This week boasts a bevy of bookish goodness from World Book Night (that’s today) to Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this weekend. I’m over at the readathon site today discussing how parents can readathon even with the busiest brood. Pop on over and check it out!
Atticus will still be going to daycare for the week (although I’ll be picking him up early). First off we paid for it and secondly I’m going to spend some time with Hope. We have summer clothes shopping to do and a few awkward and necessary discussions to have as she approaches middle school. She is also having her future aunt spend the night (Hope is BFF with my brother’s fiancée’s younger sister) and that means hanging out with two very giggly little girls. We’ve also decided to spend sometime having our own little readathon as part of our vacation.
My goal is to read 24 hours over the course of my vacation. This means spending roughly 4-5 hours a day in readerly pursuits. Of course, this has presented the perfect opportunity to grab a little notebook out of my stash for tracking this here readathon. I’ll be noting the time I start and end, my location, what I’m reading, and how much reading I’ve completed. No promises, but I’ll try to update my reading progress at least once a day.
This little challenge will help me in several ways:
- I hope to whittle down my towering TBR pile and finish several library books
- I hope to become more aware and appreciative of the time I have to read. I do a lot of reading while nursing, waiting in line, cooking (much to the detriment of my cooking), and yes, even in the bathroom (mom’s will understand that sometimes the bathroom excuse is the only way to be left alone). I’m always lamenting that I don’t get CHUNKS of reading time, if I was more aware that all of those little bits do add up, then I might feel a bit better about my reading.
- I’ll have an excuse to read!
- The Collected Sonnets of Edna St. Vincent Millay
- The Queen’s Man by Sharon Kay Penman
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
- Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
My Read-a-Thon concluded, officially at 8am this morning, but I gave up way before then! After my last update, I went home to take care of Atticus. Then Shannon arrived and after Atticus went to sleep she grilled hotdogs and hamburgers. We read while the burgers sizzled away, but afterwards we were too full and sleepy to concentrate. Shannon left around 10pm and I had plans to read another solid 2 hours. Then Atticus woke-up and he decided to throw a full on teething temper tantrum. So that was the last I read.
I did stay up after his 3:30am nursing session to cheerlead. I cheered for an hour and I think made it through less than 20 blogs. I’ve learned that I loathe blogs with ads, captchas, and too many doodads. I went back to bed around 5am and Atticus was wide awake by 7am.
My final stats aren’t wildly impressive. I read a total of 351 pages. That’s pretty good, seeing as I usually only fit in 50 pages a day (maybe 100 on a weekend).
I love doing Readathon, but I’m beginning to think I don’t fit into the “culture of Readathon.” I might try to do a few mini-weekend readathons that aren’t all-nighters, but simply allow me to more consciously devote time to reading. To give my Mommy and Wife selves time to step back and be nerdy all by myself.
Okay, so why do I feel like I don’t fit in? First a disclaimer, there is no “right way” to Readathon and these thoughts are just about me and not meant to criticize other readathoners.
- I’m a quality and not quantity kind of girl. I don’t understand people who blow through 15 crappy books, when one good book would be my choosing.
- I don’t understand how one can read quality literature, blog thoughtfully, cheerlead, participate in mini-challenges, Tweet, and read other blogs, compete for prizes and have a quality reading experience.
- I think this all boils down to my introvert like behavior. 24-Hour Readathon is like a reading frat-party and I truly just want a reading retreat. I want to read, reflect, and enjoy my time reading.
All this to say I might participate in October’s readathon, but I’m probably going to do my own thing about four times a year (quite possibly in conjunction with long weekends). I might even do themes (poetry, short story, library books, the Gothic, whatever tickles my fancy).
So, give me some feedback. What do you think about Readathon?