It’s #Readathon time again! This is my second time participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I cannot wait for Saturday to arrive. I had so much fun last April when I participated, and now that I know what works for me and what doesn’t, I’m hoping to have an even more successful Readathon this go around.
If you’re unfamiliar with this readathon, it’s exactly as its name suggests. 24 hours straight reading! What is unique about this readathon is that everyone participating starts at the exact same time, so for some people that’s 3pm, and others it’s 3am. It just depends what time zone you are in. I’m one of the lucky people who start at 7am, which is just about as good as it gets in my opinion. I can wake up Saturday morning and jump right into my 24 hour reading binge. If I participate for the entire readathon, I only have to stay awake for the 24 hours and that’s it. People who have a start time in the afternoon/evening have to be awake so much longer!
Here are some of my stats from last spring’s Readathon:
Books Completed: 6. 3 were novels, 2 were graphic novels, 1 was a non-fiction essay collection
Books in Progress: 152 pgs of another novel. 10% of an audiobook
Total Pages Read: 1,396
Total Hours Participated: 24
Challenges Completed: 11 + the Mid-Event and End Surveys
This time, I’d like to focus more on my reading and spend less time on social media. I did read at least a little bit during every hour of the last readathon, but there were quite a few hours that I wasted almost completely on Twitter or blogs. I really enjoyed interacting with everyone participating and completing challenges, but this is a readathon after all, and I want to make the most of my motivated reading day. I think I’ll give myself two hours throughout the day to spent on social media, whether that’s cheering people on, updating my reading progress, or participating in challenges.
I’m going to continue to post hourly updates this time. I had fun with that and it kept me accountable for every single hour of my day. Plus, I really enjoyed looking back on it this week as I prepared for another readathon. Rather than updating my blog every hour, I’m going to contain it to quick Twitter or Instagram posts, and keep the rest of my updates on paper to avoid jumping online so often. I’ll compile the updates on my blog 3-4 times throughout the day rather than multiple times per hour.
Another thing I’m going to change is my meal/snack plan throughout the day. Last year I left the house twice during the day for food: one at breakfast to spend a couple hours at a coffee shop, and again in the evening when I picked up a pizza. I’m hoping to prepare all my meals and snacks in advance this time so I can limit my non-reading time. If I feel like I need to get out of the house, I’ll throw on an audiobook and take my dog for a walk.
And now for my TBR! Like last spring, I’ve compiled way more books than I can possibly read during the day. I like to give myself a huge variety to choose from to keep the slumps at bay.
I didn’t read any ebooks during the spring readathon, and I plan to change that this time. I read so much faster on a screen than I do with physical books, and I have a few ace books on my iPad that I’ve been DYING to get to. And 6 of these are review books that I need to read soon too.
I’ll probably stick to Bad Feminist because it’s the audiobook I’m currently reading and it’s the only non-fiction book on my TBR. I’ve been reading my physical copy of City of Glass this week but may jump into the audiobook on Saturday if I need to change things up.
See any books on my list that you loved or are curious about? Let me know because I clearly need help narrowing down my TBR! Are you participating in #Readathon? Tomorrow I’ll be posting some tips for 24 hour readathons, so stay tuned!