It’s Summer, which means a lot of readathons are on the horizon.
There they are, all waiting in the distance, ready to charge towards us readers like an oncoming army of challenges.
Well, we readers are ready to take them on.
Because do they actually work? Well, let’s talk about it!
Purpose 1: For us readers to tackle our overwhelming TBRs with all the strength we have.
Otherwise known as turning into squirrels for a few days, stocking up on food and going into hibernation waiting for the winter (or the length of the book) to pass. We lock ourselves away and yet visit countless other worlds at the same time, getting through as many books as possible. No Netflix breaks. Just reading nonstop.
Purpose 2: To feel like a badass along with all the other readers and taking the challenge ON.
Otherwise known as taking part of a readathon “for fun”. We see everyone else taking part, and want in on that. We want to be badasses that can take on these challenges, pushing through them like they’re nothing to us. Oh, read 5 books in a week? No problem! *tosses it aside*
Purpose 3: We do *actually* need to read those books and a readathon feels like a legally binding contract to do so.
You told yourself you’ll read that many books during the readathon. And especially THAT one, you know the one that’s been sat on your shelf for months now. So you said you will read it now. And you will.
Personally…I’ve never actually taken part in a readathon.
I’ve been tempted to join one this Summer, and I still might do. I just never know when I’ll be busy, so I don’t want to say I’ll join and then find myself having to go out and, you know, have a social life during that time. If I’m taking part in a readathon, I’m becoming a hermit for the duration. I’ll do the whole squirrel thing, collecting food in my room and then hibernating for a week or so.
But I do understand why people join in with them! They’re so appealing to me too, but like I said, I never know if I can actually join until a few days before. So maybe this year. Maybe not. I guess we’ll see.
THIS…This is where it gets a bit tricky.
Because it entirely depends on the person.
This person loves readathons. This person loves the motivation, the feeling of pure determination coursing through the entire reading community to read those books. They will tackle their TBR. They will read every book they challenge themselves to. They will complete every challenge.
This person likes readathons, and takes part in the ones that appeal to them. They’re not too ambitious, but still add more books to their TBR than they’d usually read. It is a challenge, after all. The motivation is there, and more often than not the readathons work. It’s a good feeling.
This person likes the idea of readathons, but doesn’t know if they actually work. They’re happy to attempt them, but is usually too fidgety to sit down and dedicate to the hardcore reading. They need to take many breaks…but the readathons still might work for them.
Readathons don’t work for them. There’s way too many distractions in the world! How can they read all day every day for a week when there’s TV shows and films to watch? Places to go? Food to eat? Tweets to tweet? HOW? They can’t just sit in complete focus for hours. Not a chance.
The intention is there. But…they don’t stick to TBRs. So readathons DO work for them…but they never actually end up reading the original TBR they had planned. But still, it worked, right?
So now it’s your turn!
Do you take part in Readathons? Why?
If you do, which is the next readathon you’re taking part in?
Do readathons work for you? Do you manage to read more books from your TBR than usual?
Which of the 5 types of people (from the last section) are you? Or maybe you’re a different type altogether?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…