It’s that time of the year to gear up for Dewey’s Readathon, a time when you set aside 24 hours to read and chat about your reading via blog, social media, Goodreads, etc. I’ve never participated before and wanted to sign up this year, but I’m not sure I can meet the commitment of posting and reading, or even cheerleading this year. I’ve been commenting [a lot] lately that I need a reading vacation or readcation, and Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon seems like the perfect opportunity to seize the reading day… and night. Since I can’t find it in myself to commit to the readathon this time, I thought there is no reason why I can’t still challenge myself in other ways, and there’s always the October readathon to sign up for.
How does it work? When does it start? Those questions are answered easily on the website, and even if you don’t want to commit to read, then you can become a cheerleader. The readathon begins on April 25, and there is even a timezone listing to help everyone sync their reading.
How about a personal challenge? A personal challenge can be anything: logging a number of audiobooks listened to, a number of pages read, a number of books ticked off my TBR shelf, etc. While I haven’t signed up for the official readathon, I’ve decided to knock a few off my TBR list and counting my pages read by challenging myself to read as many books as possible within the 24 hour period. I’m not without those dreaded doubts entering my mind saying, “What if I only read two books?” Hey, that’s two books knocked off my list, right? I know a few people who are setting aside ten to twenty books, and that’s a bit intimidating for me when I’m thinking of full novels. Novellas? That’s certainly doable and a challenge that can be met. Comics? Easily doable. I’ve decided to read as many full novels as possible in a certain time frame or read until I drop. If that number of books read is two or three or even just one book, I’ve still challenged myself and accomplished something. I always expect the unexpected.
How does one prepare for a 24-hour readathon? Just like any other ____athon. Set a goal, form a plan, and line up several books ahead of time, so you aren’t spending time searching out your next read. I plan to use the reach and grab method…Kindle style, that is, by lining up my books on a Kindle shelf for easy grabbing. Hydrate your body and be sure to eat healthy leading up to the readathon. Bank your sleep the nights before. I’ve been going to bed hours earlier than my normal bedtime to make sure I’m refreshed and ready come Saturday. Don’t drink pots of coffee, but have a shot of coffee every six to eight hours. When you aren’t stocking your body full of caffeine constantly, your body will react better to a shot of caffeine. I’ve been trying this a lot lately with my work schedule and find that I’m more energized by NOT drinking caffeine all day and only drinking one 20 oz. travel mug of coffee in a 24-hour period. Plan your meals by having plenty of quick-fix and healthy foods, including fruits and veggies. You need sustenance to keep reading…and reading…and reading, especially if you plan to remember what you’ve read. ;)
I’ve decided to challenge myself to read full novels without limit, so I’ve set aside a few books on my TBR list, some that I had planned to read a while ago, in hopes of reading as many as possible in the time I allow myself. Will I read them all? Most definitely not at my reading speed, but I intend to make a small dent in this list. I’ll be multitasking with a few personal commitments, so it will take away from my reading a bit (laundry just doesn’t wait), but I’ll have my voice-over feature going for me on my Kindle app during those times when I can’t sit comfortably and read; I’ll try to remember to tweet my progress.
My Readathon/Personal Challenge Book List
|The Mad Tatter by J.M. Darhower
Tough Love by Skye Warren
Love the Way You Lie by Skye Warren
Fervent by Gemma James
We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Ask the Dark by Henry Turner
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper
|Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
The Years by Nicholas Delbanco
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Forever Bridge by T. Greenwood
Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Time Between by Karen White