I intended to write and publish this post yesterday, but it was a Monday. And it brought with it all those typical Monday interruptions and a beginning-of-the-week to-do list that seemed to never end.
As I mentioned in previous posts here and here, I participated in my first readathon this weekend. I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be. I’m a competitive, Type A person, and I expected to complete all twenty-four hours. I only made it for sixteen. However, I read and completed two novels, made it half-way through another, started one more, and listened to four hours of an audiobook.
Though I didn’t reach my goal, I had fun with a bookish community on Litsy and learned a lot that will help me to be more successful next time–cause I’m definitely doing it again.
Here are five things I learned from my first readathon:
- I need new glasses: I already knew this, but didn’t realize just how bad my eyesight is until I tried reading for several hours straight. I had to take breaks every two hours because I was seeing double. I have an appointment this week, so I will be in good shape next time.
- Book hangovers are detrimental to readathons: I have always suffered from book hangovers. When I’m really into a book, it takes me some time to emerge from that world and to be ready to enter a new one. Sometimes I pick up and leave several books before finding the cure. And sometimes it takes serious candy crushing and netflixing before I recover. You don’t have that luxury when when you have a deadline. That’s exactly what happened on Day One of the readathon. I finished Sleeping Giants by Sylvan Neuvel, and it was so amazing and fun that nothing else was working for me. Oh, and I will be writing a review of this one soon. (By the way, Sleeping Giants is available right now for $1.99 on kindle here if you’re curious).
- Be prepared with a really large stack of books: Being more prepared would help to solve the problem with the above. I decided two days before the readathon that I would sign up, and I had a pretty decent TBR stack. But, I needed more variety in genre, page length, and plot lines. After finishing Sleeping Giants, I picked up a short story collection, American Housewife, and that helped. But, I really needed more options.
- Move around. A lot.: Sitting around is hard work. It is for me, anyway. I get antsy, and my muscles get stiff. Part of my success on Day One was that I spent a few hours playing ball with my German Shepherd, Anya, and cleaning the house, all the while listening to Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. It helped tremendously. I was then able to spend several hours reading later that evening in the chair.
- Talking about books with others is so much fun: Okay, so I already knew this, but I was reminded of how much I enjoy being part of a reading community this weekend. All weekend, I updated the Litsy community about my progress, chatted with others about books we were reading, participated in bookish challenges, followed others’ progress, and added many books to my ever-growing TBR list( See, I’ll have more options next time).
I absolutely plan on participating in the 24in48 readathon again, and I’ll be better prepared. The next one is scheduled for January 21-22, 2017. You can find out more information and sign up here. Will you join me?