Hour 9~ Readathon as Inspiration
Welcome to Hour 9! How’s everybody doing out there? This is Michelle from Fitkittymama Reads and I’ll be your host here and on Twitter for the next 2 hours. This hour I wanted to talk about some of the ways the Readathon has been an inspiration for me over the years.
I first participated in April 2018. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was inspired by other book bloggers that I had seen participating in previous events and thought that the event would be fun and that I would get through a lot of books on my TBR. It was fun, and I think I finished 3 books. I was immediately hooked and have participated in every event since, including the Reverse Readathons in the summer.
Over the course of the last 8 Readathons, I have been inspired to…
Read outside of my comfort zone
Doing the Readathon has exposed me to a lot of different books as I see what other participants are reading and has inspired me to try new genres and new authors. I’ve started reading more diverse books based on the recommendations of other participants.
Read in new locations
I used to pretty much just read at home, usually in bed or on the couch. But I’ve gotten a lot more creative as I’ve been taking part in these events and have started reading in my car, when I am out an about waiting for appointments, at the park. I even did the entire October event last year in a hotel room (and it was the only event I’ve ever made the full 24 hours).
Take on new challenges
The very first time I did the Readathon, all I did was read. I didn’t do any of the mini challenges. I posted a little to social media throughout the event, but not much. Each event I’ve been inspired by what I’ve seen in previous events and taken on more of the challenges. I’m at the point now where I’m not only posting hourly updates of some kind, but I’m also participating in Bingo and Instagram challenges. I post across multiple platforms and have even started volunteering as a co-host.
Redefine my expectations
I can be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to myself and my performance. But watching my fellow readers creatively put their own spin on Readathon each event inspired me to embrace Readathon in my own way as well. I don’t expect to strictly read for 24 hours any more, I incorporate other fun activities as well, though am still reading for the majority of the time.
Open myself up
I tend to keep to myself in life, but the Readathon (among other things) has inspired me to connect with other readers and bookish people. I’ve made friends that I look for during each event. And I’ve shared more of myself and my reading life (aka just my life) with friends, family and strangers because I just want to shout to everyone how awesome it is.
Find new ways to read
Through my participation in Readathon, I’ve also been inspired to find new formats to read. I added eBooks and audio books a few years ago, but have recently added some Manga and am starting to dip my toe into graphic novels. Without the exposure of seeing other people’s reading preferences, I would have never thought to try these formats.
Has the Readathon inspired you in any way? Let me know below!
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