24-Hour Readathon Begins! April 2017

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I am super excited to begin my 3rd time participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I participated a year ago and almost made it 24 hours but not quite. I hope to be more successful this time. Wish I hadn’t been too excited to get a decent night’s sleep last night. Oh well.

I’ve made some tweaks to my literature this year. I have added large print books for some of the later hours when your eyes start to get a bit blurry. I also have a supply of audiobooks to allow me to continue reading while moving around a bit. This will hopefully keep my body going for 24 hours. I hope to read around 700 pages and finish at least 4 books.

IMG_20170428_190114050I have my reading spots, my book stack and snacks all ready. I actually have multiple reading spots this year. I’ve included a picture of one and will post from a different one later. My snacks are plentiful. While they don’t look too healthy, I do have some apple slices in there somewhere.

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It’s time for the opening survey:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Missouri City, Texas, USA (first time doing this in the US!)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forward to reading Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Twizzlers
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have recently moved back to the United States and am now working at a Public Library. Clearly I love books.
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? As mentioned above I am adding audiobooks to my reading list as well adding some additional reading spots to keep things fresh.

Let’s do this!!!!

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24 Hour Readathon – Halfway Point!

I’m still going strong, even at Hour Twelve! Here is my mid-point survey responses:Readathon

  1. What are you reading right now? I am halfway through “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf.
  2. How many books have you read so far? I have not finished any books yet, but I made some progress on “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami before switching to Virginia Woolf.
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? When I am finished with Virginia Woolf, I am looking forward to reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. It is the Halloween season after all.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I have had some interruptions. Eating and walking around are necessary interruptions. I do find myself wasting a lot of time on social media. I really don’t think I need to keep reading about people reading, and yet I am addicted. During the 2nd half of this readathon, I will be spending less time on social media.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I guess I didn’t realize how many activities there would be. New mini-challenges are offered every hour, and of course I have to participate. I also didn’t know how much of the readathon involves social media. I mean, I actually went on my Twitter account and posted for the first time in seven years. Finally, I feel that I should have spent more time preparing for this readathon. I could have prepared snacks ahead of time, made sure everything I needed for 24 hours was nearby, etc.

Time to get back to reading!