Saturday, 13 October 2012

#Readathon: The Starting Line

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening! Yes it's that time of year again where hoardes of sleep deprived book lovers will be reading for 24 hours straight. Oh OK, I am probably going to sleep between 2am and 5am because we start at 1pm here and that's just too long to stay awake AND be able to understand the words on the page.

I won't be posting to the blog every hour but I will be on Twitter if you need to check I'm still alive. I'll most likely be updating here once I've finished a book or if I see any interesting challenges going on.

Karen is reading in aid of the Scottish Assocation for Mental Health if you can spare a few pounds.

The location:


The books:


The snacks:


The secret weapon:


Instead of surviving on snacks all weekend, that lamb casserole is going in the oven now and should be ready by the time I need some real food. There's also fizzy vitamins and minerals in the snack pile to help with the tiredness (and coffee of course, walnut and maple syprup infused coffee, mmmm).

Top Tips

Keep warm! This might not be so important for those of you in warm climates but it can still get chilly at night. Sitting down reading doesn't generate much heat and it's so easy for your hands to get cold and your nose to start running. Making sure the temperature is right for you will help so much; but don't get too hot or you'll become drowsy!

Having a snooze is not failure! If you are so tired that you can barely read, there is no point staying awake. Set your alarm for 2 hours' time and give in. If you feel a bit better when the alarm goes off, pick your book back up and carry on. We're all starting at different times of the day, so for many of us it's more than 24 hours of staying awake, which is bloody hard once you get past a certain age.

You may think readathon is a good time to tackle that giant tome that's been staring you down for months, but really, it isn't. Short books or guaranteed page turners will do you the world of good. Include short stories to add variety between the full length novels. And don't be afraid to put the book down and move on if it's not grabbing your attention. You will have plenty of time to go back and finish it after you've had some sleep.

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Bournemouth, UK.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
Pantomime by Laura Lam.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Well not a snack but my casserole smells pretty amazing and it's not even cooked!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I'm the sole blogger at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm and I read all sorts of books. I earn a living breaking software and live a very short walk from the sea. I like cake and ponies.

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?
Not be hungover! I was cheerleading last time and whilst that was fun, I didn't get much reading done (and the hangover didn't help either) so looking forward to hitting the books hard.

Have fun and see you on the other side!

15 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful 24 hours Ellie! I definitely agree with your tips - not TOO warm is definitely key, and I make sure I keep lots of bright lights on. Also, catnaps are wonderful when you reach that 'why are the words swimming?' point! I'm not officially taking part - I'm at work, as always - but I'm going to try and get a little reading in regardless, and spend my evening/tomorrow morning before work with my nose in a book (Merlin time excepted, of course). YAY STREET CAT CALLED BOB!

    Good luck... :D

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  2. Those are really good tips! Also: stay hydrated. I know I get tired a lot sooner if I haven't had enough to drink.
    Hope you have fun and enjoy your books! :)

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  3. Love your books and snacks! And lamb casserole sounds AMAZING. I like lamb but really only know how to make it one way in the crockpot... I need to experiment more, obvs.

    Happy readathon!!!

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  4. Good luck, Ellie! Your snacks and casserole look yummy :)

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  5. Good luck! & I like your snacks. :)

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  6. Thank you so much for mentioning my charity. Was very nice of you. Your casserole looks amazing! Not sure what I'm having for dinner. I also like your reading spot.

    Am away to go and get some snacks because I forgot....oops. Will mean I will be nearer to everyone else time wise.

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  7. That casserole looks delicious! I've got The Raven Boys in my stack too. I recently read Hidden as well. Enjoy!

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  8. I must say I'm in love with your blog's design! Good luck in the Readathon!

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  9. All those snacks look delicious! Have a great readathon :) Zombies vs. Unicorns was a really fun read.

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  10. Good luck with the readathon! I really wanted to take part but unfortunately I'm working nights this weekend and I don't think my colleagues would appreciate it. Great survival tips, though - I really don't want to see any cases of readathon burnout coming through the doors of A&E tonight!

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  11. That's an impressive selection of snacks. I like the fact you've included some Berocca - great idea for keeping you awake. The stew looks wholesome and tasty too:-)

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  12. I agree with your tips, especially about not having just one huge tome. When I first participated in the readathon, I had three huge books and one of them was even non-fiction. Luckily I had some comics, too. You have a great selection of books.

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  13. Wow, I see I should have been more prepared for this read-a-thon. You've got an impressive pile-up of books and snacks. Good luck!

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  14. The casserole looks amazing, and your line-up of books look pretty good too! Good luck with the rest of the read-a-thon.

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  15. you are prepared!! lol

    Good luck!

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