Preparation for Dewey’s Read-a-thon, October 2015

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My haul from Conflux 11 might have been modest, but I could always use a boost when it comes to keeping on top of Mt TBR. Fortunately, Dewey’s read-a-thon is taking place this weekend! For those unaware, the read-a-thon runs twice a year–in April and October. It runs for 24 hours, but participation for the full length is optional. Which is a good thing, because this round will be kicking off at 11 PM on Saturday 17 October for most of the east coast of Australia (10pm for Queensland). As usual, I plan to be asleep by then, but will be up early to cram as much reading as possible into my waking hours.

I will also be cheering for the very first time. Cheerleaders help readers stay motivated by leaving comments on blogs, Twitter and Instagram. There is always an incredible shortage of cheerleaders. Last April the read-a-thon saw 1830 participants, which is a lot of people to visit and motivate! In previous read-a-thons I’ve cheered unofficially with Team Rogue, headed up by  Terri of Terri Talks Books. However, this year I thought I’d sign on officially and save the organisers some stress. I’ll be interested to see if officially cheering changes my experience of the read-a-thon at all.

Of course, a read-a-thon requires books! I’ve been having some difficulty settling on a strategy. Back in April, I thought I’d try tackling Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery but got distracted from the chunkster by the first of the Malifaux manuals from Wyrd Games. I said back then that I’d probably still be working on Vanity Fair by the time the next read-a-thon rolled around… and I don’t think I’ve read any of the book since then. I’ve been tempted to pick it up again for this read-a-thon, but I do rather like the satisfaction of managing to finish at least one book during the event. With that in mind, here’s a photo of my physical reading stack:

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Included are Raging Heat by Richard Castle, Fireborn by Keri Arthur and issues 49-51 of Andromeda Spacesways Inflight Magazine.

In electronic format I have A Trifle Dead by Livia Day and Loving the Prince by Nicole Murphy on my Kindle. I may also tackle a few chapters of Game Theory by Pia Foxhall.

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Of course, I don’t expect to get through all of it. But it is nice to have options.

If you need to tame your own Mt TBR or are looking to connect with a great community of book bloggers, it’s not too late to join! You can sign up, follow on Twitter, join the Goodreads group or any combination of the three. The read-a-thon website will be running warm-up posts containing great advice all the way up until the event. If you’ve already signed up, I’d love to hear about what you’ll be reading.


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