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NYE Readathon is here!

30th December 2012

Grab this for your own #nyereadathon post!

Grab this for your own #nyereadathon post!

The readathon is coming! The readathon is coming! Guys, I can’t quite tell you how excited I am about our NYE Readathon. We drove my brother back to the airport for his flight home yesterday, and all the family fun is just about coming to an end, with people going back to work next week, and let’s just not talk about it…

All that to say, I have been so looking forward to tomorrow. Lazily getting up to a lovely stack of books and snacks and reading with all of you sounds like the most perfect way to spend the last day of 2012.

Rules: There are no rules! It’s New Year’s Eve. Who wants to worry? All I ask is that you post once, either tonight or at some point tomorrow to let everyone know you’re participating. You can link up below. I’ll have an intro post up tomorrow morning, and I’ll also have some other fun break topics. But the point is to read, so I’m not going to overdo it on the posts.

I do have some tips, though, to make it a bit more fun:

  • If you take any photos throughout the day, use the hashtag #nyereadathon on Instagram. And let us all know your handle!
  • If you tweet throughout the day, use the hashtag #nyereadathon. We’d love to hear from you and share the fun.
  • Don’t stress if you have to run out to a party or go grab more bubbly. The goal is to have fun, not restrict your fun.
  • Holler if you’re feeling lonely/rushed/stressed/whatever. Half the fun of the readathon is knowing others are out there reading too.
  • Take a chance to check out the other bloggers participating. Tweet them, comment on their posts. Because this is laidback, I didn’t organize any specific cheerleaders, thinking we could cheer as needed. May be a big mistake. May be heaven.
  • READ. What you want. When you want. At whatever pace you choose. In the bathtub. In bed. Outside. With green eggs and ham.

If you have questions or suggestions, let me know. If anyone wants to host a giveaway, just email or tweet me, and I’ll make sure to post here.

I’ll be back later to post my preparation plans.

Happy New Year’s Eve Readathon eve! 🙂

Cheers! It’s a NYE Readathon!

11th December 2012

So last New Year’s Eve, Tasha, Becky, and I had an impromptu readathon and rang in the new year together. None of use had plans or really wanted any. It was odd weather here, and it was the perfect day to stay in, curl up with a good book (or four) and read into the wee hours with a glass of champagne, and some decadent snacks.

I ended up having such a fun time, I decided that this NYE would be the same, only better! How can it be better? I’d love for you to join us! Of course, I know plenty of people do have plans, and that’s fine. If you want to jump in part of the day or before you put on your face and/or fancy duds, we’d love to have you.

Part of the reason I haven’t ever “officially” participated in any readathon is that I always feel so much pressure (self imposed) to cancel everything and just read, and that doesn’t really fit my lifestyle. Plus, they almost always fall during a super busy time for me. This readathon has no major rules, other than we’ll read up until the ball drops. Read for fun. Read because you have time. Read because you want to sneak in a couple of extra books in 2012. Of course, I plan to do check-in posts throughout the day, and I encourage you to do the same (though the point is to read, so feel free to post sporadically).

I decided it would be super fun to include prizes before the readathon, too. I came across some really fun holiday crackers with “champagne” bubbles, lip gloss, cocktail ring, and noisemaker, and I’ll choose two winners at random if you…

  • post about the readathon on your own blog before Sunday night.
  • tweet about the readathon before Sunday (just mention me @picky_girl), or
  • post about it on Facebook before Sunday (just shoot me the link)

I plan to draw the winners by this Sunday at midnight so that I have enough time to gather addresses and ship your goodies to you. And if we have a really good response, I’ll likely choose another winner or two.

On NYE, we’ll use the hashtag #nyereadathon on Twitter and Instagram so that we can keep up with one another throughout the day. Get your champers ready, and cheers!

The Readathon is Here!

21st April 2012


I am not good at this. This being sitting in one place reading for 24 hours. But! There has been reading. I’ve read Trixie Belden and The Mystery in Arizona, Nancy Drew and The Secret of the Old Clock, and Good-bye, Stacey, Good-bye, a Babysitters Club book. Fun! Lori from TNBBC was worried they wouldn’t hold up, but I can see how I went through these books like crack. I have taken a loo-oong break and made a run to the grocery store, so I’m back in the game!


What is the Readathon?

What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October.

It was created by the beloved Dewey (her blog has since been taken down, so the link won’t work). The first one was held in October 2007. Dewey died in late 2008. We’re still saddened by her absence, but the show must go on. The read-a-thon was renamed to honor its founder in 2009.

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is hosted by Trish and Shesten, with help from volunteers.

More on the read-a-thon’s history.

Of course, I never get my act together in time, but I’ll join in when I can today, especially since the weather is questionable outside.

  1. I’m reading from Beaumont, Texas.
  2. I’m excited about all the books in my stack!
  3. Shhh. I’m on a diet, but I bought a Reese’s egg last night. Can’t. Wait.
  4. I’m in my pajamas again (after going to the gym, coming home and showering), and it almost feels like I’m doing something illegal. 😉
  5. I’ve never participated in the official Readathon, though I did do one of my own for New Year’s Eve.

The books I’ll be reading?

How fun is that? Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Babysitter’s Club. I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday next week by returning to my reading roots and reading those books I coveted when I was young. You’ll hear all about my experiences on Thursday, but for now I’m starting at the beginning: The Secret of the Old Clock.

I’ll check in now and again, but I won’t make too many promises. Also, I noticed that quite a few people are reading for funds for different organizations. Since I procrastinated and only decided last night that I could join in, I’ll just be donating books myself. In the fall, I promise I’ll be more organized. 🙂

Are you joining in today? If so, happy reading!


12 (hours) to 2012 mini readathon

31st December 2011

I have exactly 8 minutes to get myself in some comfy pants and my new fuzzy slippers, beverage in hand and choose a book. If you’re at all interested, join Tasha, Becky, and I for our mini readathon today.


I went to the library last night and grabbed some books, so I could have even more reading options. In my stacks, I have the newest Diana Gabaldon, the newest M.C. Beaton, and older M.C. Beaton, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton because both my mom and Matt of Guy’s Moleskine Notebook loved this one. I also have The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice. In my personal stack, I have The Woman in White, Murder on the Orient Express, The City of Ember, The Imperfectionists, and The Street Sweeper.

However, I’m going to kick this readathon off with an audiobook, so I can make my veggie chili (the Bear Creek bag is just what I use for the starter) and my roasted red pepper walnut dip. I love audiobooks for this very reason. I’m reading! But I’m not. 🙂 I read for much too long this morning to be able to run to the grocery store until just now. I’ve also got my two favorite bubblies: Freixenet sparkling wine and Canada Dry ginger ale. I’ll update this post throughout the day.

Happy reading!

UPDATE – 3rd hour: I am still listening to my audiobook, The House of Silk. Long story, but I thought the book was finished when I first listened a few weeks ago, but the audio was messed up. 🙂 So, I’ve taken down most of Christmas, cooked chili and eaten – all while listening. I have 2 hours left on it, but I’m getting sleepy, so I might switch to a book book.

UPDATE – 4th hour: Only an hour left on The House of Silk. Just made some roasted red pepper walnut dip with little toasties. Yum. Sustenance.

UPDATE – 5th hour: Have finished The House of Silk and half of a Charlain Harris Lily Bard mystery called Shakespeare’s Champion. Have a bit of a headache, so I’m heading into the kitchen for some water and Tylenol. 🙂

UPDATE: 6th hour: Reading Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris and about to head to my bff’s house for dinner and fireworks. No worries. Only a short break.

UPDATE: 8th hour: Home again and snuggled in a robe my bff gave me for Christmas. Of course, I had to turn the air on to enjoy it. 😉 Champagne has been opened.

UPDATE: 9th and 10th hours: Still reading Lily Bard mystery and listening to the fireworks outside. Maddie is curled up next to me. We’re both enjoying the readathon.

UPDATE: 11th hour: I finished my last book of 2011: Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris. Next up, I’m trying to decide between Rachmann’s The Imperfectionists or The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice by Chris Ewan. Decisions, decisions…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wishing you all love, joy, and peace in the new year.