How to Take Part in Readathons | Thursday Tip Day

Late once again, and my apologies once again. Things have been really crazy lately and there have been a lot of impromptu meet-ups with my friends which have not allowed me to blog on time. I’m probably going to start scheduling these posts to avoid posting these late. 

I have not announced it yet but I will be taking part in the Harry Potter Readathon which begins 6th June and goes on till 31st July in anticipation of J.K. Rowling’s new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. More details of this readathon are available here. (The official announcement will be on my Summer TBR.)

Readathons are a great way of reading a bunch of books in a short amount of time. Taking part in readathons can be a lot of fun because it’s great to be able to interact with other people taking part in the readathon and comparing your progress and also the books they’re reading. So, in anticipation of this readathon, I decided to do a Thursday Tip Day that’d help you take part in readathons more.

The HPReadathon works on a weekly basis where each week, starting 6th June, we read each book in the Harry Potter series plus the three companion books. However, not all readathons function in the same way; some readathons just span over a period of time and give you the freedom to read whatever books you choose. Some readathons have a specific theme and want you to read books that follow that theme. Regardless of the type of readathon, taking part in these require mainly the same tips:

  1. One of the most important things is to keep track of readathons that are happening over the course of the year. Even if you want to take part in a readathon, it may never happen because you don’t actually know when one is going on. There are a lot of blogs and YouTube channels that do keep track of each readathon happening every month. The one I follow is Catriona’s (LittleBookOwl). Her calendar is comprehensive with the name of the challenge, the dates and the webpage with all of the details regarding the challenge. You can find her calendar here.
  2. Before the readathon starts, and even after it starts, be active. Make your presence known by announcing you’ll be taking part in the readathon. This is usually done on Twitter because it is the most convenient social network to post constant updates. Create a Twitter account if you have to, but do be active. Follow the readathon’s page, retweet their tweets and also constantly update what book you’re on, or how much you’ve finished. You can also answer polls and respond to comments. Another important thing is to interact with other participants; compare the books you’re reading, the place you’re from, and other such details. The more active you are, the more likely you are to win any kinds of contests or challenges that are being hosted, or you may even get a shoutout.
  3. As I said for reading challenges, create a TBR. The whole point of readathons is to binge-read a whole bunch of books in a generally small space of time. Creating a TBR allows you to maximize your time and lets you plan properly and efficiently for the time period you’ve been allotted. In most readathons, there are challenges such as read a book with a red cover, read a book that’s written by an author who shares the same first initial, and other such challenges. Creating a tentative TBR for these challenges makes life so much easier as you spend your readathon time actually reading rather than debating which books to read.
  4. One of the most important things is to create time for the readathon. While planning for the readathon, make sure you have enough time to devote. Readathons are created with the intention that all participants will take part in these reading binges and sprints. This means everything else, including work and school, comes secondary to reading. Make sure you can devote 24 hours or 48 hours or a week of your time to these readathons. Don’t take part in readathons during a stressy time or during finals or any other period when you can’t give your 100% to the readathon.

Well, those are my tips on how to take part in a readathon. Let me know if you’re going to be doing any readathons this summer, or have already taken part in some this year. I for one am very excited about the HPReadathon.

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As always, I will see you guys soon with another bookish post, until then, I hope you have a great morning, afternoon or night, wherever in the world you may be.


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