Read-a-thons: 24-hours or Week-long?
I have a confession to make: I love the IDEA of 24-hour read-a-thons such as Dewey’s, but I am absolutely horrible when it comes to actually participating in one! On the other hand, I’m actually pretty good at week-long (or two week) read-a-thons, even when I don’t particularly plan things out that well >.> Why is this you ask? I have some theories about the pros and cons of different timescales for read-a-thons and how my life fits into them ;-).
Silly Real Life Commitments
Ugh, nothing is more annoying than a boyfriend and friends that want to hang out with you right?? ;-) This is honestly the biggest obstacle I have with a 24-hour read-a-thon: avoiding real life. I realize that Saturdays are a good day for most people who have normal working hours, but they are just horrible for me D: Since I’m in a long-ish distance relationship, I drive two hours twice a weekend to see Mr. Boy. And since I only have about two days with him a week, he is all picky and clingy during that time, haha. I would dig a read-a-thon happening on like a Friday, since I’m a grad student and have a much more flexible schedule. I’d be happy to ditch all commitments on Friday, tell the boy I’ll drive out on Saturday, and read all day! But of course, that’s just my weird schedule allowing it.
Week-long read-a-thons are a little bit easier in this regard since there isn’t the expectation that you will do NOTHING BUT READ (even though 24-hour read-a-thons don’t demand that either), so it’s a lot easier for me to treat the weekend as a wash and just read more during the week. I feel like I’m not missing out on as much since events tend to be one or two a day, not every hour ya know? I like participating as much as I can in everything! And that pressure is a little easier for me to handle with week-long read-a-thons.
I kind of want to try a 24-hour read-a-thon one of these years just to see how much I can actually pull off. Sometimes I’ll do impromptu half-day read-a-thons and my eyes just get so tired! It has to be a freaking awesome book for me to be able to read for 5 hours straight ya know? I can definitely see where the book choice plays a big factor here, but I’m such a slave to my review pile that I’m pretty sure I would feel guilty if I wasn’t trying to get review books read during a read-a-thon :(.
Week-long read-a-thons are again easier for me here since I feel awesome getting five hours every day for a week in! I can finish like three books doing that :D. I definitely need breaks it seems, or I would need to train up to 24-hours, haha. Can we have a Dewey’s prep week where we up our reading stamina? ;-) And yes I can certainly take breaks while doing a 24-hour read-a-thon, but I honestly don’t trust myself not to get distracted and lose several hours to something else during my “break.” How do you handle breaks during your read-a-thons?
Okay, this is something that I just struggle with in general. I honestly don’t really get challenges. I mean, I like seeing other people’s entries in the Book Spine Poetry challenge, and the puzzle challenges are fun, but I just don’t feel creative enough! Every time I see a Book Spine Poetry challenge in a read-a-thon post, I look at my bookshelf and panic and give up. So many sci-fi/fantasy book titles are one word, but I’m not sure if that should make it easier or harder >.>. This is a problem with the long-distance thing again though, since on Saturdays I’m not near my main stash of books! What are your favorite challenges? What do you like about them? Help me, have any tips?? :D
The Ideal Read-a-thon For Me
Like I said up top, I love the idea of a 24-hour read-a-thon. I fantasize about planning out my day and having my audiobook prepped if I need to run any errands. I would probably sleep in since I’m so not a morning person, but perhaps I would keep a book in easy reach so that I could start the day reading in bed because my bed is SO COMFORTABLE! I’d make sure to have my headphones and phone easily accessible so I could start tweeting and listening to my audiobook while making breakfast. Then maybe check in with the challenges and things so far before starting in on the first book. Doesn’t that sound awesome? I want to do that! I just don’t know how I’m ever going to get it to work *sigh*. Maybe I’ll suggest Mr. Boy go on a weekend trip with his friends for the next Dewey’s read-a-thon >.>.
How long of a read-a-thon do you prefer? Do you participate in both or just one kind? How many books have you ever managed to read in one day???
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