Sunday, October 18, 2009
It's next weekend! The Read-a-Thon is next weekend!
I'm not the organizer and I'm just a baby Readathoner, but I loved it so much the three times I participated that I wanted to encourage you to try it, even if it's just to put your toe into the water.
Want to do that? To take a quick dip? Here's the way to do a Readathon Lite:
Readathon: The challenge is to try to read and blog for twenty-four straight hours.
Readathon Lite: Read and blog until you are tired. Go to sleep. Wake up. Read some more.
Readathon: Read continually. Eschew all invitations, including those of your loved ones for meals. Take a book with you into the bathtub. Avoid all human contact, including the cries of your offspring and pleads of your spouse. Be strong. Read.
Readathon Lite: Read. Take a break. Walk. Go eat with your family. Read some more. Take another break. Eat a few Hershey Kisses. Play with your dog. Read a little more.
Readathon: Read War and Peace. Have Moby Dick as backup. In case you finish W&P.
Readathon Lite: Have a nice stack of funny books, chick lit, ya fiction, a book of poetry, graphic novels, some magazines, even some children's picture books. Read in little bursts. Read whatever strikes your fancy. Stop when you want. Read something else.
Readathon: Visit every blogger that signed up for the readathon. Write long blog posts about the readathon. Enter every hourly competition. Spend so much time blogging that you do not actually read anything.
Readathon Lite: Update your blog. Visit a blog or two every hour and leave a comment. Enter a few competitions. JMHO, but these are the most fun part of the readathon.
Readathon: Stay up all twenty-four hours. Go to bed as soon as the readathon is over. Sleep all the next day and find you can't go to sleep that night. Wake for work on Monday cranky and irritable. Explain to everyone that you spent all weekend in a twenty-four hour readathon. Wait for appropriate responses of admiration and envy. Instead, hear comments like, "Why would anyone try to read for twenty-four hours? Who would do that?" accompanied by hoots of laughter.
Readathon Lite: Sleep when you need to. Wake up on Monday refreshed and happy. Tell your best reading buddy about the readathon and share your favorite reads with her.
So how do you signup for Readathon Lite? Same place as Readathon. Hope to see you there!
My wonderful reading room is waiting.
I've read the tips for readers. Helpful.
I'm signed up.
I'm planning to read and review an enormous stack of nominees for the Cybil nonfiction picture book award. Here's what I've got ready: Redwoods; Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie; One Beetle Too Many; Faith; Pippo the Fool; Pharoah's Boat; Eleanor: Quiet No More; Unite or Die; Nic Bishop: Butterflies and Moths; Bubble Homes and Fish Farts; Keep On: The Story of Matthew Henson; The Day-Glo Brothers; Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story; Mermaid Queen; What Darwin Saw; Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride. I have waiting for me: Wrestling ABCs; The Secret Life of Walter Anderson; You Are the First Kid on Mars; What Can You Do With an Old Red Shoe; and Camping With the President.
Whew! That should do it!
Ready to go!