Friday, October 12, 2012

Read-a-Thon, Baby! Read-a-Thon!

We're only a few hours away from the start of the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon! It officially begins at 5:00 am my time tomorrow morning but, if you know me at all by now, you know that I do 5 am much better from the other direction (staying up all night versus trying to get up early) so I'll be making my appearance a few hours late. But I wanted to get the introductions out of the way so that, when I wake up, I can get right to baking and reading! Plus, I wanted to let my cheerleaders know that I'm not a no-show, I'm just not a morning person.

This is, I think, my 4th Read-a-Thon. I'm reading in my Seattle area home as always. One day I want to do the hotel room thing but I didn't think about it this year in time.

The books I'll be choosing from are --

Graphic Novels
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
The Griff by Christopher Moore
The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruis Zaf√≥n
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Infernals by John Connolly

My goal would be to read all of these books but, realistically, I will probably get through the three graphic novels and maybe one or two of the novels. It doesn't matter anyway. I'm in this for the fun of reading good books all day long. All of these will count for RIP VII and they're ones I'm excited to read.

As for snacks, I'm going to take it easy this year and try to stick to my regular eating habits. I'll make some warm scones (tart cherry or vanilla chai?) or maybe some fresh croissants (Trader Joe's chocolate or almond) in the morning and stick to iced and hot tea, fruit and nuts, and regular meals throughout the day. And, to be honest, I'll be sneaking some high-quality chocolate in too but I'm going to pass on the chips and other candies that I usually stock up on.

And finally, I know that there are lots of kids out there who don't have the luxury of shelves full of books to choose from so, to remedy this I've donated a book for the Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School in Washington DC. I chose an awesome book on plankton that I now want for myself as well! The fair ends on Sunday so if you have also been considering a donation, you've got a few more hours to choose a book from the list.

So, I'm off to get a good night sleep so that I can read into the wee hours of Sunday morning! I'll update on the blog every few hours and more frequently on Twitter.

To the starting line,


  1. Ooh, vanilla chai scones! Do you add the flavouring to the batter, or do you use a flavoured cream cheese?

    You've got a diverse pile of books and graphic novels lying there, so I doubt you'll get bored. Happy readathon!

    1. It's actually a mix that has the flavor in the batter. I usually buy the fruit ones -- this is my first time with vanilla chai!

  2. Good Luck and those book sound interesting . Happy Reading