Good morning and happy read-a-thon everyone! I let myself sleep in since I’ve got some tough, grad school related reading to do today, so I’m just now getting started at the beginning of hour 2. I’m going to start by filling out the intro meme, then reward myself with a read-a-thon check-in and a bit of blogging for every hour of work. So, here we go!
Hour 1 Update
I was asleep 🙂
Hour 2 Update
Reading: nothing yet, finishing my presentation first, then reading
Eating: cinnamon raisin toast
Hour 1 Intro Meme Answers
I’m in NY and I guess I’m most looking forward to brushing up on my machine learning basics, but this is definitely a working read-a-thon for me! The snack I’m most excited for are some frozen, chocolate covered bananas. If you didn’t see my reading plans, you should know that I’m a grad student in computational biology, using this read-a-thon to prepare for my candidacy exam. That’s the biggest different between previous read-a-thons for me and probably means I won’t manage more than maybe 12 hours. No way I can concentrate on work reading for much longer than that!
Hour 3 Update
Reading: my thesis proposal? still converting to powerpoint form
Eating: a few chocolate covered blueberries
Memes: No memes for me this hour. I am focused!
Note: Because I’ve been busy studying, I’ve been behind on responding to comments, but to everyone posting encouragement on my unorthodox, work-focused read-a-thon plans… thank you! Bloggers are awesome! I really appreciate the encouragement 🙂 Seriously, you guys rock.
Hour 4-6 Update
Reading: my thesis proposal is now is a presentation! I’m taking an hour for fun reading as a reward before I jump into work reading 🙂
Eating: crackers and cheese
Memes: Still no memes, but I’m going to go check them out now.
Sitting: Near an open window! It’s finally warmed up enough that I don’t need to huddle on my couch.
Reading: Capital Dames – a really fun look at the role of women in Washington during the American Civil War
Eating: a delicious black bean burger for lunch, plus more chocolate covered blueberries and some chips
Memes: I think I’ll be passing on these until I’m done with work reading. It’s too much to manage right now!
Reading: still my thesis proposal, haha. What can I say? I like what I write. Actually, just coming up with questions I want to make sure I can answer. Now finally really starting with the reading to find these answers.
Eating: finally had some frozen, chocolate covered bananas and they were as good as I hoped!
Memes: Still none of these, but I’ll definitely be revisiting the book party planning challenge hosted by Christina Writes later. Sounds like fun!
Reading: I took a bit of a break this hour, but still made it through the first two papers on my reading list!
Eating: nothing… I should fix this
Memes: Still not a thing that I’m doing… I’ll definitely try to jump in later tonight and also try to visit other blogs to make my read-a-thon more social
Reading: Finished another paper
Eating: dinner break! Also a shower and a walk for the Fit Readers get up and move minichallenge hosted by The Geeky Blogger’s Book blog
Memes: Again, after I finish with my papers 🙂
Reading: Finished another paper
Eating: motivated paper reading with the last of the chocolate covered blueberries
Note: This is slower going than I anticipated because I’m reading very slowly and thoughtfully, taking lots of notes, and constantly coming up with more questions I want to be able to answer if they come up in my exam. I’m starting to seriously consider rewarding myself for getting through as many papers as I can by letting myself finish out the read-a-thon with fun reading until tomorrow morning, because I’d really like to have some time to devote to fun reading today.
Reading: And one more paper down
Note: I’m going to try to get through at least 3 more papers tonight, which will put me halfway through my current list of papers to read.
Reading: not quite finished the next paper (this is a long one!)
Eating: more cinnamon raisin toast. It’s a good way to begin and end a day 🙂
Note: It’s a bit discouraging to only get through a paper an hour. That means probably 10-15 minutes a page, well over my usual 1 minute per page for more challenging nonfiction. However, I think I can keep going until I finish half the papers on my list, which will feel wonderful.
Reading: finished one paper and started paper number 7!
Eating: just drinking lots of water
Reading: finished paper 7, another long one!
Eating: more chocolate covered bananas! Chocolate covered fruit has definitely been a big part of my motivation today 🙂
Reading: paper 8 was short and easy! Finished in the first 15 minutes of hour 2 and it’s back to Capital Dames for the rest of the night 😀
Eating: Baked potato with butter, cheddar cheese and green onion. Very tasty!
Reading: More Capital Dames!
Note: I’ve gotten in about an hour of fun reading, but I’m exhausted from all my work reading and should get up and do some more work tomorrow, so I’m calling it. It hasn’t been the best read-a-thon in terms of actually getting reading done, but I’ve gotten a lot of work done and really appreciated all the encouragement today. Thanks all! Best of luck with the rest of your read-a-thon.