Things I Learned From Doing A Readathon

Hello Readers!

Quick side note before I start I should let you know to read all the way to the end of this post. Got some details on an amazing giveaway for you!

My apologies on my absence. Considering what my life is like at the moment, posts my not be done as often for the next bit (just until I can actually get my crap together anyways…At the latest I’m thinking MANY posts will be written during christmas break but up to that point I’ll have some posts here and there.)But today’s post is here! So wait no longer.

So in the midst of my crazy schedule which has consisted of mostly Schoolwork and Art (for school) with a dash or writing, reading, and planning youtube videos (so I can just find a day to film a million and one of them) I found the time to meet up with my bestie and we decided to do a 12 hour readathon. (We were gonna do 24 hours but adult life commitments interfered with that)

It was LOADS of fun and so, I decided to share some things I learned from doing a readathon that you might find helpful if you do one yourself one day.

 

1. Bring MORE books than you will actually end up reading.

The LAST thing you want in the middle of a readathon is to run out of books to read O.O (that didn’t happen to me but its good to remind peoples) So always make sure you bring more books than you think you might need. (I brought 6 books and read 2 and 1/2 of them in the 12 hours)

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2. Have a Timer Going

My friend is a million and one times smarter than me and decided to have a timer going. It was helpful when we stopped for dinner so then we knew EXACTLY where we left off before going and eating dinner or taking a break…or sometimes we got talking so often the timer got paused for that too XD

 

3. Have LOTS of food

Food is good so obviously you are gonna need lots of yummy (and mostly unhealthy) food with you! Its essential.

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4. Take breaks

Yes, the goal is to read for a certain amount of hours without interruptions. BUT taking a break is necessary. Whether its a quick bathroom break or you need to go make a cup of tea or something then just get up, pause your timer, and take a break. My friend and I both found that after about 3 hours our eyes were getting sore and we needed a break so we would just stop the timer and chat for a bit or go make tea, or eat food or something. (at one point I was dancing around the kitchen while I waited for the kettle to boil so I could make tea so yah…) Yes, the goal is to get TONS of reading done but don’t wear yourself out either.

 

5. Tea and other caffeinated/sugary drinks are essential.

Need I say more?

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6. Prepare to beat MUCH discomfort with comfy things!

So my one complaint about this readathon is that I didn’t take into account the beating up my old lady bones would get while doing this. I couldn’t really move for the next few days (More just because I literally have old lady bones and am almost always in pain/discomfort but sitting on a floor for hours on end didn’t help) so plan ahead. Set up an air mattress or stack cushions/ pillows to keep yourself comfortable but I will warn you. As it gets late into the night DO NOT climb into a bed. Or you will doze off. *is guilty cause this happened to me*

But seriously. Ask my friend how often I kept moving around because I couldn’t get comfortable. So prepare for that. Also Pyjamas are good too.

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7. If you are reading books to review, write the reviews as you go!

If you are reading the books to review them (as I did) I suggest writing the review as you go. The reason being because you can compile all your notes and thoughts in one notebook (I have a book review notebook) or something and then you can flesh out more of the review later on. The reason its so effective is because you are going from one book right to another. So if you know you want to review the book, take a few minutes to write out your thoughts or the review as you go.

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So those are the things I’ve learned #’s 1 and 6 are super important in my mind BUT either way I hope you enjoyed it! Have you done a readathon? If you haven’t are you planning one soon? If you have, what are some things you learned while doing one.

 

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana Gabrielle

Also, if you want to spend next NaNoWriMo writing your novel in a castle in France, you MIIIIIIGHT wanna check this out: Write Your Next Novel In A Castle Contest

 

 

Shoutout to my bestie for letting me join in on this readathon with her! ❤

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Book Review || The Maze Runner

Hello readers!

So yesterday, I was looking at my lovely blogging calendar and I noticed that I forgot to do a book review on Monday!

So here it is, a review of The Maze Runner.

 

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Today I’m kind of gonna switch up how I’ll be writing my book review for today, just to try a different reviewing method here for reviewing… Just kinda figured that I might find a different way to review that I like better, we will see 😛images-6-2

 

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

So I love love love love loooooooved this book! (Thanks to Victoria Grace Howell for hosting the giveaway which landed me the novel on Kindle…and Scorch Trials which is the second book that I have already FINISHED reading.) It was great and real unique. The entire time I was sucked into this story and unable to return to the real world known as reality for hours on end! I have no idea how many times mum had to call me, on multiple occasions, before she got my attention… So yeah. Good, that. *whispers* Oh no…I’m doing it…

I loved the characters too! They were seriously all so great and fantastic and wonderful and yeahhhhh…. I will admit though that I found that I kept getting Alby and Newt confused for the first little bit. They just seemed so alike to start. Nearing the middle of the book I was finally getting it, haha. Besides that though, I really liked them a lot and Newt slowly rose to being one of my favourite characters in the novel for sure.*fictional crush levels rising*Thomas was, obviously, one of my favourites…*is slowly developing a fictional crush* and to be honest I really liked his character. I mean he was stubborn to a fault sometimes and almost at points seemed too determined but that all made sense. I really liked his character. As for Teresa, I really liked her character and wish we saw a bit more of her. Especially consider the fact that she was not only the only girl in this group (therefore different than everyone else for various reasons 😛 ) I mean we may or may not have more development that way but yet I’m not complaining either just pointing out that a little more ‘screen time’ and development would have been a nice little addition. I found Chuck’s character to be rather sweet and found him more as a pet to the others due to him being so young…but I still liked his character. Minho was pretty cool too, kinda annoying but still cool. Gally was just plain old frightening/intimidating and insane yet I really liked his character…is that bad? I mean he was cool! Cool but kinda insane…

I loved the whole setting and such and really the whole Glade and being surrounded by an unsolvable maze filled with deadly creatures. Kinda cool. I mean freaky and frustrating being in said situation but still cool!

I found the POV great and really well done and just really real. Despite being in Thrid Person POV we still got a deeper view into Thomas’s mind and I think it worked brilliantly! Proof that you don’t always need to use First Person POV to tell a story from the POV of a character. 😀

As for the slang…I usually hate made up slang in novels and I will admit that when I first started reading it I was a tad confused but soon caught on with how they used the said slang and such and to be honest this one was rather cool and I actually tolerated. But…

*Insert dramatic music here*

The one thing I wasn’t too sure about was that the slang word ‘shuck’ that the Glader’s often used resembled the F word rather closely. I don’t think it was a replacement for that judging by the way it was used but at points it did so that had me a tiny bit confused but besides that I had no issue with it.

So yeah, overall rating definitely 5 Stars!

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Well, Until Next Time

Adriana Gabrielle