We interrupt our regular schedule for a Read-a-thon Preview!

There’s a 24 Hour Read-a-thon going on tomorrow, starting at 5 AM Pacific time. (On Saturday?! Oh, what the heck, I get up at 4:30 most mornings anyway.) I have the day off from work today to get some chores and errands out of the way before the event gets started, and another vacation day on Monday for additional recovery time!

I posted my prospective reading list in my Sunday Salon post earlier this week. I’ve thrown a couple of other books into the mix since then (partly because I finished the book I reviewed yesterday and pulled another out of the Read-a-thon pile to start reading next):

There’s no way I’m going to last the whole 24 hours, despite the “encouragement” of my husband, who tweeted this in response to my saying that I’d consider it a “raging success” if I manage 12-14 hours of reading:

RamsesTMagnum: @florinda_3rs WHAT?! I can’t believe you are considering going “Sarah Palin” on this. My motto is “Read ’till your eyes bleed!”

WHAT? “Sarah Palin“?!? Is he suggesting that I may be a quitter? It’s on the record: I’m no quitter! I am, however, a realist. But seriously, he does intend to facilitate my activities by getting out of the house with the kids for most of the day. Thanks, honey! And maybe I’ll shoot for 16-18 hours of reading…

In this as in so many other things, the tricky part will be dividing time between the books and the blogging. At this point, I’m planning to post updates every few (4-6) hours both here and on Twitter (with the #readathon hashtag); they may be more frequent on Twitter, but they’ll be a bit longer here. I’ll post a final wrap-up in the Sunday Salon. Given the extra posting activity during the weekend – and all that time spent reading instead of writing! – next week’s posting schedule may be a little out of whack.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be getting around to visit other Read-a-thon participants, considering that there are over 275 of them…but if your blog is in my Google Reader subscriptions and you’re posting updates, I’ll try to come by to see you – and leave an encouraging comment – at least once during the festivities! And for those of you who are nice enough to comment on my own updates, my apologies in advance if I’m not as faithful about replying to those comments as I usually am – thanks for understanding!

I do intend to write reviews of every book I get through during the Read-a-thon, so some of my “reading break” time will be spend making notes for those. I won’t draft a complete review after I finish each book, but if I don’t get some impressions down, I’m sure they’ll all blend together before too long…and the whole reason I started book-blogging in the first place was to get away from that!

I’m excited about my first Read-a-thon, however long I make it last! Good luck to everyone who’s participating, whether you’re a newbie like me or a seasoned pro.

As far as my usual Friday content goes, I’ll be posting two weeks’ worth of Weekend Review links and such next week, so brace yourself for that!

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  1. I am also excited, since this is also my first readathon. I am in Denmark, and 5AM Pacific time is 2 PM for me, which gives me ample time to do chores etc.

    Good luck!

  2. Sounds like your hubby was issuing a challenge. Tell him you're going to be the bigger man and just walk away. πŸ˜‰ That sort of response from me always makes my hubby nuts. When he figures out how to deal with passive aggressiveness and zings me back, I'm in trouble. ::grin:: I'll be by sometime tomorrow to cheer you on!

  3. Diane – It's my first too, and thinking about it makes me both excited and tired :-). Good luck!

    Kathy (Bermudaonion) – He's quite amusing. You should follow him on Twitter!

    Amy – Truthfully, so will I :-). I figure that I'll get sleepy, stir-crazy, or both.

    Louise – I'm not sure I'll start on time, since it'll be 5 AM, but with luck I won't be too far behind schedule. In some ways, it's good to be starting off first thing in the morning, though.
    Good luck!

    Kristen – He probably was :-). I think he's got mixed feelings about my doing the read-a-thon since his kids are with us this weekend, but he's being supportive and I appreciate it. See you tomorrow?

  4. Have fun! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Betsy-Tacy book. I'm loving that series so far. I know my daughter and I won't make the full 24 hours either, but as long as we have fun, it doesn't matter, right?

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. Jill (Softdrink) – My thoughts exactly…and he totally knows it!

    Anna – I've actually read all of the Betsy-Tacy books more than once, but it's been a long time. I'm curious to see what kind of impression they'll make now. Best of luck to you and The Girl tomorrow!

  6. I don't have any illusions about being able to hold out for the whole 24 hours, but I think I'll be shooting for that 16 to 18 hour range like you. Good luck and happy reading! =)

  7. Good luck! I didn't know it was your first read-a-thon… You picked a busy time to join! Last I heard there were over 300 participants! Happy reading!