Book Review: The Power of Habit

9781400069286_custom-401a0d258f36abc0afccb673d3bab1de7926e20e-s6-c30Title: The Power of Habit
Author: Charles Duhigg
Genre: Nonfiction Self-Help/Business/Psychology
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Pages: 375 pages
Format Read: Audiobook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Library Libby app
Date finished reading: April 17, 2019

Goodreads Description: A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees—how they approach worker safety—and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

They succeeded by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

My Review: I chose this audiobook from the library, because it was a recommended read in some of the time management books I’ve been reading lately. Perhaps, if I would have read the Goodreads description, I may have thought twice before reading this. I really thought it would be equal parts scientific research and the actual building of habits, but it is about 98% about the scientific research and those examples really dragged on and on. Even though I understand the reason for discussing the role habits play in businesses and social movements, I just found that I didn’t really care. I couldn’t relate my every day life to these studies. I thought this would be about the importance of habit-building AND a how-to guide. I was wrong. Although, to be fair, he did give some helpful everyday pointers at the very end of the book in the Appendix. I just didn’t care about everything that came before. I don’t care what Febreze or Starbucks does. Also, did the author have to include such horrifically graphic details during the hospital section and the underground fire story? I don’t feel that discussing the drilling into a guy’s head or burning flesh adds anything to this book.

That actually leads me to the most disappointing part of this read for me, which was that I stopped understanding what the point of the book was. If it was just to point out that everyone has habits in work and life, then well done. Because the author gives examples of both positive and negative habits, I found that I was confused on whether habit-building is a positive thing to do or a negative thing to do. I constantly thought about just not finishing the book, but I kept hoping that there would be something useful to me or interesting, but there really wasn’t. Despite the high ratings this book has, I was not a fan.

My Rating: ♦ ♦

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WWW Wednesdays – April 17, 2019

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

I just decided to relax and read for the rest of the weekend, so I did manage to make progress on my Spring Reading List and my Margaret Atwood reads (see A Focus on Authors Reading Challenge).

Currently Reading

I’m doing an East of Eden readalong with a friend. We are discussing Part One this week.

Recently Finished

Focus on Authors: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – audiobook = ♦ ♦

*A complete Margaret Atwood review will be posted at the end of the month.*

Reading Next

I’m heading on brief but much needed vacation next week, so I will miss next week’s WWW, but I am hoping to get some fun reading in. What are y’all reading now? Please post your WWW links below in the comments if I haven’t already visited them.

HAPPY READING!!!

Book Club Review: A Cold Day for Murder

murderTitle: A Cold Day for Murder
Author: Dana Stabenow
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 1, 1992
Pages: 208 pages
Format Read: Book
Standalone or series: Book One of A Kate Shugak Mystery series
Where I got the book: Library
Date finished reading: April 9, 2019

Goodreads Description: Kate Shugak returns to her roots in the far Alaskan north, after leaving the Anchorage D.A.’s office. Her deductive powers are definitely needed when a ranger disappears. Looking for clues among the Aleutian pipeliners, she begins to realize the fine line between lies and loyalties–between justice served and cold murder.

My Review: Since Agatha Christie is the mystery writer that made me fall in love with this genre, I tend to compare all mysteries to hers. In my opinion, it has been hard to find a mystery writer who can set a scene and describe/develop characters, while still moving the plot along in a thrilling way like Agatha Christie can. I can definitely argue that Dana Stabenow did set the scene and included some thrilling moments, especially toward the end. I thoroughly enjoyed her descriptions of the Alaskan scenery/terrain and the cultural/tribal topics that were addressed. However, character development left something to be desired. It is hard to lend support to the main character, Kate Shugak, when you feel like you’ve come in during the middle of her story. I just found the introduction to the main character abrupt and confusing. Maybe a prologue of some kind would have been useful. I also never bothered to try to guess who was behind the disappearance of the two men, because I never felt like I knew enough about any of the characters to offer a guess. My favorite character in the book was Kate’s dog, Mutt. He seemed to have more of a personality than the rest of the characters. I did try to take into consideration that this was her first published mystery book, but I expected more since it won the Edgar Award. This was a quick read and entertaining/thrilling at moments, but it was an overall miss in my opinion. It definitely didn’t interest me enough to continue reading the rest of the series.

It should be noted, that other members of my book club enjoyed this novel and some of the characters much more than I did, as you can see by the overall club rating below.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦

Book Club Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ¼

WWW Wednesdays – April 10, 2019

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

I tried to participate in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon last Saturday, but I was so exhausted after hosting a garage sale that morning, that I just decided it was too much. Plus, is it just me or are readathons too much about social media and less about actually reading? I just decided to relax and read for the rest of the weekend, so I did manage to make progress on my Spring Reading List and my Margaret Atwood reads (see A Focus on Authors Reading Challenge).

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin – library book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Focus on Authors: Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦
#HPBuddyRead Readalong: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
IRL Book Club: A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow – library book = ♦ ♦ ♦

*Click on the title for my full review of these books. A complete Margaret Atwood review will be posted at the end of the month.*

Reading Next

Did anyone participate in the 24 hour readathon last weekend? If so, how did you do? Did you enjoy it? What are you reading this week? Please post your WWW links below in the comments if I haven’t already visited them.

HAPPY READING!!!

Book Review: Outer Order Inner Calm

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Title: 
Outer Order Inner Calm
Author: Gretchen Rubin
Genre: Nonfiction Self-Help
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Pages: 208
Format Read: Book
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Library
Date finished reading: April 8, 2019

Goodreads Description: Bestselling author of The Four Tendencies and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin illuminates one of her key realizations about happiness: For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. In a new book packed with more than one hundred concrete ideas, she helps us create the order and organization that can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.

In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or crowded coat closet is a trivial problem–yet Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of the stuff of life makes us feel more in control of our lives generally. By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, as well as things that don’t work, don’t fit, or don’t suit, we free our mind (and our shelves) for what we truly value.

In this trim book filled with insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order, by explaining how to “Make Choices,” “Create Order,” “Know Yourself–and Others,” “Cultivate Helpful Habits,” and, of course, “Add Beauty.”

When we get our possessions under control, we feel both calmer and more energetic. With a sense of humor, and also a clear sense of what’s realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment–one that helps us to create the lives we yearn for.

My Review: I am a fan of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project books, and Outer Order Inner Calm is a continuation of this with a lot of daily tips on how to create order in your home, work and life that will lead to happiness.

One of the first tips that she gives the reader is to take a look at every room in your home. Really analyze that space and make sure it brings happiness. I was blessed with my first real home just a couple of years ago. It is a constant work in progress, but as I did my walk through the rooms of my house, even rooms that I thought were completely finished still had a few things that could be done to make the space even lovelier. As an avid list taker, I’ve been making notes of projects, big and small, that I want to complete throughout my home. For the smaller projects I will definitely start utilizing Rubin’s 1-minute rule and the power hour. After one of the episodes on Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast, I actually started doing a power half hour most every day for the last few weeks to help me go through a room of boxes that have been ignored for the last two years – I termed this room the Room of Doom. By putting aside 30 minutes a day, I was not only able to completely go through every box (which added up to more than 60 boxes), but I did it all in time to participate in the community garage sale, which helped minimize my donation boxes from 11 to 5. We were even able to pass on bigger items that no longer added any benefit to our lives. My husband also helped out too, as he wanted to let go of things and clear some space in our house as well. It has been a week since we finished going through the last box in the Room of Doom, and we still are amazed at all the space we have now. We have given ourselves a whole other room in the house. Tips, like the power hour, can really help one move toward a less cluttered and calmer house.

As we went through our belongings, Rubin’s three big questions were far more helpful, in my opinion, than Marie Kondo’s “does it bring you joy.” For the record, I do utilize the KonMari method as well, but there are lot of things that I need but don’t necessarily bring me joy (aka years of tax forms). Rubin wants us to ask ourselves three questions: “Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I use it?” (p. 8). I was definitely surprised how many times both my husband and I answered “no” to those questions. It was a bit liberating and helped us feel zero guilt about getting rid of some of the items.

One thing I really like about Gretchen Rubin’s work is that she often quotes other writers or recommends other resources that might dive further into a specific topic more than she does. I always find this incredibly helpful.

Besides all the amazing tips throughout this book, she sums up a Top Ten list at the end for creating outer order. I borrowed this book from the library, but this might just be one of those books that I have to have on my shelf as a guide I can consult when I need to. I definitely recommend this one!

Outer order isn’t a matter of having less or having more; it’s a matter of wanting what we have.” (p. 19)

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading David McCullough – March 2019

One of my reading goals for 2019 is to become more familiar with works by different authors by featuring a different author every month (see A Focus on Authors Reading Challenge). March was spent reading as many works by David McCullough, whom I had never read before, as I could. The following are the books I managed to complete:

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The Path Between the Seas
Author: David McCullough
Genre: Nonfiction History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 15, 1977
Pages: 698
Format Read: Audiobook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Libby Library app
Date finished reading: March 11, 2019

Goodreads Description: This book tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400 year old dream of construction an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – a story of astonishing engineering feats.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ 

wright-brothers-coverTitle: The Wright Brothers
Author: David McCullough
Genre: Nonfiction Biography
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Pages: 320
Format Read: Audiobook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Libby Library app
Date finished reading: March , 2019

Goodreads Description: Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.

Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?

David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.

When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.

In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

johnstown-floodTitle: The Johnstown Flood
Author: David McCullough
Genre: Nonficti0n History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: January 15, 1987
Pages: 302
Format Read: Book
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Barnes & Noble
Date finished reading:  

Goodreads Description: At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation’s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.

Graced by David McCullough’s remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. It also offers a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are necessarily behaving responsibly.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

The_Greater_Journey_(David_McCullough_book)_coverTitle: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
Author: David McCullough
Genre: Nonfiction History
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Pages: 558
Format Read: Audiobook
Standalone or series: Standalone
Where I got the book: Library Libby app
Date finished reading:  

Goodreads Description: The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring – and until now, untold – story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture. None had any guarantee of success. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history. As David McCullough writes, “Not all pioneers went west.” Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne because of a burning desire to know more about everything. There he saw black students with the same ambition he had, and when he returned home, he would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate, almost at the cost of his life.

Two staunch friends, James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse, worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Cooper writing and Morse painting what would be his masterpiece. From something he saw in France, Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph.

Pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk from New Orleans launched his spectacular career performing in Paris at age 15. George P. A. Healy, who had almost no money and little education, took the gamble of a lifetime and with no prospects whatsoever in Paris became one of the most celebrated portrait painters of the day. His subjects included Abraham Lincoln.

Medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote home of his toil and the exhilaration in “being at the center of things” in what was then the medical capital of the world. From all they learned in Paris, Holmes and his fellow “medicals” were to exert lasting influence on the profession of medicine in the United States.

Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all “discovering” Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city’s boulevards and gardens. “At last I have come into a dreamland,” wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom’s Cabin had brought her. Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris and even more atrocious nightmare of the Commune. His vivid account in his diary of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris (drawn on here for the first time) is one readers will never forget. The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the son of an immigrant shoemaker, and of painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, three of the greatest American artists ever, would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brilliant French masters, and by Paris itself.

Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris. McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’s phrase, longed “to soar into the blue.” The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ 

My Review: This month I managed to read four of McCullough’s historical accounts including one biography. Here is what I thought of them:

I am going to start with my least favorite which was The Path Between the Seas, which was about the building of the Panama Canal. While I did get excited to hear Edward Herrmann’s voice (of Gilmore Girls fame) narrating for me on the audiobook version that I listened to, it wasn’t enough to keep me engaged. I learned some interesting facts of the Panama Railway; that the canal was going to be built in Nicaragua; and the issues that ensued related to funding, disease and natural disaster (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and avalanches) that shifted the earth and/or destroyed the architecture of the canal. However, in the end this was a miss for me.

The Greater Journey was about the many Americans in the 1800s and early 1900s that traveled to France (mainly Paris). I liked this one a bit more than the Panama Canal book. It begins with interesting characters from all professional backgrounds, including writers and poets like Washington Irving and James Fennimore Cooper; politicians like Charles Sumner (his was my favorite story); medical doctors like John Warren; painters like Samuel F.B. Morse; and more. I loved the telling of their first impressions of France, especially when the boat would stop in Rouen, and they would view the large gothic cathedral there. I was also interested in the things they learned about culture and society, like their views on sexuality (sometimes a lack of modesty) and views on race. This is what Senator Charles Sumner took away, as far as race, from a lecture he attended in France: “They were standing in the midst of a knot of young men and their color seemed to be no objection to them. I was glad to see this, though with American impressions, it seemed very strange. It must be then that the distance between free blacks and whites among us is derived from education, and does not exist in the nature of things.” This experience influenced him so much, that when he returned to the States, he continually spoke up against slavery. This was not always a popular view among some of his fellow politicians, one of which, Representative Preston Briggs from South Carolina, at one point repeatedly beat Senator Sumner with his cane until Sumner was knocked unconscious. I found this part of the book and the education of Americans in France fascinating, but that was a small portion at the beginning. The story dragged for me after that.

McCullough’s biography of the Wright brothers was absolutely fascinating. I was invested in the Wright family from the very beginning. I had never heard the story of Wilbur Wright’s accident during a hockey match, when a player, who would later become the infamous serial killer, Oliver Crook Haugh, hit him in the face with a hockey stick. This incident changed Wilbur’s life forever. As a reader, it was easy to follow the lives of the Wright brothers, as their interest in birds and how things like bikes work would eventually lead them to attempting to create a flying machine, focusing on solving the matter of equilibrium. I sincerely admire their persistence, and believe that was why they prevailed in creating a successful powered-glider. This book was a well-written and comprehensive biography. I especially enjoyed the story near the end of when the father got to go for a ride in his sons’ invention. That is how I want the book to end. I should never have read the epilogue. It is a bit of a downer.

My most anticipated McCullough read also turned out to be my favorite. I have had The Johnstown Flood on my bookshelf, since it was published. I just never had a chance to read it. It is a thrill ride right from the beginning, and if you don’t know anything about the Johnstown flood, it is an extremely tragic event in our nation’s history. Human error (neglecting necessary repairs to a large dam) and mother nature worked together to bring an end to thousands of lives. One of the most amazing paragraphs is the following and speaks to McCullough’s ability to engage the reader:

From where they were the men at the dam could see all this happening as the water raged through the immense gash below them. But just beyond Lamb’s Bridge the valley turns sharply to the right and disappears. So now they could only stand there, the rain beating down, and imagine, as much as that was possible, the things taking place beyond that turn.” (p.102-103)

This paragraph literally gave me chills and made it impossible to put the book down. I experienced lots of emotion throughout this book. I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation, horrified at the devastation, and sadden by the loss of life. All the personal accounts were amazing and full of vivid description. It was hard not to shed tears during the last few chapters. Through this book more than any others I read this month, I really truly saw the power in McCullough’s writing.

Most of the people in Johnstown never saw the water coming; they only heard it; and those who lived to tell about it would for years after try to describe the sound of the thing as it rushed on them.” (p. 145)

Basically, my overall opinion of David McCullough’s works, based on the four books I was able to consume during the month of March, was that I either loved them or I didn’t. However, that opinion might be based more on personal interests rather than the author’s writing/story-telling.

Recommendations:

  • If you enjoyed McCullough’s The Greater Journey, I would recommend Sarah Vowell’s Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.
  • If you enjoyed McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood, you can check out the documentary of the same title on Amazon Prime, which is narrated by Richard Dreyfuss.

David McCullough’s new book comes out in a couple months: The Pioneers.

Please let me know your thoughts on David McCullough’s nonfiction in the comment section below. Next month I’ll be reading Margaret Atwood.

HAPPY READING!!!

24 Hour Readathon – Goals

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It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! Check back on Saturday, April 6th to see my progress. This is officially my 6th time participating. Here are some questions to help me prep and set goals for this round.

Are you participating for the whole 24 hours? I really wish I could participate for the whole 24 hours. Unfortunately, I will be hosting a garage sale that morning as part of our community yard sale. It is my opportunity to Marie Kondo my house, so I can’t pass this up. I am hoping to still read during slow moments or have the Harry Potter Book 4 audiobook blaring on our outdoor speakers. I also don’t believe that I’ll be able to stay up all night as I will have a late night on Friday. We are taking my mother-in-law to: A Night with Margaret Atwood. Super excited for this! So I believe my ultimate goal will be to read for: 15 hours.

What is on your TBR pile for the Readathon? I always make sure I have a lot of options, because I never know what I’ll be in the mood for. Here are the books I believe I will finish:

Here are some other books I may start or continue reading:

What snacks am I looking forward to? Since I’m going to have an early morning with last minute prepping for the garage sale, I plan on making a 6am run to Billy’s Donuts. It is a donut shop that just opened up in my neighborhood, so I am happy to finally support a new business, which in turn will support my readathon goals (or at least my hunger). I am always up for donuts and kolaches!

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My Readathon TBR Pile

Anyone else participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, what will you be reading and snacking on? Also, I’ll be happy to cheer you on if you are participating.

HAPPY READING!!!