Readathons are all about fun and therefore I thought I would share a few tips on how to have a good time during these 24 hours. This list will contain tips on how to prepare, reminders of important things you must do, what to read, and how to generally have a good experience.
If you require reading glasses make sure you have some!
Last October during the previous Dewey’s Readathon I made the rookie mistake of reading for a few hours straight without wearing my reading glasses. This led me to have really bad eye strain, huge headaches, and temperamental vision for the few days that followed. So please, if you require glasses when reading, put them on.
Get a good night’s sleep beforehand.
If your area begins the readathon early in the morning, go to bed earlier the night before as you will have an early start; whereas if you begin later in the day take that opportunity to have a sleep in, especially if a large chunk of your 24 hour reading time is during the night. Additionally, nap. If you are feeling tired throughout your reading, take a nap to boost your energy.
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Prepare some snacks the day before.
Fruits, nuts, and seeds are a great option to give you the energy you need to continue reading, make sure to pick snacks that you can eat in one hand while the other hand turns the pages – I don’t recommend fruits that need to be skinned like oranges or bananas because they require two hands and you certainly won’t have time for that nonsense. However, if you want some naughtier snacks may I suggest making a batch of cookies, peanut butter cups, or brownies the day before – you can find some recipes for easy to make cookies along the side bar. Also, remember to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know the temptation is to just survive on snacks all day, but they will not completely satisfy you, and the snacks will not be able to give you all the nutrients you need for the day.
Buy a box of your favourite tea/coffee, a special type of hot chocolate, milkshake, or whatever your favourite drink to have while reading is. Personally, I enjoy a large mug of raspberry & pomegranate green tea, or mint hot chocolate, depending on the time of day. Additionally, I advise you buy a 1Litre bottle and keep topping it up with water throughout the day, it’s the lazy person’s way of staying hydrated as you will not need to constantly get up to refill it. It is imperative you stay hydrated, otherwise you will get headaches during your reading, making it an unpleasant experience.
Create a music playlist
If you are like me and enjoy delving into the world of a novel while listening to the tunes of your favourite songs, you’ll need a playlist for the day. I suggest putting many songs in this list so that you don’t end up hearing the same Halsey tune over and over again as the list resets.
Book selection is important.
Don’t chose that 500 page first novel of a series you have been planning to read for a while, chose books that are below 200 pages, read a novella from your favourite series, read a play. Also, have at least one easy read, one you can just drift through easily as it will allow for your brain to take a rest. Plus, it’s a good idea to have a reading pile that consists of different genres, as you may get tired of reading a certain genre, having other genres will make each read refreshing as you follow new plots, character arks, and settings.
Get some fresh air.
Crack open a window or sit in the garden if the weather allows it. It will hamper your ability to read if you get a headache from the build-up of CO2, you need the oxygen so that you do not feel drowsy.
Get up and move about every now and then – give your eyes a rest.
It is not expected of you to read for 24 hours solid, so make sure to take breaks. I suggest that for every hour of reading you complete, you give your eyes a 5 minute rest as you get up, walk about, get a drink or snack, maybe even move to a different reading spot. Take a break from reading by socializing, or taking part in challenges hosted on the Dewey’s website every hour. Remember to eat, drink, and take care of yourself during these 24 hours, I know it may sound silly to remind you of these basic needs, however I also know how easy it is to get lost in a good book.
But Most of all, have fun!
Take part in the challenges on the Dewey’s site, share your progress online, talk to the other readers and see how their progress is going, maybe ever cheerlead someone. This event is all about having fun, reading, and being part of the bookish community, so make it a day to remember.
Alternatively, it is ok if you decide that you do not want to take part in challenges, or cheerlead, this day is whatever you make it. If all you want to do is read and nothing more, then you do that. There is no wrong way to experience this event, so do whatever makes you happy.
Hope this list came in handy. What tips do you have for the Readathon?