Tips For Readathon Success
This week I’m getting ready for the 24 in 48 Readathon! And though it’s only my second readathon, my experiences participating in my first taught me some valuable lessons.
“Variety is the spice of life…”
And the key to keeping up your reading stamina. From time to time I have happily spent hours reading a great book, but there is a certain energy to a readathon that makes it hard for me to sit reading the same book for hours and hours back to back. In striving to read for 24 hours straight (in the Dewey’s Readathon) I found that I wanted a better measure of my success. I included graphic novels and a walk narrated by an audiobook to help change things up. For this readathon I’ll also be out running errands with my audiobook and even getting things done around the house with my earbuds in. I’m also adding short stories/books like “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”.
“Man cannot live by bread alone…”
But books AND bread is a smart combination for fueling your reading hours. This marathon style of reading often requires reading and eating at the same time. I know this is strictly verboten for the spill-prone, but for the average reader/eater having some non-sticky/gloopy/runny snacks on hand is a great idea. I’ve already ordered macarons from a local bakery as a special treat for the day, and I highly recommend pre-making something like a fruit, nut, and cheese plate for a satisfying snack unlikely to leave fingerprints on your pages.
I can’t prove it, but I believe that Madonna was singing about reading marathons when she sang, “If we took a holiday, took some time to celebrate, just one day out of life, it would be, it would be so nice!” In this case it’s actually two days, but still, the fact remains that Madonna wants us to take some time to celebrate bookishness in all its glory.
One of my favorite parts of any holiday is the decorations that go with it. That’s why I like to make a special banner or something to similar; something to bring an extra air of celebration to the day. Fun accessories that you might find at a party, like paper straws or bunting is a great addition for your fiesta mindset, and they create visual interest for your pictures as you share your progress with your fellow readers.
Worried you’ll spend too much time sharing your progress or reading about other reader’s adventures on social media? Consider setting a timer. 15-20 minutes is a good amount of time to create your updates or to do some perusing, and sprinkled throughout the day, it can also serve as a good break.
I hope you’ll be joining in this weekend, and if you have any questions, thoughts, or reading recommendations, I’d love to hear them! Feel free to leave me a comment here, or drop me a line on Instagram or Twitter.