Tips for a Successful Readathon

Summer is a popular time for readathons so I thought it would be a great time to share some of my tips and tricks to have a fantastic and productive readathon. The summer session of the Biannual Bibliothon is only a few days away (July 14th – July 20th), and also the annual BookTubeAThon is coming up at the end of July, so it is the perfect time to get prepping for lots of reading.

Anyways, here is how to increase your reading quantity and quality wise!

  • Read in Sprints – Sometimes reading for long periods of time is hard, and you find yourself getting distracted easily. If that is the case, then maybe think about setting timers where you read for anywhere from 20 mins to an hour. I recommend not setting TOO short of sprints because it might be hard to immerse yourself in the world and story if you do not allow yourself enough time to read…so I recommend at the least, 20 mins each sprint but the more time the better!
  • Watch Readathon Vlogs! – There are so many readathon vlogs on YouTube for you to watch that will get you ready and motivated to read. Vlogs like readathons or just writing vlogs get me so inspired to be creative, and I am planning on making myself a playlist for upcoming readathons so I can always turn to it when I am lacking in motivation.
  • Choose Shorter Books – It’s smart to choose shorter books rather than long books during a readathon because obviously you will get through them quicker, but remember to read what you want! I usually pick books with a page count of 200-400ish pages. If I know I will LOVE it I don’t care about the page count, but I am a slowish reader so I like to go with books on the shorter side since I am trying to read as much as possible in the given amount of time.
  • Pick Books You Are Excited About – This seems obvious, but it is important to choose books YOU want to read. Yes, maybe there are some books on your shelf that you feel like you NEED to read, but if you don’t feel like reading them then just choose a book based on your gut feeling.
  • Schedule in Your Reading for the Day/Week/Months… – Depending on how long the readathon is, schedule ahead some reading time everyday. Don’t pressure yourself to read too much if you really don’t have the time, just fit in as much time as you can and feel capable doing…but don’t overdo it!

Those are some of my tips for a successful readathon, and I hoped you enjoy! Make sure you let me know if are participating in any readathons and what books you plan on reading because I would love to know 🙂

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