The Sunday Salon (badge)

Happy Easter, if that’s your cup of tea! If not, then happy Sunday.

A week from yesterday is a gloriously fun day: Dewey’s Read-a-Thon! That’s 24 hours of reading (by those who can go that long without sleep, at least) by participants around the world. The event happens twice a year, in the spring and fall, and is one of my favorite activities. No readathon would be complete without a prep post, so here we go!

First Up: The Books

I love perusing my shelves in preparation for a day spent reading. In the past, I’ve assembled towering stacks. I never make it through more than a couple of books, though, so this year I’m going easy on myself. Here’s the pile:

Readathon Spring 2014 Stack

Ella Minnow Pea is on my TBR Pile Challenge list, and The ACB with Honora Lee is for review. I’m guessing they’ll both be quick reads, which I have learned from experience is a good thing when you’re going to spend hours reading. I’m already just over halfway through The Cunning Man, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish that one up as well. If I miraculously make it through those three, I have plenty more on my shelves I can grab! I’ll also have an audiobook going, though which one I haven’t yet decided. Either Eleanor & Park or The Girl of Fire and Thorns. That way I can “read” while I do the dishes, quilt, or take a walk.

Next Up: The Plans

This is the first readathon in several years for which I’ve been able to clear my schedule completely. It’s also the first time I’ll be participating from the west coast instead of the east coast. That means the event starts at — *gasp* — 5 am! My husband is doing it with me (another first), which adds some extra motivation. We may or may not actually be up and reading at 5, and no way will I be able to stay up until 5 am on Sunday, but I’m planning to make it through at least two thirds of the event! And very much looking forward to it, too.

I anticipate plenty of reading and listening interspersed with some cheerleading fun and some mini-challenge goodness. I’ll share updates in a single event-day post here on Erin Reads. I’m quite excited to get to throw myself into the event again. Woo!

What about you?

Are you readathon-ing? Let me know so I can stop by and say hi! If you’re not but you’d like to, go sign up!

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  1. I haven’t participated in a read-a-thon for a long time It just doesn’t work for me anymore since my kids are too active with activities but I love the idea of them.

  2. I miss the read-a-thon so much. Such a fun time. Unfortunately the Baby Nut doesn’t go in for this sit still for 24 hours thing. 🙂

  3. Oh man, you should DEFINITELY choose Eleanor and Park out of those two audiobooks. Eleanor and Park is amazing and you are living a half-life until you have read it. (I am exaggerating but not, like, THAT much.)

  4. I am participating, but you probably won’t see my active until later in the morning/early afternoon.  I’m really excited for it!!  Good luck to you!!

  5. Goodness, I’m a bad nerd! I had never heard of this event before, but I may be participating in part of it anyways since I have to finish John Dies at the End by Monday. And I’ve barely even made a dent in it because I was trying to finish Longbourn before it’s due back at the library.

  6. I’ll definitely be -thoning but definitely not at 5am either! I usually end up starting around 9 am but then going until 2 or 3 am. I am planning the same this year so I’ll see you around. 🙂

  7. I am so excited that my schedule is clear this weekend so I can participate!  “See” you at the ‘thon!

  8. This is my first time ever visiting and I’m excited to say that I will be participating as well! It’s my first year (seeing as I haven’t even been blogging for a year) and I’m really excited. See ya then!

    Rebecca @ Life and Eyeliner

  9. LifeandEyeliner  Awesome, Rebecca! I hope you have a ton of fun. The Readathon is an incredible event held by an incredible community. So glad you’ll be joining us!

  10. Jenny at Reading the End  Ok, well that is certainly a ringing endorsement. The other one was recommended almost as strongly, so now I have quite the decision to make. Or, I’ll just have to do more listening than reading tomorrow 😀

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