October 2017

Hour 17 – In Translation

Julianne again and it’s Hour 17! My last one with you sweet angels before I will probably fall asleep. Thank you so much for having me and for hanging out with me on the official Readathon Twitter! We’ve got another hour left together, so let’s make the most of it!!

Anyway, back to Having It AllTM, another thing that I personally struggle with during Readathon is the oppressive guilt I feel when I don’t do things I feel like I “should” be doing. Most people are able to let go for special occasions like Readathon at the very least, but that’s something my therapist and I are still working on!!

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SO I’m here to talk to you about a way that I have fun mixing it up during Readathon and feeling productive while doing so: reading books in a different language. I’ve been studying Japanese for a while now and after going to Japan I only want to get better at it. I take time to do flash cards, study kanji, and watch/listen to/read Japanese at least for a little every day. So, of course, I’d like to continue that if at all possible. I find it incredibly fun to read a book in a different language (if you’re not fluent in that language especially) because it is a completely different experience from normal reading. It’s a lot more like solving a puzzle and there is some SERIOUSLY STIMULATING brain rewardage going on when you figure out difficult sentences. And, let’s be honest, after this many hours of reading we could use some stimulation.

Don’t know any other languages and not interested in checking out some kids books to learn at the moment? So fair. I do highly suggest you check out some books in translation, though! It can be stimulating to read something unlike what you normally read if you generally just check out books from your home country or other countries that speak the same language as you.

What are your favorite books in translation? Are you using books to learn another language? Now that I think of it, I guess reading a textbook would count too, but as long as you are ACTUALLY HAVING FUN. Again, that’s the point (I’ve heard).

If you want to be friends, don’t be afraid to reach out! I blog at Outlandish Lit and you can find me on Instagram and Twitter as well. Thanks again!

Mini-Challenges

Time Flies

Books and Pets

10 Years in 10 Books

Prize Winners

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October 2017

Hour 16 – Your Podcast Fix In Book Form

Julianne again! Good job hitting Hour 16, readers! I think part of what can make Readathon challenging is giving up parts of your daily routine that you really enjoy. Truly my series of co-hosting posts could be sub-subtitled “Having It All,” because that’s what I’m trying to achieve in my reading so I don’t get burnt out. And you can too!!

Something I really enjoy is listening to a good, old-fashioned true crime podcast. My Favorite Murder, Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, WHATEVER. But guess what. There are books about true crime, too! I know, the world is a wild place. I think I’m going to check out The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich when I’m feeling like I need a break from fiction. If you’ve been enjoying watching MindHunter on Netflix, you might want to check out the book it was based on: MindHunter by John E. Douglas.

Murderino or not, this technique can be applied to all sorts of podcasts. Comedy podcast? Read a memoir by your favorite comedian (Phoebe Robinson, anybody?). Into tech news? There are plenty of popular science books that are super readable! And so on and so forth. If reading is still getting you down, don’t forget that you can find most things in audiobook form so it won’t be like you’re not listening to a podcast at all!! Man, I’m just full of good news tonight.

Do you have any favorite podcasts that you can easily translate into book form? Let us know yours in the comments to help out your fellow podcast addicts!

Mini-Challenges

Books and Pets

Decades of Reading

10 Years in 10 Books

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Myriam C. Daoust

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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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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

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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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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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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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