I thrive on challenges with set deadlines. So when my friend Marcie told me she was participating in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon this Saturday, October 21st, I wanted in! I love to read, yet never feel like I have enough time to get to all the books on my shelves, on my nightstand, piled on my office floor (you get the picture.) I have a few family things to attend to this Saturday, but no work obligations. So I am determined to make this readathon work. Here’s my plan of action:
- Do ALL the laundry I typically do on Saturday on Friday and Sunday.
- Take breaks only to eat, exercise, and run the necessary errand
- Get a good night’s sleep on Friday so I am not a drowsy reader
- Get my kids involved in the readathon too
This last bullet point is crucial because if my kids don’t read, I can’t read. I have offered them reward incentives for every 25 pages read during the day on Saturday. I hope this encourages their own love of reading. They are excited about the challenge (and hopefully their excitement lasts!)
While exploring the internet, I discovered that readathons take place all the time. Want to try one yourself? Dewey’s 24 hour readathon takes place twice a year in October and April. Also, Molly’s Book Nook has organized a helpful list of readathons being hosted all year long. Take a look and join me in this fun, productive challenge!
P.S. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I will NOT be reading for a full 24 hours. I would be worthless on Sunday if I did. But Dewey is not strict about this. You can participate and just read as much as you can.