Another April and another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – this makes me happy 😊
I’m a big fan of this biannual event and while I’ve not taken part every time since I first came across it some eight or so years ago, I do try to take part if I can – even if it’s just for a little while.
Here’s my opening survey! 😎
- What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m in Derbyshire, UK. Readathon for me starts at 13:00, and so it’s early afternoon here and reasonably warm so I’m starting my reading outside.
- Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
This is always a difficult question. I usually pick a theme for readathon which gives me a shortlist of books, but I’ve not done that this year. Like most readers, I have plenty of options available to me, and there’s no risk of running out of reading material, but I’m just going to see how the mood takes me as I finish one book and move on to the next.
So, rather than which one I’m most looking forward to, I’ll just tell you which one I’m starting with – Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
- Which snack are you most looking forward to?
For snacks, I like to keep it simple with things such as salted popcorn and ice cream. I’ve got a wonderful little selection of Häagen Dazs miniatures, so plenty of options, and they’re tiny, so I can justify having more than one on readathon weekend! 😉
- Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m Jo, and I’ve always loved reading. I’m that person that takes a book with me everywhere I go, even if I’m just nipping to the supermarket – you never know when you might be able to squeeze in a few pages, after all!
I like a wide range of books, but particularly dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. My favourite novels include Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
- If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first readathon, what are you most looking forward to?
I didn’t take part in the last readathon, but nor is it my first. I’m taking a slightly different approach in not choosing a theme or planning my reading in advance – I’m just going to see how the mood takes me.
Apart from that, readathon tends to pan out in the same way for me – I read until around 23:00 (ten hours into the event) and then go to bed, getting up relatively early the next morning to continue. That’s not ten hours of constant reading, by the way – I make sure I get up, move around, switch rooms, and perhaps most importantly take some time out to eat during that time!
Whether I plan to do it this way or not – and there have been years when I’ve tried to do the whole 24 hours and just couldn’t get through the night without sleeping – this is what tends to happen, and so I now tend to go with it and sleep when I need to and read when I can. I think that’s the best thing about this event – there’s no pressure to do more than you can or to read for a set amount of time. It’s a stress-free excuse to read and interact with other likeminded individuals from around the world, and that’s never a bad thing.