The “I’m Out of Work and Have Lots of Time on My Hands” Personal Readathon!

Okay, so maybe it’s not the most succinct name I’ve ever come up with. It doesn’t even make a good acronym. IOWHLTMH? I don’t even know how I’d begin to pronounce that.

Anyway, I thought that I should put this extra time of mine to good use, and use it to drown myself in all the reading I want to do but previously didn’t have as much time for because I was working for 42.5 hours a week. And my roommate is coming back here between June 20 and July 6, so if I haven’t found a new job by then, I won’t have as many empty hours to fill because I’ll have companyagain.

So for the next 2 weeks, consider me on a long readathon. I aim to spend at least 4 full hours a day reading (which will likely turn into 6 or more, but I don’t want to set my goals too high because I do have other things to do during this period), and that gives me more reading time than I’ve had in a while.

So, my To Read list for this event is as follows:

~ finally finish Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great
~ read Julia Mary Gibson’s Copper Magic
~ read Eliza Crewe’s Crushed
~ read Lisa Ann O’Kane’s Essence
~ read A M Dellamonica’s Child of a Hidden Sea
~ read Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman’s Unwept
~ read Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory’s The House of the Four Winds
~ read issues 60 and 61 of Apex Magazine

6 and a half books (since I’m partly finished What Makes This Book So Great) and 2 magazines between now and when I come back from my trip to Winnipeg on June 22. I’m counting the trip since I’ll have a free evening in the hotel with nothing to do, plus the flight there (when I’ll end up at the airport 2 hours before my flight) and the flight back (in which I have a 2 hour layover in Toronto), so I’ll have a fair bit of reading time even though I’ll also be spending time with family and going to a concert. I think that’s a doable set of goals. it should carry me through pretty well, but in case I end up finishing that list and still having more time left before my challenge ends, well, it’s not like I don’t have other books that need to be read!

One of the best things about doing readathons is that I end up feeling very productive. Not only am getting a lot of reading done (which means more material for reviews and content here), but with the exception of the Jo Walton book and the 2 magazines, all of those books are review copies, so I get to check them off the list and feel like I’m making progress getting through my backlog. I love being able to go to open the spreadsheet of all my review books and to mark more of them as Read instead of To Read. It’s a satisfying feeling!

So, anyone else finding themselves with more time of their hands (hopefully not from the loss of a job) and want to join me on getting some hardcore reading done over these next 2 weeks? I’d love the company!

5 comments on “The “I’m Out of Work and Have Lots of Time on My Hands” Personal Readathon!

  1. I’m sure I could manage this! Maybe an hour or 2 hours every day, more on my days off… Yep, count me in! I have a lot to get through myself and I feel like I’ve been slacking lately. This might help a lot. :)

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