I get so excited when I hear about a readathon that's coming up, and I love reading everyone's TBRs and how much they're planning to get done in the time frame. I see people that are planning to read as many as 10 books in just a few days and I think, "wow, I could really do this."
I start planning what books I myself would read and how I'd stay up until the early hours of the morning, just to get as much reading done as possible. I get so enthusiastic about participating, and all the blog posts I could do related to the readathon.
Then, I look at the dates.
And I start to think - could I really get more reading done than usual during this period of time? Would it be a substantial enough amount to attribute to the readathon?
Of course the answer is usually no. I've never found a readathon with a time that suits me. But then again, it's not like I go looking for them. I just see them around. Maybe a short readathon would suit me - I've noticed 24 hour ones before, though they've always been on inconvenient days such as exam days or times where I'm out of the house for most of the day.
Another trouble that I face is themed readathons. In theory, they sound awesome, but for someone that relies heavily on their library, they're not practical. I can't ensure that I will have, for example, 5 fairytale retellings available to me during that time.
This all makes me feel like a sad and useless bookworm. Lately, though, I've decided that there might be a good side to not participating in readathons.
I have a more hobbies than just reading, and reading for a straight week without doing anything else would make me neglect those hobbies. Granted, these hobbies aren't exactly productive (fore example, watching TV and playing video games), but they're still things that I enjoy doing.
Also, I wonder if I would be able to read for a week without getting bored. And perhaps being forced to read for this amount of time, over any other hobby, would make me resent reading. Sure, it's unlikely, but it's possible, right?!
Despite all this, I'm open to new reading experiences, and I feel like participating in a readathon is a big hole that I need to fill!
I'd like to end this post with a few questions for you:
1. Have you ever participated in a readathon?
2. Do you think readathons would help you get more reading done?
3. Do you prefer readathons that have a specific theme?
4. Are there any readathons coming up that I should know about? (I would especially love to know if there are any you know of from the 4th to the 12th of July)
TIMES I SAID READATHON IN THIS POST: 14