It’s ALMOST here- the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’m not officially participating, but I’ve been talking with one of my bookish BFF’s- Rhiannon at Ivory Owl Reviews– and she’s participating for the first time. Which inspired this post because I think the most important thing about the day is to have fun. There are no real rules in Dewey’s Readathon (you don’t have to read all 24 hours, there are no set number of books you have to read, etc) SO….. I compiled a list of ideas for having fun 🙂 Because if I was officially participating- these are the things I would def be doing!
7 Tips For Having Fun During Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon
1.Pick a variety of books to read ahead of the day (maybe even more than you think you’ll read)
Listen, a girl has got to have choices. So check out your bookshelves ahead of time, keep an eye on the Kindle deals leading up to the event, get yourself to the library and check out some new books. Or pile up old faves- the books you LOVE and give them a good ole re-read!
Need some reading suggestions? The Novel Connection is reading Murder on the Orient Express & they have 8 suggestions to read as a group. Mom’s Small Victories recommends The Good Daughter, Prose and Palate recommends The Weight of Lies & When We Were Worthy, Bloomin’Chick recommends A Tangled Mercy, Suzy Approved Book Reviews recommends Last Christmas in Paris, & Crime By The Book recommends Hide and Seek.
2. Plan your snacks/drinks.
I’m a girl who likes to have plenty of snacks/drinks options around the house. I doh’t always eat while I’m reading, but I enjoy knowing there are some good snacks to eat if and when I do get hungry! I would cover the bases between salty and sweet- and have at least a bottle of wine and plenty of cold water.
3. Cheer everyone on (especially your friends!)
I’ve already mentioned that I’ll be sending Rhiannon some encouragement during the day- but I’ll also be sending out some encouragement to allllllll who are participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. If you’ve got friends that are participating- make a pact to cheer each other on. Or check out the Dewey’s hashtag– you might find some cool new bloggers to follow!
4. Schedule in Breaks!
Ideas for breaks: Watch a movie- The Cutting Edge and Practical Magic are 2 of my faves. Take a walk. Decorate a pumpkin for Halloween.
5. Check in on Social Media.
Now, these are also breaks from reading, so I know you are thinking 2 tips back to back about breaks- come on T! But checking in on social media will be less of a break- it’ll be about posting pictures of the progress, making an Instagram Story, cheering on your friends, letting your eyes feast on some gorgeous Instagram accounts ( follow these now: Crime By The Book, Prose and Palate, SuspenseThrill, NovelGossip, & MWLadiesWhoLit), chatting with friends & other #readathon participants on Twitter and so on and so forth!
6. Designate hours of “theme” reading.
If you know me, you know that I love my Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley Twins/University and Judy Blume books. It was a great day when my dad was cleaning out a storage shed and found all my old BSC books! So, if I was participating- I would have a stash of current books or re-reads AND some nostalgia reads as well. I mean that would be the most dibbly fresh thing to do, right?
7. Listen to audio books or a podcast.
Take a break from reading with your eyes and use your ears! I enjoyed Every Fifteen Minutes (narrated by the smooth as silk voice of George Newbern!) Other audio books I’ve enjoyed- Gone Girl (Julia Whelan is a great Amy) and Good As Gone! Or maybe you would rather listen to a bookish podcast- if so, check out Literary Atlanta! I’m pretty new to podcasts, but I’m still loving Up and Vanished!
Following these 7 tips- your #readathon day should be happy and fun!
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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T