My April 2018 #readathon


Today I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, for the umpteenth time. I know that I haven’t participated in every single one in the last 10 and a half years but I have participated in quite a few. No, I’ve never made it for 24 hours. I’m usually make six hours, if I am lucky, but that is okay; I’m reading more than I usually do in a week.

I’ll be keeping periodic updates here and on Instagram throughout the day. So follow along, if you want, in either or both places. As I mentioned last Sunday, here are the books from which I’ll be choosing for today:

  1. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  2. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
  4. Colosseum: Poems by Katie Ford
  5. Dear Darkness: Poems by Kevin Young
  6. Dove Season by Johnny Shaw
  7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  8. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo
  9. Poetry Magazine, April 2018 edition
  10. Sending Christmas Cards to Huck & Hamlet by Joseph Mills
  11. Shoot the Dead by Steve Wetherell
  12. Tangerine by Christine Mangan
  13. Unknown Friends by Carl Dennis
  14. Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
  15. Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  16. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehishi Coates
  17. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie.

Altogether, I have eight physical books, eight digital books, including one audiobook with deGrasse Tyson, and one digital magazine. I have six fiction, five nonfiction, and also five books of poetry in honor of National Poetry Month this month. I have 10 books by male authors, six books by female authors and one magazine with both genders represented as well as eight books by non-white authors. In other words, almost all of the food groups are represented. 😉 But really I did try to select diversely in terms of the authors’ ethnicities and genres.

The Plan

I plan on reading as much as I can, but I know that it won’t be for 24 hours. I seem to always have an unrealistic goal of reading for 12 hours, so I’m going to make it slightly more doable with 10 hours. I think I’ll start with something short, maybe the Brown or some poetry, before I pop out later this morning to grab chicken from a chicken barbecue a local drug and alcohol counseling center is having today. As for the rest of the day’s culinary choices, I have lobster bisque, deviled eggs (made by my wife), crackers and cheese, a little wine, ice cream, corn chips, and a new favorite (and unfortunately seasonal) snack: white cheddar crab-seasoned cheeseballs from Utz.

Stay tuned for what I choose in both books and food…


10:15 a.m.: Halfway through first book. 1 hour and 45 minutes of reading thus far.

1 p.m.: First book finished, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown. Almost three hours of reading time. On to the second one.

Instead of a book, I next listened to a playlist of poetry on YouTube from the podcast Book Cougars from book bloggers Emily Fine and Chris Wolak. They asked friends to choose a poem to read for National Poetry Month, and here are their choices, along with others from Emily and Chris:

Between 6 and 7 p.m., I finished two books of poetry, Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith and Colosseum by Katie Ford.

And unfortunately, that is where my readathon ended…at 6 hours and 48 minutes of reading.

The reason, which is not an excuse, is that last night was a terrible night for my tinnitus. I won’t give you the long explanation, but will refer you to the American Tinnitus Association page on understanding the facts about tinnitus. After taking a mixture of essential oils made by my wife specifically to help with tinnitus, the tinnitus did lessen in volume, but finally I took a magnesium pill to help me go to sleep. So it was a relatively early night for me, especially considering my goal for the readathon was 10 hours, as I went to bed about 10:30 p.m.

Final tally: Four books. My favorite was Tangerine, with the other three only being “meh” for me. I will add that Tangerine wasn’t perfect for me, e.g. an overuse of sentences beginning with the word “And.” However, overall the writing was exquisite, more than overcoming the book’s imperfections.

So did you participate in yesterday’s readathon? If so, how did you do? What was your favorite book read? If not, what was your favorite book read this week anyway?

8 thoughts on “My April 2018 #readathon

  1. It looks like you had a great readathon. You enjoyed two books (Dare Greatly is the book I always quote when I feel frustrated with our school bosses…the Teddy Roosevelt quote about the person in the ring…teachers are that person in the ring), ate some delish food, and accomplished a goal. Excellent, I say.


    1. Thanks, Deb, but I only really enjoyed one book, Tangerine. Dare Greatly was just okay to me. I have read one of her other books that I liked. This one didn’t do much for me. The food, though, was delish, and I missed my goal of 10 hours by about three hours.


  2. That’s a huge number of books on your list. But you’re probably a much faster reader than myself. I’ll be lucky if I finish one book – not counting graphic novels that I may or may not pick up later in the day.


  3. What a stack of books! I hope you have a great day, no matter how much you end up reading for the day. Which reminds me . . . maybe I should actually get some reading in now!!


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