April 2018

Warm-Up: Readathon for Introverts and Extroverts

Many of us are quick to identify ourselves these days: we know our enneagram type, our personality type, and whether we are introverts or extroverts. I am definitely an introvert, which means I recharge with peace and quiet. Other people are extroverts and feel ready to go out and conquer the world after a fun night at a party or a long, productive meeting.

Once we know if we are introverts or extroverts, we can change little things in our lives to make them work for us and Readathon is no exception. Here are my tips to make this year’s 24 Hour Readathon work for extroverts and introverts.


Cheer on your fellow readers

Readathon is obviously about the reading, but there is also great fun in chatting with other people who are participating. You can find people on Twitter under #readathon, you can join the Readathon chats on Goodreads, or you could visit the websites of fellow readers and see what books they are reading during Hour 14.

Invite a Friend

You love people. You love reading. Combining the two can only make your day better. Ask your significant other or best friends to join you for a few hours or for the whole thing. You could read the same book (so you can talk about it along the way) or each of you can pick a favorite book for the other to read.

Read in Public

Some of us get very annoyed when we’re reading on the train or in the park and someone interrupts to ask us about our book. But for others, it’s an opportunity to gush about how amazing Meg Wolitzer is or convert a reluctant reader to the joy of reading sci-fi. Find a comfy chair at your local bookstore or take your current read to a restaurant or coffeeshop. You might just get the chance to read your book and tell everyone around you how great it is.


Find a quiet space

You want to read for as long as possible for the Readathon, but you need a quiet place to do it. If you live with family or roommates, it can be tough to get any peace. Set up a visit with grandma for the kids or encourage your roommate to go out for the evening. Some readers even get a hotel room for the Readathon—there is nothing like reading and room service, right?

Turn It Off

For some introverts, the constant noise (both in their homes and online) is just too much. While it’s fun to participate in the challenges and find the person on twitter who is reading the same great book as you are, you can also turn it all off. Close your computer, shut your bedroom door, put in some headphones with ambient noise or soft music, and read to your heart’s content.

Get an Audiobook

We introverts really like our quiet. But at some point, it might get a little too quiet (yes, this can happen, even for introverts). You don’t actually want to go out and have to talk to anyone, but you need to break up the silence. Audiobooks to the rescue! When seventeen hours of quiet is too much, turn on your book and let someone else tell you a story. I highly recommend Shadowshaper, Cinnamon and Gunpowder, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and The Book of Unknown Americans, if you’re not sure which audiobook to pick up.

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