Read-a-Thon This Saturday

This Saturday, October 18, is the 24-Hour Read-a-thon, sponsored by Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf. So what’s a Read-a-Thon? Here’s a quick and dirty description from Dewey’s FAQ:

It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day.

Just what I need! An excuse to spend the whole day reading—especially after spending the last week or so immersed in studying for a Historical Theology midterm!

The challenge starts at noon GMT, which is 7 am for me. Alas, I already know I won’t be able to do the full 24 hours because I’m ushering a play that evening, and I’m one of those folks who can’t get by without sleep, but I’m planning to spend the all my non-sleeping, non-ushering hours reading and/or posting on what I’ve been reading. Do check back on Saturday and and Sunday to see what I’ve been up to!

Several bloggers are reading for charity, which I think is a great idea! I’ve decided to pass along the gift of reading by donating to classroom libraries in high-poverty schools through This organization takes donation requests from teachers and gives donors a chance to choose the projects they’d like to help fund. Donors who give more than $100 or who top-off a project’s fund get a thank-you package with pictures and notes from the kids. Very cool! Chris at Stuff As Dreams Are Made On had the brilliant idea of donating 10 cents per page read, and I’m not above stealing great ideas, so I’m going to do the same. If you’d like to sponsor me by donating to the projects I’ve selected, check out my registry. Whether to donate at all, or how much, is, of course, entirely up to you!

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