Weekly Geeks: Read-A-Thon Plans

October 3, 2010

Since Weekly Geeks and The 24 Hour Read-a-thon (which is coming up next week) are both Dewey created events, and therefore technically sisters, I thought for this week’s assignment we could join forces just a bit and post our read-a-thon plans.

This week’s topic is:

Sometime this next week, write a post that tells us how you plan to approach the event.

Next week’s read-a-thon will be the second time that I’ve participated in this event. The first time, back in April, was my very first read-a-thon and also my very first community event in general! So this is a great sort of anniversary of sorts for me.

This time, I’m going to be attempting to read right through the 24-hour period. Last time, I had an event in the evening that cut a LOT into my reading time. (Which, you know, was fun and I would do it again, but I’m not doing that this time!) I also ended up giving in and going to sleep around Hour 23 last time, and I’d like to make it right through the end. Then I’ll be taking a bit of a nap, followed by heading up to my parents’ place north of the city for (Canadian) Thanksgiving.

I don’t really have many set things that I do on Saturdays right now, so there isn’t much that I need to “move back” to Friday. I do normally have personal training on Saturday afternoons, but because of Thanksgiving, he already wanted to re-schedule, so that’s out of the way!

My strategy, working from my experience last time, will be to have a lot of books to choose from, of varying lengths, difficulties, topics, and authors. I did really well by slipping in some shorter books last time, and I think I’d like to mix in at least one graphic novel this time as well. Unlike last time, I think I’m going to start with books that I’m slightly less interested in, just so that I’ll have the more interesting ones for the end of the night when I’m having trouble concentrating! I’m also going to make sure that my stack includes quite a few YA books, since they really seemed to help with my reading speed last time.

I tend to aim for number of books read for read-a-thons, which is part of why shorter books work best for me. This way, I have a greater sense of accomplishment, yanno? I don’t yet have any special food or snacks planned, but it will probably be a lot of healthy stuff, since I’m supposed to be on an eating plan right now. There will likely also be lots of caffeine in the form of tea and pop – something that definitely kept me going last time.

I have a few spots that I enjoy reading in, and I’ll have to do some prep work to make them more comfortable. My bed is my favourite spot to read, but it will have to be abandoned when we get into the evening, otherwise I will accidentally fall asleep. The futon in the living room is fine for most of my reading, particularly in the evening, because that’s the room that has the brightest light in it. I think I’ll also want to clean up the area in the “office” of our apartment so that I can read in there; currently, there’s giant stacks of books on that futon, but I might want to read in there during the day, depending on what my roommate is up to. That spot will be particularly useful if I need somewhere quiet and more isolated, since its window only looks into my bedroom, and it has a door that can close out quite a bit of sound.

So all in all, I think I’m fairly prepared for next weekend’s read-a-thon! How about you?

10 Comments

  • Iris October 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I really need to start thinking of the books I’d like to read or at least would like to have on hand, as I will be aiming to do 24 hours this time as well. (But my time zone makes it difficult, 2 pm to 2 pm.. Anyway, I am looking forward to sharing the experience with you 🙂

    • Carina October 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Ooo, you’re in, too? That’s exciting! We’ll have to cheer each other on via twitter through the times when we’re both in sleepy mode.

  • Vasilly October 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

    You’re definitely well-prepared for the read-a-thon!I have a few things I still need to do for the read-a-thon but luckily I already have my stack ready to go. I’ll be cheering you on next week!

    • Carina October 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Are you reading, too, or ‘just’ cheerleading? I’m definitely looking forward to it!

  • Kelly October 3, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I really wanted to participate in this readathon but I have too much going on with school this month! Good luck with yours, and I hope you get a lot of reading done!

    • Carina October 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      Boo! Thanks a lot, hopefully you’ll be able to participate sometime soon!

  • Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) October 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I always want to do the Readathon, but then something comes up and I don’t get to read as much as I want. This year I’m going to visit my sister in Iowa, but I think we’re going to try to read for a good chunk of the day anyway. You’ve got lots of good suggestions here 🙂

    • Carina October 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Ooo, even a chunk of reading is good!

  • Erin October 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, such planning! I like that you’re even planning to clean. I’d do the same thing!

    I was supposed to be driving to a wedding on Saturday, but now that might be happening on Sunday instead. I really hope so — I’d love to participate in my first readathon!

    • Carina October 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      Is it inappropriate for me to want you to be driving on Sunday so that you can participate? 😉

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