Meme-ful Musings: The “I Need to Finish This NOW!” All-Nighter + readathons

Meme-ful Musings: At the end of the month I’ll post a book-related meme that I think brings up an interesting discussion about books. Feel free to join in by making a comment below or linking back!


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Note: I wrote this post month’s ago when I was in exams and needed a study break. I find it funny now because I scheduled, unbeknownst to me, the day that I was ending my very first readathon and preparing for my next one! Readathons encourage dropping everything and reading (did anyone else have “D.E.A.R.” in school?) and that’s what this post is about as well! I’m going to double up this musing with my results and announcement post for those readathons but I encourage you to leave a musing comment if you want!

I am notorious for going to bed “early”. By early, I mean that I tell whoever I am living with goodnight a little after 10pm and they assume that means I am going to sleep. But the truth of the matter is that I actually am reading my book. And depending on what my day was like, I may put that book down before or after 11. I learned the hard way in my first year of undergrad how important keeping a regular sleep schedule is. So now, I go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. This has done wonders for my attention span as well as my work, so I stick by it tooth and nail (you should try it!)

Except for when I can’t put a book down.

We all know that feeling. It’s that rush you get when the book takes an unexpected turn or the romance has just reached its boiling point and you simply can’t stop reading because you are figuratively dying to know what happens next. And so you proceed to read the book into the wee hours of the morning thanks to a second wind of “need to read” energy that has suddenly burst inside you.

But for me, that “need to read energy” doesn’t keep me reading. I’ll admit it helps me push through a few more chapters but eventually the need to sleep catches up to me. And now that I am “older” and know how my mind and body react to a lack of sleep, I let my body get the shut-eye it needs.

I just set my alarm for earlier in the morning so I can read before class 😉

It helps I am a morning person and if I am particularly excited (or nervous) about something I wake up early. So it’s natural for me to do this and I actually always read in the mornings once I get up regardless. The only bummer part is when I have to leave for class and I wasn’t able to finish the book or I do finish the book and risk being seriously late for my class! But I much prefer this than staying up into the late hours of the night to finish a book.

However, in the same vain, I will make myself read a chapter or two before I go to bed, even if I am going to bed later than normal. Reading is such a stress reliever for me that it helps me get to sleep even if I am super tired. But that is a meme-ful moment for another time (i.e. next month).

I had a lot of fun in my first ever readathon (July 10 – 27) and managed to read 6 of the 10 books I had picked!

Love, Rosie Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2) Near and Far (Lost and Found, #2) The Mad Tatter Before You (Sex on the Beach) Torrent (Condemned, #1)

A BIG thank you to everyone who voted!

So from one readathon to another! This one starts today and I’ve decided to focus on some library books I have out, plus an ARC. I had hoped to pick the books for a Trilogy Termination Blitz I wanted to do but the way it worked out, it was just easier to pick these ones. We have a long weekend this upcoming weekend in my province, so I am hoping to have some days dedicated solely to reading. I’m going to be a little bold and aim for 7 books and they are:

Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams, #2) Forbidden When You're Back (Rosemary Beach, #12) Mechanica

Mai Tai'd Up (Cocktail, #4) Broken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2) The Program (The Program, #1)

So, do you pull all-nighters to finish books? If so, is it a common occurrence or a rare event? Do you’re habits change when you do readathons?

Leave a comment below!

Comments 2

  • I am not a person who can usually stay awake to finish books! I would much rather go to bed early and then wake up in the morning and read. During the summer while I’m not at school, I’ve been able to read in the mornings first thing when I wake up and I love being able to do that so much!

    • I LOVE reading in the mornings! I don’t feel right when I don’t get a chance to read something the morning! I get up earlier than I really need to just so I can get those few chapters in all year round 😛

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