“He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Hey Wordnerds! Welcome to the new and improved Read Em and Eat!
I promised myself that if I kept on top of the blog for six months that I would purchase a domain and make it a real, life website – so here we are! Huge thanks to my family who funded the purchase as my Christmas present – thank you guys for always being my biggest fans.
In other news – the week that houses the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon is upon us! This year marks the 10 year anniversary of one of my favourite events of the year! If you aren’t entirely familiar with the concept, here is a link to this history of the event from the official website: History
Essentially, it is twenty four hours of reading bliss. I have participated in more than my fair share of these and I always love every second. However, in the past I have not exactly been the pinnacle of prepared. The first few times I took a swing at it all I bought for snacks was junk food – which is fine at the get-go but the sugar crash can be pretty intense half way through. I’ve never made it the full twenty four hours, but since this year I have both the day before and the day after off of work, I’m incredibly hopeful.
Since the readathon begins on Saturday morning, I’m going to take Friday to prepare. I’ve got an excellent recipe for a turkey chili (courtesy of pinterest – I’ll link the recipe on Friday) that I’m going to toss in the slow cooker in the wee hours of Saturday morning and hopefully I’ll be able to get some less sugary snacks (as well as mountains of sugar naturally). Snacks aside, I also like to make sure that my house is clean for readathon day, since when I read at home I tend to look around and think “well, I really should do the dishes” and then I get so distracted by the thought that I can’t even concentrate on what I’m reading until I do that task. Since – as I have mentioned in previous posts – in the past I have left all of the preparation until the night before and was unable to get a decent nights sleep, I’m really hoping to prepare early this week.
Every time I try to make a To-Be-Read list for readathon, it ends up going in a completely different direction. Last time, I had a pile of cozy mysteries only to be swayed into reading the Shadow Falls series – it was totally worth it. I love that series. Regardless, I have created a potential TBR.
(Pictured: Three trilogies that I likely won’t even read. I just like pictures of piles of books. Try to ignore the terrible lighting, it’s about six thirty in the morning.)
This is the stack that I’m going to attempt to tackle. The Madman’s Daughter is a reread, a series that I started years ago and never finished. The Grisha trilogy under that is a series that I bought earlier this year and haven’t touched yet – but I’m told that it works better if I read this trilogy before I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, which I’ve been looking at for months. Ultimately, my goal isn’t to finish all of these (that would be unrealistic for my personal reading speed), but to get through a couple. Ideally, I would like to read 1000 pages in 24 hours.
As far as preparations go, I’ll keep you guys in the loop and Friday I will leave some links in my post as to where you will be able to find me during the readathon. On Sunday (after I sleep for most of the day) I’ll make sure to post a wrap up article to let you know how I did.
What do you think Wordnerds? Are you participating, and if so, do you have an preparation tips for me? Sound off in the comments!