April 2015

Happy Readathon!

Well, I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t believe the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is here again–it seems like no time at all that I was participating as a reader in one.
I did my first Readathon in October 2012, and so by October this year, I’ll have been participating in it as a reader for three years straight. I love challenges, and was drawn to participate in the Readathon for three reasons:
1) A friend and fellow Readathon participant who knows I love reading  mentioned the challenge, and asked whether I’d be interested in participating. The answer was a resounding “Yes!” as I rushed to the Dewey’s Readathon website to fill in the sign up form.  (My love of  reading means I didn’t  need much convincing!).
2) I love reading (did I mention I love it? haha) and by this, I mean I ADORE it. I’m addicted to it, and cannot stop once I start. (It beats TV for me anytime).
3) Over the past few years (since 2013) April, and October, have been naturally busy months for me. I have a love of the written word and any literary challenge, so April for the past two years has been packed with preparation for writing a novel, and/or participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, a challenge run by the Office of Letters and Light, in which one has to attempt to pen a novel in a month. I have duly taken up this challenge twice now (in April and July last year) and have taken part in the November event twice. As we speak, I’m participating in my third attempt at Camp, and my fifth NaNoWriMo  event. These writing events can get pretty intense, although I’ve risen to the challenge and proudly triumphed every time I’ve taken part.
What does Dewey’s  Readathon have to do with this? Amidst all the writerly action, for a lover of all things wordy, there’s no better way to relax than taking time out to participate in the Readathon. It’s a calm oasis in the busy chaos that is life. Setting aside time to read is a welcome break for me, and is something I personally do daily, many times a day in fact. The beauty of Dewey’s Readathon is that, although it runs over 24 hours, you don’t have to participate for the full time. I like my sleep too much to do that, and so what I do is read as much as I can in fifty to fifty five minutes, then, at the end of that time,  I’ll spend ten minutes blogging my progress on my book blog.  That way, I’m reading and blogging at regular  intervals.
The first year I took part in the challenge, I found I was so engrossed in reading One Day by David Nicholls that the hours slipped by and I did update my blog, just not as much as I’d have liked.  Everyone reads differently, and for me, this is what works. You needn’t worry about feeling alone during the Readathon, because there are cheerleaders and you can visit people’s blogs to see how they’re doing and cheer them on. The atmosphere of support of those going through the same challenge is great! Thanks to all the bloggers and cheerleaders who visited my blog in past years. I’m looking forward to that this year too.
So, whether you’re a sometime reader or an always reader, or haven’t read in years, I’d strongly suggest you make time in your schedule to take part in the Dewey’s Readathon. It may encourage you to read more, or give you time to read that book you’ve always wanted to read. A tip beforehand is to decide exactly what you plan to read, and with that in mind you’ll get through more reading than you think. The Dewey’s Readathon website is packed with all the information you need.
There’s nothing more for me left to say except ENJOY THE READATHON. I know I’ll personally enjoy every second I participate!
Katherine Hayward from My Reading Paradise

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