8 Tips For A Successful Readathon

Morning you guys! First off, I’d like to quickly acknowledge that I’m a bit late with this post but for some annoying reason, it just didn’t want to get written these past few days and I figured I wouldn’t force myself to do it and instead (hopefully) just write it at some point during the day today. And would you look at that! It’s 8am and I’m actually writing it. πŸ™‚

I’ve recently participated in quite a few readathons (of various lengths) with either both Caro and Jackie or just Caro and I figured I would share some tips for anyone who wants to join a readathon (and just letting you know, chances are, there is one going on right now! In fact, I think prideathon should be happening right now.) and might need some tips to ‘survive’!

Get Some Sleep

This tip is mainly brought to you by Caro who always makes it a point to sleep during the night – even when we’re participating in a 24hr readathon! So far, we’ve always done two reading sprints leading up to 1am and then Caro usually heads to bed.

I know Zoe (from the YouTube channel readbyzoe) usually stays up for the entire 24hr readathon and gets a ton of reading done, but I can’t concentrate on what I’m reading if I’m too tired. And I’d rather get some sleep and then stay up until midnight the next day and take advantage of my time that way!

Plus, I always feel like if you’re already tired getting a good amount of reading done is much more difficult. You’re eyes just want to rest and before you know it, you’ll be asleep with your book in your hands or your laptop still in your lap (which is a scary thought – what if it falls down??? and breaks???).


Read Short Books

With this one, I think the term ‘short’ is related to the length of the books you usually read. If you fly through 700+ page books easily, you’ll probably have no problem finishing more than one 500+ page book for a readathon.Β I learned that’s just not something that applies to me.

You want that feeling of having accomplished something during a readathon and I think seeing that you’ve finished a book (or more) is going to give you that extra motivational boost to read even more!

Contemporaries Are Your Friend

Usually, I don’t read fantasy books in a single day but with contemporaries? Yeah, I can read them in a day or even one sitting! I’ve stayed up into the night just so I could finish that contemporary I had started earlier! I also often find that they are quicker to read too! Plus, who doesn’t love a good contemporary? No matter when you read it. I’ve actually recently started reading so many more contemporaries and I am starting to love them more and more with each new one I read!

Get Your Friends Involved

With most readathons, there will be a hashtag involved on Twitter and you can easily communicate with a lot of people that way. Me? I love to also have people I know to talk to and motivate each other! For the most recent 24hr readathon, Caro, Jackie and I had a Twitter group chat to talk about the progress we made which can be so motivational! I know I always feel more motivated when I see how much reading Caro gets done during readathons!

I never really knew myself to be such a competitive person and here I am during readathons trying to out-read Caro, which, let me tell you isn’t that easy!


Leave Wiggle Room In Your TBR

Or, you know, don’t use one if it’s not something you usually do! I’ve tried both by now and I have to say, I really enjoyed having a TBR for the Easter Readathon because I was coloring in my progress in my bullet journal each day which is also a fantastic motivator!

But you don’t want to feel forced to read the books you initially set for your TBR for that readathon! There is nothing worse (for a reader) than wanting to read something but not wanting to read any of the books you set as your goal!

Prepare Food

For those of you guys who live on your own and/or have to prepare your own food, make sure you have that done! I can’t even tell you guys how many times I’ve been so into a book that suddenly the entire afternoon had passed and I hadn’t had dinner yet. And then you obviously need to make dinner too, which takes times away from reading.

So, if you can, make enough dinner the day before to last you for two days. I love, love, love when I don’t have to cook every day and regularly cook enough food to last me for two days. I’m a big fan of leftovers!

Take Care Of Yourself

These past few readathons, I’ve also made it a priority to not only do something I love but to also take the time and pamper myself! There is nothing quite like getting into bed, freshly showered, pampered and ready to get some reading in! This way, you’re giving your body and mind so much by doing something you already love. I can highly recommend it! πŸ™‚


Have Fun

I think the most important thing about any readathon you might join is to have fun! Yes, you want to get as much reading done but if you’re not having fun while doing it – what’s the point, really? Reading is something that should bring us joy and make us happy so make sure you don’t lose sight of that during readathons!

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How about you guys? Do you love to participate in readathons and if so, what are some of your go-to tips/tricks that you like to make sure you remember? Any of the ones I mentioned too? Let us know in the comments below! πŸ™‚

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5 thoughts on “8 Tips For A Successful Readathon

  1. Great post, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone make a similar one in a while! I love readathons and try to join in both the week-long ones or 24 hour ones. I totally agree about snacks, and also about keeping your TBR quite loose and not too strict. Also try and push yourself a little more! What I find for myself personally is when I’m bored or tired from hours of reading, I’d just give up, but if I had pushed myself a little bit more I could’ve read more πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw, thank you, Ayunda! I’m so happy to hear those kind words!

      I’ve only really participated in one week-long readathon so far and didn’t have the best experience but that was last summer, so I’m 100% open to trying it again if I stumble upon something that sounds really interesting!

      Oh yeah, pushing myself was I did during my most recent readathon because I knew that my friend was always reading quite a lot and I wanted to at least try and keep up with her! xD

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  2. Oh yes I LOVE Readathons, so I very much loved your post πŸ’— (and I’m lowkey screaming because I’m featured a few times in the post, aaaah I cannot believe I’m actually a source of reading motivation πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—)

    When it comes to daily Readathons, I truly need my sleep, I could never do it like Zoe and stay up all day, because I’m weak πŸ˜‚ I’m also with you on reading shorter books (I think reading a 500 page book would intimidate me too much) and getting friends involved (I’m always having such a good time chatting with you during a Readathon!πŸ’—) AND BATH TIME. Bath reading is magical πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you, I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it! ❀

      DUDE. How could I not talk about and feature you in this post? Our buddy readathons were the inspiration for it after all! πŸ˜€

      I feel like MAYBE if there was a shower and OTHER PEOPLE I might be able to do it, but since I live on my own there is no one to be like 'HEY! WAKE UP.' if they can see my nodding off. Or to go on reading dates with the way she does with her dad! That's always SO precious.

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      1. OMG stop making me blush 😜 But I definitely look forward to more Readathon adventures in the future πŸ˜πŸ’•

        I was actually always home when the Readathons took place and not at my flat, so there where people … but somehow that was also distracing πŸ˜‚ It’s SO cute how her dad always joins the Readathons, he seems soo nice! I wish my dad would read 😦 My mom does read, but only crime/thriller anything I don’t read xD

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