No snark perceived at all, and I'm sorry! I'm so used to all my friends and family knowing about this, that I forget the website is... well, less than clear
I think I'd compare it to NaNoWriMo, in that it takes an otherwise solitary act (in this case reading) and turns it into a social activity. Basically, it's an excuse to rip 24 hours out of your calendar, and spend them with a (or several) good books. There's a huge online community around it, offering encouragment, cheering and fun challanges (write a book title poem, solve or create book riddles, play book jenga - silly stuff like that
), which turns it into a huge social event... still in the comforts of your own home. The readathon runs for 24 hours, but you can join in for as many or as few of those as you'd like. The goal is just to read books, and feel part of a global community while doing it. Again, a bit like NaNoWriMo. People can dedicate any month to writing, so why pick November? For many, it's in order to feel part of something bigger - if that makes any sense at all?
I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who didn't already read a fair bit, but to bookworms like myself, it's great fun
I've actually participated for more than 6 years - I've had to skip a few due to vacations and illness, so I think my first time was in 2009. The first several years I did it on my own - enjoyed dedicating an entire day to reading, updated my blog and facebook with my progress, and cheered on my friends who were also participating. It was a legitimate excuse to turn down other invitations to sit and read (I know you can always do that, but this time I could actually tell
people that was what I was doing, as it was an actual prior engagement
). It was also a way to challenge myself, and see if I could get more pages read than last time.
The last three times, however, I've been joined by my mother and sisters, which has increased my enjoyment of it so much more than I expected. They'd kept up with my blog progress reports, and thought the idea of taking a day to just READ sounded like pure bliss, so they wanted to join me! After I moved and got my own library they finally could
So on Saturday, my mum, 3 sisters, one SIL and one niece will all come, bearing books and snacks, to sit and read with me for anywhere from 5-10 hours, depending on how long they last (the starting time is 2pm here in Denmark). While we don't talk much for obvious reasons, we get to share books, and enjoy each others' company doing something we all love
This is something I literally look forward to for months ahead of time, and when it gets to be this close, I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it! My husband laughs at me, which I think is well deserved
I got longwinded... I don't know if any of this made it any clearer? Or I might just have rambled on for 5 paragraphs saying nothing really
My progress reports from most earlier years are up at http://abookgeek.blogspot.com
- I'll be posting the one for this year there as well. That might do more to explain my enthusiasm about this event than tired, post-midnight ravings. But thank you for asking! I don't know if I managed to talk you into it, but I was glad to be given the chance