Once more, I’m delighted to share with you my excitement for the upcoming Readathon. You know, from the time I participated in my first readathon more than four years ago, I have never missed a Dewey’s Read-a-thon, and in every one of them I have carefully planned every step of the most anticipated and pleasant 24 hours of the year.
First of all, this will be my first Read-a-thon in the new home, and this fact particularly excites me, since I have a very nice reading spot in my sitting room (picture below), and I also have a nice terrace where, if the weather obliges, I’ll take out my armchair to read and enjoy the fresh air.
Regarding the preparations, I have spent some time in the library, browsing, picking short books and comics. I love the thrill of finishing a book during the read-a-thons and, since I am a very slow reader, I have decided that short books are life-saving in these events.
Besides, I always have an audiobook ready because I like to go walk in the park while listening. Spending too much time sitting is bad for your health, so exercising during the read-a-thon is mandatory!
These are the books:
The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows): this is a book that has been on my kindle since forever and now I want to read it and watch the film. It’s probably the one I will start off the readathon with.
Matilda (Roald Dahl): can you believe I haven’t read the book nor watched the film? Maybe this time?
What is not yours is not yours (Helen Oyeyemi): I always pick a book of short stories because they are very convenient sometimes during the readathon. I bought it in a book fair some time ago.
The vanishing (Tim Krabbé): a short crime novel I found in the library.
Don’t look under the bed (Juan José Millás): this is a Spanish author I like reading, and I picked this short book also from the library.
Shenzhen. A travelogue from China (Guy Delisle): a comic I knew nothing about, from the library too.
Maus (Art Spiegelman): this comic has been in my shelves forever and I should be reading it during this readathon.
Now let’s talk about the important stuff: cakes and beverages!
I drink both coffee and tea, and this time I have bought two new teas with those flavours that smell delicious. One is a green tea called “Byzantine nights”… Don’t tell me this is not an inviting name for a tea! The other is a black tea called “Violet cake”. These enchanting names have me in awe.
I will also be baking a couple of things… An apple/pineapple pie (this is actually a dessert for today’s dinner, but I have made sure there will be leftovers). And theres is also pumpkin cake from pumpkins that a family friend brought from his vegetable garden.
Besides all this, I have been cleaning, ironing, etc., so as not to have the weekend filled with inconvenient chores.
And finally, I also prepared a sheet to track my progress that you can see here. I’ll see you on twitter, honeys!
The Read-a-thon starts at 2 pm here in Spain. Are you ready to read?