Progress | Dewey’s Oct 2020

Hour 3

I slept in. darn it.

Waking myself up at 1am was always going to be a difficult task, with a toddler sleeping next to me and a silent alarm so not to wake the family. But I woke myself up, toddler is now in her own bed and I’m playing post catch ups.

Opening Survey!

  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Gisborne, New Zealand.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Bloom
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? a tamarilllo or two.
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! Today was my first day officially working in a public library. It was great! and my TBR for #readathon appreciates it.
  5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Life interrupts the reading and that’s okay. Just pick up where you left off and carry on.

First up: make a cuppa, go sit in the lounge (fingers crossed getting out of bed keeps me awake) and read a few pages of Bloom.

Hour 12

Mid-Event Survey

  1. What are you reading right now? Listening to the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  2. How many books have you read so far? Just one, Bloom.
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Starting the retelling so I can mark off another bingo box.
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I fell asleep so missed the first two hours, I had a nap between 5-6:30am, I took my daughter to her swimming class, and went to church this morning. Been listening to my audio since 12pm.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? Trying to take a laid back approach is taking the pressure off. I surprisingly organise my daughter to have a sleep over with her aunties, so I have the night to make a good crack at reading.

Hours 13-18

I got in a couple hours of reading while doing the dishes and hanging out the laundry. Halfway through hour 16, I had to go as I volunteer for a soup kitchen and was cooking this evening. Around 6:30pm my husband and I took to the pavement and got in 35 minutes of exercise.

Hours 19-22

I was trying to tick everything off my bingo card during these hours. I didn’t have a non-fic book on hand and it’s too hard to gage how long an ebook is. My husband didn’t want to buddy read and it turns out Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was on television! So I was distracted to say the least. I managed to finish a book during these hours though, and then started falling asleep when I picked up my final book for the readathon, so I threw in the towel a couple of hours early.

Bingo card was pretty successful!

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? Graphic novels were my best friend. This may have been my best readathon in terms of page count.
  2. Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? No stress. I would usually stop at the top of every hour to blog or tweet my progress. Instead I left life carry me and kept reading when I wanted to.
  3. What was your favorite snack? I tried Caramel M&Ms for the first time, but tamarillos were my fave for the day.
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? There are no cheerleaders anymore, and I understand it was hard to manage because there are like 700+ readers but it can really give you a boost when you get someone encouraging you. I might dedicate half of the next readathon to cheer on as many people as possible!