The 24in48 readathon was created by Rachel Manwill, with the idea that those who find it hard to read for the entire 24 hours during the Dewey's 24 hour readathon, would be able to split their reading over 48 hours instead.
I have participated in Dewey's readathon before and it is a lot of fun. I never hit the entire 24 hours because sleep is important to me, but I do love the focus of reading as much as I can and the great interaction from others on Twitter, Instagram and Litsy. The book community is amazing, and readathons are our social events, that involve hours of introverted activity (reading) and then sharing our reading experiences (the social need of belonging to a group).
This is my first time actually participating the 24in48 readathon and I am excited. I have prepared and made sure that there were no prior plans, made sure the house was spotless so I don't feel guilty cleaning and the husband will be on night shift, so he will either be working or sleeping during my prominent reading hours.
If I don't hit the full 24 hours, that is ok as well. I am going to try and see how I go!
Here is my TBR:
A few tips I picked up in previous readathons:
- Choose different genres or age groups - I have a MG, some YA, and some adult fiction mixed in
- Have a graphic novel to break things up - I have been so excited to read Monstress and between some of the longer reads, it is the perfect pick me up
- Have a mix of short and long novels - I don't have massive books mixed in but the Cruel Prince and Mask of Shadows are over 300+ at least and the other novels are under 300+. You need to be able to have some quicker reads to feel a bit accomplished as you go.
- If you aren't feeling it, put it down - you may come back to it or you may not, but you don't want to get into a slump during a readathon. Have lots of choices.
- Don't be locked into your TBR pile - if you get the sudden urge to read some Harry Potter or something else that you previously didn't pick, it is ok to change your mind.
- Have supplies handy - have a drink bottle with some water next to you, even if you choose to have different drinks throughout. It is surprising how thirsty you get. Also have some handy snacks nearby that you can eat with one hand.
- Finish up anything you are currently in the middle of - this is a hit or miss as sometimes if you are already 'hooked' in a story, finishing the current read may be a good way for you to start. For me personally, I like to finish my current read and time it as close to the start of the readathon that I can. That way I finish my book, have a few moments spare to update social media, check in with any teams formed and then dive into another right on start time, while I still have the reading mojo going.
- On forming teams, the readathon participants are generally one big team but if you are reading in a different time zone like I am (fellow Australians can relate as we are ahead of most others timezone-wise), it may be worthwhile forming a sub or mini team with a hashtag you can use to check in and support one another (cheer each other on) while you are reading and other people around the world haven't started or may be sleeping. Timezone navigation in readathons can be tricky! It can also affect when you start, more in the point below.
- Choose a start that suits you - You can team up your start time and day with the actual official readathon, using a world clock to figure out what time that will be in your time zone or just start at a generic time for you (eg. 12.01am Saturday - 11.59pm Sunday). This works for me because if I started at the official readathon time, I would be reading into Monday and I still need to get to work. The only downfall starting the generic time is that you start and end the readathon ahead of others (or behind, depending on where you live).
Let me know if you are participating, what you are planning to read and what your favourite tips for a readathon are. Do you agree or disagree with my ones above?
I will be posting live on Twitter, Instagram and Litsy using #24in48 and #24in48AUSNZ for those of us who will be starting earlier. I would love to chat to everyone participating especially those from Australia and New Zealand.