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. 🙂
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. 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!
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! 🙂
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!
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! 🙂