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Happy #Readathon Weekend!

April 25, 2015

I love readathon weekend. Dewey’s Readathon snuck up on me this Saturday. I’d been looking forward to it for ages. After all, it would be the first in years that didn’t coincide with having to churn out a paper for school (an entirely less-fun way to lose sleep and read too much.) I’ve been looking forward to the chance to read interesting books and get to know other readers on social media, in one great big, bookish slumber party.

Speaking of slumber, I decided to do the Readathon a little differently this year. Having learned that staying up too far past my bedtime turns me into a jerk the next day isn’t the best idea for me, I’ve decided to rejigger the schedule a bit. So, I’m having my 24 Hour Readathon, but I’m spreading it out over the entire weekend.

Rebel that I am, I started last night, stretching out on the couch to finish reading London Falling, by Paul Cornell. An entirely satisfying blend of urban fantasy and police procedural, set in London. At times, it skewed more towards horror and gore than I really like, but it was still a great read. The setup is that police investigating a murder get hit with a supernatural power that gives them all the Sight, turning them into the Met’s only weird-magical crimes unit. The best part about it was that, instead of being inducted into some kind of existing magical tradition, they had to figure out the weird crimes as they went, trying to adapt what they knew, instead of inheriting an existing fantasy tradition.

So that got my Readathon off to a very nice start. I’m going to jump in and out of participating today, tomorrow and even Monday, with the goal of accumulating 24-ish hours, plenty of Twitter conversations, and at least one more book, along with some sunshine, weekend frolics, and of course, sleep.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I’m participating from New York. And it’s a fine part of the world indeed, nice and sunny out. Going to head out in a bit, to grab coffee and read in a sunny window spot.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The only books I have on deck so far are a British murder mystery and a book that chronicles the working life of nurses. Given how much hospitals make me squeamish, I anticipate the nurses book will scare me more than the murder mystery.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
My impending latte. Which may need to be a mocha. Yes, definitely a mocha.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
On Monday, I start a job as an actual academic librarian. I just finished my Masters in Library Science, and I’m doing the readathon in the hopes of losing myself in a book and distracting myself from wondering what the first week of work will be like.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?


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