I’m finally able to participate in the 24 Hour Readathon again! Huzzah! The last time I was able to participate was in Fall 2011, practically the stone age in internet time. This will be my seventh time participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!
First, pick lots of short books. Or pick one really long one and read that all day. People have done both and even though there’s kind of an unspoken competition to see who can read the most books during the ‘thon, whatever works for you is the best way to do things. I would suggest, however, not mixing long and short books. I did that one year and felt really off-kilter after every book, because I’d get into a groove with the short books and then the long book would slow things down again and it was just a mess.
Second, take breaks! I say this every ‘thon, and I really mean it. After you finish a book (or however many chapters if you’re reading a long book), get up and dance around the room for about a minute. Then drink half a glass of water, eat a snack, and check the official ‘thon blog (you could win prizes!). Do a mini-challenge or leave a comment somewhere! And then continue onwards in the ‘thon.
The trick to taking breaks is to NOT take too long of a break. Generally I think 15-30 minutes is a good amount for a break; it’s long enough to catch up on some ‘thon stuff and refuel, but not long enough to get sucked into staring at the computer screen for hours on end.
Third, don’t be afraid to dump books, add new books, or stop reading books altogether. You’re not a failure if you do any of those things, and no-one’s going to point and laugh at you if you fall asleep four hours before the ‘thon ends.
I’m planning on taking it easy, myself, as a) I do not want to wake up at 5am (not even to read books) and b) my mom’s back from a trip to the east coast and I’ll want to hang out with her tomorrow, too. I will also c) be cheerleading! So hopefully I can avoid my traditional readathon eye-strain headache, eh? And then…