The Off The Grid Readathon begins in a few short hours and, in my true fashion, I’m waiting until the last minute to get my shit together. Honestly – why would things change now? lol! Just because I’m hosting doesn’t mean that I’ll suddenly be on top of things lol! This readathon is slowly gaining buzz in the bookish world and it’s terrifying to be honest! Thanks to the exposure on YouTube from co host Justine at I Should Read That and Little Book Owl‘s amazing list of readathon’s, more and more of you are finding out about this chill little readathon 🙂 If you haven’t heard of this before then click HERE for the details and dates for 2020. T
he basics are this – get off your damn phone! Yes – I’m yelling at you! I’m yelling at myself so don’t worry lol. So many times we sit down with an hour to read and waste 90% of that time scrolling through social media or playing mindless games. I’ve been TERRIBLE for this lately. Like, really really bad! So the point of this readathon is to set aside some time for reading and don’t get distracted by technology. You don’t have to ignore all your responsibilities for an entire weekend and read (though, if you want to, feel free!). If you have to work then you can still participate. I work all weekend long and have two kids to take care of. The point is to just set aside time to read and actually read….. what a concept!
Trust me – reading without distractions takes practise…… and a lot of it. I’ve been doing this readathon for over a year and a half and I’m still not good at setting aside my phone. It’s an addiction. But, with more and more practise, I hope that one day I can focus on reading and not waste time on my phone! Imagine all the pages I could read if I just stopped playing mahjong….. lol!!
Long winded intro aside, let’s finally get into my reading plans for the weekend!
My first priority is to finish The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan. I feel like i’ve been reading this one for weeks! It’s picked up quite a bit and I need to know where this story is going! I’m over halfway already so finishing this should be easy.
I lucked out and my kids will both be gone on Saturday for a few hours and I plan to take full advantage of that! Last year I picked up the first book to the Pages and Co series and read it in just a few hours. I plan to do the same with the sequel! So, on Saturday, I plan to start AND finish Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James. I LOVED the first book so much! It was so whimsical! The ability to walk into books and become a part of the story? Yes please! And the setting of the bookstore that she lives in…… pure heaven!
My last goal is to at least start Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I know that getting through The Gutter Prayer is going to take quite a bit of time, so I’m not even going to attempt to finish Serpent and Dove this weekend. If I at least start it this weekend, then I will consider it a job well done 🙂
Like I said above, ignoring all of my adulting responsibilities this weekend isn’t going to happen. I work every day this weekend (boo) and then we are going to a Chinese New Year dinner on Sunday night where I have to attempt an authentic Chinese dish……. I know that it’s not going to come close to what they can make and my Canadian white girl will be showing lol!!! But I’m so excited for some authentic Chinese food! I’m even more excited to read!
If you’re planning on participating in the readathon, remember to check the Off The Grid Readathon twitter page (find us HERE) where I will be posting small updates throughout the weekend. And remember – don’t get sucked into twitter and start scrolling for a half an hour! You’re supposed to be reading! But please update us on what you’re reading and how it’s going. I’d love to know! See you all when the readathon is over!
Until next time, happy reading!