A Little Bit of Dorkiness

Quick notes from Kim Ukura, a book blogger and self-proclaimed dork who blogs at Sophisticated Dorkiness.
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Which hour was most daunting for you?

I went to be during Hour 18, which was tough. I wanted to keep reading, but I was also exhausted!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I don’t think any of the three books I finished — Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito, Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCraken — would really count. I liked them, but I’m weird.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope. This was awesome.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I liked the prize form, and I think the cheering went well.

How many books did you read?

Finished three, read parts of two others.

What were the names of the books you read?

Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito (finished), Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (finished), An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCraken (finished), The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (in progress), Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (in progress)

Which book did you enjoy most?

I was digging Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, but then I fell asleep.

Which did you enjoy least?


If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?


How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’d love too. I hope I can try to cheer more, although just focusing on reading was also fun.

Pages Read: 671

Books Read: Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito (finished), Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (finished), An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCraken (finished), The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (in progress)

Time Spent Reading: 462 minutes (7.7 hours)

Time Spent Listening: 64 minutes

Snacks Consumed: Pizza, chocolate frosting, chocolate covered raspberries

I am… feeling pretty tired now!

Other Stuff: Apparently this has been the Readathon of sad books. Hunting Season involved “immigration and murder in an all-American town,” Truth & Beauty was about a friend who died, and An Exact Replica… was about a stillborn baby. I can’t decide if I should double down on the sad with my next book or try something cheerier. Whatever I pick, I probably won’t read for very long before I have to call it quits for the evening. 

1. What are you reading right now?

Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

2. How many books have you read so far?

Finished one, two in progress

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Mr. Penumbra’s 34-Hour Bookstore by Robin Solan

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Not really. I’ve neglected the boyfriend a little bit, but nothing special

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I took a break from about Hour 3 to Hour 6 to go to the gym, eat lunch, and shower, so I feel like I’m still recovering from that. 

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

Nothing, really. I’ve been having a lot of fun!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope, it seems incredibly well-organized this year. 

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

I’d pick a shorter first book. I thought Hunting Season would go quickly, but it felt like it took awhile. 

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not really, but if I do I have some caffeinated beverages waiting!

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

I’ve been collecting all of my updates on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram on Storify, which I think has been working really well

Pages Read: 302

Books Read: Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito (finished), The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (in progress), Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett (in progress)

Time Spent Reading: 246 minutes (about four hours)

Time Spent Listening: 58 minutes

Snacks Consumed: Cadbury Creme Egg, mini donuts, lots of tea

I am… finished with my first book and settling into my second!

Other Stuff: A little extra caffeine in the form of English Breakfast Tea was very helpful. The boyfriend just got back from Taco Bell with some chips and guacamole, which I am psyched about too. 

Pages Read: 117

Books Read: Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Time Spent Reading: 103 minutes

Time Spent Listening: 58 minutes

Snacks Consumed: Lunch! Scrambled eggs, pickles and green olives, Rolos (yeah, that sounds gross now that I’ve typed it out)

I am… back from the gym, fed, cleaned up and ready to start reading again!

Other Stuff: I got a little bit of audio book listening done at the gym, during lunch, and while I checked in and did some cheering. I’m hoping to finish Hunting Season in a couple of hours this afternoon.  

Pages Read: 64

Books Read: Hunting Season by Mirta Ojito

Time Spent Reading: 53 minutes

Time Spent Listening:

Snacks Consumed: Chobani Greek yogurt, banana, black tea

I am… feeling good so far! 

Other Stuff: Hunting Season is a little slow going — it’s narrative nonfiction, and the information dumping is taking a little bit of time to get through — but still interesting. I’m taking a quick break for more tea, then jumping back into the book until about 10 when I need to leave for the gym. 

#readathon Someone decided to steal my spot on the couch while I was choosing a book. #catsofinstagram

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

West central Minnesota

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m really excited about Mr. Penumbra’s 14-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Every year I get a Totino’s Party Pizza for dinner. It is so bad, but also so, so good. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I work as the editor of a small, weekly newspaper. 

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?

I’m going to try and collect all of my updates across social media using Storify, then sharing that collection on my blog. I’m hoping it goes smoothly!

There’s a scene from Homer’s The Odyssey that is arguably the original “life hack”: the story of Odysseus lashing himself to his ship’s mast to avoid the temptation of the Sirens’ song. A whole body of research exists now that validates the story’s underlying lesson, which is that our willpower is substantially more limited than we think it is—but that we can engineer circumstances that determine our behavior. I try to apply that concept—”lashing yourself to the mast”—whenever I can. Think about the binding structures you can build to force yourself to do the things you avoid.
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.

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Life fricking motto.

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