Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I Am So There

"Ain't nothing gonna break my stride, I'm running and I won't touch ground

Oh no, I've got to keep on moving..."

I've been wondering if I would be able to fully participate in the upcoming Dewey's Readathon (October 24-25) and today, I know for sure: YES. I signed up to read and cheer, but I don't know how I'll divide my duties yet. In the past, read 8/cheer 8/read 8 has worked well.


What to read? I've been saving back some things. I've got plans dancing in my head like sugarplums, except the noise they make is like the crackle of pages turning fast enough to self-ignite:

  • Finally finish Toji

  • Read Maus and Maus 2

  • Read Persepolis 2

  • Finally finish Seabiscuit, which I abandoned midway sometime in 2004 because I was stressed.

  • Beg & grovel until Alex from my Cracked Spinz book group lets me borrow his audiobook of Hugh Laurie reading Three Men In A Boat. That'll keep me awake because my heart will be racing like crazy.

  • Read my library loot

  • Read When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park, which is a glimpse into a sad part of Korea's history from a young brother and sister's perspective.

  • Select something from my humor section that I haven't read yet

  • Read one of those D-K YA biographies that I haven't gotten to yet.

  • Read Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life In France by Julia Child.

What to eat? This time, I resolve to eat at least one healthy thing. Suggestions? Sugar, salt and caffeine are wonderful things, but not for the long haul. Speaking of snacks, that's the beauty part of cheerleading -- often readers will discuss what they're noshing on, some in loving detail with photos.

What to wear? My softest and most comfortable pair of pajama pants and one of my St. Louis Cardinal t-shirts, since they should still be in the playoffs and well on their way to the World Series by then.

The downside is that I'll miss the meeting with Talya's book group. Talya, I'm my students often say, "Please understand my mind!"


Petty Witter said...

"I've got plans dancing in my head like sugarplums" - what a lovely description.

jenclair said...

Something new to add to my "I want..." list: Hugh Laurie reading Three Men in a Boat!

Bybee said...

Petty Witter,
Not that I've ever eaten a sugarplum, although I'm quite willing.

I started my campaign to get my hands on it today. How are you doing?

Jenny said...

I wish I could do this, but with two small kids, it's just not practical. Maybe when they're older... I'll be looking out for your progress, though!

raidergirl3 said...

Hugh Laurie reading a book? awesome!
Have you read his book, The Gun Seller? I liked it, it was an adventure, but humorous. I wonder if he does the narration for it as well.

myza said...

I am excited for the Read-A-Thon as well!!!!

It is always so much fun. Reading your post has made me realize I need to get started on picking my books and my snacks!

Anonymous said...

I'm so in too. I signed up on the forum. There is nothing I would like more right now then to spend an entire weekend doing absolutely nothing but reading books and other people's blogs. Plus I am soooo behind on my reading obligations for bookobsessed and bookmooch.

Stacey said...

It's great to see "Maus" on your list -- I think it's splendid.

Jessica said...

You are going to have so much fun! Maus and Persepolis are terrific, and so is Julie & Julia. You're going to need something to laugh about after reading all that dark graphic stuff...

Care said...

hi Bybee! just stopping by to say hello. :)
I will be attending the Boston Book Fest on SAT 10/24 but will be cheering and reading the rest of the time, I hope. I wish someday on one of these RATs I can go away and just blog/read/cheer the entire time. I always seem to have an excuse tho.

Sue F. said...

I was so happy to read that you will be wearing your St. Louis Cardinals shirt, although, alas, they won't be in the World Series this year. Still...happy reading! I would love to hear on what you decide on for your snacks!