#Readathon: How to Prep Like a ProApril 24, 2015
As some of you might know from my About Me page, Dewey's Readathon is the entire reason I got into the online bookish community. There would be no Shaina Reads without it! (Go ahead and take a moment to think about how much emptier your life would be. I'll wait.)
Had I not participated, I also would never have met some of the loveliest people the internet has to offer, nor would I know that there's a bi-annual holiday that's all about reading. My life would definitely be a lot emptier.
Here's a quick and dirty list of how to prepare for the Readathon, whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned pro. First and definitely most important:
Know that you don't have to prep at all!Got a book you've been meaning to finish? Read that! Got a packed Saturday schedule and only a few minutes here or there to open a book? Do that!
Here's a short list of things the Readathon is not meant to be:
- a contest
- something you can fail at
However, if you're one for more elaborate productions...
Make your stack!Readathon is the very best excuse for checking out far too many books from the library. When you're planning to read for 24 hours, know that the book that looks best at the start of the day might have you snoring by Hour 20. This definitely isn't the time for Les Mis (or, in my case, any chunksters at all).
Variety is great here, in form and genre. Grab some novellas, some short story collections, maybe even a graphic novel or two. I've heard the latter is great for when your eyes get tired. Also, don't be afraid to ditch your stack entirely. It happens!
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Make some snacks!What would spending all day reading be without some delicious munchies at your fingertips?
Last time, I went with homemade guacamole, Chinese take-out and some store-bought gelato. This time, I'm reprising the guac but decided to go homemade with my frozen treats. These fudge popsicles are currently firming up in the freezer and I couldn't be more excited.
Don't feel like cooking yourself? The grocery store and GrubHub are your friends.
Pick out your reading spot!It's going to be sunny and 60 degrees out on Readathon Day, so I know I'll be spending at least part of my time reading outside in the park near my apartment.
The bed, the couch, and the comfy chair in my reading nook are also strong contenders. I might try out some reading position yoga, too.
That's all, folks!I'll probably update things here with some stats (or some mini-challenges, if I'm feeling saucy), but the best place to find me will be on Twitter. (EDIT: I'll also be helping to moderate the Goodreads group. Come hang out!)
The Readathon starts in 16 hours, wherever you are in the world.