April 2020, readathon

Hour 19 – oh the places you’ll go …

Hi guys,

Juli here from ich lese. How is everyone doing? Hour 19 has just begun and in my neck of the woods it is now the middle of the night, which to be honest, is my favorite time to read. The house is so quiet. The pets are settled down and snuggled up to me. I don’t have to make any excuses why I’m having my fifth cup of coffee and why my fingers are now Cheeto-orange ;). I am now officially super-duper mood reading meaning I’ll read a chapter in this book and then another in that book. I might start listening to an audiobook or pick up a graphic novel. There are NO RULES in the middle of the night. Who knows, maybe I’ll start talking to myself out loud. No one will know!

With this readathon’s theme of walking down memory lane and my current mood of anything goes, I thought I might start a discussion about the crazy, weird, unusual, odd, and surprising places you might’ve read during a past readathon.

Clearly, the strange is strong in me in the middle of the night, but amazingly enough, my weird reading spots were all places I visited during the day. And (kinda sadly) they aren’t all that bizarre anyway. I’d say the most unique readathon I’ve done was one October day where I just had to visit a certain fiber fest but also read at the same time (because, you know, the readathon was happening). My friends and I packed into a car early in the morning, money ready to be spent on yarn and other knitting goodies, full of caffeine and drove an hour or so into the countryside to visit the local fair grounds and ogle over a bunch of goods in neat little booths hosted by indie dyers, alpaca farms, spinning wheel manufacturers, and weaving loom guilts. That day, I also had my favorite childhood book, Momo by Michael Ende, tugged into my totes my goats canvas bag. I read the entire way there and back, obvi, but I also read while sitting with other knitters or alone by the pond. I read while waiting on my friends buying their weight in yarn, and I even read while walking in between buildings. The only break from reading I gave myself was to look at actual yarn (and of course buying a ton). If I remember correctly, I broke a personal page number record that readathon. So whose to say we can’t multitask or combine hobbies? 😉

Leave your favorite weird reading spots in the comments below. Or really, just share any readathon-related memory.

I hope to hear from you guys during the next hour here on the blog as well. I’ll be hosting again!

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October 2019, readathon

Hour 19 – Oh I Think That I’ve Found Myself A Cheerleader

*Drumroll* We’re 19 hours into this, how’s everyone doing? Need motivation? After all, there’s one solution…corny, I know, but you snorted for just a second, dear reader. Gotcha.

A big part of the readathon is the cheer squad. I usually take some time to go on the hashtag on various social media platforms and just cheer on as many people from around the world that are participating. Readathons, for me, are a worldwide bubble of kindred spirits, and I love cheering and being cheered on. It’s so hard to carve out time to read, so even if you’ve managed a whole five minutes of it during this event, I AM SO DANG PROUD OF YOU MY GORGEOUS AND AMAZEBALL CUPCAKE YOU ARE A FRIGGIN’ ROCKSTAR AND DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE.

Bam, you’re it! Take a minute to cheer on some of your fellow readers on your favorite social media platform/s. I promise you, you might be making someone’s readathon experience. A little encouragement doesn’t hurt anyone, and we’re all in this together, after all.

This is my last hour hosting for this round of Dewey’s and it was so fun hanging with y’all! Cheers to Andi and Heather for, once again, putting together a fabulous event. Now back to my books for the last few hours! If you’d like to chat more you can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy.

Cheers, darlings — until next time.

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August 2019, Reverse Readathon

Reverse Readathon Hour 19 – Sleep Deprivation and You

Either it’s getting late, or it’s very early. In either case, it’s always a good time to discuss sleep deprivation. This can be caused by insomnia, being overworked or a really good book that you just need to read one more chapter! Wait, one more because that last one ended on a cliffhanger. Okay, one more, but only because I’m so close to the “reveal” that the author’s been building up to. Just one more chapter, because I’m on a roll and the book’s really hit its stride. Okay, one more…wait, why is my alarm going off?

We’ve all been there. Readathons are no exception, Reverse or otherwise. Here’s your PSA for the day: it’s okay to sleep during a Readathon! If you need to rest, go for it. Goodness knows if you’ve got a pet for a Readathon buddy, they’re telling you the same thing (also, please post pics! I love seeing #readathonpets).

That being said, if you want to push yourself for the full 24 hours, hit us up on Twitter and we’ll get you some positive vibes/energy and some cheers from other readers! We’re here to help you out, whether you need sleep, encouragement, reading suggestions, or caffeine advice. Remember to always balance out your caffeine intake with water. Also, sugar is only helpful in smaller doses, so you don’t crash. I’ve learned both of these the hard way. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna read just one more chapter…

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April 2019, readathon

Hour 19 – Bookish Outfits

Ok, let’s talk about what we are wearing for this readathon. I definitely have some nerdy merchandise and clothing that I love to pull out for these kind of events. But, I am also someone who will forever favor COMFORT over style. And because of this, I am a huge fan of spending my 24 hours in pajamas. Currently, I am wearing PJ bottoms with a Harry Potter shirt giving me the right amount of lazy style.

Me IRL every weekend.

So how have you stayed comfy today? Are you wearing literary-inspired clothes? Did you maybe even dress up as your favorite bookish character? Do you switch outfits throughout the day? Do you maybe not even care about what you’re wearing and I am just the weird one over here? Gimme the deets in the comments.

Yay for more reading,

@ichlese

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October 2018

Hour 19 – Separating the Readers from the Readathoners

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WELCOME to HOUR 19!!

My name is Courtney formerly of Stiletto Storytime but you can always catch me now on Twitter @StiletoStrytime. I’m a librarian who of course loves to talk all things books. I will be staying right here with you next hour of Readathon…I don’t  need to tell you this is where we start to separate the “readers” from the “readathoners”. I know you are feeling it but YOU GOT THIS! I remember the first year I read and stayed up the entire 24 hours…don’t ever let anyone tell you cannot have a “reading hangover”…but it was TOTALLY worth it. So come on we want to welcome you to the club. Don’t stop now!

We all love books..obviously or you would NOT be reading this 19 hours later but are there any book to movie productions you just absolutely CANNOT stand? That were a true travesty to the work? Any that you truly love with all your heart?

I can say I truly am and will always be totally in love with the original Anne of Green Gables series adaptations starring Megan Follows from when I was a child in 1985.

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And not much holds my Janeite Colin Firth loving heart like the1995 BBC mini-series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. 

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So let me know yours here and/or Twitter and as always just keep reading!!!

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April 2018

Hour 19 – Late Night Reading Adventures

Hello, night owls! Welcome to late night reading adventures with Kendra from the Reading Women podcast! It’s 2am here on the east coast, and all I can think about is the life lesson Ted Mosby taught us in How I Met Your Mother:

Now, I don’t want to disagree with Ted’s abundance of life wisdom (ha!), but he obviously never participated in a 24-hour readathon! We’re just a bunch of readers hopped up on sugar and caffeine, sitting at home alone with an internet connection. What could go wrong?

I’ll be over on Twitter seeing what after-2am shenanigans I can get up to. If you want a break, come on over and join the fun. Otherwise, I wish you the best with your reading and attempts to stay awake. I’m sure everyone is hanging in there. . . . No, wait. We have a casualty. Looks like Dylan didn’t make it through the night. Sleep well, young reader. You gave it a good go.

Stay strong, readathoners! Almost to the home stretch!

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Imperfect Happiness

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Dionisia

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October 2017

Hour 19 – Shaking It Up

Welcome back, everyone! This is your co-host Elizabeth from Earl Grey Editing. It’s my last hour here and then I’ll be handing over to Kate from Kate’s Book Nook. She’ll be co-hosting for the remainder of the read-a-thon and always writes the most amazing posts, so I hope you’ll stick around.

This is the toughest part of the read-a-thon. It’s the middle of the night for North and South America. The morning’s just getting started for most of Europe and Africa. So it’s up to Asia and the Pacific to hold down the fort. If that’s where you live, take a moment to cheer on our friends struggling through in other parts of the world. A special shout-out to Brona of Brona’s Books for heading up #teamANZ. She really knows how to rally us together!

Whatever your timezone, chances are you’ve been reading a fair while by now. So it’s a good time to shake up the format of what you’re reading. Some people swear by comics. I tend to shift to romance novels. What’s your strategy?

Toast and tea, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson, Earl Grey Editing, novella, Tor.com
Novellas are also a great option.

Anyway, that’s it from me! A big thank you to Andi for inviting me on board this year. She works tirelessly to run this read-a-thon every six months and is just amazing all around.

Happy reading, everyone.

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April 2017

Hour 19 – Reading Buddies

Hi everyone! This is your co-host Elizabeth from Earl Grey Editing. It’s mid-afternoon here in the east of Australia and Hour 19 is getting underway. This is about the time of the readathon I see a lot of names from the Antipodes on the Twitter hashtag keeping things lively. If that’s you, take a moment to cheer on our friends struggling through the wee hours in other parts of the world. A special shout-out to Brona of Brona’s Books for heading up #teamANZ2017. She really knows how to rally us together!

I promised to introduce you to my two helpers.

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Hannah’s in the foreground and Chippa is in the background. They both cuddle with me at different points during a readathon–especially right now, as the weather is chilly in April. However, Chippa is more of a dedicated reading buddy than Hannah. Here he is keeping my sweetheart company for some reading time in the hammock.

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October 2016

Hour 19 – You are a Reading Warrior!

FYI (15)

You know what? ONLY FIVE MORE HOURS!!!! You are really and truly on the downhill slide, and if you’ve made it this far, you are a reading warrior!

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So let’s get real. What’s your secret, eh? How have you lasted this long? If I’m being honest, I had a fantastic nap, a cup of coffee in Hour 16, and off we go!

Keep it up, readers!

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Pastry and Primer

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April 2016

Hour 19 – The Audio Hours!

FYI (15)

Helloooooo errrrbody!!!! This is Andi, and I’m tickled to be here with you. Heck, I’m tickled to still be awake! This hosting spot saves me every readathon.

Now I have a true story for you…

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I did wreck these eyes reading. All. Day. Long. I think it’s time to switch to audio…Amy Poehler’s YES PLEASE! Have you embraced audio today? Honestly, I feel behind the curve on this one, but it’s the first time I’ve audio’ed for a Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I took it on a run with me this morning, and now I’m right back to it.

Have you indulged in audiobooks today? If not, what’s keeping your eyeballs glued to the page? 

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Pump Up the Jam

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