Read-a-thon mini-challenge: Books and Beverages


Welcome Read-a-thoners and regular readers! We’re deep into Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon, with Hour 17 just about to get underway. It tends to get a bit quiet around this time of day… because it’s not day for participants in most other time zones. It’s the time where we’re all reaching for some additional caffeine or sugar. By now, I’ve probably consumed enough tea to fill the Tasman Sea and will need more if I hope to power through until the end.

The Task

It’s probably obvious that books and tea are obsessions of mine. So, tell me:Β What are you reading at the moment and what beverage do you have on hand? If you have a favourite tea, I’d love to hear it! Just leave a comment below. Extra kudos to anyone keen to link me to a photo.

The Prize

A book from worth US$15 or less. This is giveaway is open to international participants.

Australian readers may opt instead for a bundle of gently used SFF books, if they wish.

The winner will be announced and contacted once the event wraps up!

143 thoughts on “Read-a-thon mini-challenge: Books and Beverages”

  1. I’m more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, & the bolder the better (though I do take cream). Currently reading All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Excellent!

  2. Currently reading No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor.
    Two beverages at the moment: water, and also a mug of hot cider. Tepid, now, as I’d ignored it during a particularly good bit of my book

  3. Drinking borrowing old seltzer and listening to Shonda Rime’s The Year of Yes (which is fantastic so far!). I hope you’re having a wonderful readathon!!

  4. I’m a bit of a weirdo and don’t like hot drinks, so I’ve just got my water bottle! I know I’m going to get really jealous of everyone else haha πŸ˜›

  5. I have on my lap Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen a young adult book set in 1929! I’m also drinking water. Which is a little boring but it is my fave beverage!

  6. I’m currently going back and forth between the web comics Yosh! and The Devil’s Panties. To my right, I have a cup of decaf coffee (because I’ve had a LOT of caffeine already today) and a cup of water to make sure I stay hydrated.

    As far as teas go, I recently picked up an ounce of Lavender Peach Tea for my husband (he’s the tea drinker of the house) that even has me interested.

  7. Reading Bone Gap and drinking Coke Zero at the moment
    Favorite tea is just plain old black tea with sugar β˜•οΈ

  8. I’m reading The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, and drinking my fourth straight carton of chocolate milk. (It’s midnight here in Washington, D.C., and I’m saving my serious caffeine for the wee hours of the morning.)

  9. I’m reading The Lost Girls by Heather Young and I’m drinking a cherry vanilla Pepsi. I really need the caffeine right now!

  10. *pom poms* I’m not doing the readathon because of exam study but to participate in spirit, I’ve been reading ‘Introduction to Research for Midwives’ (3rd ed) by Colin Rees. It’s a pretty good primer for understanding, applying, doing, and critiquing research from a midwifery standpoint.

    Beverages I’ve consumed this morning include coffee (with crappy supermarket beans instead of nicer ones because we ran out, but at least still a proper latte which is eleventy times better than instant), I started the morning with a pot of Earl Grey tea from Lupicia in Melbourne, their Darjeeling Earl Grey. I love how sharp and strong an Earl Grey it is. Right now I have a cup of ordinary black tea-bag tea to keep me going this afternoon. More tea later is likely. Maybe even green tea, which I often only crave when I’m studying.

  11. I am currently reading City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer, and I’m bouncing between a can of Diet Mt. Dew and a glass of cold cucumber water. I’m finding being well hydrated is almost better than caffeine for helping to keep me awake!

  12. I am currently in the middle of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and am drinking good old water (having just finished a mug of hot coffee)!

  13. I’m reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and enjoying it immensely. I’m drinking cranberry pineapple juice with mango flavored La Croix water for fizziness. My favorite tea is chai though.

  14. Currently reading: Black Widow: Forever Red
    Currently drinking: Diet Coke

    Hoping a bit of caffeine will kick this headache and keep me going!

  15. I’m reading Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire, and I’m just about to go make myself an awesome mocha with the Guatemala coffee beans from Verve I got in my subscription box today. I love mochas…

  16. I’m reading Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and drinking a Nuero Bliss White Raspberry. My favorite tea is the Aveda brand.

  17. Currently reading Halo: First Strike (3rd in the series), and currently drinking a Mountain Dew. Apparently when it comes to reading I’m still a stereotypical gamer.

  18. I’m reading The El Dorado Adventure by Lloyd Alexander and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

  19. Green tea for now. My favorite tea is Lapsang Souchong, which I cannot wake up without. I am reading a book about food: “(7 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement”. It’s quite fascinating.

  20. Hello RATers!
    I’m keeping a steady pace today and I’ve slowly transitioned from my coffee habit into my soda pop habit as the day has progressed! A yummy caffeinated bubbly root beer is keeping me going while I read Bloodfever (Fever #2) by Karen Marie Moning. I’ve posted a photo on Litsy! OceanCityMama’s post on Litsy

  21. Earl Grey tea and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ll tag you in my Instagram post.

    1. In my opinion, you can never have too many different kinds of tea! Good luck with the readathon.

    1. Thank you! I think I might have some hot chocolatr closer to wrap-up time. Hope you’re enjoying the book!

  22. Earl Grey tea and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ll tag you in my Instagram post!

  23. I’ve never been a coffee drinker or much for any hot beverage, but I do love me some Coca-Cola. It’s my only shot of caffeine so I saved it for the 11pm hour in Texas. My read is the first part conclusion of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. But now that I see those together, perhaps a vodka would be more appropriate!

  24. I’m reading The Miracle Worker and drinking a Dead Eye Stout! I posted a picture on Litsy (@avidreader25) but I’m not sure how to link to it. Fun challenge!

  25. It’s water for me right now. But I’m definitely a tea drinker. My usual is the Lipton’s caffeinated blend with milk and sugar.

    Currently reading: Gemina (Illuminae Files #2)

  26. I am reading If You Lived Here You’d Be Home by John Jodzio and am drinking hot chocolate that my teenage son kindly made for me!

  27. I am reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. I had to switch to water a few hours ago but look forward to some green tea a little later on. Thanks for hosting this mini-challenge!

  28. Coffee and tea are both high on my drink list. I love all kinds of each of them, but herbal teas and green teas are high on my high list. However, I am currently drinking my all-time favorite drink–Diet Coke.

  29. Diet Pepsi … it’s the carbonation and the bite of the taste. I’m not really affected by caffeine the way some people are. I love the taste. I’m reading Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lee Child and loving it. I’m enjoying it so much that is why I was late responding to this mini challenge.

  30. I’m back to reading “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” by Marlon James, and I’m drinking a grapefruit La Croix.

  31. I just finished The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and enjoyed a mug of hot cider. I have some gingerbread tea that I’ll make in a bit but right now I’m relaxing in the bath. Continuing with The Heart of Betrayal!

  32. Currently reading ‘The Invasion of the Tearling’ and drinking water but my favorite tea is usually Chai w milk or Roibos πŸ™‚

  33. In reading Angels & Demons by Dan Brown and drinking a bottle of water with blue Mio in it, cause hydration is important! But man I wish I had a nice cold Dr.Pepper right now for the caffeine…

  34. I am currently reading Awakening by Kelley Armstrong. I am drinking water (not very exciting). I just got off work and I was really thirsty.

    1. Staying hydrated is important! I always drink plenty of water while doing a readathon. Hope you’re enjoying the book.

  35. Coffee with milk and Amarula (a South African cream liqueur)! Pic on the Deweys Facebook page and on my Litsy, @BraveNewBooks, can’t figure out how to link, sadly πŸ™

  36. I’m reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and drinking Bourbon St. vanilla rooibos. I am a night owl so I feel wide awake right now, though I may need a boost later, which will probably come in the form of lapsang souchong.

  37. I’ve just started Barbara Pym’s Jane and Prudence and appropriate for a good English middle-class novel of a spinster and her friend who is the wife of the local clergyman, I am drinking a nice cuppa Earl Grey. Let the caffeine kick in soon because I am feeling some lidded and dry eyes.

  38. I just came home, I was on a party. A very special one, too. There were coctails served in a pinapple. I had to attend, it was my bfs, but at some point I hid in a back room with my book and nonalcoholic version of what everyone else was drinking.
    No picures, sadly, since I finished my book and the party ended and I snuck back home.

  39. Coffee coffee coffee. (Think Lorelai Gilmore). I am reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engel, having just woken up after a short night’s sleep on this side of the world. πŸ™‚

  40. Coffee is a must for me this late in the game but I would kill for some spearmint tea to really wake me up! Tea also seems like the better choice to be drinking with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

  41. I’m reading I Am Malala. I am currently between drinks right now, trying to decide if I should catch a few hrs sleep or power through.

  42. Currently reading Born in Fire and right now I am drinking water. Boring maybe, but hydration is key! πŸ˜‰

  43. Just started on a small pot of coffee. I am reading Parable of the Sower, but will soon switch to Swift Dam, a book group read I need to finish. As to tea, my current favorite is Montana Gold packaged by an outfit in Missoula.

  44. I just finished ‘The Halloween Tree’ and i am drining Almdudler, a herbal lemonade from Austria.

  45. I’m reading the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I just finished book two, Magic Burns, and am getting ready to start book three, Magic Strikes. πŸ™‚

    I am not much of a tea drinker. Once upon a time, I spent a year in Siberia. During that year, I drank enough tea to satisfy several someones’ thirsts for tea. Ever since, I haven’t had much. I’m more likely to drink iced tea than hot tea.

    My caffeinated drink of choice is a regular Pepsi. I’ve been drinking one every two hours or so since the Readathon began. In fact, it’s about time for me to have another. πŸ˜‰

  46. Hubby made me a large mug of tea to get me through a couple more hours before I fall asleep. I am currently reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. I would love a big mug of coffee but The kiddos will be up early tomorrow.

  47. I am reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and “alternating” between Mountain Dew and Coffee to drink. I am about to make a new pot of coffee now

  48. I am reading Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken and drinking Monster. (I know, it’s terrible for you, but I don’t like tea or coffee much.)

  49. Ijust finished ‘The halloween Tree” and I’m drinking Almdudler…a very refreshing herbal lemonade from Austria.

  50. Currently reading Spooky Sweet by Connie Shelton and drinking water. I might run real quick to get a Dr Pepper though. Lol.

  51. You just missed a photo op with my copy of Black Panther and the bottle of Dry Lavender soda I was drinking! It’s already hit the recycling bin, unfortunately.

  52. I’ve had mostly black tea today, and a cup of rosehips tea. I will probably make some chamomile tea soon. Just finished the alternate history novel Pavane by Keith Roberts, it was excellent.

  53. Currently reading Heart of Brass and drinkibg Poke-chai
    Or in reality; a masala chai latte in a colourful Polemon mug.

  54. Finished my last bit of caffeine, a delicious Mexican mocha, and am now hydrating like crazy with water to keep this tired body from shutting down.
    Currently reading: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
    Fave tea: vanilla honey chamomile.

  55. Drinking ginger ale and reading A Fistful of Charms. Both light and a bit fizzy. πŸ™‚ Waiting for the housemates to wake up so I can grind coffee beans. Lesson learned for the next readathon- grind ahead. Hoping for some early morning coffee and poetry. πŸ™‚

  56. I just woke up again. Now I’ll drink a noname brand Cola Zero and first finish a fanfiction, then it’ll be “The Little Teddybook”, a book with short stories about teddies.

  57. I made a pot of coffee last night with the intent of having it for iced today, but it wasn’t my usual blend and I just didn’t like it. So, today has been 100% water, which is SO not like me I just started Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, and am still listening to athe Scorpio Races.

    Thank you for hosting!

  58. Currently reading (/listening to) “All We Have is Now” by Lisa Schroeder. Currently drinking Zevia, which is a soda that contains no sugar and no artificial sweeteners. As for my favorite tea, I like Tazo ‘Zen’ tea. To me its just delicious and is awesome on my throat. I love it!

  59. Just finished Honor Girl. I’ve been drinking coffee and Linden tea in rotation, and I’m thinking a cup of cocoa might help get me a bit further along without messing me up too badly when i DO want to sleep.

  60. I’m currently drinking a nice, black coffee while I sample the first volume of Aya Shouoto’s KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS.

  61. Such a good challenge, but I have such a boring answer! I just finished a sweet contemporary romance, Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros, and the last beverage I drank was water. I purchased only one liter of caffeinated soda to get me through this readathon, like a fool!

    1. Aah, I’m so sorry for my double post! I got an error message when I sent my original comment and when I didn’t see it I thought it didn’t go through. My apologies!

  62. Still working on Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and all I have around is water.

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