Last week I posted my Spookathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon tbr. I thought that in addition to posting my tbr, it would be super helpful to share some tips so you can get the most out of your readathon! These tips are geared towards 24 hour readathons, since there’s less time to read and a need to prioritize reading.
BEFORE GETTING STARTED:
Before you readathon starts, it’s great to have some of the logistics figured out.
- Start at night – Usually if you’re participating in a readathon it’ll begin at midnight, so you don’t have to worry about this. If you decide to start your own readathon, it might be easier to start at midnight. It’s an easy time to start, and if you’re planning on sleeping during the readathon, starting at midnight can give you some time to read before you sleep, and the rest of the day to read.
- Snacks! -This is one of the most important parts (for me at least). Make sure you prepare for your readathon by getting snacks beforehand. Good snacks are something easy to munch on while reading (think popcorn, chips, pretzels, etc.). This is key because you only need to use one hand to bring the food to your mouth, while the other holds the book you’re currently reading.
- Coffee/Tea – Make sure you stock up on coffee/tea/your reading drink of choice. It’s a 24 hour readathon and you’re trying to read as much as you can, that means drinking things that will help you fight sleep and stay awake. (side note: plis make sure you pace yourself with whatever you’re drinking. Having too much coffee or energy drink can be a bad idea)
- Create a tbr – give yourself enough time to plan a tbr for your readathon, make sure you have enough books, especially books you want to read. You’re trying to read for 24 hours, make sure it’s books that will keep you excited and entertained! While planning your tbr, make sure you don’t set it too early. Usually if I do, I get antsy to read the books I choose and some don’t even make it to the readathon.
- Short books are key – the point of a readathon is to read as much as possible. While you can choose large books to read, it can be hard to see how much progress you’re making and leave you discouraged if you don’t think you’re reading “enough”. If you read short books, it’s easier to fly through them, and look at the stack of already finished books to give you motivation to keep going.
- Plan meals – Since your readathon is short, you don’t want to waste any time making meals. Before the readathon begins, decide which ones you know will be quick for you to make or prepare meals the day before so all you have to do is wait for them to heat up before you dig in.
- Read with a friend – If you plan to host a readathon for yourself, go right ahead, that’s awesome. It may be more fun to do one with a friend though. Having someone there with you or having someone you can call or text to give updates to is fun. We like talking about books, so it makes sense that we’d like to talk about our readathon with friends. If you don’t have anyone participating with you, make a twitter or Instagram hashtag to let others online join you!
- Share what you’re reading – this kind of goes along with my previous tips, but share what you’re reading! If you’re participating in a readathon like Dewey’s 24 Hour, join in on twitter and Instagram, create those Insta videos for your followers to see. It’s fun sharing your books with people, and it’s a great way to get a conversation started.
WHERE TO READ:
Now that you have your snack list and reading list planned, next it’s time to find a place to read.
- Couch – I personally think this is one of the best places to read for a readathon. You’re trying to read as much as you can for 24 hours, couches are comfortable, and you’re probably less likely to fall asleep than if you read in bed. They can also fit more than one person if you have someone else joining you during your readathon.
- Bed – This is a good place to read if you know you’re going to nap during your readathon, it’s comfy and relaxing. I would stay away from the bed until you absolutely have to, because it’s sooo easy to put your book to the side and pull your comforter over you and fall asleep.
- Coffee shop – Another great place to read. You’re going to need coffee anyways, so you might as well go to your favorite coffee shop, sit and read and enjoy the atmosphere. Coffee shops are a great place to read if you want to be left alone, but also want the soft bustle of everyone around you.
- Outside – This setting could be difficult depending on the time of year, but reading outside can be so calming and relaxing. It’s a great way to get outside (because when else would you actually leave the house during a readathon?) and enjoy nature while enjoying your book.