I knew nothing – absolutely nothing – about the book blogging community until October of last year. I am not sure which blog I found first (it was either Becky or J Kaye) – or even how I stumbled upon it, but reading blogs quickly became an addiction. Then I learned about book challenges. Oh my — it had never occurred to me that reading could be a competitive sport (can we purchase letter jackets??). I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I discovered the Novel Challenges blog. I read every single challenge and wanted to immediately sign up for half of them. But alas, in trying to curtail my addictive type-A personality, I initially only signed up for 4.
As if this is not enough stimulation to keep a bibliophile in ecstasy for years to come, I just recently read of the 24 hour read-a-thon hosted by Nymeth, Trish, and Word Lily that will be held the weekend of April 18-19. If book reading is a sport, then this is the olympic marathon event. I so want to compete, but my fear of losing and my perfectionist personality prevents me from committing. Can I really and truly read for 24 straight hours?! I don’t have young children at home, but I do have family and dogs — how will they understand this obsessive/compulsive issue of mine? How does one “train” for such a competition? What supplies does one lay in for this kind of event?
I have given this quite a bit of thought since I first heard about it – and I think that if I do participate, I would have to modify the level of participation (work my way up to a full-distance marathoner at a later date). I also think that I might want to use this time to read some lighter fiction than what I have listed on my Spring Challenge List. There are many YA novels that I have on my TBR list (The Graveyard Book – The Hunger Games – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – Harry Potter (I know — what rock have I been hiding under?) – 13 Reasons Why – Ender’s Game) – that I think I may want to concentrate on these books which I should be able to read at a faster pace. I also know that I will want to read others’ blogs to experience their marathon success stories.
So what about you — have you participated in one of these events before? If so, do you have any words of wisdom for a neophyte? Are any of you planning to participate in this event? If so, have you given thought to how you might train over the next few weeks?