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Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon is coming!

October 11, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comHappy Sunday, all! I’m going to keep this relatively short, as I still have a sizable stack of exams left to grade.

In case you haven’t heard, the 24-hour read-a-thon is coming up in two weeks! I am stupid excited for it… this will be my third read-a-thon, and the past two times have been bunches of fun. I’m not going to be able to participate for the full 24 hours this time (not that I ever make it past hour 19 without falling asleep, anyways), but a few of my friends are having a costume/birthday party that night, so I will be taking a few hours out of the evening to go dress up and eat cake. I promise to spend the whole time at the party talking about books, though. :)

(Also, I need to come up with a space-themed costume. I’m vacillating between Princess Leia (I think my hair is long enough to get at least a semblance of the cinnamon-bun braids), and Leela from Futurama (which I’ve done before, but is easy and awesome, plus I look good with purple hair), but other suggestions are always appreciated!)

I haven’t put too much thought into what I’m going to be reading. Probably I’ll pull from my Fall Shortlist, although I reserve the right to grab something else off my shelf if my attention wanders. Plus, two of them are short story collections, which might be good for limited attention spans. Also, I’ve made sure that I’ll have a few graphic novels on hand for the wee hours – something that I didn’t do for the spring read-a-thon, and really regretted.

What about you, readers? Are you participating in the read-a-thon? If not, whyever not?!?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2009 3:52 pm

    We may be going downtown on Sunday, but I’m not going to let that stop me from participating in the Readathon! Even if it does mean I may have to take a few hours to sleep there at the end. I probably have at least 10 books in my mental pile, but a whole bunch of them are sitting at the library waiting for me to pick them up. That will be done tomorrow, so I’ll probably have a Readathon pile post sometime in the next week or so. I’m planning to go to my in-laws with Daniel and hide in one of the empty rooms with my computer and my books while Daniel plays with his grandma and grandpa all day. I’d just leave him there altogether, but he still isn’t super fond of the bottle, so mommy needs to be there to feed him.

    • October 11, 2009 10:03 pm

      Jen – I don’t have a newborn in the house, and I still sleep through part of the read-a-thon, so I think you can be excused for napping. :)

  2. October 11, 2009 5:09 pm

    Good luck: 19 hours is pretty darn good!

    • October 11, 2009 10:07 pm

      rhapsodyinbooks – …and I’m sure my students would appreciate if I got at least a little sleep before I pick up their giant stack of papers that I’m going to have to grade on Sunday.

  3. Dave permalink
    October 11, 2009 6:41 pm

    I think you could pretty easily pull off River Tam or Kaylee…maybe even Inara.

    • October 11, 2009 10:07 pm

      Dave – Probably, but birthday boy and his wife have already laid claim to Jayne and Kaylee, and it’s a little cold to be running around naked, barefoot, and with wet hair. :)

  4. October 11, 2009 6:52 pm

    Good luck with the exam greading! And also with the read-a-thon later this month. Someday I may be brave enough (and free) to participate. The party sounds like fun. I think that’s a good excuse not to spend the entire time reading. :-)

    • October 11, 2009 10:09 pm

      Literary Feline – No bravery needed, just a bit of schedule clearing! No one’s judging how well you do, it’s really just an excuse to indulge in all of the reading you can handle!

  5. October 11, 2009 7:49 pm

    Oh! River or Kaylee, please, I miss them so. I’m joining the read-a-thon, even though I have a workshop for part of that Saturday. Cheer leading for the last one was great fun but I want an excuse to spend much of a day and night reading!

    • October 11, 2009 10:11 pm

      Gavin – I hope you have as much fun reading as you did cheerleading!

  6. October 11, 2009 9:04 pm

    You could always knit yourself a Leia wig!

    • October 11, 2009 10:12 pm

      Laura – Ha! That’s great! I don’t know if I’d have time to finish it in the next two weeks, though.

  7. October 11, 2009 9:08 pm

    My reason for not participating is rather simple: as long as readathons are held on weekends, you can count me out. I work every weekend. I just hold an occasional, private, one midweek 2-3 times per year. :)

    • October 11, 2009 10:13 pm

      Cathy – Okay, that’s legit. You should tell people when you’re doing your next private read-a-thon and we’ll come cheer you on!

  8. October 11, 2009 10:15 pm

    It’s the LSU-Auburn game that weekend! I would participate but I will be too busy tailgating and then cheering our team on to a resounding victory. :)

    • October 11, 2009 10:20 pm

      Jenny – Ah, my big tailgate is next weekend, so I dodged the bullet there. Here’s hoping for nice fall weather for both of us!

  9. October 11, 2009 10:22 pm

    I’ll be cheerleading during the read-a-thon, so I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me.

  10. October 11, 2009 11:44 pm

    I am taking part in the read-a-thon – this will be my first time! I like your idea about graphic novels – I’m going to have to make sure I have a couple on hand.

  11. Shanra permalink
    October 12, 2009 3:42 am

    I’ll probably be tutoring English for the first hour of the Read-a-thon, so I’ll either throw tutoring out the window and try to read a book with my student/cousin or shift the Read-a-Thon into Nymeth’s time zone to make up for the hour lost. (That’s not cheating, right? They tell me I can start sooner or later if that’s more convenient.)

    This’ll be the second time I’m participating in the Read-a-Thon, but the first time I’ll be officially joining. Last April I was an unofficial cheerleader and wound up reading a book. ^-^ This year, I’m kind of going all-out with blessedly little clue of what I’m getting myself into. ^-~ It’ll be fun!

  12. October 12, 2009 2:40 pm

    I’m definitely participating in the read-a-thon! I’ve got to go pick my parents up from the airport ’round about 11 at night, but I’ll be reading the rest of the time.

    I recently ordered the latest Buffy and Angel graphic novels, so I’m hoping those show up in time for the ‘thon. If they don’t, I’ll probably settle down with one or two mid-sized novels, or perhaps a mammoth short story collection.

  13. October 12, 2009 4:11 pm

    I’ve signed up to be a cheerleader! This is my first time participating, so I’m a little unsure on what to expect, but we’ll see how it goes.

    I don’t think I could stay up for 19 hours! I’m a huge baby when it comes to my sleep :)

  14. October 13, 2009 12:19 pm

    This year I’m participating in the read-a-thon for the first time. This is the first time I haven’t had a schedule conflict (and my husband is helping out with the kids). I’m not sure how many hours I will read total because I’m allowing a couple of hours for family time in the middle of the day, but I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done.

  15. October 13, 2009 10:08 pm

    I’m so bummed I don’t get to participate in the Read-a-Thon at all. I’m going home for the weekend and have plans for volunteering most of the day, then probably plans with friends that night. I thought about joining around midnight and trying to read until morning, but then I remembered I have to drive back to Madison, so that’s probably not a great idea. ::sigh:: There’s always April :)

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