April 2016

Warm Up: 5 Reasons You Should Read-a-Thon (Especially if You Never Have)

Warm UpIf you’ve never participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon before and you’re hesitant, here are five good reasons that may give you that extra push you need to take the plunge.

  1. The perfect excuse to do absolutely nothing that day (besides read, of course!)

Parents want you to help out with the chores? Significant other nagging you? Not in the mood to go to that dive bar with the awful music?

Not a problem. Just give whoever’s bothering you a really serious look, nod as if to convey the weight of the task you’re about to take on, and say I can’t. I have to read-a-thon. They’ll either be really impressed, wish you luck as they pretend to know what you’re talking about, or they’ll be afraid of you. No matter what, you’ll get them to leave you alone so that you can read more.

  1. How’s that TBR pile looking these days?

You can hide those Barnes & Noble receipts from your parents or your family, but not from your bank account. Time to stop buying, and start tackling those unread books.

  1. Because free stuff.

Read-a-thons, including Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, will often feature giveaways with cool prizes. I never actually win anything (sob), but you might get luckier than I have. Free stuff, and all you had to do to get it was read? Yes, please!

  1. Make friends.

 Who in their right mind would want to spend an entire day shut away from the world reading? All the book nerds participating in this with you, of course! Reader friends are the best kind.5

        5. You’ll read a lot more than you think you’re capable of. 

 I participated in a different read-a-thon earlier this month. I’d marked my calendar months before, posted my TBR post on my blog in preparation, and was all set that Friday at 12 am, when the read-a-thon kicked off.

Now, I don’t consider myself a “binge reader “. Even books I really love will take me a week to finish, but thanks to all my anticipation and preparation, I ended up reading a book in three days. It was a pretty mediocre book too, but the motivation of being part of a read-a-thon was what kept me going. You’d be surprised what you can get done when you’re part of the race, and when everyone else is cheering you on.

There you have it. Hopefully you’re now more than willing to join us for all the fun on April 23 (one of us, one of us.). Best of luck to you!

Thanks so much to Jennifer Pappas from The Book-Nook and @JenniferJPappas for this post!

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