So, some of you may know that I’m hosting my very first readathon! It’s called the Fates & Fortunes readathon and it’s a readathon in two parts – Part 1 starts in August and Part 2 starts in October. There’s plenty of time to join the Fates & Fortunes readathon if you want to!
Readathons are designed to help you read more books than you usually would in a set time period. But how do you do that?
I’ve curated 6 helpful tips and tricks to help you read more books during your readathons and reading challenges – regardless of which ones you choose!
I also did a video on this if you’d prefer to watch. Otherwise just scroll on down!
Tip #1 – Read short books
Regardless of page count, word count or anything else like that, a book is a book. So you could choose to read a novella or some great big chonker by Stephen King and they would both count equally.
Therefore I highly recommend peppering your chosen TBR with the occasional short book or novella. this will help you strike a book off of your pile relatively quickly.
Here are some short books that I personally recommend (not specific to any readathon/reading challenge!): To Be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers, Lullaby by Leïla Slimani & Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds.
Tip #2 – Graphic novels are great!
Graphic novels are somewhat controversial in the bookish scene – they can cause quite a divide. Do they count as ‘real’ books (whatever that means) or not? Well, to me they 100% do. Plus if you’re on Goodreads they certainly count on there. So I always accept graphic novels as a legitimate form of reading/novel/book.
Therefore I highly recommend adding some graphic novels to your readathon TBR. You can be sure to be able to get through some of these quite quickly and are therefore a great asset to your readathon strategy!
Here are some graphic novels that I personally recommend (not specific to any readathon/reading challenge!): Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta & Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic.
Tip #3 – Don’t forget about novels in verse!
Novels in verse are becoming increasingly more popular and are different to poetry collections or anthologies. just like graphic novels, these books are often much shorter in their reading time and can, therefore, be read cover to cover in one sitting or in a short amount of time.
They are also a great way to help broaden your reading horizons.
Here are some novels in verse that I personally recommend (not specific to any readathon/reading challenge!): Toffee by Sarah Crossan, In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais & You Are Not Here by Samantha Schutz.
Tip #4 – Audiobooks are your friend!
Audiobooks have become immensely popular over the years thanks to digital capabilities. Whilst they may seem quite offputting if you’re new to them, you just need to experiment with what works for you.
For example, many, many, many narrators are naturally too slow for me, so I almost always put my audiobooks on double speed. But regardless of your chosen speed, they are great to plug into when you’re doing chores or commuting to work or any other mundane task.
Audiobooks are quite specific to personal taste, but here are a couple of full-cast audiobooks I have really enjoyed: Sadie by Courtney Summers & I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick.
Tip #5 – Re-reads can be read with speed!
There’s something to be said for re-reading books that you’ve enjoyed. Because you are already familiar with the characters, writing style and plot you may find that you naturally read these books faster than a book you’ve never read before.
Obviously I can’t give recommendations here – but you’ll know what you like!
Tip #6 -Dedicate some time just for reading!
Because time doesn’t stop just because you’ve got a readathon on you’ll need to make sure you have time to read, and if you don’t you need to find the time. This can be something as easy as using an audiobook when doing chores, as I mentioned earlier.
However you can also set aside time specifically for reading. For example, if you have an hours lunch break at work, dedicating just 20 minutes of that to reading can really add up and help you with your goals!
And that’s it! Those are my 6 tips for helping to read more during a reading challenge or readathon! An additional piece of advice I’d give is to remember to have fun with your reading! That’s why we do it!
I hope these tips help you!
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