Saturday, October 22, 2016

Readathon October 2016

Today I am participating in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.

The rules are simple: read as much as you can in 24 hours. How you do it is up to you.

 Update #2: I finished The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. 4/5 stars. Well written and well researched.
I also finished The Me Nobody Knows edited by Stephen M. Joseph. I'm not sure what to rate this one. It was a really neat book written by children living in poverty, published in 1969. I think I would have liked more context, though, not just the writings.
I also made progress on The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott.
I'm about to start Heartless by Kelly Martin.
I may not finish the last two, but I intend to finish them tomorrow.

 Update #1:  Finished The Wedding Planner's Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore. 3 of 5 stars. Cute book, with a cute story. My biggest problem is the way the author wrote a 12 year old girl. It felt exactly like an adult writing a 12 year old girl. 

I've also made progress on three other books that I'm reading.

For me, I am setting a few simple rules to guide my readathon experience.

Rule #1: Set a number of books that I want to read.

This rule helps me not to feel overwhelmed, but gives me something to shoot for.

This time around, I chose five:

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Wedding Planner's Daughter by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott

The Me Nobody Knows edited by Stephen M. Joseph

Heartless by Kelly Martin

Rule #2: Plan to read every hour, even if it's for a tiny bit.

I know that with three kids and other weekend plans, I won't be able to read straight through the day, but to have a successful readathon, I know that I need to read for at least a few minutes every hour.

Rule #3:  Plan the order of books to read.

Just like planning what books I'm going to read, I like to plan out the order to read them. My order for tomorrow looks like this:

The Wedding Planner's Daughter

The Inheritance

The Me Nobody Knows


I'll read Devil in the White City throughout the day since it is my longest book.

Rule #4: Be flexible.

This is the most important one for me. I know that things won't go exactly as I plan so I need to remember to make things work.

Check back here throughout the day to follow my progress, see my thoughts on the books I'm reading. There might even be a giveaway!