|Columbus Before the Queen
Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
This coming Saturday I am going to participate in my first 24-hour read-a-thon. I have observed them before and always felt a little left out . So this time around I was happy to see that it worked out with my schedule. In fact, it works out perfectly because Monday is Columbus Day and I don’t have to go to work. So even devoting one whole day to the read-a-thon I will still have two more days of weekend.
This particular read-a-thon is dedicated to the memory of Dewey, a book blogger beloved by many who passed away late in 2008. I first came across Dewey’s blog very soon after she passed away. I was just beginning to discover the world of book blogs and was saddened to come across her blog only to find out that she was no longer with us.
I would by lying if I didn’t admit that I have qualms about participating in the read-a-thon. I am notoriously bad at challenges. I tend to love the idea of them and the build-up but when it comes to the actual challenge I tend to fail spectacularly. I am easily annoyed by expectations even when they are my own.
In order to feel like I have had a successful read-a-thon I have implemented the following ground rules for myself:
1. I am going to read from 10:00 AM Saturday to 10:00 AM Sunday. I plan, however, to get a regular night’s sleep. I absolutely hate the “I stayed up all night” feeling and don’t want to ruin my Sunday. So the plan is to go to bed midnight-ish on Saturday and then get up 6-ish on Sunday to get in a final four hours of reading.
2. Even though part of the fun of the read-a-thon is seeing what other bloggers are up to, I am going to refrain from browsing all of your blogs until after the read-a-thon is over. I know once I start checking up on my blogroll I will get way too distracted and then won’t get any reading done.
3. I tend to read in short spurts. Even when I am enjoying a book I tend to need breaks pretty fequently. So I am going to institute a 45 minutes on, 15 minutes off reading schedule. Even that is subject to change. I love spending time with John so much that I wouldn’t be surprised if he proves to be a distraction.
4. I don’t think I am going to build in any book completion expectations. I think that would make it seem too much like work.
Coming Soon: The pile of books I am going to choose from.