How to Have a Happy Read-a-Thon

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Plan Your Snacks: You brain needs fuel to keep reading! Maybe. Or maybe Read-a-Thon is just a really good excuse to snack. I always have some candy in my snack stash (mmmm candy) but if I eat too much I know I'll end up crashing and taking a nap on my book instead of reading it. Some of my favorite things to keep on hand for reading marathon snacks are pre-cut veggies and dip, sliced cheese and yogurt. I'm extra happy if there's jalapeno cornbread.

Keep Dinner Simple: I like to use Read-a-Thon as an excuse to order take-out. If we've done take-out a little too often, or if I've maybe bought too many books for the Read-a-thon and used up my take-out budget (oops?), the slow cooker is my friend. So are sandwiches.

Involve the Family: Sometimes the hardest part of Read-a-Thon is keeping all those other people we live with from interrupting our quality reading time! I don't have kids but I've watched my reading friends with kids handle the Read-a-Thon. Some of their kids, especially the older ones, love participating in the Read-a-thon with them. They get their own book stacks. With younger kids some people have done a mix of private reading time and family read aloud time. I won't deny it's easier when you have the house to yourself for part of the time. My most successful Read-a-Thon was the year it coincided with my husband's annual golf weekend. Going back to my first point, read when you can and don't sweat it.

Remember It's Not a Competition: Some people will read a whole lot of books. Some people will list the number of pages they've read and it will twice the number of pages you read. Some people will do all that and participate in mini-challenges and update their blogs and tweet and that's awesome. Me? Can't do it. I can read or I can read and blog for a few minutes but I can't do it all and that's cool. It's about the books and the community. It's not a race.

Have Fun: That's the whole point of Read-a-Thon. Have a good time. Read good books. Enjoy yourself.

Have you ever participated in the Read-a-Thon? Are you signing up for this round?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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