Joining the Social Distancing MiniReadathon

On Sunday, in light of everything going on in the world and personally with the library where I work being closed for two weeks, I announced My Own Social Distancing Readathon to go along with this coming weekend’s special Social Distancing Edition of the 24in48 Readathon. But as I, and many of you also, have learned over the last three days, it’s not easy to focus right now on reading, so instead I’m joining a minireadathon on Instagram from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night:

I’m not going to post a huge stack of books that, let’s be realistic, I’ll never get to reading. I only have two books that I plan on continuing to read:

  1. Sherlock Holmes, The Complete Novels and Short Stories, Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. The Sherlock Holmes Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK Publishing and Leslie L. Klinger

and one that I haven’t yet read yet, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, that comes highly recommended by  Erin of the blog Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs. I’m using The Sherlock Holmes Book as a companion volume, as recommended by Emma of the blog Words and Peace.

I still plan on participating in this weekend’s Social Distancing Edition of the 24in48 too and for those of you who say it’s too much to commit, remember as the hosts of that event say:

No prizes. No hourly challenges. No requirements. Just a chance to reconnect with this amazing bookish community (online! no hand sanitizer required!), read some good books, and talk about them with other readers.

You don’t have to read 24 out of 48 hours, because let’s be honest, we’re not going to do that, if we ever did. The main thing is that we’re reading or making an attempt to read, to breathe and relax. I, for one, believe that isn’t a bad thing, especially now.

13 thoughts on “Joining the Social Distancing MiniReadathon

  1. My spring break is just beginning and I thought I would read a bunch, but you’re right, concentrating isn’t easy. And, I am so far behind on reading blogs that I promised myself I would catch up today.


  2. Oh I like that idea of the daily mini-readathon. I won’t be able to join in at that time – kids are still up and jumping around at that time! But sounds like something we could try doing on a regular basis. I used to dedicate my Friday afternoon for reading at Starbucks but with that not happening for some time now, I need to have a plan B.

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    1. I think a lot of us are going to Plan B and C and D, and so on…but we’ll make it. I’m starting my #StayHome24in48 readathon tomorrow, a day early, but I think it’s okay to do things differently now.


  3. Reading and breathing. Sewing and breathing. Meditating and breathing. Cooking and breathing. Whatever it is that calms you and allows you to take a break from the news is vital right now.

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  4. That’s a really cool idea! I’ve been off Instagram so thanks for sharing it. The kids would even like this. They act like they don’t like reading but when they sit down to do it they find they really enjoy it so I’m going to try this with them. I’m actually thinking of doing the read-a-thon this weekend as well. We will be packing some, but will have time for reading too.


      1. I think so too and we can look at it as a time to focus our mind on one thing during that time – the story in front of us. I think that’s a very good thing right now and can help lower the cortisol in our bodies over all. Dr. Lisa out.. 😉

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