No, no, no! As precious as this little kitten is, we can ‘t start to look like him! This is Shannon from River City Reading here for my final hour and we will not let each other fall victim to the sleepies when we’re this close. I’m readily available on Twitter (@Readathon for the rest of the hour and @rivercityreadin from there on out), so hop on over if you need some encouragement, have any questions or just want to chat for a minute to keep your eyes open.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ve probably seen this, but it’s always good for a good giggle or two and just might be enough to help you wake up and get reading.
Don’t let those eyes start to droop now, readers! This is Shannon from River City Reading and I’ll be here for the next two hours to make sure you’re still on your game for the final stretch.
How are those snacks coming? I know I’m full to the brim after breaking for a few hours to go to my book club meeting that was scheduled for tonight. My group sure knows how to eat well! Plus, at this point, I’m hopped up on a little more caffeine than normal.
If caffeine doesn’t work, you can always watch a video to perk yourself up. Have you ever started to feel like every story you read comes from the same formula? Maybe it does…
Yess! Another hour passed! And reading this! We are awake! We are awesome! \o/
You lot in the US have the night just starting, in Europe we have the sun rising soon, but no matter where we are we all know what’s coming…The cranky hours! We’re done, our brain’s fried and we have so much to do still!
An hour ago I sent you off to do something else. Has your mind rested a bit? Taking care of yourself? (You better say yes! ) To help you with life, because *think big* I present you: Elio!
So my advice? Full-ass one thing people! Bad-ass it if you can! With an audiobook. There’s always room for that. Or eh..
Now admit it, we’ve all read some. Some very very good and some..err..not so much. There are even venn diagrams on the matter!
What’s your ‘secret’ fic? Leave it in the comments! I left a hint in the page >:3
After this hour I will be leaving you in the care of the lovely Shannon, returning to my own twitter and blog to host a challenge at Hour 17! Weaning me off, so to say :p
Thank you for being the amazing people you are, and…
Cy-V here taking over from Deb! If you haven’t, be sure to show her some love for not forgetting to be awesome!
For those who haven’t met me yet: You can call me [si-v]. Or Cy.
My friends call me Spam. (^_^;)\
Let’s start off with a big thank you to Andi and Heather and all the others for all the things they did you didn’t get to see! Lots of people being short on sleep before we even started from working hard all week, so show them some love on the twitters! And let’s not forget all the cheerleaders rah-rah-rah-ing all over the place! I see you ._______.
For some reason all these lovely people trusted me to be your vaksian ruler host for the next two hours! Now..
How are you all? Staying hydrated? Have you eaten or moved recently? How well are you caffeinated? Should I be worried?
Remember folks: this is not about reading all those books you put out! Change your perspective and see what you have done in the past 14 hours – and compare that to any other day. And even so, it is okay to fail. It is not about the numbers, it is about the fun in it.
Hm. That doesn’t sound very vex. Hmm…Yes! I know! o/
Grab something warm and cuddly and just stare at Tumblr or take a nap. Or stare at the #catladiesofreadathon tag. It’s ok. Let your brain settle. Here, have a video where they replaced the velociraptors in Jurassic park with kittens. Much better =^x^=
Do check back in though! Don’t wonder off, just remember to allow yourself breaks! There are lots of lovely things going on, such as the things below!
It is Hour 14. I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz and I’m here as your host for this hour.
Last hour I shared a few stay-awake hints. How did last hour’s hints go? Helpful? Not so?
Here are a couple more Secret Ways to Stay Awake When You Are Very, Very Tired:
Tickle the Top of Your Mouth Cavity. Rub your tongue against the top front area of your mouth. It may feel strange, but it will give you a quick, annoying nerve jolt that can genuinely help to keep you awake.
Chew Ice. If you chew ice, it’s impossible to fall asleep.
Chew Anything. Chewing anything makes your body think it is about to eat. To prepare, your body will release insulin which will make you more alert.
Smell Something. Rosemary is good. Peppermint. Coffee. Smelling something strong will stimulate your nervous system and reduce tiredness.
It is Hour 13. I’m Deb Nance at Readerbuzz and I’m here as your host for the next two hours. It’s my lucky thirteenth Readathon. Woo hoo! I’m here to urge you on. You are on the downhill slope! Good job.
But I see it in your eyes….You are getting tired. You are feeling weary. I see it from here.
Do not despair. I’ve done a little research for you on Secret Ways to Stay Awake When You Are Very, Very Tired and I will now share a couple of these little hints:
Tug on Your Earlobes. Pulling down on your earlobes can help you stay awake and alert when you’re feeling sleepy. Try it.
Chew Peppermint Gum. This may generate just enough physical activity to keep you alert.
Crank Up the AC. Warm, stuffy environments speed up mental fatigue. There you go…give these a whirl! Hang in there. You can do it!
Hello everyone! Cass from Bonjour, Cass! here. I would like to extend my appreciation once again to the always wonderful Andi and Heather for covering me on Hour 11–which I somehow thought was Hour 12–and ensuring I did not single-handedly bring down the readathon. Want to hear a joke? What do you call an accountant who can’t count? An acant. Thank you, thank you, hold the applause until all books have been read, thank you.***
Hour 12 is always my favorite hour of the Readathon because it’s the Grace Kelly, it’s the M*A*S*H*, it’s the To Kill a Mockingbird of readathon hours; it’s time for the classic Mid-Event Survey! Answer the questions on your blog, tumblr, Instagram, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google+, comments, Friendster, whatever platform is working for you these days, and post your link in the Linky below for your chance to win.
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. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?
5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
9. Are you getting tired yet?
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Wow, time flies when you’re having fun, right? Dana back for…Hour 10. Yep, it’s hour 10 already! Way to go everyone. You’re doing great!
One of my favorite parts of the read-a-thon is “meeting” new readers. Have you found some great new bloggers? I hope so. This is the best community and Dewey would be beyond thrilled with how big and awesome the read-a-thon has gotten.
Take a minute to find a new friend if you haven’t already. So fun!