Readathon! Fall 2015 Update Post

Posted 17 October, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 35 Comments




Note: This will be my only Readathon post for the day. I’ll add new updates above the previous update. Check out the official Dewey’s Readathon page for more information on today.

Hours 7-11 Update

And here we are at the almost halfway point. I read for a long spell (100 minutes in a row must be a record for me without falling asleep!), listened to a bit while going for a walk outside, finally showered, ate some snacks, and cheered a lot. My hips are starting to really hurt when sitting so I’m not sure how much more time I’ll spend on the computer. My hope is to finish A Wrinkle in Time and Dad is Fat, finish visiting my assigned cheer blogs, and then call it a night. I’m glad I started at 5:30 this morning!


Pages:  104 pages; 45 min audio (A Wrinkle in Time; Dad is Fat)
Time: 100 minutes reading + 45 minutes listening

338 pages read
300 minutes reading
135 minutes listening
Books Finished (Flight by Sherman Alexie)
55 minutes blogging
125 minutes cheerleading
mini-challenges: Readathon Warm-up, Readathon Top Ten List, Literary Roadtrip Postcard, Readathoning with Kids
Snacks: I’m currently eating cereal for dinner (I know, I know) but am about to hit up Starbucks and will get a treat there.

Below–baby bump as a food rest, beautiful weather outside, Elle painting while I tweet (I did get her to look at the camera but only after I offered her $10…which she didn’t get). It’s dinnertime/bedtime here so I’m going to cut out and run some errands and go to Starbucks (or some place quiet). Then I might cuddle with Elle if she’ll quietly let me read next to her.

Readathon U3

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now?

A Wrinkle in Time; Listening to Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan.

2. How many books have you read so far?

I have finished one book (Flight by Sherman Alexie) and will be happy to finish my current read and listen.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I was looking forward to Graveyard Book by Gaiman, but I’m running out of steam. If I finish Wrinkle in Time I’ll likely just continue with my “current” read of Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (55% through).

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Not really. The girls were either gone most of the day or sleeping. It’s just been the past hour that they’ve been around but Elle has been watching TV with daddy and Evie has been keeping herself entertained with stickers. My biggest struggle coming up will be aching hips and tiredness!!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

It surprises me every time…but how fast the hours go! Where does the time get to? Also, how many Danish participants there are. I’ve run into a ton during my cheerleading!

You still chugging along??



Hours 3-6 Update

Hi hi hi!!! How are we a quarter of the way through the readathon??  I feel like I’m rocking things so far. Feeling good (listening to audio for 90 minutes while I moved around the house helped), plus Jim Gaffigan’s Dad is Fat is HILARIOUS. I’m also reading A Wrinkle in Time for the first time ever. Evie came home from Grandma’s, but apparently Elle is hanging out with my sister today. It’s almost naptime and we’ll see if this will be the one Saturday when I don’t fall asleep when Evie does. Ha!!

Readathon U2


Pages:  94 pages; 90 min audio
Time: 80 minutes reading + 90 minutes listening

234 pages read
200 minutes reading
90 minutes listening
Books Finished (Flight by Sherman Alexie)
55 minutes blogging
50 minutes cheerleading
mini-challenges: Readathon Warm-up, Readathon Top Ten List, Literary Roadtrip Postcard, Readathoning with Kids
Snacks: Capn Crunch All Berries, Coffee, Mac & Cheese (one is not picky when the husband offers to cook lunch), Honeycrisp with peanut butter

Tell me what you’ve been reading AND eating!!


Hours 1-3 Update

Readathon H1

Wheeeee!! Off to a great start so far. I’ll finish Flight during my next reading spell and then will turn to audio while I do some chores around the house. Scott picks up the monkeys at 11 (spent the night at my mom’s), so I’ll either hang out with them for a bit or go grab some lunch. And yes, there is a little bit of coffee in that coffee cup up there…though it is mostly milk. LOL! The readathon mug is official swag (get it on Zazzle and help support the event!)

How are y’all doing so far??


Pages:  138 pages; 0 min audio
Time: 120 minutes reading + 0 minutes listening

138 pages read
120 minutes reading
minutes listening
Books Finished
15 minutes blogging
20 minutes cheerleading
mini-challenges: Readathon Warm-up
Snacks: Capn Crunch All Berries. And finally coffee!


GOOD MORNING!!!! I woke up at about 5:00–20 minutes before my alarm and laid in bed mentally drafting my readathon vlog. Yes, really. After making up too much noise and hopefully not waking Scott, I started Flight by Sherman Alexie at 5:30. Got 69 pages read! Call it cheating if you will, but this mama didn’t sleep very well last night and I don’t have hopes of staying up too late reading tonight.

the Start: 7 am (Hour 1)

The traditional opening vlog! And guess what–I haven’t had my coffee yet. LOL! READATHON! READATHON! READATHON!


Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

McKinney, Texas (35 miles north of Dallas)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I started Flight by Sherman Alexie this morning and I’m already loving it! My goal is to finish two paper books and at least one audio. Whoop!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Ice cream, Oreos, Hummus, Oreos, Coffee, Ice Cream. I joked on twitter yesterday that I should try to consume less snack calories than pages read today.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m 30 weeks pregnant! Which means that I’m tired and can’t sit for long spells. LOL! I also have two little monkeys but I’ve told my husband that I am not parenting today. Ha! And YES, I do have this much energy and readathon spirit.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I’ve participated in lots of readathons but it’s been a long time since I’ve been this focused. Whoop! One thing I’ll do differently today is adding in a lot of audio. I tend to fall asleep if I try to read for long stretches of time (long = 20 minutes), so audio will be my saving grace. Yeehaw!




35 Responses to “Readathon! Fall 2015 Update Post”

  1. You crack me up, this is awesome! It’ll be interesting to see how I do with no caffeine, being extra tired, etc. today. We pregnant ladies will have to just do the best we can : )

  2. Yay! Happy Readathon :D I remember being 30 weeks pregnant and that’s just about the time when I was starting to get uncomfortable. Hope you’re able to knock out those two paper books and audio book!

  3. Your Read-A-Thon vlogs are THE best!! I’m still suffering from jet lag and haven’t read a thing in days, so I’ll be sitting this one out. I wish you a fun-filled day curled up with your books and Oreos! :)

  4. Good luck with your reading goals! It would be so great if you didn’t have to parent today, but I bet your little monkeys come looking for you soon! My progress has been really slow because I’ve had to play ice cream shop among other things this morning with the wee ones.

  5. Stormy

    Yay Trish! I’ve been reading your blog for several months and because of you I signed up for the readathon! Book on!

  6. Haha! I came by to cheer you on but your video was exciting and inspiring for me! thank you!! I hope the ‘monkey’ are good for your husband today so you can get some good reading in. You have made an amazing dent into your reading stack already. Over 100 pages!!! Hope the rest goes great!

    Also, how was that Captn Crunch All berries? We recently bought a box but haven’t opened it yet? Hopefully delicious! :)

    • LOL! Thanks for the cheer. ;) And the All Berries was just as amazing as you would image them to be. Also—SUGAR RUSH! Happy Readathon.

  7. I’m impressed you can keep your eyes open long enough to read 69 pages at 30 weeks pregnant. I only got that far with one of my three pregnancies and I was SOOOOO tired. Good luck with the readathon and the rest of your pregnancy!

  8. How I’ve missed the time-honored Readathon opening vlog! =D Also, I am quite jealous of your crunchberries. LOL! Hope you have a great day and keep up the great reading! =D

  9. Bex

    Really nice to see/hear you! Also, such excitement! I’m in awe :-p I’ve been meaning to read A Wrinkle in Time for sooooo long. Also been eating a lot of Oreos and Oreo cupcakes. Starting Queen of Shadows this morning wasn’t my brightest choice ever but I’m sort of only semi participating this time anyway as I don’t have many hours where I can actually read, so oh well! Readathon’s always fun regardless how much reading actually gets done :-)

  10. You’re doing so well, Trish! Keep it up.

    I’ve always enjoyed cheerleading during readathons, but I think next time I might try reading. It seems like I can never find enough time to read these days.

    Happy reading!

  11. Hello! Happy reading! I’m quite tired, so I’m spending time on-line to relax a little. Here in Italy is 1.00 pm and I’d like to go to sleep…

  12. Trish, you are doing a STUPENDOUS job on this readathon! You always do, but this is even better than normal!

    Keep that sugar rush going, keep turning those pages, keep cheering, and keep on reading!!! Go, Trish, Go!!!

  13. Deb

    Well now…love your vid, your book shelfs and all your stats. What a cool idea! Just woke up and am ready to go again. Thanks for the blog stop and happy reading these last few hours!

  14. Glad that you got to read a lot this readathon! Love your bookshelves! :-o You should do a full post on them sometime (if you haven’t already done so ahem, in which case I can quietly look for that).

    I love how you tried to bribe your kid, hehe. For me as well, the trick to having a good readathon is to start early. Sometimes, even before I get out of bed. This time, I didn’t participate – I had a busy Saturday, but hopefully, next year I can.

  15. Man, why didn’t I watch your vlog at the start?!? That would have been a great way to get started…still glad I saw it and that it looks like you had a lot of fun. Did you like Flight? I might have missed that, but was just wondering.

  16. I love that you’re still chanting. :D I wish I could have participated much more strongly this year but it just wasn’t going to happen. I’m lucky there was any reading done at all, haha, given my schedule!