The Readathon Plan

deweylogo-400x335Last year I believe was my first year doing the readathon or at least in a long while. I didn’t really have a plan, just read as long as I could. I think I made it to about 4 a.m. and read three books? I’m not sure. For this Saturday’s readathon, I want to be a little more prepared, so here’s the breakdown:

The Books

  1. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  2. The Graveyard Book , Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman , adapted by P. Craig Russell
  3. The Graveyard Book , Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman , adapted by P. Craig Russell
  4. Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson
  5.  In a Dark , Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
  6. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

None of the books are that long and two a short story adaptation of one of my favorite Halloween books: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. The one, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, fits in for a reading challenge I’m doing at work too, mentioned last Sunday. And if I don’t get to all of them, I’m OK with that.

The Schedule

The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday morning and for the hardy, it lasts until 8 a.m. Sunday morning. For me, after doing the 24 in 48 Readathon earlier this year, I’m aiming for a certain amount within the 24: 16, with one nap and ending at 4 a.m. because that was about where I made it to last year, so just trying to be realistic. I don’t remember a lot of chatter on social media during those hours anyway. I’m also breaking it down into reading and cheering.

8-12 Read
12-4 Cheer
4-8 Nap
8-10 Read
10-12 Cheer
12-4 Read/Cheer

During that 10 to midnight slot, I also will be participating in a drinkalong online with a group of friends as we watch the movie, The Legend of Billie Jean, which I’ve never seen.

The Food and Drink

  1. Breakfast: Homemade breakfast sandwiches.
  2. Lunch: Wings.
  3. Dinner: Leftover wings.
  4. Snacks: Crackers and cheese, ice cream, chips.
  5. Drinks: Iced coffee, iced tea, wine, and later for the drinkalong, Jägerbombs.

The Playlist?

I know that many of you can’t listen to music and read, just as you can’t read in a vehicle. However, I can…and often have to with neighbors’ dogs and just general background noise in our neighborhood such as lawn mowers and passing cars. This one, I don’t have together yet and when I do, I won’t be sharing the entire thing because it will be too long, I’m sure, plus I use Google Play Music and then I have to transfer the music to Spotify and that takes too long. However, I will give you the highlights when I get to it.

When I do need to get motivated, I’ll probably use this which I recently found on YouTube:

Instead of saying “You are all winners at meditation,” I will be saying on Saturday, “You are all winners at READING!”

So if you’re doing the readathon Saturday, do you have a plan? What does it include besides books, obvs?

I’m in — for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

deweylogo-400x335 I’m in for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, which is from next Saturday morning to Sunday morning. For more information on the event, click on the button to be taken to the FAQ about it.

What do I plan on reading? Why, books, of course, silly. And so far, it’s actually physical books and not ebooks. So far this is my pile:


Only four and all, although I didn’t plan it that way, by women:

  1. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  2. Sun Storm by Asa Larsson
  3. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
  4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The last one I’m reading after reading The Woman in Cabin 10 by her and enjoying it; the third one, because Kubica had a blurb on the cover of The Woman in Cabin 10; and the other two, nothing to do with The Woman in Cabin 10. The first one I’m reading, thanks to a challenge at work for an online resource we have called NoveList, which, according to its website, “is a comprehensive readers’ advisory solution for fiction lovers. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList answers the question: What should I read next?”

novelistSo as part of that, our assistant library director has issued a readers’ advisory challenge based on one done by Durango Public Library in Colorado, but specific to our library for some tasks. One of the tasks not specific to our library is to read with an LGTBQ protagonist, which is where Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda comes in. Altogether, our challenge has 35 tasks, 15 of which we have to complete to be eligible for a prize. The challenge is running until the first week of December. Other challenges include DVDs, graphic novels, and reading books from specific areas in our library, such as our local history room and our basement, where we put our overflow books that we have to go get for patrons when they ask because our library being a historic house isn’t handicap-accessible.

The other book, Sun Storm, is one I’ve come across several times while “shelf-reading” (making sure books are in order) in our library, but just never have gotten to reading…yet. Hopefully now I will.

My goal is to read for 12 out of the 24 hours. When I participated last October, I think

Before then, I plan on reading The Innocents, the sixth and so far final one in the Quinn Colson series, by Ace Atkins and maybe something else, yet to be determined, if I get to it. This past week, I’ve read nothing so probably The Innocents will be later today.

The reason I haven’t read much of anything is, as per usual, Netflix. This week’s distractions:

  1. Mascots, a mockumentary from Christopher Guest about sports team mascots.
  2. People Just Do Nothing, a British show about DJs of a pirate radio station in London, which I just learned has Season 3 available today.
  3. Russell Peters: Almost Famous, with the stand-up comedian doing a show in his hometown of Toronto.
  4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which I first thought would be a show for my wife, but I’m watching now, because I’m finding it funny too.

All are/were good, each in its own quirky way. If I had to pick a favorite, it probably would be People Just Do Nothing. Next up, we’re thinking about watching this (might even watch some before this post goes live):

How was your reading this past week? Are you “doing” the Readathon? If so, what are you planning on reading? If not, what are you planning on reading in the near future anyway?

All The Books! All The Wine!

all-the-books-all-the-lifeEach Sunday, I bring you a wrap-up of my week in books and life and then ask you to share what you’ve been reading and what’s happening in your life. Here we go…for this past week.

All The Books!

18693779All two of them, both by Ace Atkins and both part of his Quinn Colson series: The Forsaken and The Redeemers. While I enjoyed both, The Forsaken was probably the best in the series so far, with it being the pivotal book in the series. It helped solve a few mysteries while leaving some others open for others in the series. Colson is a former Army Ranger returned to his hometown in Mississippi where he becomes sheriff.

All The Life!

The highlight of this past week was last Sunday when Kim and I went on a bus tour of the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. Our 20th anniversary is in November and for that, we’re going on two bus wine tours, with this one being the first and the second one in early December. This past weekend, it was supposed to rain all day, but it didn’t rain until near the end of the day after we already had visited all of the wineries and were at the restaurant, which was on the lake.

Click on the photos below to see captions and for a slideshow.

I ended the week Friday by having a day off from work, during which my neighbor Mike and I visited the nearby Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. While it was pretty, we were hoping that more of the leaves would have changed by now. I plan to return this coming weekend and hopefully get a better photo than this:

I know. It’s pretty, but I want more orange!!!! (Yes, I’m spoiled, living where I do.)

So what have you been reading? What’s happening in your life?