October 2013

Read-a-Thon Balancing Act!


Rebecca from Love at First Book here, with some tips on how to manage your time during Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon! 

 Are you one of those people who is saying, “Oh my gosh, I can’t read for 24 hours that day!  I have a wedding/bar mitzvah/kid’s soccer game/tons of laundry/insert other event here. I don’t have the time!”

 If you’re not saying that, well good for you, being free on October 12! 

 But for the rest of you busybodies, here are some tips on how you can fit some reading in during your busy day! 

  •  Don’t get overwhelmed!  You can honor Dewey and get reading done even if you don’t read for 24 hours.  Can only read for 5, 10, 1 hour?  The point is to read more, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon encourages much more reading, but you need to fit in what works for you that day.
  •  When CAN you be free?  Can you set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than you need to be up to get some reading done?  I bet you can find 15 minutes before bed to get some reading done. 
  •  Are you going to be in the car or running a marathon (I mean, maybe someone is!)?  Maybe an audio book would be valuable to you. 
  •  Try to tackle shorter reads – don’t get hung up on War and Peace!  Pick a book of short stories, a few novellas, books that are shorter and can be accomplished during your limited time frame. 
  •  Use your down time to read – keep the TV off or go into another room to spend some quiet time reading. 
  •  Maybe you have a husband/kid who can read to you while you’re making dinner.  Even if your child is reading a Clifford book as opposed to the fabulous literary fiction you’re trying to make time for, I think it can still count as participation!

 Those are my tips, but you might have some other great time management ideas for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon!  Share your great tips in the comments! 

 Thanks for reading,

 Rebecca @ Love at First Book


10 thoughts on “Read-a-Thon Balancing Act!”

  1. I’m glad you posted this, because I have 7 hours of rehearsals that day that I found out about yesterday, ack! I’m going to try to read whenever I’m not playing, which tends to happen in these sorts of gigs. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the tips! My only challenge is that I cannot stay up for 24 hours. Just can’t do it. But I plan to find an audio book that I can listen to on Saturday so I can still workout and pick up around my house. I also plan on having a variety of books, fiction, non fiction and graphic novels. I hope the read-a-thon is as fun as the planning!

    I’m so grateful to Dewey for starting this. I can’t wait!


  3. These are great tips! I really love the idea of getting the family involved by reading aloud – get those kids hooked on books young!! And a great way to bond.

  4. Thanks Monika, Victoria, and Heather!

    This weekend will be one of the first I am fully available to read! Usually, I have one of those “insert event here” type of things! But I always want to participate in some way, too, so hopefully some of those tips help the busy bees!

  5. Great tips and thanks for encouraging those of us who can’t take the whole day to read. This is the first time since I joined in the Dewey read-a-thon fun a few years ago that I won’t be able to read all day. I’ve been bummer about it, but I think I’ll just try to fit in a bit of reading where I can.

  6. So glad the tips seem to be helpful!

    I think the biggest thing to remember is that this is an opportunity for 24 hours of reading. But for people who happen to be busy during those 24 hours, you still can participate, even if it’s in your own way!

    Thanks for commenting Katie, Melissa, and Jennifer! I can’t seem to respond to you individually, so group response it is! 🙂

  7. Normally I read non-stop for the full 24 hours, and for the first time, I can’t! I actually do have a wedding tomorrow! But I’m going to be reading for the first 5 or 6 hours before the wedding, probably a bit in between parts in the evening, and then for the rest of the night after we get home!

    Thanks for this post, which helps me concentrate on all the great reading I’m gonna get done, all in the same day as celebrating a wedding with family. And there’s always April for reading the full day! 🙂

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