The Readathon is Here!

dewey-300x300Hello, friends! For the first time in more than three years I am READATHONING. The last time I was able to do it was for the October 2009 Readathon and I have MISSED IT like a crazy person. I don’t want to clog up everyone’s feed readers, so I’m not going to be updating here. If you want to see how I’m progressing check out my Tumblr blog.

But just in case you want to see my book pile without clicking over, VOILA.

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Readathon Challenge: Attempting Audiobooks

Hola, Readathoners! What is this, the beginning of hour 11? I’m sadly not with you all right now, although at least if I can’t be Readathoning I can be at a trade show with book people, so there is that.

Anyway, I thought that at this point, when you’re nearly at the midpoint of the Readathon you could use a break for your eyes, maybe get up, do some cleaning, take a walk, something like that. Oh, hmm, except then you wouldn’t be reading.

But wait! What if I told you that you could clean the house, cook a meal, or take a walk, and READ AT THE SAME TIME?!?!? This is all possible with a fabulous thing called…audiobooks!

Normally I would recommend to anyone new to audiobooks (not that I know whether you are or not, since you’re here and I’m not) that they start with audiobooks in a re-read, but you already have a stack of books you want to read, so let’s start there.

The Challenge:

1. Choose a few books from amongst your readation pile, then go to Audible.com. Put one of the titles into the search bar at the top right hand and click ‘go!’ If you didn’t get a result, then your book isn’t available in audio format in the United States or, less likely, it is but Audible doesn’t have it. Repeat the above process until you find a book Audible has.

2. Once you have found a book from your pile on Audible, click the little right-pointing triangle under the cover and next to the word ‘Sample.’ Make sure the sound is on on your computer!

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you’ve listened to the samples of 2-3 books.

4. Leave a comment here with the title, author, and narrator of the book you think will make the best audiobook of the ones you sampled. Please specify what it is about the book or the narrator that you think would make this a good one.

5. Consider listening to an audiobook either during this Readathon while you need a break, or in the future!

The Prize:

I will choose one winner, who will select an audiobook from amongst those I have available (open internationally):

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosney, narrated by Simon Vance
C Street by Jeff Sharlet, narrated by Jeremy Guskin (will not be sent out until I have listened)
Demian by Hermann Hesse, narrated by Jeff Woodman
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich, narrated by Lorelei King

This mini-challenge is now closed. The (randomly selected) winner is:

Bonny from The Chirping Wren

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Get Your Readath-On!!!

Oh, my dear friends, have you ever participated in one of the 24 Hour Readathons? I have been a reader for 4 of them so far – every single one single I joined the book blogosphere, actually.

Sadly I will not be able to participate in the next one, which is April 10, 2010. I already have other family obligations that day which are going to be great, but I’m definitely bummed I won’t be able to sit around and read with all of you.

But seriously! You should sign up! You can be a reader or a cheerleader. And don’t be intimidated by the 24 hour thing, nobody’s going to yell at you if you fall asleep, I promise, it is ever so much fun.

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