy job, but it worked out anyway because our partial season ticket plan for the Orlando Magic has us going to our last regular game of the season on Sunday in the middle of the day. So I needed the day off anyway. (I just need to make sure I wake up in time!) Oh, and did I mention my wonderful husband will be participating with me! He's warned me though he will likely spend part of the day playing video games and another part catching up on some shows.
The read-a-thon starts at 8:00 am EST. Now, I do plan at this point of allowing myself to sleep in. But I don't sleep that late anyway. Then I'll be up and at it. I have read tips from other read-a-thon-ers. I have an immense pile of short-ish books to choose from. I have lots of snacks. And coffee, but that's a given read-a-thon or no. I plan on spending the day alternately lounging in my pj's or in my bathing suit at the pool! And we'll see how it goes! I'll try to keep the posts here minimal... probably edit and add on to one post rather than continuously creating more posts.