Good morning, good evening, good night to allllll my lovelies around the world! Welcome to the April 2020 Readathon!!

Heather here, waking up super early to take you through the first two hours of the readathon. So, get ready! It starts in one hour!!! If you need something to do besides go over that stack of books one more time or wonder if you need one more snack (yes, yes you do), here is the opening survey for you to answer! See you back here at start time!

Opening Survey!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
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?

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95 thoughts on “Hour 0 – Pre-Party with Heather

  1. 1) Marburg/Germany (smack dab in the middle)
    2) Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
    3) My strawberries and blueberries I´m about to eat
    4) Random fact: Went from disliking cats (allergic) to crazy cat lady thanks to a ginger stray (RIP Tigger)
    5) This is my first readathon, looking forward to knocking some books off my TBR and (hopefully) connect with some fellow booklovers. Would love to make some new friends

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  2. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Northern California
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Meddling Kids
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Homemade
    Pizza, and cake
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I love animals and am very opinionated about wild animals staying wild.
    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 time I am going to not put pressure on myself to read a certain amount and just have fun. Whatever I read, is still reading. I’m also giving myself times to take brakes and be active.

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  3. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today

    Houston, TX

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

    Corn Dip

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself?

    Reader, Loves to Binge watch TV like Supernatural, Criminal Minds,

    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?

    Different, I’m not at my usual spot – with my best friend & her husband at a hotel, I woke up late cause I didn’t set my alarm correctly; This is my 20th read-a-thon

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  4. 1. I am reading from Connecticut USA
    2. My first book Capturing the Devil. I have held off reading it because I do not want the series to end
    3. Pretzel crisps lol
    4. I have a toddler who is amazing and loves to read and will probably be interrupting me all day. Also doing this virtually with the bestie!
    5. Different because me and the bestie usually do it together in person but I have holed in my home office this time lol. I usually just sit in living room and try to read around others…Not this time!

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  5. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    San Diego
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    I am looking forward to finishing Gideon the Ninth
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Fresh fruit and iced tea
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I am going to try and stay awake the full 24 hours. Then I have to go to sleep right away, because I am helping to host a virtual book club 8 hours after the readathon ends…
    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?
    I missed the last one due to being at a bookish conference out of state, but I am planning to be very active on Instagram to celebrate what would have been Independent Bookstore Day.

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  6. 1) I am in Arlington, VA

    2) I am excited to read Lush Money because it was written by a friend of a friend.

    3) The Pain au Chocolat I am about to eat.

    4) I am a writer working on my 3rd novel and working towards getting my novels published.

    5) In years past, I had to work around the family schedule and could only read for short stints. This year, I have gotten everyone in the family to do the readathon so I’m going to attempt to stay up for 24 hours!

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  7. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Missouri, USA

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? the Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? strawberries (under quarantine so fresh fruit has become a greater treat)

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    Outside of getting fresh fruit finding that quarantine lifestyle suites me—plenty of time for reading

    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? I plan on listening to audiobooks a bit more and trying to participate more in online chats

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  8. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Newfoundland, Canada
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – Things in Jars
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? – Cake
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! – I would like to win the lottery and get an English cottage with a great garden.
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? – l’m having a lot of nausea this morning from a chronic neck problem so I might end up doing more audiobooks this time around. Which is disappointing because I was really looking forward to finishing a couple print novels. But still am very grateful for audiobooks!

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  9. Hello and happy reading!

    1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Edinburgh, Scotland
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Don’t have a stack, but several stacks. Loving Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires.
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Always popcorn.
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I read everything, I blog most things, and I’m still married after six weeks in lockdown.
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Actually finish more than one book?

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  10. 1) I’m reading from Arkansas, USA
    2) I”m most looking forward to reading Jim Ross’ book Under the Black Hat
    3) My favorite snack for today would have to be these single malt scotch caramels my wife bought me from Man Crate (she bought them for me but I had to share)
    4) Something about me that probably sets me apart from others is that I’m transgender and I’m a high school math teacher.
    5) I fell asleep around 1am my time during the last readathon and I woke up late, so the goal today is to not fall asleep until this is over at 6am tomorrow. I did wake up late again, but I guess I will work on fixing that part of my plan next year. I”m also going to take more walks with my audiobooks to keep me going when I’m tired.

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  11. 1) London 🇨🇦
    2) I am looking forward to finally finishing up A Tale for the Time Being — Ruth Ozeki
    3) looking forward to our bbq lunch! Yum!
    4) I’m a busy little EtsyShop owner – imperfectlyworthy.etsy.com
    5) This is my first deweysreadathon! And I am looking forward to RELAXING w my books! 💕

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  12. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Albany, NY
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? FINALE BY STEPHANIE GARBER
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Beef jerky
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I am so behind on my reading this year and really need to catch up lol
    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? I participated in every one for the past four years,i will probably nap more when tired during this one and I am not eating really bad food during this one that makes me groggy. I have mostly healthy snacks this year!

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  13. 1. Part of the world your reading from? Virginia,United States
    2. Book in your stacks your looking forward to reading? Completing The First Mrs.Rothschild by Sara Aharoni,Yardenne Greenspan (Translator). Reading Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas.
    3. What snack are you looking forward to? Potato Chips & dip
    4. About self. Retired.Married,Avid reader. 1 dog.
    5. I have done this read-a-thon once before. I don’t think I’ll change anything.

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  14. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Florida. 🌴
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Pachinko
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Ummm all of them. Lol
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I just returned to school!
    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? I have been more vocal about it.. so friends and family know i am booked for the weekend 🥰

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  15. Hi all – everyone’s books and snacks sound great!

    1) MN, US
    2) I’ve somehow fallen down a Cassandra Clare rabbit hole (they’ve honestly been a great distraction) so I’m hoping to finish the last of those and move on to something new. The new N.K. Jemisin perhaps???
    3) It’s a little on the nose but I’m looking forward to drinking ALL the coffee.
    4) I’m an accountant by profession so my reading log spreadsheet gives me an embarrassing amount of joy.
    5) I did the readathon in 2016 and had a lot of fun, but I feel asleep pretty early so I’m hoping to stay up a bit later this time around.

    Happy reading!

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  16. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Fifteens (a lokal sweet snack) and a burrito bowl
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!- I am a German, living in Belfast.
    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? – Gonna try to find a good balance between reading and social media.

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  17. 1) South of Germany
    2) Looking forward to finishing Behemoth by Peter Watts and then I will pick at random.
    3) I am not much of a sncker. I will cook a meal leter. Funnily enough, something with Sauerkraut. I live the clichee!
    4) Tell us a little… Single, I read a lot, mostly SF, comics, popcorn horror…
    5) Doing differently: not counting pages, just how long I read. I came to the realization that counting pages is too much hassle. I‘d rather just read. And it doesn‘t really matter, how fast one reads or how many pages, as long as we read…

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  18. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? US West Coast
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Right now just coffee
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a children’s librarian assistant
    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? I’m done several. I usually make a chart to track my reading. This time I didn’t, just going to be a bit more casual .

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  19. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Los Angeles
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Ever After
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Potato balls
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I love hiking
    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?
    I will try to do more check ins.

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  20. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Buffalo, NY
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Where the Crawdads Sings
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Didn’t really think about it
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! MH/CD counselor, wife, and mother to 1 yo boy
    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? I actually missed last year as I was adjusting to becoming a first time mother.

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  21. 1) USA, North Carolina, West Jefferson
    2) ALL of them!
    3) popcorn eater
    4) I’m a librarian, banjo picker, knitter, have two cats and a beagle
    5) I am hoping to take reading breaks through the day to check-in with this event while working! Our library is closed for COVID-19 Shutdown, but I am holding a Red Cross Blood Drive here today. I will be a full-time reader during the second half of the event 🙂

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  22. Hello!

    1) Pennsylvania USA
    2) The Royal We
    3) Not sure. I think salsa and chips and Dunkin Donuts munchkins
    4) I am almost 28 weeks pregnant! We also have an almost-3-year-old.
    5) I missed October but have done this before. I am desperate to “stay on task” and read. My son is a toddler and demands so much attention. We are trying to get him to read more (though he loves books and the library), so we will build a fort and see if he will sit and read.

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  23. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Vancouver, BC

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    I started with a Stuart McLean collection and am looking forward to finishing by listening to some favourite stories on Spotify.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Girl Guide cookies and pizza

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I love to read and write, play the trumpet, play field hockey and golf.

    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?
    I’m doing the whole 24 hours this time (naps, notwithstanding). No soccer games to go to or hockey games to play this year!

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  24. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Lithia Springs, Georgia
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    I look most forward to making great progress in the Darkhaven series
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Tortilla chips and cheese dip!
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    My name is Nicole. I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I started reviewing books in 2013. I’ve gone through a few blog names. None of them really fit me. In 2015, I developed the name Willow Star Serenity. It suited me. Willow Writes And Reads is my blog name now. I adore it. I’ve entertained changing it to The Introverted Readathoner, but I am rather fond of my current name.
    I also hate talking about myself. It makes me feel very conceited.
    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?
    I’ll be sticking to my schedule as much as possible. The fact that I woke up with a very sore throat, congestion, and little to no voice will help this very much.

    I have this and my TBR posted on my blog. I’m very excited!!!

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  25. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Pennsylvania, USA
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Too hard to decide!
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Charcuterie board
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I enjoy spending readathon in my library/attic, where I’ve 6,000+ books. It’s a giant TBR pile! Readathon is anticipated on par with Christmas and I’ve spent the week preparing!
    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? I’ve tried to be smarter with snacks and I’m still honing my TBR (for the day) selection skills.

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  26. 1. Pennsylvania, USA
    2. re-reading Julie of the Wolves
    3. sushi
    4. I’m working through reading all of the Newbery Medal winners and have recently discovered the joy of audiobooks. I have an almost 3 year old, who I think already loves book, so I’ve done something right for her.
    5. I was able to convince my husband to occupy my daughter for most of the day, so hopefully that will help. I will also try to do more activities on social media, as I am typically shy of them

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  27. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Naples, Italy
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    No one in particular
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Coffee ice cream
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I love reading a lot and I love readathons. Dewey’s was my first readathon
    5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? I’ll sleep

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  28. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    Round Rock Tx
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Locke and Key
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Chex Mix and Reese pieces
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I am board game geek but also enjoy reading 📚. Haven’t much chance to read as much lately but taking a day to read with the family.
    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?
    Nothing different just read and enjoy the time.

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  29. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? The United States, specifically the Midwest.
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I got some new spicy hummus to try and I’m very excited about it. I also made a lemon pineapple cake!
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I have 2 dogs and 4 cats that will be my reading buddies today.
    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? Sadly I’m doing this by myself this time, but my friends and I will be doing google hangouts to cheer each other from afar!

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  30. 1) Reading from Alberta, Canada
    2) I really want to finish City if Women which has been on hold for months!
    3) We didn’t make a special run so just whatever is around.
    4) I am a library technician who loves puzzles (all kinds). Also a cat lady.
    5) I participated once before, and this one should be much the same. Reading with my 8 year old who is very excited!

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  31. 1. Inglewood, CA
    2. Tiny Crimes (Anthology of short mysteries)
    3. Ice Cream (Chocolate Moose Tracks)
    4. I’m Alysia and I love belly dance, books, and lately yoga. I think yoga might be a thing I will keep after quarantine is over.
    5. This is my 11th(?) read-a-thon I think. I am going to focus on short stories and novellas.

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  32. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Juneau Alaska

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I don’t know. I have a few stacks.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Ice cream sandwiches.

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! This is the question that is hardest for me. I am an introvert but am finding the quarantine rough going. I’ll be reading with Zoey, my shih tzu. I will probably be using print, kindle and audiobooks this year. I’m a mood reader and this year being so crazy , my mood is everywhere. I also enjoy coloring and walking in the woods. I’m trying to learn a few words a week in different languages during this quarantine.

    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? The major thing I’m doing different is starting late. I’ve been sick so I had to listen to my body. I’m trying not to be disappointed in myself.

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  33. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Pasadena, CA
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I joined kind of spur-of-the-moment, so I’m not sure. But my entire coffee table is covered with books at the moment, so making any sort of dent will be delightful.
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I have some leftover pizza that makes me pretty happy, because I am tired of quarantine cooking.
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Life-long bookworm. I work in publishing, so reading is also a major part of my job, which I adore except sometimes it’s hard to find time to read just for me.
    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? I haven’t done this one in a while, so I’m just happy to be participating again.

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  34. 1: Long Beach, CA
    2: The Big Book of Digital Leadership Games
    3: Grapes
    4: I love life, and experiencing it with the ones I love. Quarantining is hard.
    5: I’ll journal while reading for salient points.

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  35. Hello all!
    I’m reading in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s a cloudy but beautiful day here, & I hope to read outside quite a bit!
    I’m not looking forward to just one particular book, because this readathon I decided to revisit some of my favorite books growing up! Some from when I was a kid, and some from my teen years.
    This time around, I didn’t buy any special snacks, so I’ll just be eating whatever I can find!
    I’m a 42 year old single lady with a great job in pharmacy, two awesome dogs, and no kids! I love reading, listening to music, Halloween, and watching horror movies. This stay at home order didn’t change my life much 🤣
    This is my 12th readathon, and I’ve learned to just play it loose and have fun!

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  36. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
    The Woodlands, TX in my house.
    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
    Quarantine – It seems fitting!
    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
    Cheese & Crackers. Cheese is life.
    4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
    I love to read and should hit 40 books read for the year during this readathon. I’m obsessed with Supernatural, love cats and to travel.
    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 our 26th readathon. We’re at home, which is weird for us but what’s not weird right now?

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  37. 1. I’m reading from San Antonio, TX
    2. I’m most looking forward to What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli.
    3. I bought some cheese whiz. I don’t think I have had that since I was a teen.
    4. Something about myself? Let’s see my name is Amanda, I’m 31, an enneagram 4 and I really miss going to the library
    5. Something different about this one is the lack of audiobooks. Most of the time the majority of my list is audiobooks, but not today.

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  38. 1) I’m reading from Melbourne Australia.
    2) Ghost Species by James Bradley in physical format, Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde in audio.
    3) Looking forward to trying the fruits I’ve dehydrated in my new food dehydrator!
    4) I’ve run out of shelf space in my house…
    5) This is my first time participating. I’m looking forward to seeing how many books we all read, collectively!

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  39. 1. What fine part of the world are reading from reading today? Brooklyn, N.Y.
    2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith and Project Chick Nikki Turner.
    3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Milano cookes ,fruits and drinks.
    4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 34 studying back my academics and having fun.
    5. If you participated in the last readathon! Yes
    What’s one thing you’ll do different today? Finished reading the books
    If this is your first read-a-Thon l, what are you most looking forward to? The community reading together as one nation!!😍😍📚📚🌞

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  40. I’m reading from Ohio! I’m most excited to finish The Scions of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I’m using the readathon as an opportunity to finish some books I’m already partway through! The best snack is always coffee 😅 This is my first time participating, and I’m just looking forward to the challenge of reading 24 hours! Oh, and a little about me: I’m a writer and published my first book last year!

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  41. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? California

    2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I’m really just trying to finish books I’d already started. I’m definitely finishing The Guinevere Deception today.

    3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Poptarts and Macarons!

    4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a librarian and really miss helping the public. Not sure when we will re-open but I look forward to seeing my patrons again.

    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? I’m just going to read as much as I can. I don’t really try and reach 24 hours since that’s impossible for me.

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  42. I’m late to start, but I’m jumping in! I posted about it on my blog/dreamwidth (linked), and I’ll try to post there and maybe on IG throughout the rest of the read-a-thon. Thanks for all you guys do to make this happen for us!

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