Friday, April 9, 2010

Just Signed Up For The 24-Hour Read-a-Thon... Think I Can Make It?

I just entered my name on the list for Dewey's 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, and I'm more than a little hesitant. Read for 24 hours straight? I'm not sure I can manage that, especially with everything going on right now in my life.

My grandmother has been in the hospital all week. A feisty, independent 82 year old, she was out working on her farm raking and burning leaves when she fell and broke some ribs and punctured one of her lungs on Monday morning. She's been most unhappily confined to her hospital bed, so the whole family has been keeping her company in an effort to keep her spirits up. All this means I'm a bit tired, but it could present more opportunity for reading. I mean, what better to do while sitting in a hospital than read? Perfect, right? So maybe I can do better than I think.

It sounds kind of fun to stay up all night reading (I stay up really late often enough, anyway!), but I'm not so sure I can make it 24 hours without sleeping at all. Dewey says it's okay to sleep, so I guess I can still consider myself a "reader" for the read-a-thon, even if I don't actually read for the full 24 hours!

Join in here if you're interested. Remember, no one will be policing your reading hours, so a full 24-hour commitment isn't necessary. But it should be fun! It'll be my first, so we'll see how things go. If you have any questions (or are afraid of not being able to commit yourself), check out the FAQs to banish your fears and learn what it's all about.


  1. The reading will stop
    Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
    your book count will be higher
    Just keep thinking about tomorrow
    all the great books you will have to talk about
    with your blogger friends
    If you get blurred or sore, or sleepy
    Just stick up your chin
    and grin
    and say
    My TO BE READ PILE, Tomorrow
    will be smaller than it was before
    and your spirits will soar
    because then TOMORROW, TOMORROW You can go shopping TOMORROW at Amazon and BUY SOME MORE!

  2. I hope your grandmother will be OK!

  3. I can't believe I missed sending you some cheer. :(

    Either way, there are just a few more hours to go, so let's make the most of it, shall we? :) How's your reading coming along? :)

    Don't worry about book, or page, or even hour counts - there's no pressure there! All that matters is that you're having fun while reading. Are you? ;)

    If you are, I'd say this is a 100% success! XD


  4. Thanks to all -- love your poem, Melis! My grandmother went home on Saturday & is doing VERY well. She's determined to be back to normal in less time than the doctor told her "people her age" usually heal :) I had a fabulous time reading, although a nap midday on Saturday & a visit to her house Saturday night cut into my reading time a bit!



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