Hour 18 – Kristen’s Memories + Vlogging

So it took some digging, but I found my first Dewey’s readathon post. I had to find my old blog – Bookworming in the 21st Century and it was April 10, 2010 when I first dove into the readathon! I overslept but logged on and planned to eat every 2-4 hours because I was dieting (oh my!) and had a variety of YA books and graphic novels on my TBR. I ended up reading 6.5 books and struggling to get through hours 20 and 21 and soon fell asleep. I also did EVERY mini challenge and posted it on my blog so who knows how much I actually read that day.

While I was there, I found some old vlogs I had tried out and wow… I’m so glad I quit that. I love some vlogs but I’ve never been great at them myself so I never pursued it seriously.

One Does Not Simply Meme | ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY MAKE A VLOG | image tagged in memes,one does not simply | made w/ Imgflip meme maker

If you have a great vlog/Booktube about the readathon make sure to connect below! If you want to share your first readathon memory, I’d love to hear it! I know this is isn’t the last Dewey 24 hour readathon, but that it could have been made me think about my many times participating! I haven’t done them ALL since 2010, but I’ve tried to do as many as possible, even if it was just from Twitter/Instagram (sometimes I’m too lazy to blog!).

This hour’s tip for staying awake is drink your fluids – it’s good for you and it makes you get up to use the bathroom more frequently! As my last hour hosting, I’m hoping to make it the whole 24 hours but we’ll see what happens when I log off! What’s your goal?

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Hour 17 – Let’s see those reading buddies

Hello, it’s Kristen still! I know it’s later for those of us in the states, but maybe your pets are night owls. Mine are not, they turn into pumpkins at 7 or 8 pm every night and pass out until morning. They like their 10-11 straight hours of sleep each night.

Maybe you don’t have a pet? It’s okay. You can share what kind of pet you’d like if you could have one! I’ll be over on twitter asking for all the pictures I’m sure as well, but put them up here too! 🙂

Here are my two: Zeus helping me read and Calli snuggling close. They’re both rescue pups and I love them both.

I honestly feel like these two rescued me, I am not sure what I’d do without them.

If your pets are up, another trick to stay up is to play a quick game with them to get yourself up and moving or take a quick walk, even if it’s late at night.

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Hour 16 – Do you want to be a kid again?

Hello friends! I’m Kristen from The Book Monsters, you can find me over at Instagram or Twitter and even Litsy @bookgoil. I’ll be around the next three hours here and over on the Readathon twitter!

I’m a bit of a readathon-a-holic and I’ve participated in many of the 24 hour readathons but I don’t always stay up this late, so I have some ways to keep you guys awake. We can start with this short and funny video.

Not sure if that’s how I’d react to seeing myself as a kid again, but I thought it was fun and definitely woke me right up! I’m sure in these times some of us would like to be kids again. Are any of you reading kids books this go around? I usually have some but not today. I love middle grade fiction especially for some lighter-hearted stories. Share your recommendations below!

Personally I suggest Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, Ban this Book by Alan Gratz, and anything by graphic novelist Ben Hatke.

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Hour 15 -Rachel Noel – Reading During Readathon

I’m gonna level with y’all, I have done almost no reading during the entire isolation. I know, shocker. Actually, given how many people I’ve talked to, it’s not so shocking. A lot of us are feeling disoriented, agitated and just all around unable to focus. I tried to participate in the 24in48 readathon a while back, but barely read a chapter. 

Well, today is a chance to change that! Today we can set aside everything else, turn off the news, select a hashtag to follow on social media and nothing else, and just read. It’s us, our books, our book buddies, and our coffee (or tea if you prefer)!

Of course, if you can’t participate the whole time, don’t worry, you don’t have to. There is no set requirement for Readathon. You can stay off social media, you can read just one chapter, you can listen to audiobooks while playing video games (not gonna lie, I have done that last one). We live in stressful times and even just reclaiming a minute of our lives for ourselves is important. It’s okay to take a break from everything and take care of yourself. You are important.

OOPS! Note from Heather and Andi…we forgot to include the mid-event survey in Hour 12 for the first time in 7.5 years. LOL! Here it is!

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?

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Hour 14 – Rachel Noel – Readathon Support

Readathon is not a solo sport. Whether it’s supporting each other in our reading, or getting support from loved ones (yes, this includes #readathonpets) it’s very helpful to have a good #ReadathonSupport team. Something as little as reminding you to get up and move around can be a serious life saver. I’ll never forget, my first Readathon, I sat too long, foot went numb, and I tripped trying to get to the bathroom!

If you find yourself struggling this Readathon, feel free to reach out for some #ReadathonSupport and we’ll be there. If you have a good #ReadathonSupport team at home, remember to shout them out. Whether it’s a pet reminding you to get some movement and feed them, a child reminding you that you need to eat, a significant other making you coffee (or tea), or even a houseplant reminding you the importance of staying hydrated, be sure to shout them out.

Never forget, self-care is important. This is a long event and it’s only really enjoyable if you’re making sure to take care of yourself. Reading late at night loses its luster if you’re also starving. Reading throughout the day gets difficult if you forget to drink some water and “overdose” on caffeine. And if you need a nap, need to call it a day/night, you do so. Your health matters. And if you even need some encouragement, just let us know. One of my favorite parts of Readathon is cheering on others. 

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Hour 13 – Rachel Noel – 1st Readathon Memories

I’ve been participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon since October 2013. I came across it when I just starting to watch BookTubers and one of them talked about her plans for the Readathon. I thought it sounded fun, intriguing even, and signed up right away. About a day before the event was scheduled to happen. Didn’t even think about it, just signed up. Without a plan. Or a thought. Or a dedicated reading spot. Yeah, I was definitely a newbie.

But I made it through all 24 hours. Barely, but I made it! And I loved it. All of it. While I was hesitant to talk to anyone, I thoroughly enjoyed cheering on other readers, whether it was on their Twitter, Blog or YouTube channel. It’s honestly the biggest part of why I’ve been coming back for almost 7 years. As much fun as it is to stay up 24 hours and just read, it’s so much more fun when you can share jokes, support, recommendations and more with other readers.

So, Andi, Heather, thank you both so much for getting this community going. Thank you for giving me a chance to volunteer and get involved. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for #Readathon.

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Hour 12 – Who are You Reading With?

Welcome to hour 12 readers, I’m Paula ( @kneadyreader ) back with you for this last hour before the halfway point.

Crazy time to be alive, isn’t it?

Even for those of us who are homebody introverts, this is starting to seem like a little TOO much alone time.

Are you reading all by yourself today? Is there anyone else at home, reading or not, keeping you company? Are you trying to connect with other readers, via social media, talk, text or video chat?

My readathon buddy

Here at my place, it is just me and November, the kitty. She isn’t much of a conversationalist, really doesn’t respond to questions or care if I wax poetic about my reading material, but she does her part to keep my lap warm and protected.

Who are you reading with today? Who do you WISH you were reading with today? Who do you WISH wasn’t at home with you during quarantine so you could just read in peace? Let me know in the comments and at the end of the readathon I will choose a random comment and contact you about a prize.

For now, move around a little, get the blood pumping and get back to your reading.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

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Cheer your fellow readers!

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