So this Saturday, April 28, is Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-Thon. I love read-a-thons and try to participate as much as possible. Unfortunately, this year I am scheduled to work on Dewey day, but I am still going to do my best to participate, because I am allowed to read on desk if my work is done and darn it, IT WILL BE DONE!! I also have the entire night to participate if I want to, so maybe I’ll try it at night as well. In preparation for the event, both for myself and for you, I have compiled a list of read-a-thon tips to help you get through the 24 hours (even though I have never managed to do so myself).
- Caffeine. This is obviously a big one. If there were ever a time for energy drinks, it’s when you’re going to be reading for 24 hours. So stock up on that caffeinated tea, or coffee, or soda, or Red Bull or Monster or whatever floats your boat.
- Read short books. I always try to go for reading short to medium-short books for read-a-thons. I guess this doesn’t have to be true, but I personally like to read as many books as possible during a reading event. Ergo, I look up which books on my TBR list are the shortest, and try to stick with those for the most part.
- Snacks. Snacks aren’t just fun and tasty, they’re good for keeping up energy. I’d recommend eating little bits of snacks throughout the event and not big snacks to avoid going into a food coma.
- Nap if you need to. Personally, I cannot nap during these events because I will for sure go to sleep for the rest of the night. But if you’re the type of person who falls asleep quickly and can nap in 20 minutes or an hour, definitely do it!
- Take breaks. It can be fun to read for long stretches of time, but also brain-melt-y. To avoid burnout, I recommend getting up and taking a break. Go for a walk, or listen to music, or watch a short episode of a TV show if you’re not the kind of person who watches and reads.
- Put on some mindless TV or music in the background. I am someone who can read and have TV or music on, and sometimes this helps me avoid reading burnout as well as focus more because I’m trying to push out the sound. It’s also a good way to take breaks, since if you already have something on the TV, you can just pause reading and watch for a few minutes before resuming your book.
- Get moving! Before I moved when I was living at home after college, I was really invested in getting 10,000 steps a day with my FitBit. I would often get my steps by walking around the house reading, which seems and probably looks silly, but kept me motivated to get those steps in and made my brain pick up a bit while reading.
Since I’ve never made it through a 24 hour read-a-thon (I never even pulled an all-nighter in college), maybe these tips will be useless, but I hope someone finds something helpful in them and makes their read-a-thon goal!
Are you participating in Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? What books are you reading? Have you ever made it the whole 24 hours?