April 2016


FYI (5)

I don’t know about you, but I tend to build readathon up in my brain and imbue it with magical powers. On readathon day I will never tire, my day will be smooth and solitary, the books will quench my insaitable desire to read, my spinach artichoke dip will never grow cold, and my coffee flows without ceasing.


Instead I start readathon day and find myself overwhelmed like one of those supermarket game show contestants. I simply don’t know where to start. I want it all and I want it now.


Do I cheer on Twitter? Audiobook? Read a graphic novel? Dig into a thick book? Instagram all the things? *breathes into paper bag*


This year I’m trying something new. I’m using my kitchen timer and setting it to read for an hour or so, then I’ll do about 15 minutes of social media, read for another hour, and then take a 30 minute break to walk around or listen to an audiobook while I do something active. I imagine that this way I’ll have time for social media, mini-challenges, blogging, cheering, reading, and I won’t feel like death when it’s over.


If you have any readathon time management tips let me know in the comments. Or, feel free to tell me I’m too obsessed with planning and should just go with the flow (that’s my husband’s opinion).



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16 thoughts on “Hour 5 – TIME TO READ AND DO ALL THE THINGS!”

  1. Ohhh, I’m exactly the same! I spend so much time working up my perfect readathon in my head that when it actually starts I don’t know what to do first! And I always get tireder faster, or my head starts to hurt, or my stomach goes funny because of too many snacks, and then I feel like I’ve betrayed myself because THIS CANNOT HAPPEN ON READATHON DAY! Haha, I think it’s like when people are going on holiday and they get so excited and then they get a migraine or a cold on their first day. Every frickin’ time.

    Anyway. I have no tips to give, because I’m basically doing the same thing – setting my phone alarm every hour and having about fifteen minutes of ‘social media and other shizzle’ time before I go back to my book. Happy reading!

  2. Hahah, I totally understant the planning. I scheduled the whole day about 6 times, but I’m so behind/ahead on all of those. Can’t. Keep. Up. AHH.

  3. I decided my trick would be that I would take a break to go outside and walk a mile or so after every book. I didn’t anticipate getting distracted by the internet every time I wanted to change my music so this is going slower than expected. But yay walks?

  4. I’m usually like you, born a planner. But I just arrived from living abroad for a quarter, so I haven’t had time to plan this year. Let’s see how this goes!

  5. I have a system that worked well for me last October and I’m using it again now! It goes like this:

    At every :00 I stop everything I’m doing to update my twitter, read the new post on 24hourreadhaton.com, and participate in the new challenge.

    Whenever I am done with that, no matter how much time passed (15, 30, 45 minutes, who cares as long as I’m having fun!) I go back to reading again until :00.

    Super simple and it works well for me!

  6. I have not really bothered to plan anything. I like the sound of “go walk a mile after every book”, but (1) I’ve been reading short books, which means since I’ve done three I’m now three miles behind (2) my knee is going to have a fit if I walk any miles 🙁

  7. I am a bit confused about the directions for the hour 5 mini challenge “reading fortress”. I posted our photos on the Dewey read a thon Facebook page. Is that enough? Hosts said to post email and photo link, but where do I do that?

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