Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tips to have a wonderful read-a-thon


Hi everyone!!! :)

Dewey's read-a-thon is almost here. Yes! the big day is around the corner and we are all excited about it, aren't we? This time is going to be the 17th of October. If you don't know what Dewey's readathon is, it is the day when everybody in the world we'll be reading at the same time during a day.  If you want to know more about the event, click here.

Today I just want to give you some tips that, I think, can help you to have a wonderful read-a-thon, especially if it is your first time participating.


Two or three days before the read-a-thon:

  • Think in the books you want to read and get them. I recommend you to do this two days before for two reasons. The first reason is that sometimes we think we know where the book is and then the day arrives, you don't know remember where you put it or somebody borrowed it from the library and you have to think of another one in the last minute. The second reason is that you will know better in what mood you are and you pick the books better.
  • How to pick the books. The books should be short. If it's a novel I suggest that it shouldn't be longer than 200. Between 150 and 200 I think it's the best, but not more. Graphic novels, children books and picture books are perfect for the read-a-thon. Choose several books (6-8 books) so you can have a great variety where you can choose and more importantly chose books with different themes.  It's very boring to read the whole day about the same topic even if the books are great.  

The previous day.

  • Sleep. It's important to sleep well the night before to the Dewey's read-a-thon because otherwise you wake up cranky and you don't want to read, or at least that was what happened to me the first time.

The day of the read-a-thon.

  • Think is a normal day. This help me not to create big expectations about day. We are going to try to do our best, but sometimes life happens, so don't put pressure on you. You'll read all you can, but if you can't, it's OK, nobody is going to judge.
  • Take breaks now and then. You can take advantage of these breaks to see what others up to. Leave the room and talk with the people live with you. Go for a walk. Dance. Do whatever you want, but read.  
  • Snacks. Eat something sweet and salty is good. It gives you some energy, but don't use the read-a-thon as an excuse to eat junk food and bars of chocolate the whole day. Eat well. Drink coffee if you feel a bit sleepy or in the mood for it, but don't drink a lot or you can't sleep or read because you'll be very nervous to do any of those things.
  • If you have to do some errands or any other commitment, do it. Life happens and we can't do anything about it.Sometimes something comes up and we have to do it whether we like it or not. Try to read in your way to the place or when you are in a queue. Read what you can.
  • Have fun. This is not homework or work. We're doing this because we love reading and we want to do it together. See what other people are reading and ask them if they like their books. Also talk with the people are around you. This is not a constest. Read one page, a comic, a book, five books, it doesn't matter as long as you have fun.
I hope these tips help you and have a wonderful day :) If you have more tips, please share them.


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