If you are part of the book blogger world, then you know that this Saturday is Dewey’s semi-annual 24-hour readathon. For the first time in a long time, I am able to participate, and the thought of doing nothing but reading for the day has me more than just a little excited. In the past, I tended to be the type of person who made no plans for the day. My goal was always to read as much as possible and have fun. This time around, however, I feel the urge to put some plans down and actually prepare. I still want to have fun and read as much as possible, but I want to be organized about it as well. So, here is my first-ever attempt at planning for the readathon.
I can only relax when my house is clean and organized. Thankfully, I am taking a much-needed mental health day on Friday. Plus, the kids are off on Friday and also have an early dismissal on Thursday. This means that we have a lot of time to clean the house to my specifications and do the weekly chores and errands before Saturday. This also means two whole days of relaxation this weekend. Yay!
Actually, this one I have well in hand. I hit the grocery store on Monday like normal and picked up a few must-haves at that point in time. Since then, I have started planning meals for next week and made specific plans for Saturday meals. I don’t even eat while I read – unless I’m reading on my iPad – but everyone has so much fun planning out what they are going to eat during readathons that I knew I had to get in on the action.
- Chips and French onion dip – My all-time favorite snack no matter how cliched it is
- Hummus and vegetables – For when the guilt of eating too many chips gets to me
- Triple chocolate brownies – Because if I am eating chips and dip, I am chasing it with a deliciously rich and gooey brownie
- Coffee – 24 hours requires coffee
- Water – I don’t drink much of anything else these days outside of coffee
- Beer cheese soup – I want something easy to eat, and the thought of this soup hit the right chord with me when planning
- Pizza or whatever the husband is willing to pick up – In case for some reason no one wants soup for dinner, and then Jim gets to choose
- Breakfast burritos – I love a good breakfast burrito and have been dying for a reason to make these; even better is the fact that I can make them on Friday and pop them in the microwave for reheating on Saturday morning
- My secret chicken salad – One of my favorite recipes and it works well as an easy but delicious and fairly light meal
I would still one day love to read for the full 24 hours. However, with two kids still at home, this still is not possible. Holly has a two-hour dance rehearsal in the middle of the day, and she is also talking about hanging out with her friends at the house. There is college football and a Badger game that will require watching. Therefore, if I can read at least a good 16 hours, I will consider the event a success. I plan to do most of my cheering during the football game. I also plan to take a nap to try to last longer in the wee hours of the night and go for a walk – the perfect opportunity to bring in an audiobook.
Is there such a thing? Like I mentioned earlier, I plan to do most of my cheering while watching football. I’ll hit social media while I am at H’s rehearsals and whenever I am taking a break from reading to prepare snacks and things.
This is where I get stuck. I honestly dislike preselecting even an entire stack of books for potential reads during the event. I have batted around the idea of getting to some old review copies I never got around to reading prior to the release date. I have thought of catching up on some YA series I have been meaning to read forever. There is another part of me that wants to keep it all light and fun, selecting only my favorite authors. Yet another part of me wants to tackle a tome because when else will I get such a long period of time to read it? In the end, I will do what I always do in this area and just pick whatever calls to me at that moment. So no readathon stack pics for me for now. The beauty of being a supremely eclectic reader means that I could always change my mind.
I tend not to write posts throughout the day. I will have the first post scheduled on Friday and probably won’t have anything else until Sunday. I also tend to ignore the challenges as well. I want to read and celebrate the community, and writing on my own website accomplishes neither of these two goals.
Holly already knows about the readathon, as does Connor. I’ve done enough of these for them to know what this means, and I know they will leave me alone the entire day. I would love for them to read with me, but I fear that those days of family participation are long over. I still need to have The Talk with Jim. This will be vital to making sure my plans go off without a hitch. I know this from experience. I will be having The Talk tonight with reminders for the rest of the week. There will be no misunderstandings or social obligations getting in my way this time around!
So, there you have it. That’s what I have in the way of readathon prep for now. I’m sure that as Saturday nears, I will get all sorts of great ideas from others that I will want to incorporate. If not, I think I am still more organized than I have
Have fun!! I have been so excited for this weekend, and am even more excited that my kids are getting in on the action this time around. I’ve got snacks, a stack of books, and nothing (really) on my schedule. I can’t wait!
Enjoy! I keep thinking about how my kids used to participate and no longer think it is worthy of their time. There is something about reading with your family by their side which makes the event that much better.
Have a great Readathon!! As usual I can’t participate. We’re off to Reno for a long weekend.
Reno will be fun! And I know you will get SOME reading during the weekend, so it isn’t a total wash for you!
Oooooh. Soup. That reminds me that we have chili. Also I have to drink more water. Can’t be wine all day. Otherwise, I’ll be asleep… I’ll check in Saturday with you and the many others I know participating as well as some new folks too.
I figured soup was easy and fairly light. I didn’t want to make too heavy of meals, although that will help with the nap. Chili would be a good one too.
Sounds like you are ready!! Now more important than books even – let’s talk Beer Cheese Soup. Do you make it from scratch?
I do! I tend to make all my soups from scratch. Except for chicken or beef broth. I have no patience for that plus meat with bones tends to trigger my gag reflex. I know it isn’t as tasty or healthy, but I’ll always buy broth/stock from the store.
Oh I’m with you on broth! If you have an easily shareable recipe I’d love to see!
This is a new recipe, so I’ll send it along if it is worth sharing!
I love this!! I am going to post my prep post today sometime. I am excited and can’t wait! Now that Sunnie is older, I feel like I can join in again. Glad to see you’re going to participate, too.
I can’t focus if my house isn’t clean, either, so I’ll be doing it all on Friday night. 🙂
I already have the kids prepped to clean and gave them the option to start some of the larger chores today since they had an early dismissal from school. They know the drill.
I think this is the first time I have ever sat down and really planned out how I want to participate. I kind of like it even though it makes me nervous. I’m too rigid once I put things on paper to ever be able to go with the flow like I really want.
I never plan out my reading because I feel like the minute I put a book on a list, I don’t want to read it. lol
Exactly. I would much rather look through my books upon finishing one and choose then rather than make some selections ahead of time. I do that too much with review copies. I want to use events like this to read non-review copies in whatever order I want.
I commend you for even attempting the readathon with kids around the house. It’s just not something that fits into my life right now. The kids are always around plus they usually have activities, birthday parties, etc that they need to be ferried to. My kids are 5 and 3, so a bit different than the older ones.
File this under “Events Created for People Without Children”
I’ve been doing this off and on since the kids were little. When they were young, they would participate with me. I loved it. I have pictures of them hanging out in their PJs and favorite blankets reading. Maybe because I involved them from a young age, they have always been pretty good about leaving me alone. I never put their lives on hold for the event but would celebrate with them when we were home. As they’ve gotten older, they don’t participate anymore but they still leave me alone. Now that my oldest is driving, I suspect I won’t see them for the entire day. I sort of miss when they were younger.