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.