April 2017

Hour 17 – Teach Me How to Dougie

Still Allison here from The Book Wheel (I know, I know, but you know you love me!). But really – just kidding – I don’t really want to learn how to Dougie. But what I DO want to know is how you keep yourself energized and going as we head into Hour 17. Personally, I’m a fan of dance parties with my dogs (absolutely no other humans allowed) and boatloads of coffee. This Readathon was easier than some because we got nearly a foot of snow today, so a quick trip outside for a minute is what we can call refreshingly awakening.

So, aside from caffeine, how do you stay energized? How do you get over the hump? 

P.S. If you don’t have a routine and need some inspiration, check out last hour’s mini-challenge on Instagram with #IGReadathon or this hour’s mini-challenge below!

 

Mini-Challenges

#Fitreaders Do 24

Still Going

Game On! 

Books and Beverages

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 16 – Show Me How You Readathon!

Hi again! Still Allison from The Book Wheel holding down the Twitter fort for Hour 16 here. One of my favorite places to read is, not surprisingly, my home office/library. When we were house-hunting last fall, my main requirement was that I have a room all to myself (the “she-shed” was a bonus).

In addition to housing my Lithographs poster and bookshelves, the room is also home to my absolute favorite chair in the world: My reading chair (PS my other dog hates photographs). Because comfort makes reading a lot more pleasurable, I want to see how you’re reading. Do you have a favorite chair? Nook? Hammock? Bathtub? Share your pics below and be sure to tag us on Twitter and Instagram!

Mini-Challenges

Game On!

Still Going

Books and Beverages

Create a Story in Your Stack

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

April 2017

Hour 15 – What’s Your Favorite Read So Far?

Hello Readathoners! How has your reading been so far? My name is Allison and I review books over at The Book Wheel and I am thrilled to be co-hosting my third-straight Readathon! We had a bit of a spring storm here in Colorado today, so I’ve been curled up inside with my pups (see Hour 14 for more furry-friend photos).

One of my favorite things about Readathon is discovering new books. I always end this event with at least 5-10 new books on my TBR shelf (although whether or not I get to them is a different story!).

So what I want to know is: What’s your favorite Readathon book so far? Whether it’s short stories or epic novels, I want to know which book I MUST read at the end of this year’s event.

Mini-Challenges

Books and Beverages

Still Going

Create a Story in Your Stack

Fur, Scales, and Stuffing: Readathon Companions

Give!

This season we’re putting an emphasis on spreading bookish good deeds! See our GIVE! page for more details about how you can get involved! 

Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016

Hour 10 – Because reading is your ONLY priority

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Hello again! It’s Allison from The Book Wheel and I’m back again for another hour, so thanks for keeping me around! For those of us with spouses, partners, significant others, kids, or parents living with us, Readathon can be a stressful time. I’m sure most of our others are aware of the fact that books are a priority in life, but when Readathon time comes along, it becomes the ONLY priority in life. After participating in several of these, my husband and I have come to an understanding about how things are going to go down. It is as follows:

  • I spend weeks reminding him that, unless he is offering food or snacks, I am invisible.
  • He is forced to sleep in the spare room because we learned, after the first Readathon, that I have to move around a lot come 2 a.m.
  • Things are easier if he picks up some overtime that day because I always end up audiobooking it and purging/cleaning for a few hours.
  • Dinner is frozen pizza and I am not making it.

This is, of course, easier said than done and is much more doable because we don’t have kids, but I think setting some ground rules ahead of time helps things go more smoothly and prevents unnecessary demands on my time and attention.

Now tell me, what are your ground rule? Do you kick people out of the house? Lock yourself away in a spare room? Head to Starbucks for a few hours to get in some uninterrupted reading time (even though we know you end up people-watching)? Audiobook it while cleaning? I want to know!

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Mini-Challenges

Red, White, and Blue Books

Cast Your Book

Literary World Tour

Prize Winners

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BookQuester

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2016

Hour 9 – Are you feeling it yet?

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Hello Readathoners! My name is Allison and I blog over at The Book Wheel and I am thrilled to be back again this year – thank you so much for having me! We’re still in the early hours so I know you are all super-motivated and ready to make it through the next few hours and there are some great challenges to participate in (see below).

Us avid readers know that reading is an extreme sport – it requires dedication, perseverance, and physical endurance. Even though reading can be physically painful, it’s worth the sacrifices, am I right? I, for one, have been told on multiple occasions that my tendonitis and dry eyes stem from reading too much. And let’s not even talk about the number of times I’ve dropped a book on my (or my husband’s) face. But do I give up? No! Because reading is LIFE and we Readathoners know that the sacrifices are worth the rewards. Plus, wrist brace and eye drops can work miracles.

But enough about me – tell me about YOUR reading injuries! Have you dropped a book on your face? Had your arm fall asleep and then give yourself a black eye when you move it (No? Just me?)? Tweaked your back from lounging for too long?

Mini-Challenges

Cast Your Book

Literary World Tour

Bookish Memories

Prize Winners

EthelRuns!

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

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April 2016

Hour 10 – Don’t Lose Your Mind

Hello Readathoners! This is Allison from The Book Wheel and this is my 4th Readathon but my first time co-hosting and I am so excited to be here with all of you. I don’t know about you, but every time the event rolls around I find myself equally excited and wholly unprepared. What will I read? What will I eat? And perhaps more importantly, how do I politely ask my husband to leave me alone for the weekend?

As overwhelming as these questions seem at the time, they are actually quite easy to answer. Whether you’re participating in your first or fourth Readathon, here are my tips to get through it without losing your mind, starving, or ruining your relationships. I promise you – by the end you’ll feel like this:

1. What will I read?

This one is the hardest for me because I’m a mood reader and my Twitter feed is flooded with amazing book recommendations in the days leading up to the event. I’ve learned that it’s perfectly okay to have a TBR list and then toss it aside. Sure, there’s some guilt the first time around but it gets easier, I promise.

2. What will I eat?

I hate to cook so this one is pretty easy – anything that doesn’t require an appliance (although a microwave is okay sometimes). I usually pick up a veggie plate, cheese and crackers, popcorn, and some fruit….. and then eat mostly junk food. Oh, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I find that I’m a muncher on Readathon days so anything that I can grab without lifting my head out of the book I’m reading is gold.

3. How do I politely ask people to leave me alone?

Thankfully, most of my friend and family understand that books trump almost everything else. Over the past few Readathons, my husband has learned that it’s probably best to work overtime and sleep in the spare bedroom during the event (3 am reading while munching on popcorn isn’t conducive to good sleep). This year he actually did my snack shopping for me so I think we may finally have a good routine down.

So what about you? How do you decide what to read? Do you toss your TBR aside or do you stick to it? Do you kick friends and family out of the house? And, of course, what’s your go-to snack?

Mini-Challenges

Character Destination

Still Going

Share a Quote

Facebook Challenge – The Fictional Feast

Prize Winners

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Now you can celebrate the Readathon year-round with Dewey’s swag! We use the earnings to cover charges associated with prize shipping, customs charges, and domain costs. 

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