Hello Readathoners! This is Allison from The Book Wheel and this is my 4th Readathon but my first time co-hosting and I am so excited to be here with all of you. I don’t know about you, but every time the event rolls around I find myself equally excited and wholly unprepared. What will I read? What will I eat? And perhaps more importantly, how do I politely ask my husband to leave me alone for the weekend?
As overwhelming as these questions seem at the time, they are actually quite easy to answer. Whether you’re participating in your first or fourth Readathon, here are my tips to get through it without losing your mind, starving, or ruining your relationships. I promise you – by the end you’ll feel like this:
1. What will I read?
This one is the hardest for me because I’m a mood reader and my Twitter feed is flooded with amazing book recommendations in the days leading up to the event. I’ve learned that it’s perfectly okay to have a TBR list and then toss it aside. Sure, there’s some guilt the first time around but it gets easier, I promise.
2. What will I eat?
I hate to cook so this one is pretty easy – anything that doesn’t require an appliance (although a microwave is okay sometimes). I usually pick up a veggie plate, cheese and crackers, popcorn, and some fruit….. and then eat mostly junk food. Oh, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I find that I’m a muncher on Readathon days so anything that I can grab without lifting my head out of the book I’m reading is gold.
3. How do I politely ask people to leave me alone?
Thankfully, most of my friend and family understand that books trump almost everything else. Over the past few Readathons, my husband has learned that it’s probably best to work overtime and sleep in the spare bedroom during the event (3 am reading while munching on popcorn isn’t conducive to good sleep). This year he actually did my snack shopping for me so I think we may finally have a good routine down.
So what about you? How do you decide what to read? Do you toss your TBR aside or do you stick to it? Do you kick friends and family out of the house? And, of course, what’s your go-to snack?
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