April 2016

Hour 10 – Don’t Lose Your Mind

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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4 thoughts on “Hour 10 – Don’t Lose Your Mind”

  1. This is my first readathon, and I found I’ve been craving a lot of chocolate while reading!! I also have kept to my TBR pretty well, but I’m about to leave it and start a book not on it😂

  2. First of all, the Daria gif is awesome 😎
    I always pick out a TBR pile entirely too early, then change it several times before the readathon starts! Sometimes it’s also completely unrealistic, and I’m ok with that now. This is my 4th readathon. For snacks, this time I went with healthy stuff, but I’m still finding chocolate in my hands somehow… My husband also realizes it’s safest for him if he goes to his friend’s house for the night, and he just left! So it’s just me, my dog, relaxing background music, and a good book! And this cookie! Where did it come from??!

  3. First timer, and I’ve been sticking to my TBR, with my Harry Potter audio books being the exception.

    The hardest part has been getting everyone to respect the readathon! People are still calling, parents especially blowing up my phone despite strict instructions not to. Sigh. I need peeaaaaccceeeee

  4. I just start off with a lot of books from my TBR stacked on my coffee table and reach for whatever I’m in the mood for. I’m sure to have a mix of short, longer, and stuff like comics (in trade) that give me a sense of accomplishment. As for snacks, I try to keep fruit and such on hand, but I like a nice cookies and tea break as much as the next bookworm. 🙂

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