Read-A-Thon: First time in a whole new time zone!

From 4pm this afternoon until 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day.

This is my fourth time participating in the read-a-thon, and this time, I’m back to a mix of reading and cheerleading (plus I’m hosting a mini-challenge in Hour 2). Also, due to the time difference and the different week structure here (weekends are Friday/Saturday), I’m going to be doing part of the read-a-thon at work!

Because I decided kind of late that I’d be participating in the Armchair Audies, I’ve got an awful lot of audiobooks to read in a very short period of time (aka 11 audiobooks in the next 5 weeks), so they’re probably going to take up the majority of my reading time. However, I am going to try to get some paper books and ebooks into the mix, so we’ll see how things go.

Here’s my tentative list of books that I’ve got ready to choose from:

  • This Is An Audiobook by Demetri Martin – (audiobook – already in progress) – finished
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large by William Shatner – (audiobook)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey – (audiobook)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – (audiobook)
  • Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women edited by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu – (ebook)
  • Hope is Better Than Fear: Paying Jack Layton Forward by various contributors – (ebook) – finished
  • The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards – (ebook)
  • Off-Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction by Matthew Kelly – (ebook)
  • Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber – (ebook)
  • The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers – (ebook) – finished
  • Giving Voices to the Voiceless: Gender-Based Violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by Jamileh Abu-Duhou

I obviously have other choices available if none of these strike my fancy at the time … but I’m going to try to keep to it as much as possible!

(To try to keep the damage to your feed readers to a minimum, and to stay organized, I’m going to be posting all my read-a-thon updates and mini-challenges below.)


Hour 1: 4-5pm

Headed out from the Comic Con and towards home. Started participating at 4:15, with This Is An Audiobook.

Hour 2: 5-6pm

Continued listening to This Is An Audiobook until 5:20 when I got home. Started moderating comments on my mini-challenge, Reading In Translation (go join in if you haven’t already!). Now I’m heading over to my kitchen to do some dishes while continuing the audiobook.

  • Introductory Questionnaire:
  1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – I’m reading from Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Though I supposed I started out my drive home in Dubai from the first ever Middle East Film and Comic & Con.
  2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – I’m rather looking forward to Love, InshAllah and Hope is Better Than Fear. Though I’m looking forward to the rest as well, these are the two really catching my attention right now.
  3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? – To be honest, I actually haven’t gone snack shopping yet! I know, I know, that’s pretty much sacrilege. But I’ll go sometime later on!
  4. Tell us a little something about yourself! – I’m from Toronto, but currently living in the UAE teaching English to local high school girls. I’ve taken a lot of time away from blogging this year, but am starting to re-prioritize my time a bit and get more reading done now.
  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? – Well, for starters, I’m on my own again this year (no roommate). It’s also a completely different time zone, so I’ll be at work for part of the readathon!

Hour 3: 6-7pm

Put some clothes away while listening to This Is An Audiobook. Chose to skip this hour’s mini-challenge.

Hour 4: 7-8pm

Headed out to get some food. Participated in the Turn to Page… mini-challenge. All while listening to This Is An Audiobook.

Hour 5: 8-9pm

Finished listening to This Is An Audiobook. Skipped the mini-challenge for this hour, since I’m not reading any physical books for this readathon, and they’re required to make the book sentences. Boo. 🙁 Starting to read Hope is Better Than Fear.

Hour 6: 9-10pm

Chilling in bed reading Hope is Better Than Fear.

Hour 7: 10-11pm

Continuing to chill in bed with Hope is Better Than Fear. Managed to clip my foster cat’s nails quickly when she got close enough on the bed.

Hour 8: 11pm-12am

Finished reading Hope is Better Than Fear. Switching gears into some fiction, I’m picking up The Testament of Jessie Lamb for the rest of the hour.

Hour 9: 12-1am

Continued reading The Testament of Jessie Lamb.

Hour 10: 1-2am

Continued reading The Testament of Jessie Lamb.

Hour 11: 2-3am

Continued reading The Testament of Jessie Lamb. Participated in the e-book survey mini-challenge.

Hour 12: 3-4am

Finished reading The Testament of Jessie Lamb.

Hours 13-14: 4-6am

Headed to sleep for a couple hours before work.

Hour 15: 6-7am

Got ready for work.

Hours 16-23: 7am-3pm

Work, with a little bit of reading Giving Voices to the Voiceless and listening to Bossypants mixed in.

Hour 24: 3-4pm

Last bit of work, listening to Bossypants, then driving home from work and dropping off colleagues. Not the best end to a read-a-thon, but I tried to keep the spirit of the event going!

6 thoughts on “Read-A-Thon: First time in a whole new time zone!”

  1. That’s a lot of audiobooks! But also very diverse choices. Looks like you’re in for a great read-a-thon! It must be weird starting at such a different hour than the previous times you participated. Have fun!

    1. Definitely! But I’ve been reading almost exclusively audiobooks lately, so maybe I’ll be able to make it without too much extra effort. 🙂 And yes, it’s definitely weird starting at such a different hour. The urge for sleep is coming way too early!

  2. Readathonning with audiobooks sounds like a good time. Much more conducive to multi-tasking! I might have to try that the next time I actually read for the readathon.

    Happy reading!

  3. I always found it hard to start so late in the evening when I lived in Japan, so I’m quite happy to finally be in a “normal” time zone for the readathon. Hope you enjoy the rest of your readathon, even if you have to be at work.

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