October 2017

Hour 17 – In Translation

Julianne again and it’s Hour 17! My last one with you sweet angels before I will probably fall asleep. Thank you so much for having me and for hanging out with me on the official Readathon Twitter! We’ve got another hour left together, so let’s make the most of it!!

Anyway, back to Having It AllTM, another thing that I personally struggle with during Readathon is the oppressive guilt I feel when I don’t do things I feel like I “should” be doing. Most people are able to let go for special occasions like Readathon at the very least, but that’s something my therapist and I are still working on!!

SO I’m here to talk to you about a way that I have fun mixing it up during Readathon and feeling productive while doing so: reading books in a different language. I’ve been studying Japanese for a while now and after going to Japan I only want to get better at it. I take time to do flash cards, study kanji, and watch/listen to/read Japanese at least for a little every day. So, of course, I’d like to continue that if at all possible. I find it incredibly fun to read a book in a different language (if you’re not fluent in that language especially) because it is a completely different experience from normal reading. It’s a lot more like solving a puzzle and there is some SERIOUSLY STIMULATING brain rewardage going on when you figure out difficult sentences. And, let’s be honest, after this many hours of reading we could use some stimulation.

Don’t know any other languages and not interested in checking out some kids books to learn at the moment? So fair. I do highly suggest you check out some books in translation, though! It can be stimulating to read something unlike what you normally read if you generally just check out books from your home country or other countries that speak the same language as you.

What are your favorite books in translation? Are you using books to learn another language? Now that I think of it, I guess reading a textbook would count too, but as long as you are ACTUALLY HAVING FUN. Again, that’s the point (I’ve heard).

If you want to be friends, don’t be afraid to reach out! I blog at Outlandish Lit and you can find me on Instagram and Twitter as well. Thanks again!

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October 2017

Hour 16 – Your Podcast Fix In Book Form

Julianne again! Good job hitting Hour 16, readers! I think part of what can make Readathon challenging is giving up parts of your daily routine that you really enjoy. Truly my series of co-hosting posts could be sub-subtitled “Having It All,” because that’s what I’m trying to achieve in my reading so I don’t get burnt out. And you can too!!

Something I really enjoy is listening to a good, old-fashioned true crime podcast. My Favorite Murder, Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, WHATEVER. But guess what. There are books about true crime, too! I know, the world is a wild place. I think I’m going to check out The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich when I’m feeling like I need a break from fiction. If you’ve been enjoying watching MindHunter on Netflix, you might want to check out the book it was based on: MindHunter by John E. Douglas.

Murderino or not, this technique can be applied to all sorts of podcasts. Comedy podcast? Read a memoir by your favorite comedian (Phoebe Robinson, anybody?). Into tech news? There are plenty of popular science books that are super readable! And so on and so forth. If reading is still getting you down, don’t forget that you can find most things in audiobook form so it won’t be like you’re not listening to a podcast at all!! Man, I’m just full of good news tonight.

Do you have any favorite podcasts that you can easily translate into book form? Let us know yours in the comments to help out your fellow podcast addicts!

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October 2017

Hour 15 – Productive Break Taking

Hey – hi – hey! What are you doing reading this? I thought you were doing a readathon?? Ha ha ha ha just kidding, I am the most notorious of notorious break takers and my name is Julianne. Hey, how ya doing? If we aren’t close friends yet, I’m from the blog Outlandish Lit and I am MORE THAN thrilled to be helping you all procrastinate for a brief moment before diving back into reading. And, let’s be honest, I’m thrilled to be running the official Readathon twitter for the next three hours! (Readathon itself is handing me an excuse to take a break? We are a match made in heaven). Check out and use the hashtag #readathon to get in on it!

ENOUGH JOKING AROUND, it’s time to get serious and talk about productive break taking as opposed to the kind that I do. If it’s getting late and you’re starting to lose steam, it’s definitely a good idea to take a productive break about now.

Some suggestions for you:

  • Power nap! 20 minutes. Do NOT hit snooze.
  • Take a cleaning break. This always reinvigorates me. And it gives me one less random thing to focus on when I should be reading. Sometimes just taking care of the thing in the back of your head can make the marathon reading a much more pleasant experience. But, again, set a timer. Don’t end up cleaning the whole house.
  • Dance break/yoga break/stretch break.
  • Twitter break!! Come say hi to me!

 

If marathoning is still wearing on you a bit at this point and you’ve put in a number of hours that you feel happy with (you should be happy with any FYI, bc you are great), maybe take the opposite approach. Have you heard of the productivity technique called Pomodoro? There are a ton of apps for it, but you can just use a timer as well. For 25 minute spurts you focus on only one activity (in this case reading). Then you spend 5-10 minutes relaxing/doing whatever. Rinse and repeat. Swap those numbers around if the reading still feels like a little much. Think of the small increments of time reading as the break from real life and you might be more inclined to enjoy it. That’s why we’re here, right?? And every ten minutes spent reading adds up. Have fun with it!

 

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April 2017

Hour 12 – Half Way There!

It’s Julianne from Outlandish Lit BACK for a final hour of readathon co-hosting goodness. We are officially at the half-way point of the readathon!!

In this day and age, you’ve got to multi-task to survive. There are SO MANY things going on in everybody’s lives. You’ve got your real life, you’ve got your online life, you’ve got your job, you’ve got your side hustle, you’ve got your other side hustle, you have to sleep sometimes, etc. etc.

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So I just want to commend you all for taking some time for yourself to focus on one thing that you love to do: reading. And hey, if you’ve got to multi-task just to keep a household running or pets alive (or maybe you have to work a little today like I did this morning), just know that we’re all still so proud of you for finding whatever time you can to participate in the readathon. You’re all amazing!! Let us know how you’re doing with the mid-event survey below. Make some friends by using hashtag #readathon wherever you’re social media-ing. I’ll be on the @readathon twitter one more hour if you want to kvetch about things getting in the way of your reading or tell me all about your accomplishments!!

 

 

Mid-Event Survey! (add link or comment below)
1. What are you reading right now?
2. How many books have you read so far?
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

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April 2017

Hour 11 – How To Pretend You’re On The Internet

Hello sweetest reading babies, it’s your cool new bestie Julianne from Outlandish Lit!! Or maybe old bestie, because this is my second time cohosting now.

I don’t know about you all, but it’s around Hour 11 when I really just want to look at the internet. Doesn’t matter what I’d do. I just want to be there. It could start as me saying I’m just going to browse through every single audio book on Overdrive then end up with me on BuzzFeed or scrolling through DIYs on Pinterest. But wait, we’re supposed to be reading today!! I’ve got some ideas on how to emulate the internet-ing experience through books.

This readathon I’ve got on hand a stack of gardening books. This is perhaps not the typical nonfiction one would choose for a readathon, but I really want to know how to convince the earth to feed me free vegetables. How-To books like this are perfect to pick up and read bits of. You’ll feel like you’re googling stuff, but it counts toward you page count!

You should also try to have some humor books on hand. Authors/comedians like David Sedaris have a ton of books full of quick to read stories. A favorite of mine that is funny (but also sometimes sad and v real, which is ok and good) is Selected Unpublished Blog Posts of a Mexican Panda Express Employee by Megan Boyle. It’s actually written in tweet/blog post form! But printed on pages!! It doesn’t get much better than this.

If you really can’t avoid the internet, be sure to come say hi to me on the @readathon twitter by using the hashtag #readathon. Also don’t miss out on the mini-challenges below!! What will you be doing the rest of the day to keep yourself from succumbing to the temptation of the internet?

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October 2016

Hour 17 – Let’s Get Weird

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Hi again, it’s Julianne back for Hour 17 – my last hour co-hosting! We had a moment of relaxation last hour, but now it’s time to ramp it up and get real weird. Regardless of your preferences, reading outside of your box is an amazing way to jump start your reading-love. If you’re feeling a little tired out and you’re kind of going through the motions of reading but not really absorbing anything anymore, it might be time to stray from your reading plan and grab something weird. Reading a book in an experimental format or in a created dialect is the perfect way to shock your system and excite your brain into focusing on reading again. Or, really, any book that makes you audibly say “WTF?!” (And if you’re not at the point of talking to yourself by Hour 17, you’re really not doing readathon right.)

Need any strange book recommendations? Or too tired to pick between a number of weird books you have on your shelves that you don’t really know much about? Throw me a tweet at @readathon – I’d love to chat. Don’t forget – read what’s weird to you! If you just read literary fiction and hobbits are weird to you, it might be time to curl up with my boy Samwise Gamgee (the true hero of the story, let’s be real). And if you need more suggestions to perk up your reading, check out my Gamify Your Readathon post from earlier this week! Tell me what weird reading you’re going to try out in the comments.

Good luck, book babes! We’ve got this.

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October 2016

Hour 16 – Let’s Chill

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Oh hey, beautiful reading angels. It’s your new best reading friend, Julianne from Outlandish Lit! I’m going to be co-hosting this hour and the next, so STRAP IN. I don’t know about you, but I always have a super hard time finding as much reading time as I’d like for readathon. No matter what job I have any given year, I’m always working at least a little on Saturday. Luckily it’s been a very bookish few hours of work.

I recently got back from meeting and photographing Mark Frost, co-creator of Twin Peaks, at the reading of his new book The Secret History of Twin Peaks. AAAHHH. I’m so hyped, I’m definitely going to dig into this book in the next few hours before I inevitably fall asleep (I promise I won’t fall asleep before I’m done co-hosting, gang). I’ve got work in the morning, but I’m going to read like there’s no tomorrow. And by that I mean chill out and embroider a forest scene while listening to my Don DeLillo audiobook.

What are you doing to chill out but keep reading as the night goes on? We’ve got to pace & be kind to ourselves, friends!! Hold the espresso shots for a little bit later.

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