Dewey’s Read-a-thon Progress

April 25, 2015 Uncategorized 28

10348926_10152665730830986_441836470068899321_oGood 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.

Hour 7-8
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!

Hour 9-10
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!

Hour 11
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

Hour 12-13
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 🙂

Hour 14
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.

Hour 15
Reading: And one more paper down
Eating: none
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.

Hour 16
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.

Hour 17
Reading: finished one paper and started paper number 7!
Eating: just drinking lots of water

Hour 18
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 🙂

Hour 19
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!

Hour 20
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.

28 Responses to “Dewey’s Read-a-thon Progress”

  1. Irene

    Irene from Team Mr. Popper here. I hope you’re enjoying the readathon so far. Please remember that it’s all about having fun, so if you feel more like snacking than reading, then go ahead. This event is the perfect excuse for snacking!
    I’m sure you’ll reach your goal. You can do this!
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    • DoingDewey

      I love chocolate covered bananas! They’re cheap, easy, and delicious.

      I was able to get quite a lot of reading done during the read-a-thon before I got too tired for work reading. thanks for the encouragement 🙂
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  2. Kay

    Hey in New York! You are reading Capital Dames. I’m so interested in that book. I read Cokie Roberts other book about women in the revolutionary times. Hi, I’m Kay from Texas and here to cheer for you. Looks like you are having some good food and good reading. Yay! Enjoy!
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    • DoingDewey

      It was such a good book! I love reading about women in history and I thought the author did a wonderful job telling their stories in engaging ways, so I definitely want to get to reading her earlier books too. I hope you enjoyed the read-a-thon too 🙂
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    • DoingDewey

      It definitely wasn’t my favorite read-a-thon, but I did have time for some fun reading and it really was much better than studying in isolation! Thanks for the encouragement during the read-a-thon 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Caro! It was nice to incorporate the read-a-thon into my studying. It made the studying a little more fun and meant I didn’t feel like I was completely missing out on the read-a-thon because of all the studying I had to do. It definitely wasn’t as fun as a normal read-a-thon, but it worked 🙂
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  3. Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    You are doing awesome! It would be hard to concentrate with that level of focus for so many hours. I’d say you’ve definitely earned some fun reading as a reward! 🙂

  4. Elizabeth

    Grab a snack, dance a jig, it’s Hour 17! You can do it! I know this hour gets difficult (for me, at least). Hope you’re having a great time with your books! #TeamPopper

  5. Sonni Perry

    The readathon has been great so far. Your baked potato sounds yummy.

    It is really quiet now. I can hear my cat snoring. We are in the homestretch. Don’t forget to move around a bit. Best of luck in achieving your read-a-thon goals. Happy reading! #TeamMrPopper

  6. Krysta

    Wow. You have a pretty rigorous schedule, but I know you can do it! Good luck with your readings and your exam!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Julianne! I was very happy to be able to fit in a little bit of fun reading, especially once I got too tired to read more papers. I hope you had fun with your read-a-thon too 🙂
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