Recently, I’ve been so alive in my blog despite having a reviewing slump and it has been fun doing all these posts that I have posted four blog posts the previous days (which is a rare thing for me, actually)!! …now the challenge is, if I could be consistent.
This week had been a very pleasant one for me. Every day, I did something progressive like cleaning the house, doing some exercises, drinking a lot of water, noting down five things I’m thankful for, and writing on a journal. Aaah it feels extremely satisfying to accomplish a lot of things!
Speaking of accomplishments, tomorrow marks the beginning of #25inFive Readathon that and ends on Monday, April 9, 2018. I will be joining in and I’m so excited to start my first Readathon this year! The aim of this Readathon is to accumulate twenty-five hours of reading in five days. If you’re interested in joining, be sure to use the #25infive and tag your bookish friends so they can participate as well!
Readathons are one way to reducing your TBR shelves and participating in one connects you with other bookworms around the world. So basically, you’re hitting two birds with one stone. To prep yourselves for readathons, here are FOUR things you might want to do before taking on that challenge:
Whether it be in a sitting position, lying down on your stomach (or back), doing a hand stand, or being up in on the trees, you know you need that comfortable space when reading. Hand in hand with your reading spot is the type of environment you’re in. Listening to music, be surrounded in books, splashing with the crocodiles. Completely your choice! Mine, for example, is a cool place with minimal noise. As soon as I read a book, everything around me magnifies and so I’d easily get distracted and lose my concentration, hence little noises please.
- Line Up The Books You Want To Read.
With a mountain of TBR books, it is a dilemma to choose what book we want to read next! Now, your goal is not about perusing your shelf in a certain amount of time. It’s reading as much as you can to reduce that mountain into a hill… which is slightly impossible but at least we’re trying!
To maximize your time in Readathon challenges, line up beforehand —a week before, a night before, doesn’t matter as long as it’s BEFORE—the books you want to read. You can pile them up, or write them down, totally up to you! That way, you’d get organized and ready to get on with the next book!
Reading requires analysis and thus, makes use of energy. So it’s only proper to munch on a biscuit or a cupcake while doing so. Don’t starve yourself and end up literally eating your books! Grab a bucket of fries or a plate of nachos or a box of pizza. Whatever snack you want to devour, snag it. Snag it now! Oh, and don’t forget to bring tissues, unless you want to dirty up the page of your book.
Last but not the least, take a deep breath and take the challenge head on! Although you do this every second of your life, do it again, but this time, breathe deep. It’s kind of like a shower to your lungs. You’re showering your lungs with fresh air because you might want to hold your breath when the plot drops.
If you did all that, then you are sooo ready for that Readathon! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go swallow a gallon of air to sustain me for possible plot twists that will blow my mind. Ciao for now!
Were these tips helpful? Are you joining any Readathons? Let me know in the comments below!
An intimate first flight of short fiction from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King’s Peace).
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With these captivating initial glimpses into her storytelling psyche, Jo Walton shines through subtle myths and wholly reinvented realities. Through eclectic stories, subtle vignettes, inspired poetry, and more, Walton soars with humans, machines, and magic—rising from the everyday into the universe itself.