Friday, October 21, 2011

It's Readathon Time!

 It's that time again!  Time for the Fall 24 Hour Readathon.  I don't believe we have ever participated in the fall event because our schedule has never allowed.  But the moons have aligned.  My husband is out of town.  We have our football game Sunday.  With the exception of morning football practice, and maybe a break for a movie, the kids and I are going for it.

It is so fun to be part of these readathons.  For this event, we have 341 readers and 43 cheerleaders from all over the world.  You definitely feel like you are part of a huge reading machine! 

So what is on the literary menu?  I have found that short books are the way to go.  They make me feel productive, despite the fact that I am a slow reader.  So here are the options I gathered from my shelves:



Love at First Bark:  How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself - Julie Klam
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
The Fox Inheritance - Mary E. Pearson
Duck Duck Wally - Gabe Rotter
13 Rue Therese - Elena Mauli Shapiro
Joy for Beginners - Erica Bauermeister

Now I totally realize I am not going to make a dent here.  I will be lucky to read two or three, but I've got options to fit every mood. 

My son has claimed his goal is to make headway in Salem's Lot by Stephen King.  He is about a hundred pages in at the moment.

My daughter is going to have a John Green fest.  She has at least four of his books squirreled away up there.

In order to focus on reading, I will only be Tweeting a little, and no posting on the blog.  I will post the results in my Sunday Salon. 

Are any of you participating as readers or cheerleaders?  Hey, it's not too late.  Even if you just take part in the evening (what I have done in the past) it still counts.  Just head on over here to sign up!

35 comments:

Marie said...

Good luck, Sandy! I hope you have a great Readathon and that you love all the books. But of course I really can't wait to see what you thnk of the Greene! :-)

Beth F said...

Have fun! How great that your kids are participating.

bermudaonion said...

I hope y'all have fun! Love at First Bark is probably perfect for the read-a-thon.

Jo-Jo said...

Good luck to you! I was hoping to join this time but my kids are coming home this weekend so it just isn't meant to be yet.

farmlanebooks said...

That is a fantastic range of books! I'll be very interested in your thoughts on 13 Rue Therese. Good Luck!

JoAnn said...

Have fun, Sandy! Love that your kids get in on the readathon too. It's Family Weekend at Daughter #1's college, so I'll miss it again. Maybe in the spring...

caite said...

good luck.

...but personally, I couldn't take the pressure!

reviewsbylola said...

I agree that short books help! That's why I always include a good dose of YA, since those usually go faster.

Julie P. said...

Bring your tissues for JOY FOR BEGINNERS.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I'm so glad you and your kids can join in on the fun. I love that your daughter is having a John Green fest. He's speaking in Indy in 2 weeks and I'm going to try and make it. He's fantastic. Happy reading tomorrow!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I was smart and picked many short books too. I will be limiting the time on the computer too. The first time I participated, I think I only read a few hours because I was so busy doing challenges and visiting other blogs. Now I pick a few easy challenges and only visit a couple of blogs when I need a break from reading. Have fun and good luck!

Zibilee said...

I am joining too! I just hopped over from your link and signed up! This is my first ever readathon, and I am so excited. I have picked some longer books, but it's all stuff that I have been dying to read. If I feel like I am getting stuck, I will probably end up switching to shorter reads. Maybe I can get my husband to participate and finish that pesky Song of Ice and Fire series! Good luck, Sandy!

Darlene said...

Good luck Sandy. I'll be unofficially cheering people on. It's great that you get to do this with your kids.

Ti said...

So it's a family affair at your house. Love it. You guys are going to have so much fun. I am not participating but I will drop by to cheer you on.

Lenore Appelhans said...

Looks like you've got a good mix! I love Graham Greene!

Care said...

Happy Readathon!

Trisha said...

I hope you have a great time readathoning. I was invited to a last minute birthday party, so I will only get a few hours in tomorrow.

stacybuckeye said...

I've signed up too and think short books (and a few audio books to give your eyes a break) are the way to go. Have fun :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

See, I would do it if I had a gang of fellow participants. One of these days I want to organize a Readathon/Pajama Party! Good luck and hope you have lots of fun!

Kate@Midnight Book Girl said...

Good luck! I haven't read any books in your pile, but they look great. I will be reading, cheering, hosting a challenge and tweeting tomorrow. I can't wait!

Alyce said...

Good luck with your reading! I've got to much going on to be readathoning this time around, but I will be hosting a mini challenge as a way to get involved with the event.

Nymeth said...

Good luck, Sandy, and have fun! I have to say I give your daughter's plan the thumbs up :P

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

Have fun and good luck! I totally wanted to participate but we got the opportunity to get into Epcot Food and Wine fest for FREE today so I'm not letting that pass me by! Good luck. :)

Louise said...

Good luck, love that this is a family effort. Looking forward to the Sunday Salon

Staci said...

I love that this a family event!!!

Go family!!!

Team Golden Grahams Cheerleader-Staci

Care said...

CHEERS!
- @BkClubCare, #CheerTRIX

A Tale of Many Reviews said...

Very cool your kids are doing it too! I loved Stephen King growing up & Salen's Lot (the movie) was one of my favs. Hope it goes well! Cheerleader Julie #cheertrix

Cozy in Texas said...

I haven't heard of any of these. Hope they're all fun reads.
Ann

Erin said...

R! E! A! D!
Any book that you can see!

Sounds like this will be a family event for you. How fun! Enjoy!

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Oh looks like a good lineup! I REALLY want to read The Fox books. Enjoy and good luck!

alitareads said...

Sounds like perfect timing for a readathon day for you guys! Happy readathon-ing!

Buried In Print said...

Sounds like your kids have chosen great read-a-thon reads too: just the sort to keep those pages turnin'.

Hope you're all having fun with your first autumn read-a-thon!

Cheering for you from Team Trix

Gavin said...

It is great that you all decided to join in! Have fun reading.

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I'm halfway through Salem's Lot - creepy and LOVE IT!

Alice Teh said...

All these books are new to me, Sandy. I hope you've enjoyed them!