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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Hour 10 – Everybody Dance Now!

Hour 10 – Everybody Dance Now!

You’ve made it to Hour 10! I think that deserves a celebration, what do you think?  It’s Michelle from Fitkittymama Reads again, and at this point of the Readathon, I am usually starting to feel a bit tired. It’s mid-afternoon where I am on the west coast of the US, so I think it’s time for a dance party!

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Keeping the blood flowing is important both for your health and to keep you awake while spending so much time reading. While I like to get up and move around a little every hour, I really enjoy a good dance party as I reach the middle hours of the event.

If you’re not into dancing, that’s ok. You can take a walk, do some jumping jacks, or just to some stretching or yoga to get some more oxygen moving through your body. But, if you do like to dance, just turn up some music and go for it. You don’t have to be a good dancer; no one is going to mind!

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I usually pick one or two songs that really get my heartbeat going for my mid-Readathon dance party. You can pick whatever works for you, but here are a few of my favorites:

Taylor Swift- Shake It Off

Kelly Clarkson- Because of You

Miranda Lambert- Somewhere Trouble Won’t Go

Carrie Underwood- Flat on the Floor

Taylor Swift- Dress

Do you have some favorite songs that motivate you to move? Share in the comments!

Mini-Challenge:

Self Care Challenge by Kai Charles

Twitter Party – Hosted by Kristen

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Hour 9 – Readathon as Inspiration

Hour 9~ Readathon as Inspiration

Welcome to Hour 9! How’s everybody doing out there? This is Michelle from Fitkittymama Reads and I’ll be your host here and on Twitter for the next 2 hours. This hour I wanted to talk about some of the ways the Readathon has been an inspiration for me over the years.

I first participated in April 2018. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was inspired by other book bloggers that I had seen participating in previous events and thought that the event would be fun and that I would get through a lot of books on my TBR. It was fun, and I think I finished 3 books. I was immediately hooked and have participated in every event since, including the Reverse Readathons in the summer.

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Over the course of the last 8 Readathons, I have been inspired to…

Read outside of my comfort zone

Doing the Readathon has exposed me to a lot of different books as I see what other participants are reading and has inspired me to try new genres and new authors. I’ve started reading more diverse books based on the recommendations of other participants.

Read in new locations

I used to pretty much just read at home, usually in bed or on the couch. But I’ve gotten a lot more creative as I’ve been taking part in these events and have started reading in my car, when I am out an about waiting for appointments, at the park. I even did the entire October event last year in a hotel room (and it was the only event I’ve ever made the full 24 hours).

Take on new challenges

The very first time I did the Readathon, all I did was read. I didn’t do any of the mini challenges. I posted a little to social media throughout the event, but not much. Each event I’ve been inspired by what I’ve seen in previous events and taken on more of the challenges. I’m at the point now where I’m not only posting hourly updates of some kind, but I’m also participating in Bingo and Instagram challenges. I post across multiple platforms and have even started volunteering as a co-host. 

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Redefine my expectations

I can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to myself and my performance. But watching my fellow readers creatively put their own spin on Readathon each event inspired me to embrace Readathon in my own way as well. I don’t expect to strictly read for 24 hours any more, I incorporate other fun activities as well, though am still reading for the majority of the time.

Open myself up

I tend to keep to myself in life, but the Readathon (among other things) has inspired me to connect with other readers and bookish people. I’ve made friends that I look for during each event. And I’ve shared more of myself and my reading life (aka just my life) with friends, family and strangers because I just want to shout to everyone how awesome it is.

Find new ways to read

Through my participation in Readathon, I’ve also been inspired to find new formats to read. I added eBooks and audio books a few years ago, but have recently added some Manga and am starting to dip my toe into graphic novels. Without the exposure of seeing other people’s reading preferences, I would have never thought to try these formats.

Has the Readathon inspired you in any way? Let me know below!

Mini-Challenge:

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt from Flordeliza

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Hour 8 – That First Book Feeling

Hey everyone, it’s Ellie again. It’s about that time when people start finishing up their first books of the day. It feels great to get to the end doesn’t it? Don’t worry if you’re not quite there yet, we all have different reading speeds and choice of books. I bet some of you have even read two whole books already, haven’t you?

When I wrote this post I had high hopes of having finished a book already, but I’m only half way through The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. But that’s OK because I’m loving it.

Anyone reading a chunkster this weekend? I hope you get an extra special sense of accomplishment when you turn the final page.

I’ll admit to adding some teeny tiny books onto my TBR to help me feel like I’ve achieved something if I’m just not getting absorbed in my longer books. There’s no wrong way to do this.

Remember to add your finished books into our database. I mean, I’m a hypocrite, I always forget, but I’m gonna try…

Thanks for hanging out with me, I’ll be over on Twitter for the next hour if you need anything and don’t forget to check out Jenna’s Twitter Party.

Mini-Challenge:

Vague Recollections from Kait Plus Books

Twitter Party – Hosted by Jenna

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Hour 7 – The Social Network

Hello, this is Ellie checking in for the next two hours. I have nearly a decade of readathons under my belt and the ways we interact on the day seem to grow each year. I always want to do everything but then I wouldn’t have time to read!

So what is your social media of choice for readathon? I used to be all about the blog updates but now I spend more time on Twitter and #bookstagram. I always get my photos taken in advance so I know I can update to Instagram without too much fuss. But of course I get distracted by all the other photos!

Twitter is great for those minor updates, like having yet another coffee or letting everyone know just how tired you are. Plus it’s easy to strike up a conversation with another reader on the #readathon hashtag. If you haven’t cheered anyone on yet, go take a minute to tell someone they’re doing good.

Blogging always feels like it needs more effort but I still like to update my blog in some way on the day. I have been a bad blogger of late, but events like readathon do inspire me to keep it up. It’s nice to have a “home” on the internet.

Then there is the fabulous Goodreads group that has brought us bingo in the past. Not to forget all the BookTubers and others on Facebook and Litsy and probably lots of other cool places I am now too old to know about.

Just don’t forget to make time to read…

Mini-Challenge:

Dice Sprints Mini Challenge from Tee

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Hour 6 – Mixed Up Books

Hello again! This is Kait from Kait Plus Books, back again for Hour 6! So I have a question for all of you- how many books are you reading today? I always make a tbr with like ten or twenty books on it, and then I only end up reading two or three. But the problem lies in the fact that I switch between them all day, so I end up mixing up the plots and characters, which leads to me remembering very interesting stories. For example, one year I was trying to read Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake at the same time, and … it was weird.

It was a very murder-y readathon…

Do you have the same problem as I do? Or can you keep track of several different books at once? Please tell me how you do it if you can actually keep the books separate! Or, if you’re like me, tell me the most interesting mix up you remember!

Me too Arnold, me too

Today I’ve got a giant stack of graphic novels to read, so I can feel like I’m getting reading done without committing to the ~500 page books I’m currently reading/ listening to. I’m hoping that it will be easier to keep track of them this way.

let’s hope goldie vance and the diviners don’t get mixed up…

Don’t forget to visit Nicole’s twitter for her mini challenge, the @readathon twitter for some reading sprints, and Alicia’s twitter party! I’ll be blogging/reading at Kait Plus Books all day (at least until I fall asleep around 3am), so come visit me over there (and participate in Vague Recollections at Hour 8!).

Mini-Challenge:

Listen and Move Bingo Mini-Challenge from Nicole

Twitter Party – Hosted by Alicia

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Cheer your fellow readers!

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Hour 5 – Bookish Holidays

Hi everyone! This is Kait from Kait Plus Books, and I am so happy to be co-hosting for the first time today! I’ve been hosting my Vague Recollections Mini Challenge since April of 2018, and I’m excited to do more to support one of my favorite bookish events!

Belle would love Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

This readathon is definitely my favorite bookish holiday! Now you may be thinking, “but Kait, what’s a bookish holiday?” Well, a bookish holiday is any day that celebrates books or reading! I count any day where you can just sit and relax and read a bookish holiday, so readathons, snow days, and long weekends all count.

Long weekends are the best weekends!

Do you have other days that you consider bookish holidays? Maybe you like to sit and read all day every third Thursday of the month, or whenever your book box arrives, or just a random Monday morning. Whatever you consider a bookish holiday, I hope you take some time today to think about how wonderful it is that we all get together to celebrate this one.

Celebrate good times come on!

Don’t forget to check out Alexa’s mini challenge- it looks like lots of fun! Okay, I’ll be back here in an hour with another post, and monitoring Twitter from now until Hour 7! Be sure to come talk to me about what you’re reading, eating, wearing, and celebrating today!

Mini-Challenge:

Emoji Mini Challenge from Alexis Doane. This mini-challenge will be hosted on the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Facebook Group. Please click on the link and find Alexis’ post.

Enter your finished books into the DATABASE here!

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Cheer your fellow readers!

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