So You Want to do a Readathon

This weekend is 24 in 48 readathon and I am very excited to participate. If you haven’t heard of 24 in 48 or don’t know what a readathon is, go sign up! It’s more than just another excuse to read. You can meet other readers, win prizes, and talk about books with people from all over the world. If you’ve never done a readathon, this post is for you with some tips and tricks from my experience doing readathons so you don’t have to make my mistakes (See above: Sonny clearly in picture for Instagram. Hey. We can’t all have perfect blogs/social media accounts.)

I’m by far not the most experienced readathon-er (that’s a word right?), but I’ve had a wide range of results over the past year trying to complete one. However, I have made plenty of mistakes that you can learn from.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Great Selection of Snacks

My very first readathon I had no snacks or really any food in my house. This was a mistake. You have to have some snacks or meals planned out or at least some easy finger food like a sandwich. I tried to eat ramen my first one readathon and it was Not Good. (Picture a book with broth on it. Sad day indeed). Also I tried to read and cook at the same time and I tripped over my cat. True story.

Preparing a Book Stack and Sharing it with Your Friends is Fun! a picture of my actual book stack, but from Instagram’s past

I actually really enjoy this part even though I haven’t had a chance to create my stack until this evening. For me, it’s the dream of books I could get done this weekend, but don’t feel like you have to stick to it if something on your bookcase appeals to you after a really intense book. I also recommend that you have a few shorter books and/or graphic novels included. Sometimes, that’s a perfect break from novel-reading that can get you across the 24 hour mark.

Don’t Feel Like You Have to Read the Entire Time or Even Hit the 24 Hour Mark


Tomorrow at 8am I will be at the doctor and then I have a meeting later in the day. That’s a lot of time in the car so it will likely be hard for me to read the entire 24 hours. AND THAT’S OKAY! However, if you’re really determined, you can bring an audiobook. You can listen to a book while you grocery shop, watch a dance recital, and even go to a wedding.

If You Have an Animal, Be Prepared to Become a Pillow

‘Nuff said.

Lastly, HAVE FUN! Read! Be Merry! Met Readers From Around the World! Win Prizes!

At the end of the day, even as we’re racing the clock to hit 24 hours, the point is to have fun, join other readers around the world in celebrating books, and have fun.

If you want to find me during 24in48, I’ll be posting on @katycronk on Twitter and @thebookishcronk on Instagram as well as posting a wrap up post on here if I manage to read enough to justify one. Like I said before, we can’t all be perfect book bloggers!

Until then, Happy Reading!

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