Most people who know me know that I like to read a little bit. Okay a LOT a bit. So when I heard that this Saturday, October 17th, is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon I thought to myself “I need to get a piece of this.” Who is Dewey? I have no freakin’ clue. From what I can gather she was (she passed away in 2008) a woman with a blog and she issued a challenge to her readers to read for a whole day.
The idea is that “For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs and various social media platforms about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes.”
Well, that sounds like great fun to me! I am currently 2 books behind in my schedule to read 80 books by the end of the year so this will help me to catch up. One of they things that the website recommends is to ” Pick shortish books. When you’re reading for such a long time, you might get really sick of the same book for hours on end. 2007 Readers recommended that you start with a short book so that you have a feeling of accomplishment when you finish it early in the read-a-thon.”
I would generally have a problem with reading shortish books. I tend to be a bit of a book snob and I don’t read anything with less than 200 pages, however I took this opportunity to check my TBR (to be read) list and sort it by page numbers. This is something you can do on Goodreads. I was amazed by how many books I had “purchased” (most were free when I got them) from Amazon and imported into my Goodreads TBR list that were under 100 pages. I have selected 24 books that I am going to attempt to read in 24 hours.
For those of you wondering, yes, I plan on sleeping and eating and probably getting some yard work done too. For the yard work I plan on having my audio book running. So, is it possible to read 24 books in 24 hours? Well the longest book in my list is 73 pages. The total number of pages in all the books is 796. So by my calculations, I should be able to do it in a little over 13 hours. Which still leaves plenty of time for sleeping.
Added benefit, I will have blown my 80 book challenge out of the water if I succeed. It kinda feels like cheating, reading all these short books but I am pretty excited by the challenge. Stay tuned because when I take breaks I hope to review at least a few of those books here and on Goodreads. So? Who wants to join me?
Below is a list of the books I plan on reading. It occurs to me that just reading my list will tell you a lot about me. Hmmmmm.
- The Games We Play by Sean Hayden (14 pages)
- Amish Blizzards: Volume One: A Winter Surplus by Sicily Yoder (17 pages)
- Gutenberg the Geek by Jeff Jarvis (20 pages)
- Be Happier at Home: Stop Negative Thinking and Be Positive by Mike C Adams (21 pages)
- The Power or Changing Your Habits by Charles Duncan (22 pages)
- Motivation for the Middle Aged (ouch!) by James Vanderbilt (22 pages)
- Get a Life by Stephanie Bond (23 pages)
- How to Find Happiness: Change Your Thoughts, Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Live a Life You Love by Joy Marino (15 pages)
- No Sh!+ Guide to Decluttering & Organizing Your Home in 3 Incredibly Fast and Simple Steps by Amanda Knowels (26 pages)
- Ten Commandments Every Day (Messages From Above Book 1) by J R Kelly Jr (26 pages)
- How to Memorize the Entire Bible in No Time Flat by Adam Houge (25 pages)
- 101 Ways to Exercise without Noticing by Marianne Duval (30 pages)
- Minimalism: Tips to Uncomplicate and Unstress your Life with Simple Living by Isabella Lee (42 pages)
- Passionate Vengance by Leighann Dobbs (30 pages)
- Second Son by Lee Child (32 pages)
- Free to Be Me by Pastor Joes Bauer (35 pages)
- Always Know What to Say by Peter W Murphy (41 pages)
- Stop Being Lazy: Start Getting Things Done and Stop Being Lazy! by Ryan Cooper (48 pages)
- Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century by Sean Patrick (46 pages)
- God for Today by Denise Lorenz (50 pages)
- Deep Down by Lee Child (44 pages)
- How to Beat the Financial Monster at the End of This Book by Tony Elam (43 pages)
- Evernote Cracked: The Beginners Guide on How to Master Evernote and Organize Your Life by Clive Alden (48 pages)
- High Heat by Lee Child (73 pages)