One of the most popular book blogger events, Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon, is coming up on April 10. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s pretty self-explanatory – you read for 24 hours! You don’t have to participate the entire time, and are definitely allowed to sleep, so it’s very flexible. It’s a great event that really brings the community together; I’ve participated twice, and enjoyed it immensely both times.
I’m not participating this time around. Why? Well, two main reasons.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know my husband works a lot. I mean A LOT. Saturdays are one of the few days we almost always get to spend together. Sure he has to work some of the time, but generally Saturday afternoon, we get to go out to lunch, run some errands, walk around – it’s the only time of the week we’re almost certainly assured uninterrupted time together. My husband’s always been supportive of my reading, and even made me snacks for the last couple of read-a-thons, but I feel like I’d rather spend time with him than spend time reading, as much as I love this event.
And also, there’s the matter of the types of books I read for the read-a-thon. I usually choose books that can keep my attention span, but also that aren’t very literary, as reading that much in one sitting creates a huge brain fog for me. My first read-a-thon, I tried to intersperse some literary fiction into my reading choices – that did NOT work very well.
The fact is that, right now, I don’t feel like reading a lot of fluff. I’ve been reading some amazing books lately – every book I’m currently reading (Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese) is incredible, not to mention that, last week, I finished Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, a top book of 2010 for me. I don’t feel like picking up a box of fluffy reads and spending a day reading them, especially considering I don’t read for a few days after the read-a-thon because of burnout. I do enjoy the fluff, but if I did the read-a-thon, I’d be reading a lot of those at the expense of what I really want to be reading right now, and that just doesn’t make much sense to me.
So between wanting to spend time with my husband and a lack of desire to read the “fluffy” books I usually choose for the read-a-thon over the great reads I have sitting on my shelves, I’m not participating this time around. If I find myself reading that day, I’ll likely get on Twitter and read along/cheer unofficially, but I’m sad to say, I won’t be an official participant.
If you want to learn more about the Read-A-Thon and sign up as a reader or cheerleader (which you should, if you’ve never done it, it’s really an experience!), here is the official website.