April 2016

Warm-Up: What Kind of Readathon-er Are YOU?

Warm UpI am a fairly new to the readathon game (I think this time will be my third). My first few times I hung around the edges of the activities not really knowing how this crazy fun mess worked.  I quickly realized that there is no right (or wrong) way to readathon and that is what makes it so great.

While I was lurking I noticed something interesting: that the vast majority of readathon-ers are one of four types which I broke down for you, because I am nerdy like that! There are, of course, outliers, and there are people who can fit into a couple categories, but I think most of us can find easily figure out what team we are on.

Now the question is: What kid of Readathon-er are you?

The Social Readathon-er

If you are excited about the social networking aspects of the readathon as much as the actual reading, this type is you.  You cheer people with abandon, tweet and retweet with gusto, and comment and #Bookstagram with the best of them.

The Casual Readathon-er

If you like the thought of readathon but lack a bit on the execution, this one is for you.  You start out strong, cracking your book right as the clock clicks over to your start time, but as the day moves along you get restless or, more likely, life gets in the way.  You meet your sister for brunch or go out to your supper with your partner. You are still readathon-ing, but you are still going about your business as usual.

The Working Readathon-er

If you are sitting in your workplace while everyone else is curled up in their comfy clothes reading…this, my friends, is you.  It seems like you and the readathon were not meant to be this time around, but that is not going to stop you.  You read before, after and (maybe) during work.  You quietly listen to audiobooks at your desk and jealously look at the Instagram pics of others’ reading nooks and steaming cups of tea.

The Hardcore Readathon-er

If you curl up with your books once the readathon starts and commit to the full 24 hours (or damn close), you are Hardcore.  You read, you nap, you snack, you may hang out on social media a bit, but reading is the reason you are here and your to-be-read stack proves it.

Thanks soooo much for this fun post, Cassie from Nose Stuck in a Book and @CassieRaukNose Stuck in a Book

20 thoughts on “Warm-Up: What Kind of Readathon-er Are YOU?”

  1. I’m a mix of hard core and social with some casual thrown in. this is my second readathon and can’t wait. last time i woke up late and had a lot to do so i didn’t get in much reading but this time I’m hoping to break a record.


  2. Sadly, I’ve been the type who could never participate, for years. Until this time. This will be my first Read-a-thon! 🙂

    I have to work at the local library on Saturday afternoon…so I guess I’ll be a Casual Readathon-er, or (hopefully) a mix of Working and Hardcore.


  3. I am starting out hardcore then fall asleep with a book over my nose after about 15 hours then wake up and get updated for the last hour. This will be readathon number 7 or 8


  4. This is my second readathon, my first was 24in48 back in January. I’m a mix of social and hardcore, but I lean more towards social. I love the bookish community, and enjoy that freedom of being able to geek OUT to a bunch of people that are 100 percent in it with me, which in itself keeps me awake, reading and being social. Counting down the days!


  5. I’m a casual readathoner. My only goal is to have fun and I accomplish that by blocking out as much of the day as is reasonable and then reading as much or as little as I want.


  6. I am a good mix of all of them except working readathon-er, because I don’t work weekends! This is my 4th readathon, and I haven’t made it 24 hours yet, but I’m getting better!


  7. I’m hardcore and a wanna be social. This will be my 5th and I’ve done the full 24 hours each time before and plan to do the same this year. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the social aspect of it my first year but I have not seen it, at all, in years after that. I don’t tweet, I hate that crap, (perhaps you can see why with this comment, I’m long winded) and I guess that’s where all the social stuff plays out, so I miss out. No one goes to blogs anymore, it’s sad. This year I’m focusing just on the books.


  8. I have been all type over the years except the one who has to work during the event. This will be my tenth (10th!) read-a -thon. Oh my but the years have flown. For many of the past events my son read with me and those were the best times, but time changes, children grow and fly the coop and we must adjust and embrace life as it comes. I miss him but will find ways to make this a special day.


  9. I am a Hardcore Readathoner. This will be my 7th or 8th Readathon and I’ve made it 24 hours each time. Actually a few hours more, because it’s hard for me to sleep when I miss my sleep window and am highly caffeinated! I am not a fast reader and I don’t want to read easy-to-read books I normally wouldn’t read, so my final stats are never as high as most of the other fellow thoners’. But reading as much as possible is my first priority. Social media part of readathon is icing on the cake.


  10. You forgot The Family Readathon-er! If you organise the read-a-thon as a family event, this is you. You prep by sorting out book stacks for every family member, holding a family council to decide on snacks, and then spend the day cheering your children on, helping them read, serving them snacks, and bragging about them on social media. Once they’re in bed you finally curl up on the sofa and read until you can’t keep your eyes open anymore.


  11. I’ve never signed up for a readathon, partly because of the merciless teasing I would endure from my husband but partly because I know I would be the casual readathoner and not block off the time, and would feel like a failure! One of these days, I’m going to go for the hardcore readathoner title, though! 😉


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