Last April 23 (or 24, my time) was
Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!
For those who aren’t familiar with it,
A 24-hour read-fest,
Where people from all over the world
Commit to spending anywhere from
1 to 24 hours
Your reading list,
How much time you can commit,
Where you’ll do it,
How you’ll keep track of your reading / update others (e.g., blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.),
If you want to cheer for someone or be cheered on,
If you want to participate in any of the mini-games hosted by the Readathon admin, or
If you’ll just READ.
While this isn’t my first Readathon,
This one was a lot harder for me,
As I had to consider
Factors such as
Scholarship applications-related stress,
My family wanting to celebrate my birthday,
General tiredness and lack of sleep, and
The summer heat.
Even with all this, and
Even with only 5 hours to spare,
I am pleased to say that
I managed to finish
TWO (2) books on my list:
Both by Marissa Meyer.
(Reviews to follow.)
Admittedly, there was a point when
I felt that this Readathon just
Added to my stress—it felt
Like something I had to do,
Instead of something for leisure—
I did appreciate the
And the opportunity to learn
That I have to
(And for leisure, in general).
I’ve often seen
These memes on the Internet
That point out how
There comes a point when
The energy, and
No matter how much you claim
To love reading.
Your Read list becomes but a grain
On the sand of your To-Read list.
The bookworm in you evolves into
Your latent tsundoku (Japanese for “book-hoarder”).
I know I am—
But let me tell you:
Reading is a choice,
Just like any other hobby,
Or relaxing, too.
Making time for it,
Getting in the habit,
Doing it when you know you want to:
That choice is all up to you.
P.S. How do you keep reading? What kind of books do you read / would you recommend? Feel free to let me know! 😉
P.P.S. The next Readathon is on October 22, 2016! Will you take the plunge? 😉