This Saturday is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon! This past April, I found out about this Readathon for the first time thanks to Bailey who was participating. I had plans to meet a friend already that day, but I got through 2 books the morning (these two!) before I headed out and it was so fun to get a glimpse of the great Readathon community and a taste of what it's all about! I'm excited to be more prepared this time around.
The idea of reading for 24 hours is both amazing and daunting-- I love reading (a LOT) but the idea of only reading for an entire day is kind of crazy, I admit! My life lately has been go-go-go, so I'm actually really excited to just take a day relaxing and reading and trying to get through some titles that have been on my shelf for far too long.
I decided it would be a smart idea to create a couple of stacks of books I'm attempting to tackle during this Readathon just so I would have a rough outline. It often takes me a while to really decide what I want to read next, and I wanted to eliminate that time and try to get through as many books as possible!
In picking these books to start with, most are ones I've had on my shelf waiting to be read for far too long. A handful of them are ones I'm in the middle of, and I want to finish them up. A few are library books that are due soon, so the pressure is on! And others are thrown into the mix because they're a different style so I'll hopefully stay interested and engaged with reading all day.
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Here's the stack of books I'm currently in the middle of and want to finish:
- The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower (94 pages left) -- FINISHED AT 2:15 PM
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (171 pages left) -- FINISHED AT 11:02 PM
- The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp (328 pages left)
- Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer (202 pages left)
- Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (101 pages) -- FINISHED AT 9:15 AM
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (116 pages) -- FINISHED AT 10:30 AM
- The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (113 pages) -- FINISHED AT 11:44 AM
- The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (98 pages) -- FINISHED AT 12:40 PM
Here's a bunch that have been on my shelf for forever that I'll tackle next:
- Our Only World: Ten Essays by Wendell Berry (176 pages)
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (278 pages)
- The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (218 pages)
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker (221 pages)
- Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (319 pages) -- FINISHED AT 4:52 PM
Here's a bunch of ones that grabbed my attention from the shelf that I might mix in throughout the day:
- Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton (170 pages)
- Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman (337 pages)
- Wreck My Life by Mo Isom (180 pages) -- FINISHED AT 8:35 PM
- Shrill by Lindy West (258 pages)
- Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith (220 pages)
- Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (346 pages)