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!

 

Mini-Challenges

Books and Pets

Decades of Reading

Hallo-Read

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Amanda Howell

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017

Hour 14 – I Crack Me UP!

It’s Dana again, back for hour 14. In the spring I posted asking for funny memes and it was my most favorite post I’ve done. Let’s do it again, shall we?

So please share…what’s YOUR favorite book or reading related meme…funny or not?

Thanks for letting me hang out with you all over the last several hours. Enjoy the rest of your reading time!

Mini-Challenges

Decades of Reading

Hallo-Read

Mid-Event Survey

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

Joy Renee @ Joystory

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October 2017

Hour 13 – Downhill from Here

Welcome back! It’s Hour 13 – all downhill from here. If you’re like me you have probably hit a second wind.  You’ve gotten some reading done, you’ve eaten some of your snacks, maybe you’ve napped a bit. You’re feeling good and you’re going to crush your reading goals. Am I right?

Or maybe you haven’t gotten as much reading done and you wanted to. You had to work, the kids are arguing, you have a headache…whatever it might be remember that you can adjust your goals on the fly. The worst is comparing yourself to someone else who’s posted that they’ve just started book #11. It’s all about fun! Have fun!

If you need to adjust your goals a bit, then do it. Always remember ANY reading is good reading, right?!

Mini-Challenges

Hallo-Read

Mid-Event Survey

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winner

Lea

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October 2017

Hour 12 – HALFWAY!

Welcome to Hour 12 – we’re halfway there! ***throws confetti*** I’m Dana and I’ll be hanging out for the next few hours. How is it going so far? Everyone doing well? It’s time to fill out our Mid-Event Survey so here goes…

Mid-Event Survey:
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?

Keep up the great work everyone! See you soon!

Mini Challenges

Mid-Event Survey

Make New Friends (Goodreads)

Readathon Mad Libs

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winner

Flutterbye80

lunaskaffekrog

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October 2017

Hour 11 – Sunshine and Rainbows

I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re participating in the readathon, books make you happy. But what else keeps you on the bright side? What brings you joy?


This is my last hour cohosting the readathon. Join me over on Twitter via @readathon for the next hour, and on @bonjourcass for the rest of the ‘thon. Best wishes! Eat good snacks! Read good books! Cass OUT.

Mini-Challenges

Make New Friends (Goodreads)

Readathon Mad Libs

Heather’s Limerick Challenge

10 Years, 10 Books

Prize Winner

Lia is Reading 

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017

Hour 10 – Tremendous Ten

Cass here! Don’t you just love the number ten? 10. Or, if you’re old-timely, X. Either way, it’s glorious, isn’t it? I always think 10 is a great number, but this readathon, it has a special significance.

Ten years of Dewey’s!

This hour, as you:

  1. read
  2. chat
  3. snack
  4. blog
  5. snap
  6. insta
  7. stretch
  8. nap
  9. tweet or
  10. all of these and more, revel in the magnificent power of 10 (or, sure, X, that too). You are part of a decade-old event! And you, too, are magnificent. (Yes, you.)

you are a ten

 

Mini-Challenges

Readathon Mad Libs

#CoverFromMemory Halloween Edition

10 Years, 10 Books

Prize Winner

Frankie Reads!

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!

October 2017

Hour 9 – Book Nerdery

Well, hello! Salutations! My name is Cass—I’m @bonjourcass on Twitter because I am just really fond of greetings—and I will be your cohost for the next three hours. As a proud book nerd, I couldn’t be more excited to spend this literary time with you. In preparation, I’ve been singing, “She’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out what’s good and not so good” (rhyming needs work) to the tune of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” for days. Days. I’m very popular.

One area of book nerdery I feel doesn’t get nearly enough attention is fictional authors. Not authors of fiction, but authors who don’t really exist who are characters in a book about books. Are you following me? Think Peter Van Houten, the fictional author of An Imperial Affliction in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, or Karen Eiffel, the source of all Harold Crick’s problems, from the movie Stranger than Fiction. There are a ton of these, of course. Who could guess that writers love writing about other writers?

Secretariat by Diane NguyenMy favorite fictional author is Diane Nguyen from the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. In the first season, she gets hired by Penguin (run by actual penguins) to ghostwrite a book about BoJack, a former TV star. We hear snippets of the book in voice overs, but if I had my way, I’d be able to read the whole thing. I’d also like to read Diane’s book on Secretariat (who, in the BoJack Horseman universe, has a really dark history).

Do you have a favorite fictional author? Any fictional fiction or non-fiction you wish you were able to read? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter with the hashtag #booknerdery.

Enjoy hour nine!

Mini-Challenges

Gabby’s Bookish Crossword

#CoverFromMemory Halloween Edition

10 Years, 10 Books

Prize Winner

Wendy Gassaway

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October 2017

Hour 8 – Readathon Buddies!

Woo hoo! Everyone’s doing so well! Keep it up! This is my last hour for co-hosting and I hope I’ve been doing an okay job. After this I’ll be passing it off to Cass.

One aspect of Read-A-Thon that I love is when people post pictures of their Read-A-Thon Buddies. They’re usually pets who are there to give you an excuse not to get up and stop reading. I don’t have any pets myself, but I’ve been tempted to “borrow” our neighbor’s’ puppy just for the day. I’ve also heard stories of Read-A-Thoners who stayed up and had their pets give them weird looks like “You’re supposed to be asleep. This is supposed to be MY time.” Do you have any stories or funny moments from your pets? Let me know!

Of course, they can also provide yet another distraction. There can be so many distractions when you’re trying to read. Fortunately, you’ve got hundreds of people to help you out over at #readathon! This community is so amazingly fun and supportive. I’m of the shyest people in the world, but I happily participate with Read-A-Thoners. Y’all are awesome! And if you find yourself getting tired and need some encouragement to keep going, get on Twitter and ask for help. Plenty of advice and encouragement to be found!

May your day be filled with fun moments, in real life and in your books!

Mini-Challenges

#CoverFromMemory Halloween Edition

Gabby’s Bookish Crossword

Thrills and Chills via Twitter and Litsy (@MaleficentBookDragon)

10 Years, 10 Books

Prize Winner

Trisha Reads Books

 

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October 2017

Hour 7 – May Your Music Never Be Distracting

Yay! Another hour down! How are y’all doing? Have you been having fun?

 

One of the most vital aspects of my Read-A-Thon regimen is to set up the right music playlist. I love having background music, but I gotta be careful to not get something that’ll distract me from my reading. I generally fall back on videogame and movie soundtracks. What I love about these as background music is that they’re written for action filled stories, which are the majority of what I read. It isn’t often that the music doesn’t match the mood of the book. Plus, there are almost no lyrics to distract me. I actually had this playlist figured out before I knew what I was going to read! That’s how helpful the right music can be.

Of course, I did (eventually) get some ideas for what to read. I’ve learned from previous Read-A-Thons that I am a slooooooow reader. More importantly, I’ve learned that that’s okay! The Read-A-Thon isn’t about who reads the most or the fastest. It’s about having fun reading and talking to other bookish people about bookish things. And, sometimes, winning prizes. Speaking of, don’t forget to double check the list of winners to see if you’ve won. You can also see which mini-challenges are currently still running. Good luck!

May your characters be relatable and your music never distracting!

Mini-Challenges

Gabby’s Bookish Crossword

Thrills and Chills via Twitter and Litsy (@MaleficentBookDragon)

#ReadMoreWomen

10 Years, 10 Books

Prize Winner

J L’s Bibliomania

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October 2017

Hour 6 – Caffeine and Socializing!

Hello everyone and welcome to the 6th Hour! How are you all doing? My name is Rachel Noel and I’ll be your co-host for the next 3 hours. This is my first time as a co-host. Please be merciful!

I live in the Eastern Time Zone so it’s about lunchtime for me. A good time to get up, stretch the legs, get some more caffeine and do some socializing! Whatever timezone you’re in, you can’t forget to get up and move around every now and then. I speak from experience. One Read-A-Thon I nearly fell after getting off the couch because I hadn’t realized my foot had gone to sleep! Reading can be hazardous to your health if you’re not careful. Either that or I’m just that klutzy. ^_^

 

But enough of the Caution Tape, let’s not forget that having fun is the high priority! I know I purposefully avoid books that I’m certain are going to bring me down because I want to have all the energy. I’m talking Pinkie Pie on Monster Drinks kind of energy! But you can’t always predict when a book is going to energize or drain you. If you do end up reading one that empties your energy tanks, don’t be afraid to take a break. The Read-A-Thon will be here for you!

 

Don’t forget to partake in the Mini-Challenges that we still have going! 

 

May your books be always 5 out of 5 and your mug never empty!

 

Mini-Challenges

Thrills and Chills via Twitter and Litsy (@MaleficentBookDragon)

#ReadMoreWomen

Readathon Memories 

10 Years, 10 Books

Prize Winner

Najma

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Enter your finished books into the DATABASE!