It’s almost here! It’s almost here! We’re just two days away from the beginning of Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon. I’ve participated in this event almost every time that it’s been hosted and I can’t wait to participate again. I figure today is the perfect day to post my read-a-thon stack and a few tips for those of us participating in the event for the first time. If you haven’t already signed up, it’s not too late.
Tip #1 - Pick out a few books days in advance so you’re not running around after the start of the event, looking for something to read. I usually pick out the same sort of books every read-a-thon because I know which genres work for me during this time.
Tip #2 – Include short books in your read-a-thon stack. I always tell people that the read-a-thon isn’t a race or contest of any kind, but your competitive side is sure to come out just a little. If you’re on your second book and you see that someone else is on their fifth, you might feel a little
bad funny about your reading speed. It’s nice to read your short books at the start of the event so you can feel like you’re off to a great start.
Tip #3 – Be sure to include different genres in your stack. During every read-a-thon event, I make sure to have a book of poetry, picture books, graphic novels, and a short story collection in my reading pile. Why? Because after reading a book or two of the same genre, I need something different to keep going. I don’t try to read a whole poetry collection in one day but reading a few poems or short stories between books is a great change and it almost always work. For this weekend’s stack, I’ve included the poetry collection Vice by Ai. I’ve also have a ton of great short stories that I’ve found on Tor.com’s website. Poets.org is a good place to read poetry online.
Tip #4 – Be sure to include different formats in your stack. This tip is here for the same reasons as tip #3: variety is good. This will be my first read-a-thon using an e-reader. I also have a few audio books ready just in case I go on a walk or need to rest my eyes. Audiobook Jukebox is a website to visit for audio book recommendations.
Tip #5. Have your refrigerator stocked with healthy snacks before the start of the event. During one of the first read-a-thons that I signed up for, I ate massive amounts of junk and paid for it later on when I crashed from my sugar high around hour 12 and didn’t wake up until after the read-a-thon ended. It’s just smart to include healthy and quick snacks that you can eat without much fuss.
Tip #6 – Naps are great. Seriously.
Tip #7 – Let your family know in advance of your plans. Since I’ve participated in the read-a-thon so many times before, my family knows that it’s my day. If I don’t mess with anyone while Spongebob/football/HGTV is on, my family knows not to bother me during the read-a-thon unless they have to or if I’m taking a break. Moms need me-time too.
Tip #8 – Have fun. Dewey started the read-a-thon to have fun and you should have fun too. If you want to disregard most of my tips, please do but not this one. If you would rather read just YA paranormal fiction the whole time, do it. Want to just read a chunkster? Do it. Don’t put any pressure on yourself.
Last but not least is my reading pool:
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
The Book of Lost Things by John O’Connolly (re-read)
Pym by Mat Johnson
Vice by Ai
BB Wolf and the Three LPs by J.D. Arnold
Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection
Empire State by Jason Shiga
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliot
Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman
Page by Paige by Lauren Lee Gulledge
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa (re-read)
Fables Vol. 14: Witches by Bill Willingham (re-read)
The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier (re-read)
Chew Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice by John Layman (re-read)
The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds (re-read)
Are you participating in the read-a-thon this weekend? Any tips you think I should add to the list?