Sunday, April 9, 2017

Two-Hour Readathon: Warm Up for Dewey's

Readathon Warm Up

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is coming at the end of this month. At the request of readers, the Goodreads group for the readathon has scheduled a couple of warm-ups before the event. The first was yesterday, and it was a simple two-hour readathon.

Now, who couldn't read for two hours?

It's actually harder than you might think.

I decided to read-at-will with the huge stacks under my bed. Once I settled in, with a Geoff Dyer's White Sands, a little French music, and a cup of coffee, it went well.

Of course I couldn't stop after two hours and ninety pages....I had to read on to the end. If you've never read Geoff Dyer, you are missing out. White Sands has Dyer visiting great spots for travelers, but if you are thinking the Grand Canyon and the Eiffel Tower, you are way, way off. Dyer takes you to places you'd never think of yourself and shares his odd random thoughts along the way, thoughts you'd never think of yourself. It's a fun trip. 

Sign up for Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon scheduled for April 29th here.

What Else Did I Read This Week?

Windows by Julia Denos 

Have you read any of these?


I can't remember when I last received a bookbox. I used to get them in several times a month. What happened to change that? Foreign postal rates went sky high. And e-books.

I still love bookboxes. There is something terribly fun about receiving a mysterious box of books in the mail, books you can keep, if you want.

I received the Bookbox of Things yesterday. Lots of yummy narrative nonfiction, each book centering on a thing. I chose A Gentle Madness (thing: books); Just My Type (thing: fonts); and Glass Paper Beans (thing: ordinary things).

Later in the day, I received the Virtual Bookbox. If anything, a virtual bookbox is even easier than a real bookbox: you don't have a physical box to cart to the post office. You can choose a book. Or not. Easy peasy.

Love bookboxes. Are you a bookbox person?

Final Thoughts: Obsessions
Are readers more likely than others to become obsessed?

I'm pondering this question as I contemplate my latest pair of LulaRoe leggings.

Yes, these have trees on them. Trees.

I also have sunflowers. And pencils. And, of course, books. And many, many more.

I really, really must rein myself in.

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.


  1. Yes... I understand the challenge completely - how to read for ONLY two hours! I LOVE the leggings by the way. I'm not a bookbox, basically because our house is FULL of books and there really isn't room for any more so we tend both of us to use our Kindles these days:). Have a great week:).

    1. You made me laugh! Thank you. Hope you have a great week, too.

  2. I haven't read all these books but I'm curious about Dry Sands. It sounds awesome.
    Anyway, I hope you enjoy your books. Have a great week. :)

    1. White Sands follows Dyer's meandering thoughts. He is fun!

  3. I loved It Happens All the Time...and I've been eyeing The Rules Do Not Apply.

    Enjoy your reading...and I like the idea of whimsical traveling. As for obsessiveness, readers and writers are subject to it...and lots of other people, too, I'm sure. It's a good club. LOL.


  4. I saw the photo of your leggings and thought, "that looks like a Lularoe photo" and it is! They have such fun leggings, but I haven't gotten hooked (yet). I didn't know about the 2-hour read-a-thon yesterday, but I did read for about 3 hours so I'll pretend like I participated :-)

  5. Sadly, I'm going to miss this readathon, but hey, I am working at the library. So at least there will be books. I have no problem reading several hours at a time. My problem is reading in short spurts, to be honest, because I feel that I can't get into the book as well. Strange but true.

  6. Oooh! Getting ready for the Dewey Readathon! Good luck!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  7. I think readers probably do get more obsessed about things. I will check out the book White Sands, thanks.

  8. I wonder if readers are more obsessive than other people. I wouldn't be surprised. I'm sure bibliophiles are a bit more obsessive.

    I always mean to try the read-a-thon but never seem to do it. Something always comes up. I'm sure I could read for two hours, but I'm not sure how much longer I would go. Maybe this year....

  9. Book boxes are fun but I avoid them because I'm always worried that I'll get books I already own. The Read-a-Thon is loads of fun.

  10. A two-hour readathon sounds doable. I'll have to try to block out some time. I seem to be reading in 15 minute chunks lately. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. I've never received a book box before - I tend to be pretty picky about the books I read, so I wonder how I would like having other people pick out my books!

  12. Windows is on my wishlist.

    I've never done a read-a-thon; it has always sounded like too much work. I love reading. I love blogging but spending hours at a time doing both just sounds like it would lead to a migraine.

    I'm posting while on my road trip, thanks to my trusty smart phone. It's Monday! What are your reading?

  13. i could pull off a two hour readathon easily - 24 hours? Not likely - I need to sleep!

  14. The leggings are cute, and the others sound great too.

    I went to a party, but they didn't have anything fun like that.

    Good you opted to do a two-hour readathon.

    I never got a box of books...that is pretty cool you used to get them on a regular basis.

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  15. I am just learning the luxury of leggings (my, my alliteration!). They hold all things in and kind of defeat the gravitational pull on thighs, calves and even back. They're wonderful. Mine are plain black--strictly utilitarian--but there are "secret" hot pink polka dots near the waistline! No one can see them, but I know they're there. I think the book box is a marvelous idea. I feel like I have received one every time there is a delivery of a paperback from Amazon. What all is in there?

    1. You will have to take a look at my library assistant's stock of leggings. They are amazing.


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