Hour 20 – Until We Meet Again: Farewell from Mr Geek

Hi there fellow readers! Thank you for sticking with me for these last couple of hours! I figured now was the perfect time to reflect on the day!

While I have participated in numerous read-a-thons in the past, I’ve never had the chance to co-host. This was an all new experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved seeing all the likes, comments and interactions with my posts/tweets throughout the day. It was great chatting with everyone both on the Dewey blog and mine (www.TreatYoShelf.blog), plus on Twitter (@ItsMrGeekToYou), about the books you’re reading. This has been such a great community to be a part of! I also wanted to give Kate a shoutout! She’s the mastermind behind the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon and did a fantastic job organizing everything! I’m already looking forward to joining in again in 2021!

Personally, the best part of my day was when I took a walk on the local trail near my home. I decided to veer off my standard route, sit near a river and enjoy my audiobook for awhile + the crisp Autumn air! It was an extremely scenic spot, very peaceful and quiet. It was also great getting out of the house for awhile and enjoying the great outdoors!

Since I’m being reflective, you should be too! What was your favorite part of the day? Did you read a truly amazing book? Did you participate in a Mini-Challenge? Did you take your self on a socially-distance adventure and read somewhere fun? Let me know in the comments!

Like I said, I’ve really enjoy my time co-hosting today! I hope you’ll stay connected with me either at my blog (www.TreatYoShelf.blog) or on Twitter (@ItsMrGeekToYou)!

Until Next Time,
Mr Geek

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Dewey’s Wordsearch with Kate

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Hour 19 – You Got This! Motivation by Mr Geek

Hello fellow Read-A-Thon Readers! Let me start off by introducing myself. My name is Shawn but my friends call me Mr Geek. I am an avid reader and also love the occasional round of golf, latest gadgets, delicious coffee and fine wines! I’m the author behind www.TreatYoShelf.blog. A blog dedicated to books – recommendations, reviews, TBRs, recaps and more! I’m also a frequent Twitter user, so feel free to connect with me there – @ItsMrGeekToYou. I love discussing books with anyone and everyone!

At this point, it’s starting to get pretttttttttttttttttttty late! I’m sure you’re starting to get tired and your motivation is waning. Well, I’m here to say YOU GOT THIS! Push through and squeeze in those last few pages! Overall, I’ve had a pretty productive reading day. I was able to finish Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and have nearly finished my audiobook (Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay). By the time this post goes live, I’ll have started up my next book, City of Ghost by Victoria Schwab. My October TBR has revolved around spooky / creepy / scary reads (if that’s your thing, check out my post: October ’20 TBR).

This year has been such a weird reading year for me. I have really had to stick with fast paced, edge of your seat novels or I just can’t focus on them! A similar theme to what I’m dealing with tonight (since it’s getting late here on the East Coast and I’m pretty tired)! How has your reading day been? Were you able to finish any books? Anything I should add to my TBR (or move to the top)? Let me know in the comments!

I’m also going to be leading some reading sprints over on the Readathon account on Twitter, so be sure to stop over there! See you soon for my next check in!

Until Next Time,
Mr Geek

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Bookish Best Friend Mini Challenge with Starlight System

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Hour 18 – Staying Awake When You Don’t Want To

Hiyo! It’s Steph again! (find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.)

How’s everybody doing? You’re almost there!!! Can you believe it? These are going to be toughest hours for many of you.

I’ve been participating in this event for over a decade and my ability to stay awake for 24 hours has truly gone downhill ever since. 

I’m shocked that I’m even up this late! It’s a real accomplishment for me.

It’s really hard to stay awake but I also know how great it feels to finish a whole 24 hours of reading without ever dozing off. You feel like a beast, a champion—dare I say, superhuman? 

Some people, though, are better at keeping their eyes open than others. My number one tip is to STAY AWAY FROM CAFFEINE. It is your enemy. Especially if you’re a regular caffeine drinker. You’ll be temporarily wide-eyed, but soon you’ll be traipsing off to dreamland. And if you do manage to stay awake, you’ll probably get a headache.

So here are a few non-caffeine-related tips to keep you up and flipping through pages.

Staying awake when you don’t want to

Injure yourself. I know this is effective because I stubbed my toe so hard two weeks ago that I broke it. It was right before bedtime and I ended up staying up because it jolted me awake. I don’t condone purposely hurting yourself, so instead, just pinch your arm—and don’t be gentle.

Read something that infuriates you. Getting mad can really get your blood pumping. If none of your current books are pissing you off, reach for an article online. There’s a lot out there that’s bound to make you rage.

Get frisky. A little bit of sexy time can help you stay awake, but careful, release can also encourage you to doze off.

Take a cold shower. Feel your eyes slowly shutting while you try to re-read the same page for the 6th time? Jump in the shower and turn on the cold water. Instant wake up!

Ask someone else to nag you. If you have a partner or family member who easily stays up past their bedtime, ask them to give you a hand in staying awake. They can physically nudge you or send you texts to keep your mind alert. 

Talk to yourself. Give yourself a pep talk. You won’t go to sleep because you’re better than that. You can stay awake. You know it’s going to suck tomorrow, but if you finish you will revel in the pride of having read for 24 hours. YOU ARE A WINNER. 

Set a million alarms. Something I do every readathon is set an alarm for every hour during the 24-hour period. It’s extremely annoying but it reminds me to check on mini-challenges, blog posts, and pop in to see how other readathoners are doing.

Source: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-09-18/8-wildly-unconventional-tricks-for-staying-awake-when-sleep-isnt-an-option 

Mini-Challenge:

Song to Match Your Book Mini Challenge from Jenna

Twitter Party – Hosted by Nicole

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Hour 17 – MIDNIGHT SNACKS

OMG it’s MIDNIGHT HERE!!!!!!!

The spookiest hour of them all! 

I’m Steph and you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

What time is it where you are? I’ve been reading spooky fare all day and I’m excited for the late-night hour because I rarely read in the middle of the night. I’m currently reading Spook by Mary Roach and loving it. I can’t believe I’ve finished 3 books so far! I really wasn’t expecting to. In fact, I’ve had a bit of an off day today. It’s my first full day off in weeks but it didn’t end up feeling as relaxing as it should have. Thankfully, I started the day with a great read that I really recommend called ‘Ring Shout’. Definitely check it out!

It’s probably about time to start thinking about a midnight snack. What have you been snacking on? Not too much sugar I hope. Sugar is great, don’t get me wrong, but during a 24-hour event, relying on sweet treats can leave you with a headache, which isn’t conducive to reading. 

Shockingly, I’m not really a snacky kinda gal. I prefer meals to snacks, which is why I’m likely going to munch on some pizza when my tummy starts to rumble in the middle of the night. 

I hope you’re staying strong and ready to fight through the next several hours. I can’t promise I’ll be as successful, but I’m so excited to be here hanging out with you tonight.  I vow to stay awake ’till at least 2AM! But maybe I can make it ’till 3AM? Time will tell!

My challenge to you for this hour is to text, message, or poke a friend who is also participating to make sure they’re still awake.

Mini-Challenge:

Make Their Dreams Come True Mini Challenge from Azuki

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Hour 16 – all the reading nooks

It is officially Sunday in my neck of the woods. What part of the day is it for you? Have you been napping already or taken any other breaks?

Just a quick nap, I swear! - Album on Imgur

I have been pretty consistently reading with some short breaks to pet my dogs (for they demand attention!), get some more snacks, make fresh coffee, or to stretch. I am currently lounging on my daybed in the living room (thank you pandemic for making me realize that a futon couch makes an excellent daybed instead) and listening to an audiobook and of course chatting with you. What is your favorite reading nook? Do you tend to move around or stay put? I usually start the readathon off in the guest room (during the reverse readathon in August I had even made a blanket fort there) but once my house is quite in the middle of the night I generally move to the living room because that’s closer to the kitchen where the snacks and the coffee live.

최고 Reading Nook GIF들 | Gfycat

Tell me about your reading spots. And don’t forget to refresh your body, mind and soul during this hour’s mini challenge.

Juli from ichlese.

Mini-Challenge:

Refresh Your Body, Mind, and Soul Yoga Challenge with Angie

Twitter Party – Hosted by Starlight System

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Hour 15 – yummy, yummy snacks in my tummy

Hour 15, you guys!!!! This is Juli from ichlese and I’ll be hanging with you over the next two hours here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Big Coffee GIFs | Tenor

How are you holding up? I’m definitely chugging coffee at this point. I also switched to an audiobook to continue my reading but also be able to chat with everyone.

Snacks GIFs - Get the best GIF on GIPHY

Since, this hour’s challenge is all about snacks, I thought we could tell each other our favorite, maybe even weird, snack recipes or combos. I personally love eating sweet and salty things and you bet I have chocolate covered pretzels right next to me this very moment. I think they are the perfect snack for our October readathons. During the summer reverse readathon, I usually have fresh watermelon, to which, you guessed right, I add some sprinkles of salt. In April, I frequently enjoy some crackers with jam and cheese.

What are you snacking on? What are your weird combinations? Leave your recommendations in the comments.

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Snack Attack Challenge from Kristen

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Hour 14 – Time to Get up and Move

Hello hello friends! Kristen @bookgoil here. It’s been a while since this lovely readathon started, are you feeling sleepy? Do you need to get out of your comfy spot and move?

Here’s some fun videos to get you up and moving and help you get to those 30 minutes of exercise maybe?

Don’t like my videos? Grab an audiobook and take a walk – is it crummy out – you can always walk around your home!

I hope you enjoyed one of those! Ahahaha. The first one is timed but you can pick and choose your songs. The other one, well it’s almost Halloween, hope it made you laugh at least if you didn’t get up and try any of the fun moves.

How are you staying awake during this readathon? Any tips and tricks today?

I think a cat nap or two is in my future. My dogs also keep me walking on and off all day.

Mini-Challenge:

Bad Spooky Books Challenge by Steph Coelho

Twitter Party – Hosted by Steph

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Hour 13 – Grab a Reading Buddy

Hi reading friends, it’s Kristen from The Book Monsters or from social medias @bookgoil. I hope everyone is having a great readathon so far!

I always start off my first cohosting with a round of readathon pets. I love to see what furry friends you are reading with this readathon, feel free to share over on all the social medias, maybe we can trend #readathonpets for a bit.

Do you have a snuggle princess like Calli?

Or do you have an interruptive pup like Zeus who likes to help you read?

Maybe you read with a stuffed animal instead? Or an actual human! Or a virtual buddy, I have lots of those. Maybe you can find a new virtual friend today to keep you reading after the event.

I hope you all are having fun whether you are reading with a buddy or by yourself this wonderful day! Share your buddy below or make a new one! Feel free to share your buddy read too if you’re knocking that out on BINGO!

Mini-Challenge:

Spooky / Fall Word Hunt from Shawn

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Hour 12 – Boo! (did I scare you?)

Halloween has never really been my holiday (heresy, I know). I was always a wuss about scary stuff and was “too old” to trick-or-treat by the time I was 12. But my SO and their family are really into Halloween. My Mother-In-Law makes her own costumes! They used to have their own haunted houses! So I’ve been slowly getting into the season. No more so than with today’s Readathon.

The biggest thing is the food. I’ve made up pumpkin pies and pumpkin cookies for snackage! That’s more pumpkin than I usually make for even Thanksgiving. It’s also a month or so before I usually bake anything with pumpkin. But, here I am, plenty of pumpkin to snack on, because it’s Halloween season!

I’m also looking at reading many more scary books than I ever have. I’ve got Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, Ghosts in the Cogs by multiple authors, A Grimoire Dark by D. S. Quinton, and more. I’m not expecting to get through all of them today, but it’s still so much more scary than I’ve ever done.

So tell me, is the Halloween Spookiness slipping into your Readathon?

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 Jennice from Mommy In Color

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Hour 11 – Distraction!

The bane of reading: Distractions. How are readers supposed to enjoy their books when there are so many distractions? A phone notification, a loud noise, hunger, roommates, kids, pets. The list goes on. We’ve all had to endure these.

So what can we do to fight off these distractions? Well, some of them can’t or shouldn’t be ignored. But for those that can, remind yourself that today is a day for reading. A day for you to enjoy your books. An email about sales/coupons? Ignore it. A notification about politics? Let it go for today. You have earned this!

Put on some music to drown out the neighbors and tell your friends/family that you’re only to be disturbed after they’ve called 911.

Mini-Challenge:

Around a Campfire Mini Challenge with Carol Evans

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