Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts is a weekly meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous that normally works quite well for my scattered mind.
This week, though, all my thoughts seem to center around last weekend’s Read-a-Thon. Since I did the wrap up post while I was extremely sleep deprived, I kept thinking of other things later that I could have mentioned… and I figured it might be good to get it all out, especially when it comes to what worked, what didn’t, and what I might want to keep in mind for next time.
- I resisted this for far too long. As daunting as it is, I’m now hooked. I’ll definitely be doing Dewey again, as long as my schedule allows.
- That said… I was pretty miserable on Sunday. Going the full 24 hours, or even close to it, just isn’t an option for me. I could try taking naps more often throughout the day if I want to experience the through-the-night part of the event. But I think it’s more likely I’ll just make it an intense 16-hour day and not mess with my circadian clock. After all, naps would only work if I stayed at home all day, and…
- I loved spending a good chunk of time at the library. Home is full of distractions. I don’t even mean people (or person, in my case) and the potential interruptions that come with that, but it’s just… overstimulation, I guess. Which sounds ridiculous, because it’s not like I spend all day every day bouncing around because of all the things surrounding me. It’s just something about an extended focused event like this. When I was at home, it was taking a lot of effort to stick with it. Maybe next time I can check into other options that are open beyond 9-to-5.
- I definitely plan to stick with re-reads. This worked really well for me, and re-reads are something I’m always wanting to make more time for, so there’s really no reason not to. Why have my read-a-thon frenzy potentially affecting how I feel about a new book?
- However, I shouldn’t plan to re-read a series, or even get started on a series re-read; I’ll inevitably be disappointed with how far I didn’t get. Instead, I’ll pick one or two main books, and then some “filler” (nostalgic childhood re-reads were perfect) and an audiobook (they’re still not my thing, but it was great having a hands-free, eyes-free option).
- I liked doing my updates primarily on Twitter. To be honest, I might not even bother coming back to my blog for the surveys next time. I felt like they were taking time away from what I’d rather be doing (reading or socializing).
- Speaking of updates, having a spreadsheet was wonderful, but I need to make some tweaks. I’d love to be able to track chronologically and by book, while the options I was seeing were pretty much either/or. I want to take the best of both and create something magical. (Yes, I’m a nerd. But you already knew that, no?)
- Moving on… Bout of Books and Armchair BEA are both coming up soon. Last year, I was pretty burned out after these back-to-back events (and that was without a 24-hour read-a-long not long before), but I had also just recently started blogging and was really pushing myself to make the most of them. I’m hoping it won’t be quite as overwhelming this time around. But if I end up taking a mini-hiatus at the start of June… this is why.
I know I’ve got a one-track mind this week; next week will be back to the random musings you all know and… well, you indulge me, anyway.