Friday, 21 October 2011

The 24 Hour Readathon is Coming!!

Soooo for those of you who have been living under rocks, this weekend is the return of the 24 hour readathon! It runs from 12 noon GMT on Saturday 22nd October, until 12 noon Sunday 23rd October, and despite the fact that I’m working till 5.30 on Saturday AND going to the theatre straight after, I’ve signed up to participate! This seems like it’s probably going to be madness, not least because my internet will almost undoubtedly not work properly the entire way through, and thus prevent me from writing update posts. However, I’m trying to prepare myself for this eventuality, and the performance on Saturday is only a couple of hours so after that I should have a good few hours of reading left before I eventually need sleep, and then plan to get up early on Sunday and read until noon. I just love the idea of being able to use books as a legitimate reason to get people to leave me alone, rather than feeling guilty for not talking to people... I know, I'm a terrible, antisocial human being, and to be fair, my husband is generally very good at knowing when I'm really engrossed, but still. With so much going on lately, I feel like I just need this time to destress and switch off for a while. If we had a bath, I'd be reading in it to maximise the relaxation, but I don't think it would work so well with a shower... After all the events and craziness going on when the readathon took place back in April, I couldn’t not join in this time around. If anybody wants to join in, sign up is here. It’s going to be great!!
Here’s a picture of the pile I’ve complied for reading:

After my recent post on the effect that reading The Night Circus had on me, I did one of my super –geeky amazon searches, and The Magicians and The Girl with the Glass Feet were both recommended as being similar books, so we shall see how good Amazon’s ‘people who like this also liked’ facility is... Also, I need to read them as they are both library books! The Percy Jackson series has become a bit of a readathon standard for me. I was given the first one as an RAK, and read the second during my first ever readathon. Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse is the third in the series and I’ve had it ever since the last readathon. I’m hoping it’ll be perfect, as the other two have been really light, easy, fun reads. Whip It was lent to me by my friend after we watched the awesome film, starring Ellen Page, who’s one of my current favourite actors, and will apparently take me no time at all to read and is amazing, so I’m looking forward to that, as I am to Franny and Zooey. I’ve never read any Salinger other than The Catcher in the Rye about five hundred times, so I’m excited to expand my repertoire, especially since Adam from Roof Beam Reader is always raving about him. Finally, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society has been on the shelf for ages, and I keep hearing people saying good things about it, plus, it’s a little book, and I need little books to keep me motivated! I also have Bill Willingham’s Fables: Legends in Exile, and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home on standby in case of a graphic novel emergency.
I know it seems like a lot of books, but I like to give myself a variety, and it’s likely that I’ll dip in and out of lots of them during the time. There’s a lot of personal stuff going on right now which makes it a bit difficult for me to concentrate, so I’m partly doing the readathon as a distraction, but at the same time, I think it will probably be difficult for me to settle down to it. I’m super excited about all the mini challenges that will be going on during it, and I’m soooo hoping I can convince my internet to work properly at least part of the time, otherwise I will probably write all my update posts and then just have to condense them down into an overall one to post after the event! Wish me luck!


  1. Good luck and have fun! I'm joining too and am going to try to read the entire way through - yikes! :-)

  2. Good luck! I'm going to try and do the whole 24 hours too - it's my first time and I can't wait!

  3. Haha, you really are like my book twin!

    I've had The Magicians on my TBR for a month or so and I'm dying to read it. I've heard great things but haven't got round to it yet.

    I wasn't that impressed with The Girl With the Glass Feet when I read it a couple of years ago, but I found it quite a difficult book so maybe you'll have better look than me.

    The Guernsey.... book is AMAZING though. I really need to reread it because I absolutely adored it when I read it. I think I even whipped through it in one sitting! Picture me dancing a jig and emphatically waving this at you and you'll get the idea...

    And obviously I love Percy Jackson :)

    Aww, you've made me want to reread too many of my books!

    Oh god, second read through of your post and I also have a few of the Fables graphic novels to read on my TBR. Seriously, we must have identical bookshelves...

  4. I heard great things about Fun Home. Magicians is one I started and put down but have to try again. Have a great day at work. We'll be here when you start reading!

    Chris - Team Cocoa Puffs

  5. I say the more books the better!! Hope you're having a rockin' readathon so far.

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