April 2021, readathon

Hour 20 – Move your bo(o)d(t)y


We have been reading for 20 hours. Well most of us probably haven’t actually been reading for that long straight. But if you have, ALL the power to you. I will probably have slept at least 5 hours because I don’t think messing up my sleep schedule completely is a reasonable idea for me. How about you? Did you sleep? Are you planning to?

But back to the reading for 20 hours… I know there have already been some posts on moving. Walks, dance parties etc.

What I (would) like to focus on is some stretching. I might even do a little live session over on Twitter. We’ll see. But let’s also do it on here. I am recycling my mini challenge from the last round of Dewey’s.

This challenge is called bake and stretch. So we'll be making a mug brownie and stretching our bodies a bit.

As for the ingredients I think most people will have these things at home. If not, feel free to just get a snack and stretch with us. If stretching isn’t your cup of tea, also totally fine. We’ll need flour, sugar, cocoa, water, oil and vanilla.

step 1: Add 4 tsp flour to your microwave-safe cup

stretch 1: alternately raise your hands over your head and stretch your sides

step 2: Add 4 tsp. sugar

stretch 2: try to touch your toes. Don't worry if you can't reach them, I can't either most of the times.

step 3: Add 2 tsp. cocoa

stretch 3: stretch your hips from side to side

step 4: add 2 tsp water and 2 tsp oil

stretch 4: cross your fingers behind your back and raise your hands

step 5: add 1/4 tsp. vanilla and mix
microwave for 30 seconds

repeat your favorite stretch

And we're done. Have a great hour reading on. 🙂

Mini-Challenge:

Taste the Rainbow hosted by Nicole on her Twitter Page

Twitter Party – Hosted by Rachel Noel

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Hour 19 – (Don’t) Give Up – on pressure

Hi,

My name is Flavia and I am a reader from Germany. This year marks my 5th anniversary of participating in the Dewey’s 24-hour readathon.

The first time I participated it was quite last minute and I didn’t really expect much.

As I’ve participated more and more and had more “successes” I started to put more pressure on myself. To accomplish more and be better.

But that is not always possible. You might not sleep well the night before the readathon. You might have had a stressful week and just not have the power to really read much this weekend. Your mental or physical health might not be as good as you had hoped. Maybe something came up.

And if you are like me that might be frustrating. And to be honest I don’t have the patented recipe to deal with that frustration. But I do encourage you to change your perspective if you are in a situation like that. What can you do to feel better now?

And that might just be to give up and ditch this readathon!

To be honest I did briefly consider that in the course of today since I felt disappointed in myself. But then I really got into another book and now I’m over 200 pages into that (I’m writing this in hour 11).

Another option is to just change your focus. Focus on self care, Focus on quality time with your partner/fam/animal, Focus on bingeing “Shadow and Bone”.

We are living through the apocalypse. Don’t beat yourself up and if you need someone to hype you up, comment here or join me on twitter for some sprints and fun 🙂

Mini-Challenge:

Draw Book Cover Blind hosted by Marta on her Twitter account

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Hour 18 – Inspired by a past readathon?


Hi lovelies,

This is Juli (ichlese) again, … spending another hour with y’all. One of my favorite things to do is “spy” on other reader’s TBRs, their snack piles, and their readathon habits. I feel so inspired by everyone here and have incorporated countless book recommendations into my reading lists, looked up yummy recipes for things I saw someone eat, or got motivated to build a pillow fort because someone had talked about doing that.

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So, I am here to see if you have taken on anything you’ve heard about or seen during a past readathon? Leave your answers in the comments!

Happy reading,

Juli

Mini-Challenge:

9 Word Story hosted by Rachael Your objective, if you choose to accept it, is to write a story only using 9 words. Complete this mission on Twitter using #ReadathonNineWordStory and good luck. #readathon

Twitter Party – Hosted by Bernadette

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April 2021, readathon

Hour 17 – Escape from reality and live in your book’s setting!

Hi bookworms,

This is Juli (ichlese) and in my time zone we are officially starting Sunday! I am sure everyone has been hitting the pages and I hope you found time to snack some and move around as well. I know I need to be reminded to stretch occasionally!

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Get up and move!

Now that we have that out of the way …… let’s talk about your book’s setting. If you could be pulled into your current read:

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This is what I imagine happens when we use portals!
  1. Where would you live? Describe your world!
  2. Who would you be? For example, what’s your occupation? Do you have magical powers? Also, are you the protagonist or an interesting sidekick? What do you look like?
  3. And what do you think about that? Do you like who you are in this fictional setting?

I am currently reading Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. Honestly, I would probably be one of many of Vanessa’s YouTube fans hoping she’ll update her channel soon so I can see what beautiful place she is visiting next. I vicariously live through other people’s travel adventures already so I probably would do the same in a fictional world. Overall, I think I wouldn’t be very different from me IRL. I imagine I would still be somewhat introverted hiding behind my computer screen. I’d like to think though that I would have much better fashion sense and maybe that I would be a photographer hoping to get my big break and travel the world to take pictures.

Leave your answers in the comments!

Happy reading,

Juli

Mini-Challenge:

Fake Readathon Facts hosted by Rachael – What are some unknown facts that only happen during the #readathon? Put your investigative cap on and post your most outlandish findings on Twitter using #fakereadathonfacts. 

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Hour 16 – Keep up the reading we can do this!!! Bernadette !!! Jump and exercise your mind!!

This is Bernadette again

I’m also the host next hour!! I been participating in the Dewey 24 hr Readathon for like Eight years and volunteering in the Readathon for three years


This the day I want to see pictures of the books your reading

It’s amazing that we come together and read as a whole community and be as one.

If y’all want to do my challenge on Twitter go to http://www.twitter.com\Bernadette1985

Do y’all readers mediate? Or keep focus?

Exercise is good for your mind health?

Keep on reading 📖

Mini-Challenge:

I’m currently reading A serial killer Daughter

Bookish Brain Break hosted by Amanda on the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Facebook Page

Twitter Party – Hosted by Whitney

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Continue reading “Hour 16 – Keep up the reading we can do this!!! Bernadette !!! Jump and exercise your mind!!”

April 2021, readathon

Hour 15 – Let’s listen to music while reading?😘😘📖

Hi readers

My name is Bernadette and I’m going to be your co-host for two and 1/2 hours. Let’s jam it.. I love jamming to music 🎶 even if I’m not reading or studying!!

What is your favorite music to listen to while your reading?

Mini-Challenge: I have a Twitter mini challenge later on

The challenge is going to be very fun

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Consequences! hosted by Whitney on her Twitter page

What’s your favorite book series?

That’s the book I’m currently reading

April 2021, readathon

Hour 14 – Let’s Talk 5-Star Reads


How are ya feeling? Hopefully fresh as a daisy!

But don’t beat yourself up if you’re starting to get a little weary eyed. It’s normal.

This hour, I want you to tell me about a recent read that you rated 5-stars. I’m always looking to expand my already insane TBR list even though it gives me anxiety to see it grow. How will I ever read all these books in my lifetime? Oh right, I probably won’t. I just like to have a lot of options.

I recently finished two 5-star reads in a row, which is a rarity for me. A 5-star book is something that moves me and probably makes me cry. It’s a book I can’t stop thinking about. Since I get most of my books from the library these days (yay for digital loans!) when I finish a top rated read, I also tend to go out and buy a copy from a local indie bookstore to send to someone I think would love it. It allows me to support a local business, the author, and do something nice for a friend or family member. It also means I have a lot fewer physical books in my possesion, which means more room for plants. I rarely re-read books, so I don’t mind not have physical copies. Over the years, I went from being emotionally attached to all my books, to freeing myself from that mentality. I’d much rather share a book with someone than keep it on a shelf.

So what did I read recently that I loved?

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix made me laugh, cry, and cringe. I highly recommend Hendrix to anyone who enjoys quirky horror. Though, I don’t think enjoyment of his stuff is predicated on a love of horror at all.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett is a hunger-games-esque YA novel that I blasted through and couldn’t put down.

So what about you? Tell me about a recent 5-star read in the comments or on Twitter.

How big is your TBR pile today? Do you tend to go big or keep it small? If you don’t finish everything today will you continuing going through your pile after readathon?

Mini-Challenge:

A Scandalous Stack hosted by Melissa

Twitter Party – Hosted by Elizabeth

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April 2021, readathon

Hour 13 – Doing Things Outside the Box

Howdy everyone! I’m Steph and I’ve been participating in this event since 2009. It’s my favorite bookish event, but I’ll admit that as I’ve gotten older, it’s a lot harder to stay awake. Feel free to to say hi to me on Twitter where I’m most active.

We’ve passed the halfway point and some of you may have finished a book or two already. I tend to approach the April event a little more leisurely. This time around, I’ve decided to split my time reading my current book and making my way through a stack of New Yorker magazines that have pilled up on my bookshelf.

Do you approach the April and October readathons a bit differently. Are you doing anything outside the box today? Tell me about it in the comments section!

I’ll be around for until the end of hour 14 and only time will tell how much longer I’ll be able to stay awake. I’m already fading. Pro-tip: avoid caffeine and sugar. You’ll wake up with a mega readathon hangover!

Mini-Challenge:

Mixtape hosted by Melissa on Twitter

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April 2021, readathon

Hour 12 – We’re Halfway!!!


Hi Y’all this is Elizabeth again from youtube or you can also catch me on twitter and instagram @elizabethgreads . I have great news. Wether you have read alot or just started reading for the day we have made it to the halfway point. Congratulations everyone on an amazing readathon so far.

I want to encourage everyone to celebrate the moment. Throw yourself an impromptu dance party or better yet celebrate with the rest of the community over at the twitter party thats being hosted by @kaitplusbooks right now.

I thought I would keep this update post short so we can all maximize the time we have left today. Please update us with your reading and readathon adventures by doing the biannual mid-event survey.

My Current read is Dep. of Speculation by Jenny Offil

Happy reading Y’all. Thanks for making this Dewey’s 24 hour readathon fun and amazing.

Mini-Challenge:

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?

Link up below or leave a comment!

Twitter Party – Hosted by Kait

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April 2021, readathon

Hour 11- Getting Fresh Air During a Readathon

Hi Everyone this is Elizabeth from Elizabeth G Reads on youtube but you can also find me over on twitter and instagram @elizabethgreads . The dewey’s 24 hour readathog is one my favorite readathons and I look forward to it every year. I hope Dewey’s 24 hour readathon is going well for everyone so far. For Hour 11 I wanted to encourage everyone to refresh themselves by getting some fresh air.

Take a Walk outside

I find that taking a walk and excerise in general tends to give me a quick jolt of energy. If you want to get some reading in you can also have a book in your ear and listen to an audio book. I also find a quick walk to some upbeat music is good reading break. Its spring (here in the northern hemisphere) so taking time to enjoy the birds chirping and spring wild flowers is also a great idea. If your in the southern hemisphere happy fall.

Read Outside

If you have the ability to I recommend reading outside. If you’ve never been brave enough let me reassure you that its a great way to relax. Take a blanket out to the park and a big bottle of water and enjoy of good book. In my home town we had an old damn that I loved to readout and listen to the wonderful sounds of water fall and bird’s songs.

If you have a patio or balcony take full advantage of this luxury. I love siting in my chair a reading. Pro tip during mosquito season a citronella candle is a must. This winter I put up some string lights and in addition to the cozy ambiance its the perfect light for reading at night.

My current favorite reading spot

Open a Window

Right now in Houston Texas the weather is absolutely the perfect temperature. At the right hours opening the windows and letting a breeze through not only good for getting some fresh air but it cools my place down without using the costly AC. If you don’t have a patio or balcony sitting by an open window is a similar to reading outside.

The Virtual Outside

If the weather is bad or local restrictions don’t allow for some outside time you can give yourself a vitrual outside expereince. I love reading with a beautiful asmr youtube video air steaming on my TV. Here are two of the ones I’ve been loving recently.

The first one is a lovely spring country side with lovely wildflowers and birds sing.

For a more bookish experience how about taking a trip to the black lake.

Happy reading everyone and I hope this readathon brings y’all as much happiness as its brings me.

Mini-Challenge:

BOOKISH WOULD YOU RATHER hosted by Kait

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