Purpose: Can vary. For me, I want to find new/old words to write about and with. Also, I like words.
Pace: ~2 pages/day (674 pages in the 4th edition)
Rule: You don't have to read in alphabetical order (just remember to mark the page that you have finished), but you do have to read every word, from AA to ZZZ.
Possible symbols to use as you mark (or make up your own system):
♡ = Words you particularly love for whatever reason
? = Words you'd like to look up or see a picture of
! = Surprising or unexpected words or definitions
❋ = Words of interest
I'll be posting on words of interest each week, most likely on Wednesdays. I've already found some gems:
(!) abattoir - a slaughterhouse (what! Do not confuse with boudoir)
(❋) abnegate - to deny oneself (leads me to think about sacrifice, particularly in religious terms, and its implications and consequences, both good and bad)
(♡) absonant - unreasonable (what a beautiful word!)
(?) aalii - a tropical tree (see picture of the aalii below, aka Dodonaea viscosa)
It's going to be a great year. Let the Super Ultra Mega Scrabble Dictionary Read-a-Thon 2014 begin!