Tomorrow marks the first FFP 24 Hour Readathon and a bunch of us are holing up at Libreria Bookstore in Cubao X to read together!

This week has been crazy, schedule-wise; this is the only free evening I’ve gotten all week, so I’m cramming my Readathon prep.

First things first: The Reading List, in order of priority:


1) 39 Clues: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson

2) Sweet Valley Confidential (ebook) by Francine Pascal

3) Insight Guides: Hong Kong

4) Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono

5) The Insult and Curse Book by Michelle Lovric

6) Babymouse #1: Queen of the World by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

7) Nosepicking for Pleasure by Roland Flicket

8 ) Mga Tambay sa Tabi Tabi by Ang I.N.K.

and of course, Newton (my Nook) will also be on standby.

I’ll be happy to finish the first three — #1 because I’ll be moderating the book talk on Saturday afternoon (will head to the launch party so that’s about four hours off my Readathon time, although I’m glad it’s still going to be book-related!); #2 because I’ve been dying to read it; and #3 because I’ll be in Hong Kong next month — and I’ll count the rest as a bonus.

This is actually my fourth 24-hour Readathon, but my first attempt to stay awake the full 24 hours.

Off the bat, here are some tips for first time Readathoners, on what has worked for me:

1) Choose short books. Longer works tend to bog you down, especially when the book turns out to be not to your liking. Shorter works will allow you to read more, and you can renew your interest with each book.

2) Throw in some variety. Get a good mix of genres on your reading list. Even if you like YA, reading one YA book after another may be tiresome throughout 24 hours. A different genre can cleanse your reading palate, and it’ll keep you from getting bored. Visual works (graphic novels, illustrated novels), are particularly good for giving your eyes some breathing space after reading whole blocks of text.

3) Take plenty of breaks. Rest is good — take a break whenever you feel like it (within reason, of course!). Take a walk, grab a snack, check in on other readathoners, anything that will refuel you for the next series of pages you’re reading.

4) Cheer! Once in a while, touch base with other Readathoners to see how they’re doing. It’s always easier to take on a challenge when you know other people are doing it with you!

That’s it for now, will get to work on more Readathon prep, namely the games I’m hosting, prizes, nametags, an actual Read-o-Meter, and some food for the potluck. Will be back tomorrow for Readathon updates.

And it’s not too late to join; you don’t even have to go the whole 24-hours! Feel free to drop in anytime at Libreria Book Store for theĀ  first FFP 24-hour Readathon!