Happy almost Read-a-thon day! Dewey’s 24 hour Read-a-thon is one of my favorite, if not my actual favorite, events in the blogosphere. It’s lovely to set aside all of my own other concerns for a day and just devote hours to reading and occasionally chatting with other readers.
I also have great fun putting together my potential Read-a-thon pile each time. The day is so full of possibilities and perusing my shelves beforehand reminds me of just how many there are and how exciting some of my books look. I tend to pick shorter reads that I really, really want to get to, or which are interesting and not that high up on my priority list otherwise due to other commitments.
Here’s what I’ve pulled out for this spring’s Read-a-thon:
I’ve tried to go for a completely different mix this time, so no matter my mood, I’ve got something to go for. Three romance novels, always a quick and easy choice, but I’ve got one historical, one contemporary, and one paranormal; two science fiction with Dreamsnake and Redshirts; an urban fantasy in a series I already know I love; a non-fiction option which looks fascinating and has sat on the shelf far too long in The Devil’s Playground about Times Square; The Raven Boys which has been recommended to me by practically everyone I trust; and finally some short stories by the utterly brilliant Jhumpa Lahiri.
I might, however, start off by finishing my current reads, The Bees by Laline Paull and Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross. A sense of accomplishment is key to starting off the Read-a-thon right, so it’s either finishing those or picking one of the shorter reads off the pile. I’ve done quite a few Read-a-thons over the years I’ve been blogging. My record is 5 1/2 books, which I doubt I’ll match as I tend to fall asleep with books in my hands these days, but it’s not about numbers really, it’s more about just enjoying spending loads of time reading. We also have a laptop again for the first time in years, so I might spend a little bit more time on social media and updating. I’ll be in for the first update tomorrow morning or early afternoon before I get started (as the event starts at 1 pm my time).
I can’t wait!
Will you be reading tomorrow?