Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday Salon on Monday: Dewey's Read-a-thon

A belated Sunday Salon post this week. But even though it is Monday here now, I thought I'd post anyway. We actually had a pretty lazy day yesterday that involved a lot of sleep. We got up late and had brunch, then we took the boys to get their yearly shots in the afternoon, went out for dinner and stopped by the supermarket on the way home. We were thinking of watching a DVD but for some reason I just couldn't keep my eyes open and crashed around 9pm! I'm usually a night owl so this wasn't very typical. I do hope that's not an indication of what will happen next weekend for the read-a-thon.

And yes, I've decided to join Dewey's Read-a-thon next weekend, but I don't think I'll read for the full 24 hours this time around. With the time difference it starts at 9PM on Saturday here and for the last one in October, I found it quite hard to be up during the day and then start reading for 24 hours. I ended up having to take an hour or so nap last time anyway, I just couldn't hold out. So this time my plan is to have a 6 hour sleep partway through, making it an 18 hour read-a-thon for me. I think I'll read for the first 6 hours, from 9pm to 3am, then sleep to 9am and begin again. That's my plan anyway, but we'll see how it goes on the actual day. Maybe I'll be able to stay up later, or sleep less.

As you know, I'm reading for the Book Wish Foundation this year for The Year of Readers. When I think about it we're really very fortunate to have such easy access to and money for books. This charity helps provide, among other things, textbooks to the refugees of Darfur, in the refugee camps in Chad, so that they can learn English and attempt to better their lives in the future. As an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher myself, it's something I can appreciate and believe in. Click on the link above, or the button, for more information.

So far this year, from my original pledge, I've raised $50 dollars, but I'd love to give it a little boost from the read-a-thon. So I've decided to personally donate an additional $5 for each book completed during the read-a-thon. Last time I read 605 pages and completed 4 books. This time, I'm thinking to read some graphic novels along with YA and other perhaps fast-reading books, so even though my reading time will be shorter I hope to reach similar numbers or even more. I would be extremely grateful if anyone would like to sponsor me in any way, even if it's only a few dollars, as every little bit really does help. If you'd like to help out you can email me (tanabata2000 at gmail dot com) or use the contact form. Thanks!

This past week I've been dipping into the short stories in the collection, Mother Superior by Saleema Nawaz, and thoroughly enjoying them. Her characters really come alive, and her writing is wonderful. I actually don't want to read the stories too quickly so that I can fully savour them. I also started reading Dear Everybody by Michael Kimball. It's told in epistolary style and each letter or diary entry gives us a little more insight into the main character, his family, and why he became the person he did. I'm enjoying it very much as well so I have two great books on the go right now.

Have a great week, everyone!

Week in review:
Herding Cats II: Attack of the Hairballs
TBR List, and bookish travels
BTT: Numbers Game (and giveaway winners)
Friday books and blanks (and awards)
PhotoHunt: Triangle


  1. I'm really sorry about the horribly inconvenient starting time :( Your plan sounds like a good one, though! And graphic novels and YA are definitely good ideas.

  2. I'm so glad you're participating in the read-a-thon! I doubt I'll make it the whole 24 hours either...last time I think I gave up with like 2 hours left, but I literally couldn't go anymore :p Love your charity too! Good luck with raising money!!

  3. Dear Everybody sounds really interesting. I'm participating for the first time this year. But I know that I will not be able to stay awake the whole time!! I've got a stack of YA/Manga too!! Should be fun!

  4. Hope to see you at the read-a-thon next week!

  5. Nymeth - It's not your fault! :) I'm putting together quite a stack of books, with most of them quite short. I'll post a pic later in the week.

    Chris - Thanks. I haven't been having too much luck with sponsors but at least I'll be helping them out a little bit myself. Good luck with your fund raising as well. :)

    Staci - It's a really fast read and quite engaging. I have just a little bit left but should finish it up soon.
    Reading a graphic novel when I was sleepy helped me out a lot last time so I've got even more of them lined up for this time around. Hope you have a great read-a-thon!

  6. debnance - oops, I missed your comment earlier, it was stuck in moderation. You'll definitely see me at the read-a-thon next weekend, I'm really looking forward to it! :)

  7. Your Sunday sounds nice, Nat. I like lazy days. :-) I hope the boys were good for their shots.

    Good luck with the read-a-thon. I think your strategy for the event is a good one. I won't be able to participate, but I hope to stop in and check on everyone's progress.

    Mother Superior sounds like an interesting collection. I will have to look for that one.

  8. Wendy - Yes, lazy days are good sometimes. Jiro meowed in the car both ways but otherwise they were quite good at the vet's.

    Thanks for the good luck wishes for the read-a-thon. I've been really tired lately so we'll see how it goes, but it should be fun even if I only read part time.

  9. I'm so excited that you'll be participating at least part of the time! I agree that that it would be incredibly difficult to start at 9 and stay up that whole time. What a great foundation for your pledge.

  10. Trish - I'm going to try to read as much as I can, and will just see how it goes. It does seem like a great organization, I'm glad to be able to help out a little bit.


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