Tricks and Treats – By: S.B. Richards
If you’re here you’re probably looking for some readathon tips, or in this case tricks. Well good news! I have a few for ya (and some treats tips, too)!
Simplest things first, right? If you’re participating in a readathon (or have before), you probably have an idea about what you want in your to-be-read pile. Before you go pulling books off of shelves, here’s a few thoughts:
❖ Comics, graphic novels, kids books, audiobooks – they all count!
❖ Choose a quick, easy read to start so you feel good about finishing a book early on. ❖ Have a variety of books ready. Short, long, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, nonfiction. It really helps to change things up.
The Great Debate! Whether you’re a coffee drinker or a tea drinker (or both, like me) you probably have a favorite brew you’ll want to stock up on ahead of time. Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a good book and reaching for that nice warm cup only to find it empty. Except for maybe finding your beautiful reading mug in the dirty dishes…what are you waiting for? Go wash it!
➢ Side note, make sure to have a glass of water with a cup of caffeine. We don’t want anyone getting dehydrating from pounding the coffee.
Trick: Get Comfy With It!
Grab that raggedy old quilt you love to snuggle up with. Change into some pajamas. Put on some music. Head over to YouTube and check some ambient channels. (Ambient Worlds has some fantastic Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings ones, among others.) Just get comfortable and enjoy. It’s a day to be lazy with a good book.
Make sure to pick up some snacks for the day (and not eat them beforehand, oops). Cashews, grapes, trail mix, any brain food really. I know we like our junk food, but the good stuff will help keep us going.
Trick: Take Breaks!!!!!
Your body to rest from time to time. Especially if you’re one of the readers aiming for the whole 24hrs. Take a break and drink some water.
❖ Move your reading to a new spot.
❖ Go for a walk.
❖ Hit up social media and cheer other readers on.
❖ Update the rest of us on what your reading and the progress you’ve made.
Treat: Meal Prep
Calling all hobbits! It’s time to prepare for breakfast. And second breakfast. And luncheon. And…well you get the idea. The best thing I’ve ever done to prepare for a readathon wasn’t my TBR but making an amazing sandwich the night before. Lunch time came and I was able top just stroll over to the fridge and find this wrapped deliciousness ready to go!
❖ Make sandwiches
❖ Order food the day before (you can schedule it for lunch or dinner!)
❖ Make plans to take a break and grab a bite (safely) with family or friends.
Did Not Finish. Set aside. Put away. It’s okay, you can say it. DNF.
Don’t be afraid to DNF a book you don’t like, or are not feeling right now. It’s okay. A readathon is not the time to trudge throw a book you’re not enjoying. The most important thing is to have fun!
*Bonus: Fall/Halloween Atmosphere
❖ Set up decorations
❖ Read some monster books. Or witches. Or horrors!
❖ Have candles surrounding your reading spots.
❖ And grab some Halloween candy (with your brain food).