For the last four years or so (I think) I’ve been taking part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon every April and October. My first readathon was an October so I think the one this Saturday/Sunday will be my 9th.
I enjoy the readathon and get a lot out of it. So much so that I’ve been spending a few hours this week running their Twitter account @readathon. I’ve enjoyed that too and at some point soon I must add some of the people I’ve chatted to there to those I follow on my own account. Meeting new people is one of the best things about the readathon for me. The best thing is obviously the books.
Over the last however many years I’ve learnt about what does and doesn’t work for me with the readathon. Here are a few thoughts/ideas/tips/tricks about that.
The most important thing is to enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you read one page, one chapter, one book or ten. If you take part, if you read you’ve met the most important goal.
That’s something I tend to struggle with remembering during the event when I’m seeing others update that they’re on their 400th page and I’m not as far as I’d like to be. I sometimes get to the point where I’m like “this readathon thing is a ridiculous idea I can’t keep up, I’m never doing it again!” At some point I’ll come to my senses and realise it’s not a race. And I always come back to it the next readathon.
So my second point/tip is linked to that. Recognise where you’re at and plan your reading and your day around that. Equally recognise that sometimes what you’ve planned isn’t what you need at that time and it’s ok to go off plan.
If you’ve been reading my readathon tweets you might know that I would love to really get stuck into a long classic book and was thinking about doing that this weekend. But based in the fact every single person who replied when I posted that said shorter books were the way forward and thinking about what my week is like I’ve shelved that plan.
My week is full of fun things but it’s busy. And I have a physical disability which doesn’t affect my reading but does cause fatigue. I also have depression which doesn’t usually affect my reading but is worsened by fatigue. I’m looking forward to everything I have on this week and think the readathon is going to be a good way to recharge.
But my plans are taking that into account and are much longer than I need to give me choice and the chance to abandon something if it isn’t working for me.
I’ve got in mind
A YA book by a favourite author – I often fly through her books and her YA one is about 100 pages shorter than her usual adult fiction.
The final part of a serialised Star Trek novel by my absolute favourite Star Trek writer.
A book from a childhood favourite series (not sure which series yet)
Something by Ian McEwan. I just discovered him properly last week and want to visit the library and see what other books of his they have.
Perhaps a shorter classic.
And because he seems to often feature in the readathon for me this list looks wrong without adding a mention of a possible Haruki Murakami book
I’ve also got in mind taking a break from my wheelchair to read, going to my favourite coffee shop to read for a bit, my favourite easy dinner and lots of sleep around the reading.
How do you see the readathon working for you?