Just in case you're not aware - Dewey's Readathon is the best readathon around. Thousands of readers around the world set aside an entire 24 hour period to read. It happens twice a year, and I look forward to it always.
So you're on board? GREAT! So we've got 3 weeks to get ready. Yes, this is an event that requires a little bit of preparation and the time to get started is now.
First, if you are a heavy library user like me, it is time to use your hold requests and collect up the books you'd like in your possession on the big day. My library lets me check out books for 3 weeks at a time, so I will need to renew a couple that I already have, but that's okay. If you are concerned about your TBR pile, start sorting through it to pull out options for the readathon. Every reader is different, of course, but I tend to prefer lighter romances, graphic novels, and maybe one heavier book to round out my options. Trust me, you are going to want a specific pile to choose from because when you start to get tired, you don't want to face your full TBR pile. It's just too much at that point. Don't forget about audiobooks too!
Second, snacks and meals. Plan your food wisely. You don't want to spend time cooking a big dinner, or figuring out what you want to eat. I typically do a crockpot dinner or delivery. Both are very easy. Snacks are equally important. You are going to want things to pick at that will give you energy, especially in those late hours. Also - drinks! Water is always important for hydration... but don't forget about tea or coffee, juice, and other fun drinks to keep you going.
Third, reading space. Where are you planning to read? What will be going on around you? I typically stick to my couch or bed. But the bed is dangerous during readathon, as I will absolutely fall asleep right away. So I make sure my corner of the couch is set up with everything I need... including quiet. I try to have things planned for my kids so that I'm not called up to entertain them. They know the drill, and I admit it is much easier now that they are older!
Fourth, updates? I will work on my "Master Post" here on the blog. This is where I'll do official updates every 4 hours throughout the readathon. I'll update on books I'm reading, finished, or put aside. I'll do a running page count, quick thoughts on books, what's happening in my house and how I'm feeling. BUT, I'll do more frequent checkins on Twitter and Litsy.
Fifth - HAVE FUN! That is what it is all about. See you at the readathon!