October 22, 2009

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-thon

I'm in! I've missed out on the past read-a-thons, but decided to join in this year. My weekends are full of the usual chores and errands and my reading time has suffered since going to work full-time at the bookstore. I'm hopeful that this event will help me get back in the groove of curling up with a good book on the weekend. I'm not sure what I'll be reading, but I have a couple of short story collections going right now, so I'll have those close by for breaks between whatever novel I decide upon.
You can learn more about Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon at this dedicated blog. I plan to start at 7 a.m. (gasp!) and will try to read all day and evening, but I seriously doubt I'll stay up past midnight. Wish me luck!


  1. Lucky chick! I have to go pick up Delightful Huzzybuns Bearing German Chocolate from the airport so I'm missing AGAIN. Next year, for sure!!

  2. YAY! I'm so excited you are going to participate...I'll be dropping in to cheer you on :)

  3. I wish you luck! According to the time chart I am supposed to start at 5 a.m., but on a Saturday (day off form work) I am pretty sure that will not be happening for me! ;) I do plan to read all day and into the evening. I haven't decided yet how late I can stay up and still not be toast on Monday morning when I go back to work.
    Looking forward to reading along with you--

  4. Bookfool - Lucky? I don't know! I was up all night last night (insomnia & hot flashes!) and worked a long shift today. I've walked the dog, visited with a neighbor, thrown together a steak dinner for tonight and am on my second glass of wine. I hope to get a good night's sleep and hit the stacks tomorrow, bright and early. Hope I don't burn-out before midnight. I know I can't go the full 24-hours, but I'd really like to make it from 7-midnight.

    Enjoy your delicious German chocolates!! That was a quick trip, no? Or was a it just a busy week for me?!?! Yes, next year for sure!!

    Wendy - I'm excited!!!! :) I'll drop by and cheer you on, too. Get a good night's sleep. :)

    Kim - Ugh. 5 a.m. is far too early. 7 is going to be tough enough for me. I'm going to play it by ear as far as when I call it quits, but I'd really love to make it to at least midnight. We shall see. ;) I'll stop by and cheer you on tomorrow. Have fun!!

  5. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Lesley, I'll be getting up at 7:00 a.m. as well (wondering if I could just start tonight and sleep in a bit?). I have on my shelf: Oh! A Mystery of Mono Aware for the JLC3 Challenge, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Dan Brown's new release The Lost Symbol. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I could get through most of those?! However, I also have my mother-in-law coming to celebrate my husband's birthday which was Tuesday, and a dinner to prepare for my son's Homecoming. Having never done this before, they both may be welcome breaks. It'll be fun to discuss that as we read. With glasses on!

    Oh, and I indulged in some snack purchasing: Terra Chips, hoping that the word vegetable on the package would apply as something healthy, baby Cokes (the airplane size can), and fun sizes of M & M's. YUM! Dinner is served!

  6. Bellezza - I have a stack of books, but won't list them, as I'll probably change my mind throughout the day/evening. I take a photo of all those I do read for my final post.

    I haven't stocked up on any good food, but I plan to walk Annie-dog (she usually gets 3 walks a day!), so I'll drag my husband along and the two of them can wait outside while I peruse the shelves of our corner market. They have all sorts of yummy specialty items, so I'll treat myself to some of those throughout the day.

    You're going to be quite busy with your MIL and homecoming events. Good luck!! I'll stop by on my hourly visits. Good luck. Get a good night's sleep. I'm ready to head to bed with my book. It was a long day.

  7. Good luck! I never read officially, but I am usually around for the read-a-thons. :)

  8. Aw, sorry about the insomnia and hot flashes. I've gotten to where I leave the fan on all night and just pile up a ton of blankets on the cold nights. That way, I can kick everything off and I've got the fan to cool me if I start hot-flashing. Aging so sucks. I've plucked 5 gray hairs, now. I think it's time to admit to myself that I don't have enough hair to keep that practice up *and* that I've failed at trying to gain immunity from gray hair by gently exposing myself to old people. ;)

  9. Oh boy, I hope you sleep well tonight after a bad night last night. I can attest that the hot flashes do end.

    Have loads of fun reading tomorrow. I'll be in Salt Lake City attending the book festival. This is the first year that Candleman will be going. My daughter has arranged with Shannon Hale's agent to do a video interview with Shannon after her presentation.

  10. Kailana - Thanks for all the encouragement. It was great fun and I plan to do it again next year.

    Bookfool - I've had a few good nights of sleep (no hot flashes), but can't seem to figure out the rhyme or reason. I thought it might be related to alcohol, but they were still occurring even after I stopped having a glass or two in the evening. And didn't occur when I did indulge. Who knows. I'm going to check with my doctor and see if there's a natural cream I can use to help with this. I know a friend swore by some natural remedy, but of course now I can't remember what it was!

    Booklogged - I'm doing better. I think I just need to figure out what to wear to bed when it's cold, but not freezing. We keep the temp set to about 58-60 and have a down comforter on the bed. If it's been a warm day, I really don't need to wear warm pajamas. But if it's freezing (literally) outside, the house gets chilly at night. Maybe I should just move to Hawaii. ;)

    Hope you had a fun time in SLC! Sounds like a good time!


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