After spotting some tweets about Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon I’ve decided to give it a try. This is my first readathon, so I’m not really sure what to expect. It starts tomorrow at 5 a.m. my time, but as I have a dysfunctional brain (thanks to CFS), I will take the humane option and just read for as many waking hours as I comfortably can. This is supposed to be fun, after all.
My main goal is to finish, or at least make significant progress in, the audio version of 2666. I am half way through part 29 of 38, which means I have about 10 hours to go. I’m not sure if it’s safe to read (hear) that much Bolaño in one day, but I believe I’m past the dead bodies now and I hope the rest won’t be too horrifying. For breaks I plan to dabble in my spectacular new Dictionnaire culturel en langue française. This may cause gushing blog posts to appear here. If I need to switch to something totally different, I’ve got my long-neglected Don Quixote on standby. Finally, in case of emergency, I have a spot of Wodehouse available to cool off the brain.
I’m not sure what the convention is for blog updates during these readathons. Do people write one post and add to it as they go along, or publish new updates on a regular basis? I guess I will find out in the morning. No doubt there will be much tweeting as well. It looks like it could be a lot of fun. Anyone care to join?