How to prep for a read-a-thon.

How to prep for a read-a-thon.


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With the start of Bout of Books 5.0 just around the corner, I figured this would be entirely appropriate. Especially because I’m horrible at read-a-thon prepping. (Procrastinator alert!)




1. Wake up early. Or late, depending on how you want to tackle this. I prefer to wake up early in order to start early. But I have known some to sleep late and start in the afternoon/evening.

2. Set aside a few hours of time, even if you have to do it in shifts. Just one hour won’t do it. If you’re really good, you’ll go all Harry Potter and block off an entire eight or so hours. (Of course I say this in reference to when the Harry Potter books were still being released and everyone would set aside an entire day for reading the latest release nonstop until they finished.)

3. Keep your books handy! If you finish one book and don’t have the next one all ready to go, you’re going to get up to look for it, get side-tracked, and end up…you know…not reading.

4. Have snacks and drinks handy! It’s no fun when you look up from the page of your book, snap out of your own little world/reading zone, and hear your stomach grumbling and feel like you haven’t had anything to drink for days.

5. Put your computer on lock-down because you will check Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and all the internet has to offer. Only go on when you want/need to update/track your read-a-thon progress or participate in scheduled read-a-thon chats.

6. Alternate between e-books and actual paper/hardbacks, if possible. Your eyes will thank you.

7. Don’t forget advil. Sounds crazy, right? But, if you’re anything like me, reading for hours on end and straining your eyes sometimes results in major headaches (or worse, migraines) that throw off your entire groove and pacing.

8. Don’t forget bookmarks. If you end up having to leave your reading spot while in the middle of a book, you’re going to need to mark your place. Even if you think you’ll remember the page number. (You’ll thank me when you end up being dragged away for a significant amount of time.)

9. Get comfortable. If you’re going to be reading for hours on end, you won’t want to be in a stiff, back breaking chair. Claim a spot and stay there. Or multiple spots and switch it up!

10. Most importantly, have fun! No stressing allowed. Read-a-thons are meant to be fun, not competitions. If you don’t meet your own goals, no biggie! If you end up chatting more than reading, who cares? It’s all about what you get out of it. Maybe you’ll read two, five, ten books – that’s good! Maybe you’ll meet two, five, ten new blogger/reader friends – that’s good, too! There’s no way to lose. You can only win.



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19 Responses to “How to prep for a read-a-thon.”

    […] you plan to join this read-a-thon or other similar activities, The Grammarian’s Reviews wrote a concise and helpful post about prepping for a read-a-thon.  I will take the suggestions by heart and more importantly, enjoy it. I will create a sticky […]

    Love it! Especially keeping snacks and drinks available. That’s ALWAYS my problem … the stomach starts rumbling, so I stand in front of the fridge for 45 minutes. Then I can’t get back into my book.

    And don’t get me started on the INTERNET! Why does it have to be so shiny and tempting?

    Thanks for sharing! Just in time for Bout of Books! 🙂

  3. Smash Attack says:

    Love this! Having the books ready and waiting is my thing. I think I will get my Bout of Books reads in a pile now…

    and YES! The damn intarweb always sucks my time away…must resist!

    • Alissa says:

      The internet is my real time killer. I can’t resist at all unless I put my laptop in another room, or turn it off.

  4. During the last read-a-thon, I know that I tried to put limits on my Internet time. And, perhaps more importantly, I didn’t read in front of the computer. I took my book or Kindle somewhere else and read.

    Perhaps “don’t feel like you have to read EVERY MOMENT ALL WEEK LONG.” You have to do other things, too.

  5. Thinking Cat says:

    I love all of this!!! I just found bout of books through your blog, and I’m really excited for a no pressure no stress readathon!

    • Alissa says:

      Yay! Bout of Books is really fun and really awesome. I hope you’ll be able to join some of the chats! 😀

  6. Liz. R says:

    I’ve never actually participated in a read-a-thon! I do plan to one day, so this is good advice. Point six is probably my favourite, mostly because I know the pain that comes with reading the same thing for so long – I don’t think my eyes will ever be the same again…:P

    • Alissa says:

      Hah! I’ve probably ruined my eyes more than I know. 😛

      But you should totally try a read-a-thon sometime! They’re fun.

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  9. Celine says:

    That’s great advice! Now I think about it, I always get headaches while participating in a readathon… I’ll keep those Advils handy this time.

    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews

  10. Mariana says:

    Loved the list. It’s really helpfull, especially the computer part. This week I was supposed to read everyday for a read-a-thon but ended two days without reading and decided to push on the others. Thanks for the notes, will help this wee.

  11. These are some great tips. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

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