April 2014, readathon

Hour 20 – Madness!

I can’t really explain this video but it is on many of my reading playlists and helps me along – the video is a bit odd! 

OMG, It is back! Okay so now I got my little cheery wave of happiness out of the way. Welcome back from me and how great is this read-a-thon right! I feel so lucky to be able to have the chance to co-host again. This read-a-thon has played a big part on my blog for a couple of years now and as with everyone else gives me the chance to focus and clear the dust off from some of the books that I have been wanting to read for so long but never really found the right time to do so.

I know it is nearly the end of the road but you have done so well to get this far and there really is no point in giving up now so join me as I do five things to stay awake and keep me focused.


If coffee is not your choice of beverage hot or cold then tuck into your favourite and make it special. For me it is will be a homemade (Tassimo!) Latte Macchiato with extra thick whipped cream and chocolate dusting.


Prior to the read-a-thon I made several playlists titles of which are – active, chilled, concentration, Old Skool. Now everybody loves a bit of the old skool so why not incorporate it into something that can help you concentrate and go that extra mile. My current favourite album is the Bastille album as there are a range of songs on there that have a bit of pretty much everything but the old skool and it just makes me giggle listening to it.


Before the read-a-thon began I made myself a timetable for reading and other such activities that would keep me awake for the 24 hour stint ahead. On a regular day off this is how I get things done so why not use a normal routine to help get through this particular day of greatness.


Much like caffeine, snacking is just as important. If your energy levels begin to dwindle so does concentration and hunger for reading turns into hunger for food. By stopping tracks before they are even made add a few treats to your shopping list and indulge. One of the things on my must have treats list is Pistachio cookies – they are just YUM! In the spirit of DIY once again I found a couple of recipes and ran a little wild with them.


Don’t forget your fellow read-a-thoners – there are more than 700 this year and we should all be supporting each other whether it be a hey hello or just a like or comment on a couple of posts. As this read-a-thon is international obviously a lot of conversations will be happening at different times. Being in London my time is GMT 0 where are you?

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13 thoughts on “Hour 20 – Madness!”

  1. Snacks! I have eaten far too much today, but whenever I feel myself slipping I grab a snack and it perks me back up for awhile! But now I’m so full, so I’m sipping on cold water to keep awake for now. 😛

  2. I don’t want it to be getting near the end of the road! Can we just go 48 hours? LOL!! 🙂 I’m in NC and have enjoyed stopping in on the blogs I have been able to, and having a few people stop by mine. All of this has been great fun. I’m not a coffee drinker (can’t stand the smell, let alone the taste) but I’ve had my Mt Dews keeping me going! 🙂

  3. Great song choice, Muse are probably my favourite band. And Bastille, too. I have to agree with you Bastille’s album has a pretty large range of sounds and is good for listening while doing other things.

  4. Done with my second book. I’m loving this soooo much. Can we do this more often lol 🙂 Hang in there everyone 🙂

  5. I was doing good on behaving with snacks but as we enter the last few hours-I turn to the sugar rushes.
    Great tip I learned to keep going- using eye drops or even just a cold wet washcloth over the eyes for a few minutes. Helps rejuvenate so they don’t strain as much.
    I am West Cast Us so just after midnight right now. Going on 40 hours with only 3 hrs sleep within that time….Hope to make it to the end. 🙂

  6. It’s morning here too… I’m in Paris. As an author, I’m here to cheer you guys on! Thanks so much to all of you for putting reading in the spotlight and showing such appreciation for the work of writers. Keep going! You’re almost there… 🙂

  7. I’m loving the timetable idea! I’m definitely going to do that my next readathon 🙂 Just wish we had readathons more often!

  8. It’s 1:40 a.m. my time and I’m fading a bit, but not giving up. This little break should suffice for another 20 minutes or so. It’s awesome there are so many readers this time!

  9. If I had my way I would read all day every day but sadly it just cannot happen! Glad you found that timetable helpful!

  10. Well done guys – it is so great that there are so many readers around the world that have taken part in this and are going strong still! Well done again! 😀

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