Feed Yer Head – Readathon the First

I love books.  I mean, I really, really love them.  Like love them so much I’d marry them.  Or at least many of the characters between their hallowed covers.  My first love was Sydney Carton.  Which probably says a lot about me as a romantic partner.

Reading was my primary addiction.  At age four, I taught myself to read.  Soon thereafter I could be found reading in the usual places – under the bed, in the closet, on top of the ping pong table and under the covers deep into the night.  There were times when I would fake being sick to stay home alone and finish my book.  Aside: what kind of utopia were we living in that leaving your ten year old kid home alone in the valley while you go to work and school in Malibu for nine hours without even a phone to check in on? My son can’t even stand to be upstairs in his room without having the door open.  Times, achanged they have.

In 2014, I read 152 books.  I crushed my initial goal of 75 and upped it to 100.  I left it there because who really cares about it but me anyway, right?  And also because I put books on there that I read to my son and graphic novels that I read on my own but are quick, short reads.  Balance, people.  It’s a goal.  But let’s be real.

 

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I am a bit obsessed with Goodreads.  That and my local library site because I’m always waiting for the next good book to delivered into my greedy little Kindle.  Right now I’m waiting for Station Eleven, Lock In, Me Before You, the Bone Clocks, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Requiem.  You can only check out 6 ebooks at a time and have 6 others on your wait list.  I have been waiting eons for the third damn Delirium book which kills me because I didn’t even really like the first two but feel like I have to finish the series.  And it’s taking up one of my precious spots.  Ugh-tacular.

This year, I have a goal of 100 full length books.  I’ll still read graphic novels and books with Rilo, but those will be icing on the cake.  The reason they’re icing is because reading, like icing, is my favorite part.  I love seeing the books go up in nice, neat rows and seeing that little bar saying, you’re one book ahead of schedule!  Because I love structure and respond well to it.  It’s why I do so well with Weight Watchers when I’m on it.  And when I’m off of it, take cover Arizona!  (I will marry, blow or kill the person that can name the movie attached to that exclamation.  Dealer’s choice.)  The goal part is not really that important to me.  It’s more the collecting, the documenting, the excitement to share when you find a truly good book.  I make my own goal and I can change it anytime I want.  And it’s a goal, not a contract.  #FREEBIRD #YOLO

The reason for all this stuff and nonsense, other than just to be all ERMAGERD, BERKSH!, is to get you to sign up and make a goal for the year or even just for a day.  Tomorrow is the first national readathon day.  You can pledge to read a specific book on Goodreads that day between the hours of 12-4pm in your own time zone.  I can’t pledge all of that time as we have a VIP bday party for an adorable and hilarious Ms. Sassafras smack dab in the middle, but I can promise to read four hours within that day.  Bubs and I both took the challenge.  I’ll be reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood(unless Station Eleven comes in) and I’ll be reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle to Rilo.

So, are you in?  Doesn’t the idea of curling up with a book while all across the land peeps be curled up feeding their heads yummy, delicious books too feel super cozy and like we’re all in it together?  This is my kind of movement.  One that doesn’t require much movement.  Get on board, it’s going to be a smooth, lovely ride.

Feed yer head.  Read more books, y’all.


Celebrate National Readathon Day with Goodreads and the National Book Foundation this winter by pledging to make #timetoread for four hours this Saturday, January 24th.

joules

I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

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I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

  6 comments for “Feed Yer Head – Readathon the First

  1. Shevaun
    January 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Dude. You know I’m in. Also? A drunken, self-destructive genius who gives others credit for his brilliance and then decides that dying in someone else’s place is the only way to show his love? Of COURSE you had a crush on him. ‘Tis the fantasy of many young girls…to be loved to the exclusion of common sense. ‘Tis a far better thing, and all that.
    What does it say that my first literary crush(after Harold and his crayon), was Elizabeth Bennet?

    • January 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      I had to Google Elizabeth Bennet. Don’t kill me, but I’ve never read it or seen any of the adaptations. But I think she’s strong and literary and badass, which sounds pretty crush-worthy to me. Also, Keira Knightly is fucking rad.

  2. Tia
    January 23, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I’m in! I may have to adjust the hours cuz family ish, but I’ll be reading tomorrow 🙂 I think I’ll read one of the bajillion books waiting for me on my Kindle. Also, I totally need to update my Goodreads. I so fail at that thing. I need to be able to sync it to my Kindle and it’ll just know when I’ve finished a book. Is that a thing? It totally needs to be a thing.
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    • Shevaun
      January 27, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      It’s a thing! My kindle syncs to GR!

    • January 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Shev says it’s a thing!

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