Susan Speaks: Are you people NUTS?


Check out what Dewey‘s up to now: A 24-hour readathon, in which the most die-hard readers will forgo basic things like showering.

Now, if you were all going to spend 24 hours reading my fiction, I’d … well, still think you’re nuts. That’s because my pillow and I are very good friends. It prefers me to be using it for sleep, not to prop up my persnickety back. And to be honest, nothing beats a good, restorative sleep. Except for maybe those really good dreams that you remember come morning. Or those hours of insomnia that are spent working out new scenes, characters, and/or outtakes.

The good news is that there’s room for the not-so-dedicated readers, too. And for cheerleaders. And for people like me, who can’t possibly have this much time on their hands to simply sit and read (but what a luxury that sounds like!). This challenge is completely customizable, so … join the fun and read away!

(before you ask, I’ll gladly lurk and leave comments on readers’ blogs — a few hours late, I’m sure. But hey, admit it. You’d rather see Trevor’s Song on the shelves than me spending an entire day reading.)



  1. bunnygirl

    September 18, 2007 2:59 pm

    Wow, I think my eyes would be crossing after something like that! But there are some days when I suspect I come pretty close already, especially days when I do a workout on the elliptical trainer. It’s an easy machine to read a magazine on.BR/BR/Personally, I think my newly-in-print POD book would be perfect for a 24 hour read-a-thon because the chapters are short, there’s lots of pictures to rest the eyes, and there’s a new adventure every 2-3 chapters. 🙂 BR/BR/But I bet any road trip book would be like that, so if you’re thinking of doing the 24-hour thing, get a road trip book.

  2. david mcmahon

    September 18, 2007 3:54 pm

    When I was a kid and an avid reader, a 24-hour Readathon would have been my idea of heaven.BR/BR/Or even a 24-hour Writeathon!

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 18, 2007 5:27 pm

    When I was a kid, sure! But now…

  4. Dewey

    September 18, 2007 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the publicity/support, Susan!BR/BR/Really, though, we do have people joining who will only be able to participate a couple hours. As you say, customizable!

  5. Amy Ruttan

    September 18, 2007 5:52 pm

    No definitely couldn’t do that. I’ll just cheer with my pom poms made of kleenex. 😉

  6. Camille Alexa

    September 19, 2007 4:43 am

    I could easily read for 24 hours. Easily.

  7. Lisa Andel

    September 19, 2007 9:39 am

    Just dropped by to say HI!!!

  8. julia

    September 19, 2007 3:22 pm

    Cheerleading will be good. I’ll be away during the readathon or I would cheerlead.

  9. Brian in Oxford

    September 19, 2007 3:55 pm

    There was a 24-hour Seussathon at school when Dr. Seuss died, does that count?

  10. MyUtopia

    September 19, 2007 4:45 pm

    Yeah I am sitting this one out : )

  11. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 19, 2007 4:53 pm

    I’m not sure, Brian. I know how those rhymes crawl into your head after you’ve read one book. I can’t imagine the cadences you all spoke in after 24 hours!

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