I made a sudden decision on Saturday morning to join in the Dewey 24 Readathon and had so much fun that I just had to do a blog post in case anyone was wondering if it’s worth participating in one. This wasn’t my first time taking part but it was the one I enjoyed most and I think a lot of that was because I loved the mini challenges so much.
First things first, I made a stack of books that I wanted to choose from and prepared a snack. Once you start hopping around on twitter or instagram, you’ll soon learn that snacks are JUST as important as the books! And you’ll have all the munchie envy.
Now don’t freak out when you see that stack of books, I wasn’t planning on reading them all! I just like choice. My final stats were:
– I finished Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent. Very dark and different, loved it.
– I listened to Becoming Rain by K A Tucker for about 2 hours
– I read about half of A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install. This one is super cute!
First mini challenge I took part in was to find 4 book covers to convey the 4 seasons. I was pretty happy with my choices and feel they nail it! Then it was time for coffee and fruit to keep me going for another little bit.
And not long after that it was dinner time and I went with a quick tuna and pasta salad as I didn’t want to waste time cooking. Not when I could be reading and social media-ing! Next mini challenge was to find 3 books with a tree, a weapon and snow on the front. These challenges make me blush when I realise how many books I had to pick from, including too many unread ones :O
Then I thought it was time to get out of the house and away from the computer for a bit. So I took Buddy for a 3 mile walk and listened to my audiobook for a while. Then visited with my parents and came back ready for another stint!
This time I did some spine poetry. I don’t know why I went so dark with it!
Beautiful Day, Coming Home
I am in Blood, Talking to the Dead
Yes, that was uplifting! Not long after that I drifted off as I needed my sleep and I wasn’t hardcore enough to do the full 24 hours. When I woke up the next morning it was still going strong so I read for a while in bed and then finished it off out in the garden with a late, lazy brekkie and my book. Seriously it was so much fun, I loved taking part and am hugely grateful to the organisers for all the work they did to make it such a success. And last I heard nearly 1,900 readers all over the world took part which is amazing.
Now to clean up all those books I ransacked through for those challenges!
My Tips for Rocking Your Readathon!
– Be social. Use the official hashtag #readathon to connect with others on Twitter and Instagram
– Participate in some mini challenges. It gives your eyes a break, connects you with fellow book lovers and was one of my favourite parts.
– Don’t feel you have to read for 24 hours. I only read for about 4 hours but that was enough for me. I chatted with others, took breaks and drifted in and out over the 24 hour period.
– Clear your agenda for the day as much as possible. It feels good to have a day that is YOUR day for indulging in your book passion
– For me personally reading physical books works better than e-books for readathons as I can read for a while without distraction then check in with everyone a while later on my computer. In previous readathons, I read on my tablet and did next to no reading as I kept getting distracted by all those notifications. Audiobooks are great too for doing some chores and getting some exercise in and for giving those hard working eyeballs a much needed rest!
The next readathon is in Oct, maybe see some of you there?
Talk to Trish: Did you take part in readathons, what is your favourite part? Would you like to take part in a future one or what reservations do you have?