Completed My 3rd 24 Hour Readathon!

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”

~Albert Einstein

Well Mr. Einstein, while I respect your accomplishments and achievements, this time I am going to bask in my SUCCESS!!!!! For the first time, since I started participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon a couple of years ago, I have successfully made it through the whole 24 hours of reading! When I have slept a bit maybe then I can be a person of value. Right now though, I can barely function enough to get myself to bed. That is what participating in this challenge can do, but it is marvelous!

I have also completed the two other reading goals I had set up for myself. I have completed 4 books in print (started a 5th one) and 1 audiobook. I have also hit my goal of reading at least 700 pages. That is a record for me in one day, especially with all the fun mini-challenges and social media postings to distract me. Picking an audiobook was a great idea. It helped me be able to get up and move around a bit and keep my eyes fresh.

Closing Survey:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? This was an exhausting 24 hours. However, I believe Hour 22 was the worst. My house was too quiet and dark. Luckily, I was able to make some coffee.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a reader engaged for next year? I would stick to humor (books by Amy Poehler and Anna Kendrick were my favorite), mysteries (such as Agatha Christie novels) or children’s novels (Roald Dahl books or Harry Potter).
3. List books completed:

  • High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  • How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
  • The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (audiobook)
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  • Started: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

To be honest, I don’t love any of these books (excluding Tuck Everlasting). I might recommend The Strange Library. Murakami’s books are always so unique.

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While I am obviously thrilled to have made it the full 24 hours, I am not intending to do that in the future. However, I am still looking forward to participating next time – maybe for 18 hours instead. I am grateful for all the support I got from family, friends, coworkers, and fellow readathoners. See you next time!!!

 

24-Hour Readathon Halfway Point

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We are officially 12 hours into the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. It has been a gloomy day, which might inspire more reading, but gloomy days always make me tired, so I am definitely more exhausted than last time. I am still going strong though. I’ve finished 2 books and read about 300 pages. I’ve also completed 8 mini-challenges and was very active (if not too active) on social media. My audiobook was a good idea to help me get up and walk every now and then. My snacks have also treated me well. I am looking forward to opening the Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream after dinner.

One of the many things I love about participating in the readathon is alIMG_20170429_133602_967l the fun mini-challenges you get to participate in. For example, check out my awesome book face on the right. Surprisingly, that is the first time that I’ve ever done something like that. However, my goal for the next 12 hours (besides staying awake) is to not be overly distracted by the mini-challenges and social media. I want to get through more of my TBR pile. This is going to be difficult, because the later the hour the harder it is to keep my eyes focused when they really want to sleep. Thank God for large print books!

Here’s to the next 12 hours! My Weekend is All Booked!

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24-hour Readathon Starts Now!

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One week ago, I found out about a 24-hour Readathon at Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I find this idea fascinating and wonderful and have been looking forward to it for the last week. While I have many other things I should be doing instead, I am ditching all my other responsibilities to immerse myself in other worlds and adventures.

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I will be putting myself in the shoes of Virginia Woolf, Murakami’s world of two moons, and the haunted village of Sleepy Hollow.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I look forward to every book in my stack.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? I will snack on fruits and olives. I know…I’m boring. I might spice things up a bit by have a glass or two of Prosecco.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I’ve loved reading since I was a very young person. My mom would get mad at me for sitting and reading all the time instead of doing my chores. I have moved around a lot in the last 17 years. No matter where I go though, my books make me feel like I have created a home there. It is the one constant I have had.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my very first read-a-thon, and I am most looking forward to finally taking time in my always busy life to enjoy cuddling up with some good books. It has been too long. When I can’t sit inside any longer, I will be taking my book on a walk, where I will sit and read on a park bench for a while to enjoy the beautiful Fall sun.

Time to start! Happy Reading!!!