Tips for 24 Hour Readathons

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon starts in less than 13 hours!!  24 hours straight is a long time to read, especially when you’re also struggling to stay awake.  I’m by no means an expert, but I want to share some tips that have worked for me in the past with long readathons like this.

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How to avoid a slump: 

Variety, variety, variety!
Choose books in a variety of: 

  • age levels: Children’s books, middle grade, young adult, and adult
  • genres: contemporary, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction, science fiction…just to name a few
  • formats: graphic novels, physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, manga, told in verse

Don’t be afraid to take a break.
Even if it’s just 5 minutes per hour, it really helps to give your eyes (or ears!) a break every once and awhile. Walk around your house, take your dog outside, complete a mini-challenge, throw a load of laundry in the wash, or grab a snack.

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How to stay awake:

If you find yourself starting to nod off, jump in the shower for a quick freshen up.  Make it a cold one if you’re really starting to lose focus.

If you’re eating, you can’t be sleeping! This one definitely works for me.  I prepare all my snacks and meals in advance as much as possible so I can quickly grab something and jump back into my book. And it’s an excuse to get up and move a little.

I don’t drink caffeine personally, but its a tried and true method for most people. Brew a hot cup of coffee, tea, or crack open an energy drink as we get into the late hours.

Giving in to your heavy eyelids for a quick nap can help re-energize you to power through the rest of your day/night.

Combine the two for a Coffee Nap! 
Coffee Naps, or napping immediately after drinking a cup of coffee, are scientifically proven to give you a more effective rest.

And remember: you don’t have to stay awake the full 24 hours!
If you accidentally fall asleep early or are unable to stay awake the entire day for whatever reason, that’s totally okay! Participate as much as you are willing/able to, and you will have a successful readathon 🙂

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How to have fun:

Social Media
The best way to get involved and interact with other readathoners is to engage in social media.  Check in on Instagram or Twitter to update participants on your current progress (make sure you use the hashtag #readathon!), interact with others in the #readathon hashtag, or visit a few blogs.  Just don’t get too distracted by the internet!

Cheer Someone On
You are welcome and encouraged to cheer people on yourself, even if you’re not an official readathon cheerleader.  Check out the readathon participant list, and stop by a few blogs or visit someone on social media to give them a friendly message and encourage their reading.

One of the great things about the Dewey’s readathon is that there are opportunities every hour to participate in mini-challenges on the official readathon blog. Check them out and complete a couple when you’re in need of a reading break.

Read With Friends/Family
If you are able to, participating in the readathon with others can be so much fun! Get your children or partner involved or  invite a couple friends over to read with you throughout the day.

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More helpful tips from the readathon blog:

Planning for the Readathon
Cheerleading: In a Time Before Hashtags
Finding Focus in a Social Media Minefield

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Did I miss anything? What tips do you have for 24 hour readathons? If you’re participating, are you planning to stay awake the full 24 hours? Let me know in the comments. 

Yesterday’s post with my goals and TBR

7 thoughts on “Tips for 24 Hour Readathons

  1. This is only my second readathon, and I’ve been reading so many posts like this to improve this one. I know I can’t stay awake the entire time, I’m always so impressed with everyone that does. And I only did one mini challenge last time, so I’m excited to do more!
    Here’s my planning post if you’re interested:


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