We are in our very last hour of the last Dewey’s readathon of 2021. Of course, many of us continue to read after the readathon is officially over. Still, at the end of this hour we’ll have made it through another full year’s worth of these oddly-addictive reading events. Why do we do them? I am still not sure how to explain that part to folks who haven’t tried it. Do we read more because we do readathons? Do we enjoy reading differently? What do you think? Why do you do readathons?
Actually I do read more during readathon weekends, since I have an excuse to set aside chores and projects and just focus on reading for a full day. Even as an admin for the readathon, I get a lot of great focused reading time during these events (maybe even moreso, since I expect myself a a host of the readathon to stay awake and reading or doing admin stuff online for the whole event). I read a LOT, anyway, but on a readathon day I may actually finish several books all in one day, or make a huge dent in one of the long, heavy tomes I sometimes get bogged down in.
Do I enjoy reading differently as someone who does readathons? That often depends on which books I choose for my TBR. A lot of people find that if they don’t set aside time and really focus on reading, or if they let the book they are reading drag on for weeks, they don’t enjoy it as much. During readathons I focus on reading specific books for long enough to really pick up the momentum of each book. And at the end, I almost always have a small stack of books I actually finished reading. Having something to show for all those hours of reading sometimes boosts my enthusiasm for reading more after the readathon is over. Just finishing books, and enjoying that sense of accomplishment, helps me stay motivated to start the next book.
Well, I am sure many of us are far too exhausted to do much more than take a well-deserved nap right now, so if you are reading this before the end of Hour 24, stick with it just a little longer, give yourself a treat at the end, and maybe dance around the room a bit to reward yourself for finishing. If you have already done the nap bit and are reading this later, you may still dance and reward yourself with a treat of some sort for a job well done. Our next readathon will happen in April 2022, which gives our admin team a chance to work out the wrinkles and build an even better readathon event. In the meantime, read a lot, seek out book clubs and book groups online and in person that need your participation, build up your book blogs, and stay tuned for the next great Dewey’s reading adventure.
(Oh, yeah, and be sure to wrap up your readathon on your social media site or blog.)
- How would you assess your reading overall?
- Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?
- What was your favorite snack?
- Did you add any new books to your TBR/wishlist after seeing what everyone else is reading?
- What was your favorite book or experience from this readathon?
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