National Readathon Day

Hey guys, Dani here

I know what you’re thinking right now: didn’t you just do a readathon last month? Answer: yes, yes I did. I learned about Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon on a Wednesday and participated that Saturday.

Now this is National Readathon Day, which is hosted by Penguin Random House and the American Library Association, and this event I’ve been planning on for a couple months now.

Not only will there be a whole lot of events both online and off, but National Readathon Day is holding a fundraiser on Firstgiving.com and it goes for a great cause. Funds raised during #Readathon2016 will benefit the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children in libraries across the nation.

I love promoting a love of books in young children. Storytime is one of the coolest parts of childhood. I’m at the point in my life where friends are settling down and having children themselves and when I’m invited to the baby shower, I bring a package of diapers because those are useful and will most definitely be used, and I get a few books, whether it’s Goodnight MoonThe Very Hungry CaterpillarCurious George, or some Dr. Seuss. So many other people are going to bring clothes and I’m not going to lie, I hate how so many people want to start a tiny person’s life with forcing them into a specific gender role. Oh, you’re having a girl…here’s lots of pink…no, it’s a boy, well here’s all the blue clothes I could find. Books are a bit more gender neutral, and helpful for developing a baby’s mind. So yeah, I buy my friends’ babies books.

Anyway, National Readathon Day is Saturday, May 21, this year, and I have quite a stack of books I’m hoping to get through. Seriously, the month of May has been an incredibly good month for reading, at least for me. I’ve reread all of the Percy Jackson series, and finally finished the Heroes of Olympus series. Oh, and thanks to the lovely ladies of PeruseProject and abookutopia on YouTube, I have found a large number of new books and authors I hadn’t known of or paid attention to before. Now my TBR pile is getting wildly out of hand. Whatever. Happiness is a full bookcase, and I have 6 of those in my bedroom alone.

For Dewey’s Readathon I did fairly well, starting and finishing 5 books. This time around I have a stack of 7 books, though I doubt I’ll get to them all. A few of them I’ve really been wanting to read, a couple are light read palate cleansers, and a couple are for if the mood strikes and I want to read them. Regardless, if I don’t read them on Saturday, I’ll finish them the following week because all of these books are on my May TBR list anyway.

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Literacy is one of the biggest issues I care about. I owe a great deal of who I am and the profession I’ve chosen to my love of books and reading. I am happiest when surrounded by books or when around other book lovers. It’s my favorite thing. Seriously, I’m not even kidding, but if you make me sad or mad and need a quick way to make it up to me, nothing says I’m sorry like getting me either a book you know I want, or just getting me a B&N gift card so I can buy books myself.

Whenever I have felt like my life is spiraling out of control, books are there to help me make sense of things. When I feel like I’m losing myself, I turn to books and they help me rediscover myself all over again. Oh, and of course, there are the times when I feel like a loser because I’m 27 years old and single with no prospects, but hey, I have plenty of book boyfriends so who cares?

Books are my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, let me know if you’re planning on participating in National Readathon Day. You can follow along with all the action using #Readathon2016 on social media, and please, if you can, consider donating to this event. Even if you can only chip in a dollar or five dollars, seriously, it will make a big difference in the early literacy of children in America.

Thanks everyone. I’ll probably have a Readathon Wrap-up post up either Sunday or Monday so stay tuned.

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