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The 2AM struggle

The title says a lot about my thoughts and a lot can be inferred from it: bleary eyes, dry mouth (okay, that might be the wine…), words blurring, sagging energy.

But here’s the update:

I’ve been reading The Two Towers for the vast majority of Dewey’s readathon, and gotten over 500 pages into it (full disclosure: it’s one of the itty bitty ones. But still). As much love as I still have for the prose and the characters and the world that’s sucking me in in a way only the likes of J.R.R Tolkien can do, I had to stop. The words were blurring together and I was missing entire paragraphs because I had been reading too long, even after a 4-hour break to attend semi-formal.

Yes, I wore a pretty dress. When I got home at 10 p.m. I tore it all off and went back to my “Keep Calm and Let It Go” Frozen shirt.

I made two more valiant attempts including The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. From the former, I learned that if you type into your search bar, Amazon will come up. Because Bezos is just the kind of guy you want to work for if you’re looking for a good work-life balance. The latter, I definitely absolutely whole-heartedly want to read. I just can’t give it my all tonight.

I’m also too attached to my evening and morning routine. How am I going to mediate with a readathon hangover? The other hard reality is finals week. It’s starts on Tuesday, folks, and I’ve gotta be ready.

Until next time, readers.




Like writer’s block but for reading.

What stops me from reading? My #1 place to go when I don’t have something to do (but could be reading) is the notorious time monster, FaceBook. I just hate it.

Bookish Childhoods

My take on the bookish childhood prompt from book-blogger Bookgirl1987:

  1. My mom tells me that I came home frustrated and upset from Kindergarten after the first week because “I’ve been going to kindergarten for a whole week and I STILL can’t read!”
  2. Elementary school daycare – they were always trying to get us to go outside. I would hide in a shady spot under the play-set reading Harry Potter or some version of Eragon. My poor care-givers (as I called them) would have to come and get me because I never heard them calling.
  3. I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because my daycare had a Harry Potter trivia board-game based on the BOOK. So I had to read the book to beat my friend at this silly game. It changed my life.
  4. My parents used to read to me (bless them), but soon enough I preferred to read to them. But after they had left the room, I would continue reading our book on my own, so they would always miss those chunks. It drove my mom bonkers. I also couldn’t read books that would give my mom nightmares (ahem… The Series of Unfortunate Events)
  5.  I identified with A Little Princess on a deep deep deep level. I, too, thought my dolls came to life when I wasn’t looking. And, silly though it sounds to me now, I considered my imagination to be a real and true friend.

Get ready, get set…

As I was getting into my comfy-wear for the readathon (note the cupcake pants and “Keep Calm and Let It Go” shirt), I had a revelation:

I don’t have to wear a bra to this thing.

Hello friends and readers! It’s almost 11AM here, and I’m finally getting to it after a slow start this morning.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
The great state of Ohio, and you can see a (rough) picture of my 20th floor view at The Ohio State University campus (ya’ll can’t track me down because I’m moving out in two weeks anyhow)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
That’s a tough one because I have The Lord of the Rings AND Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on my shelf.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Pictured above are the crumbs of my Tagalongs (thank goodness for girl scout cookies in a time like this) and Brownie Brittle which is chocolatey deliciousness.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I’m graduating college in two weeks so I decided why not do a 24 hour readathon a couple days before finals?

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
At the last readathon, I started late in the day and fell asleep early (I was weak). This time I have many more daylight hours and a less comfortable couch to nap in (because college).

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