5 TIPS ON READATHONING TO THE MAX // I give you all the advice because I’m a pro???

Hey guys! I’m a bit stressed at the moment and so naturally, I am procrastinating writing all my assignments and pretending my real life isn’t happening by talking to you lot! And today I am trying to give you guys some readathon advice since we have so many coming up in the back end of the year!

Remember the Mate-A-Thon is happening from the 12th to the 19th of October!

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How To: Plan For A Readathon

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new how to post! Yesterday I gave you some tips and tricks on how to do a readathon so today I thought I would go into how I plan a readathon!

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WILL YOU BE BUSY?

First up, before you even start thinking about your tbr, you should be contemplating whether you even have time to participate in the readathon. YOu should make sure you actually have days off work, that you won’t be stressing about school or assessments, and that most importantly, you will actually have time to read.

If you don’t have time to actually read and participate in the readathon then there really isn’t any point getting yourself hyped up and stressed out about a readathon. If you have an assessment, then all a readathon is going to do is unnecessarily stress you out and it will probably bring down your mark.

THE CHALLENGES

However, if you do have time for a readathon (yay) then the next thing you should do is figure out if there are any challenges. These are usually my favourite types of readathons, though I do also love ReadbyZoe’s 24-hour readathons, they’re pretty chill but still put me under enough pressure that I actually read and feel accomplished by the end of the day.

Anyway, so the challenges, they’re pretty important, if you can’t do the challenges you will probably get stressed out and then the readathon won’t be as fun. Make sure that you are actually on board with the challenges, and be okay with not completing them if you know you won’t be able to. For example, if the challenge is to read outside but you burn really easily or you know it’s going to be raining outside, then you should probably just skip it or buy a cactus and cheat a bit.

YOUR TBR

Next up, you need to form your tbr. This is probably the most important part. What I like to do when organising my tbr, is to put challenges together and to buy/ borrow books a day or two beforehand so I know I will be excited about them during the readathon, compared to a bunch of books that have been on my shelves for years. For example, I wouldn’t recommend picking a classic if you struggle reading the writing and get bored by them easily. I also wouldn’t recommend going shopping for books during the readathon, you will regret it.

For a readathon, I usually try to organise my tbr like this:

  • A short book
  • A comic
  • A 300-400 page book
  • An audiobook

PLAN

The last thing I do when planning for a readathon is to organise my week. I try to make sure that I’m not crazy busy, work and school wise and that I know I will have at least one day out of the week where I will be the only one at home, this way I am guaranteed a quiet day.

Next, I make sure that I know what errands I will have to run throughout the week. If I know I have to take my dog for a wash, or that someone has a birthday then I will make sure to incorporate that into my tbr, by organising shorter books. By knowing exactly what I have planned for the week then I can be prepared and know ho much I have to read each day.

For most readathons, I also like to make sure that I have meals planned. I usually just buy a bunch of pre-prepared salads from the shop, r I make them myself. I also bulk buy Up & Gos ( I don’t know if you guys have them in the US, because Weet Bix) just in case I’m not feeling well.

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  • Basically, just make sure that you are excited about your tbr and that you are prepared.
  • Don’t feel bad about not finishing every challenge, or reading you whole tbr.
  • Just have fun, join in with the book twitter community who are also participating. Do sprints and try to stay on top of your tbr!

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How do you prepare for a readathon? Do you enjoy readathons?

 

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How To: Readathon

How To: Readthon

Littlebookowl’s Readathon 2016 Calender

General Tips:

01 Schedule Time 

  • Schedule free time. If you are still at school or work full-time you should try to make time on the weekends or for an hour or two during the school week.
  • Also, make sure to read during the holidays. Read some of those bigger books now that you have the time.

02 When To: Readathon

  • Try to avoid readathons when you have big assessments coming, you won’t read as much as you wanted to and your assessment won’t be as good as it could have been had you put all your time into it.
  • You don’t have to participate in every readathon – there’s probably one the next month.

03 Preperation

If you’re doing a 24 hour readathon then you need to prepare. Have ready meals and snacks available.

The day Before:

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep prior to the readthon.
  • Prepare food before the readathon.Chopped up fruit and other bite sized foods are great to eat throughout the day.
  • Have a sensibly sized TBR. Have a stack of short books, comics and/or graphic novels. It’s a short readathon so you need short content. Graphic novels and comics are definitely great for short readathons.
  • If you’re doing a week-long readathon you don’t need to prepare as much but you do need to make sure that your week is mostly free and that you don’t have many, if any socials during the week.

04 TBR

  • Have a sensibly sized TBR. If you know you won’t be able to read a certain amount of books then don’t overload your TBR.
  • Your TBR is never set. You can always switch the books on your TBR if you suddenly don’t feel like reading them.
  • It is completely okay if you don’t complete all of the challenges for the readathon. If you’re stressing about not completing all of the challenges and feel like you have to complete them then try to make some books fit into multiple challenges.

05 Keep Motivated 

  • Get hyped prior to the readthon, watch some TBR videos and get inspired, participate on social media and post a picture of you r TBR or even post a video on YouTube.
  • If you don’t want to do the readathon alone the buddy read a book with a friend, it’s always really cool to be able to talk to a friend a bout a book and to be able to see what they did and didn’t like about a book.

Stay Motivated

If a book is not keeping your attention then stop reading it, you can always pick it up again after the readathon.

If you are feeling unmotivated go to social media. Usually for a readathon the host/s will have spints going (twitter) and there are always people posting reading updates – if you see someone reading a book on your TBR or that you’re currently reading talk to them about it.

06 Different Formats

Different formats help to break up the bigger novels and make the whole readathoms process WAY less stressful.

Try: audiobooks, graphic novels or comics.

07 Distractions

This step sort of contradicts step 05 but for most people technology is a distraction. Turn off your notifications (or go the extra mile and turn off your phone and shut down your computer) and try to stay tech free during the readathon (this is especially important for short readthons, 24 hour readathons in particular).

08 Take Advantage of The Library

Libraries are there for a reason. A lot of readathons have challenges so in order to fit books into those categories you may have to buy some of the books. The thing is you don’t always know if you’ll actually enjoy all of the books so if you can, try to find the books at the library.

Short Readathons:
  • Short books are a given. DO NOT read a long book because you will never finish it.
  • Comics & graphic novels are great for short readathons. They are a great way to break up all of the shorter novels in you TBR because they’re a different format.
Long Readathons:

Multiple challenges 

  • Most readathons will have multiple challenges (usually 5-9) so that can be a lot of pressure on you to try and read that many books. Where you can try and fit a book into multiple challenges.

Move around

  • Staying in one spot for a really long period of time can be quite boring so try moving around every now and then. Go to the library or go grab a coffee at a cafe and read for half an hour. If you’re an outdoorsy person you could even go sit at the local park or listen to an audiobook as you walk your dog.If you do end up moving around and you do end up going to get that coffee then set a goal. Tell yourself that you will read the next 2 chapters or that you will read 50 pages of your book before you go home. If you have a goal set then you’ll feel much better about your progress in the readathon.
  • It can be very taxing to read a lot of books that are all the same size. But it can also be very annoying to read books that are all really short and have very fat paced plots. Try and switch up the lengths of the books you plan on reading, this may contribute a bit in your enjoyment of them.

Sleep is key

  • Sleep is completely necessary. If you’re tired you will read less and honestly if you’re yawning through the day you probably won’t even feel like reading.Going with the sleep thing, this is a readathons so you’re bound to get tired at some point. If you find that you are tired and that you don’t really feel like reading then watch some TV. No one’s going to judge you if you watch a few episodes of a TV show – although, you should really try to avoid marathoning/ bingeing a show.
  • It’s a longer readathon so it’s completely okay if you do have errands to run. If you do end up with errands try to listen to an audiobook. You’re still reading and it’s a bit of a break from physical books.