It wasn’t too long ago that I took part in my first Readathon. I had followed along as my favourite bloggers took part in readathons, reading updates, a little bit envious as it seemed such fun, but at the same time, wondering, how does one Readathon, especially when there’s so much going on?
But I decided last April to just jump in and take part! And it was fun.
So just in case you’re a readathon newbie, first, sign up! And maybe figure out your start time (it’s 5am on Saturday for me here on the West Coast of the US). Also, don’t worry about that whole 24-hour thing. Read what you can, but more importantly, check out other blogs, or Instagram or Twitter and see what everyone else is up to!
That very first readathon, I was rather concerned about updating my blog and other social media. Some bloggers manage it every hour, others seem to do every couple hours or so. But I’ve learnt that it’s way too stressful for me to try updating often. If I can manage an update three or four times throughout the day, that’s a yay for me already.
I am always envious of those readathon-ers who manage to clear their schedule and devote the day to reading! I want to do that! I really really do! But with a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, that’s rather difficult. And this Saturday is even more difficult, partly because the Husband has been away for the whole week for a work thing, and also because it’s my mum’s last day staying with us before she flies off home to Singapore on Sunday morning. So will there will be much reading done? I kind of doubt it.
But that’s where I am going to do some prep. I have downloaded library e-books on Overdrive on my phone, I have downloaded some Netgalley ARCs onto the tablet (using Aldiko), I also have some e-books on my Scribd app! Technology really has given my reading on the go a major boost. While I still adore the printed book, e-books have become such an important part of my life! How odd that is to type that sentence!
Anyway, I plan to only update my blog a few times on Saturday, probably using a master blog post. I probably will do quite a bit of Instagramming, and there’s a great community of Instagramming book bloggers and readers on Instagram. I’ve actually added quite a few books to my TBR list via others’ Instagram feeds!
So here’s what I’ve got planned…
On the Kindle (these are library e-books)
Binti – Nnedi Okorafor (which may be a novella?)
In the shadow of blackbirds – Cat Winters (RIP X reading)
On Aldiko (ARCs via NetGalley)
Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars – Jeff Lemire
Bitch Planet Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine – by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma , Robert Wilson (Goodreads Author)
A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel -Madeleine L’Engle, Hope Larson
Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas
Six suspects – Vikas Swarup
I’ve also got countless e-books on my Scribd library, but one of those that I may try to dip into is Zen Cho’s Spirits Abroad, especially since I loved her Sorcerer to the Crown
Also I’m heading to the library on Friday – supposedly to get new library books for the kids, but really, to poke around and see what else I can dig up and add to my stack.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And are you taking part in the Readathon this weekend? What are you most looking forward to?