My Tips & Tricks For A Stress Free Read-A-Thon Experience

Readathon Tips and Tricks

(Hi guys, just a quick note before we get into the post! If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know this already but my laptop died. I’m hoping to be able to save what’s on my hard drives [fortunately I have my music and the majority of my photos on my external]. I literally have no idea when I’m going to be able to replace it though. I’m currently using a spare laptop of my parents, but because I have literally nothing on it [I hurriedly installed Photoshop and iTunes today, haha] I might be more inconsistent than usual from blogging until I can get something more permanent!) 

Even though I rarely actually finish them I love taking part in Read-A-Thons. I think they’re such a fun way to try and knock out your TBR. They motivate me a lot too. I love the interaction aspect when Twitter discussions and sprints are involved. I just think they’re generally awesome. However, I know A LOT people don’t like participating in them or are too worried to participate in them because of the “stress factor”. I thought I’d share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way!


Don’t be Afraid of the Challenges

I LOVE reading challenges because they really help me narrow down my ridiculous TBR. It’s also like a mini scavenger hunt. feel like this is one of the main things that stops people from taking part in Read-A-Thons. I watched the live pre-show for the Biannual Bibliothon and there were endless questions about the reading challenges and the wording of them. DO NOT STRESS ABOUT THE READING CHALLENGES. You’re not breaking any laws by either ignoring or changing the challenges to whatever’s easiest for you.

I’m attempting the BookTube-A-Thon and the Biannual Bibliothon at the end of the month and there’s a bunch of challenges that I’m skipping or changing up. For example in the BookTube-A-Thon there’s a challenge where you have to read a book you bought solely for the cover and read a book outside. I changed the “Cover Buy” challenge to “Pretty Cover” and I’m not doing the read a book outside one at all.

YOU DON’T NEED TO GET ANYONE’S PERMISSION TO CHANGE OR IGNORE A CHALLENGE. The one and only exception for this might be if there’s a giveaway involved. I highly doubt the hosts are going to be SUPER STRICT though because that totally goes against the spirit of a Read-A-Thon.

It’s Okay to Change Your TBR

In the same vain as what I mentioned above if you want to change your TBR up then do it!!! I feel like some people are worried they have to stick to their TBR especially if they’ve made a post/video whatever declaring it to everyone but lmao this distracted mood reader does NOT have time for that. If you change your mind half way through the Read-A-Thon then go with it!!!!!!! You’ll have more chance of being successful if you’re reading a book that you ACTUALLY want to read.

eBooks, Audiobooks, Short Books and Graphic Novels are Your Friends

If you want to read War and Peace for a Read-A-Thon then by all means go ahead, but I think the BEST books you can choose are ones that are under 300 pages. If you have any short books on your TBR or Graphic Novels then Read-A-Thons are the PERFECT opportunity to get through them. The less intimidating your TBR is then the easier your experience is going to be. Even though I personally can not do Audiobooks I know so many people love them and I can 100% see why. Like eBooks you can take an Audiobook anywhere with you relatively easy and you can also multitask whilst reading them. This is especially helpful if, unlike me, you actually have a working/social life.

Make Your First Read-A-Thon A Lowkey One

If you’re not up for a Read-A-Thon that’s really hyped up with lots going on, maybe you’d be better with one that’s more lowkey. You could potentially try something like ARC August. There’s some year long reading challenges too that could be more your thing like Beat the Backlist. These are all Read-A-Thons that don’t really have specific challenges and have a longer time frame.


One of the reasons why I feel NO PRESSURE when it comes to Read-A-Thons is that I literally could care less if I finish it or not. Is that bad? It’s not that I’m not motivated or excited it’s just that I don’t want that kind of stress. If I finish all the books then FANTASTIC. If I finish none? OH WELL, THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT TIME!!! It’s not like everyone’s going to surround you in a circle of shame. The books will still be there. There will be more Read-A-Thons!!!!

Not sure what Read-A-Thons or Reading Challenges are happening?


What’s your experience with Read-A-Thons? Do you have any Tips?

Have I maybe persuaded you to give one a go?

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

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22 thoughts on “My Tips & Tricks For A Stress Free Read-A-Thon Experience

  1. Love the post, very helpful. I just attempted this year my first read a thon just for fun and see how much reading I was able to do, but like you I dont stress over not finishing any books cause I just do it for fun 🙂 Im considering if Im going to participate in the biannual one. Well see

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  2. This is perfect timing because I’m doing my first readathon next month! I’ve been nervous so I haven’t tried one yet, but I figure I might as well go for it. It’s reassuring to have someone say that it’s ok to bend it to meet your own needs. 🙂

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  3. Thank you SO MUCH for writing this post, Lauren! I’ve always been a bit nervous to actually do readathons because, even if they seem like so much fun, they also make me feel nervous and like I’m going to fail and everything?! I don’t know ahah. This is really helpful and I think I’ll try someday with, like you said, more of a low-key readathon 😀

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  4. Such a great post. I need to consider read-athons more. I definitely am the person who gets super stressed about them though thats why i’ve never done one. I don’t like feeling confined to my reading so I steer clear of TBR’s and I feel scared to do a Read-athon as if i’m going to be forcing myself

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  5. I’m sorry to hear about your laptop, I hope you can get a replacement soon! My old desktop computer would crash out on me back before I had a laptop so I know how frustrating it can be to try and restore and retrieve everything again.
    These were some great pointers. I really enjoyed reading this even though I don’t participate in read-a-thons.

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  6. I hope your laptop is okay Lauren, and that you get a nice replacement soon!
    I never participate in Read A Thons because I find them super stressful and I have this inner reading beast that is yelling I READ WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT!! But. With this post, maybe it won’t be so bad… so maybe I should give it a go when there’s another one that I’m interested in participating in, especially since I feel more assured that it’s okay to not complete one! Thanks for a great post, Lauren. ❤

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  7. This came at the perfect time because I was just about to participate in the biannual bibliothon starting tomorrow. Thanks for all these tips and fingers crossed I am able to finish all the challenges. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips Lauren and I have a feeling my TBR will change!

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  8. This is a great post Lauren, and you’ve succeeded in doing what I previously thought impossible and made me want to sign up for a Readathon! 😀 I think the thing that did it was your point about it being all right to change your TBR list up a little. The main reason I have always been a bit hesitant about Readathons is because I’m a mood reader and can never stick to my TBR lists when I even bother coming up with them. I’m going to check out Catriona’s calendar and see if I can find a small Readathon to start off with before this year is up!
    Also sorry to hear your laptop’s died. I fear that happening with mine so I hope you get up and sorted again soon! 😀 ❤

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  9. Readathons are hard stuff… some great tips here! I think the biggest thing for me is really getting my head around the fact that I dont have to complete my goal, since I’m such a goal-oriented person! Long books for sure aren’t the best picks for readathons – knowing me, I’d get so discouraged every time I saw the book!

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  10. These are all fantastic tips! I just finished the 24 in 48 readathon (which can be fairly high-stress, depending on how you look at it, but I buckled down and only pushed myself because it was fun and I knew I could), and I’m also participating in the Biannual Bibliothon this week! I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish my (rather ambitious) TBR of 7 books, but I can for sure try! XD Good luck with your TBR as well!

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