I participated in my first readathon last Saturday hosted by the lovely ladies at Deweys. I didn’t get my entire stack read, nor did I finish an entire book. But I woke up extra early, made some coffee, lounged in my PJs, put my phone in the other room and enjoyed several hours of uninterrupted reading. It was glorious!
I can’t remember the last time I did that and it was long overdue.
Knowing that I had plans from 4-11pm made me take advantage of the time I did have. A few photos of my reading environment were taken and shared on Instagram and Twitter and I did chime in a few times. But I really had to put my phone aside and treat myself to just plain reading.
I did get the most of the short story collection, You Should Pity Us Instead read (IT IS EXCELLENT!!), DNF A Wrinkle in Time: A Graphic Novel (It just wasn’t working and I forgot what the original was about. Maybe it’s more of a companion read?) I also started Hour of the Bees, which I hope to continue this weekend before it’s due back at the library.
I had no expectations and even though I had a stack to reference, I really did read at whim. As a child, I would read for hours and find time at every turn to crack open a book and get lost in the pages. Lately, I’ve been really distracted and haven’t found that book that has made me ignore everything else around me. Or am I just letting myself be distracted and putting too much pressure on myself? I wrote a post yesterday about this issue and think by participating in the readathon, it has helped me get back on track and focus on what really satisfies my reading soul. Thanks Dewey hostesses and volunteers for helping me jump start that reading surge once again.
I’m off to read!