After a very long week before it, this weekend and holiday break passed by in the blink of an eye. Yesterday was the fifth, and final day of the Thanksgiving Readathon and I couldn’t be happier that I participated!
This was my very first readathon and it came at the perfect time to put a larger dent in my Chronicles of Narnia TBR, as well as finish up my goodreads challenge for the year! Up until November I was having some serious doubts that I would reach my goal, so that’s really exciting for me!
My goal was to read as many Narnia books as I could, and maybe even finish the five books I had left. A book day was pretty ambitious though, and I didn’t actually expect to read THAT much.
I started off strong on day 1, but on Thanksgiving day, and even the day after, I didn’t get much reading done. I actually ended up doing more audio book reading than anything, which kind of surprised me.
I read 419 pages, listened to 7 hours and 3 minutes on audio, and finished 3 books in total!
What I learned from my first readathon:
- Choose shorter books that you can read through faster so you feel more accomplished and have an easier time keeping the ball rolling.
- Audiobooks can make all the difference in how much you read! Any time I had do the dishes, cook, feed my daughter, clean, etc. I just threw on my audio book and listened. (A little trickier with toddlers who think they’re dinosaurs though).
- Keep track of your totals each day, as well as a running total, if you’re like me and want to have a visual of your accomplishments to keep you motivated.
- Connect with other readers! On my reading breaks I hopped onto twitter to check out how the other participants were doing. This kept my head in the game.
- Give yourself options. Don’t get me wrong…I love the Narnia series so far, but I feel like I’m in children’s story land and I’m ready to reenter the world of adult fiction (or at least YA)! Next time I’ll choose a wider variety of books to have on hand.
If you want to know more about the Thanksgiving Readathon, check out my sign up post, and don’t forget to go follow Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction and Jackie @ Death At Tsundoku who plan on hosting this readathon again next year!
Do you have any tips of tricks you’ve learned from participating in readathons? Which ones do you plan on taking part in next year? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!