Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Reasons I Love Readathons


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the lovely peeps at The Broke and The Bookish. Every week the challenge is to list 10 things/books of a certain theme/question. 

So – if you have been hanging around Ranty Runt of a Reader for any period of time, you might have observed that I LOVE readathons. Here’s my list of 9 things I love about readathons, and one thing I dislike about them.

  1. I read all the things. During a week long readathon, I usually finish between 4-6 books. That’s the same number of books I would normally read in a month on average. In a 24 hour readathon I might knock off a book and a half.
  2. Readathons force me to read different genres. I read lots of thriller novels – I’d say 75% of my reading would fall in the thriller genre. But if you read six thriller novels back to back, things can get repetitive, boring and slumpy. Normally, I would include a classic and something sci-fi or fantasy themed in my TBR. If I read a romance – chances are it was during a readathon.
  3. They usually are flexible with book choice. I don’t read YA or romance – and many book blogging events revolve around those two genres. Readathons generally don’t force you to read a certain genre/book, so I feel I can participate equally with those who DO read those genres.
  4. I get excited to read. During a readathon, I need to strategically prioritize reading over other things, like hobbies, TV and work. I’m excited to add to my page count, to finish a book, to review a book. During a readathon, I’m more excited about everything.
  5. I meet new bookish people. Readathons usually have a sign-up link, and part of my preparation for a readathon is to check out other people’s blogs and friend them if I find them interesting. It’s also great to meet people who blog about different authors/genres.
  6. They provide a hook to my blog. Sometimes, I don’t post as regularly as I would wish. I program the dates of readathons into my phone (especially the bigger events) and even when I’m not feeling like blogging, a readathon will at least get me to crack open a book. Also, most likely lead me to reading other peoples blogs, and then I provide my own with some love. They are events that hook me back into blogging.
  7. They provide different content. Sometimes blogging can start to feel stale. When I first started, all I did was reviews, and that became old quick. Readathons provide something else to write about, but doesn’t require much research or preparation. Challenges within readathons are GREAT for this.
  8. Readathons continue blogging traditions/memories. Some of the more established readathons have become institutions within the blogging community. Events like Bout of Books have been running for so long that it seems like my calendar is divided into the three parts of the year between ‘thons. Also, Dewey’s 24hr readathon keeps the memory of a passed blogger. This is all important for our community.
  9. I get students to read in class. When I am teaching, and a readathon happens to be at the same time, I tell ALL my students about the readathon. Then when it’s time for silent reading I inform students that it’s my readathon time and then we see how much we can read.

And number 10. I always find out about readathons too late. I constantly find wrap-up posts/videos or update posts from during the readathon. I know there’s a couple blogs out there that try to keep track of these things, but so far no list I’ve found has been that comprehensive and kept up to date. Am I missing a resource here?

Are you hosting a readathon? Let me know. Do you love them as much as I do? Do you hate them (are you even human?)? Why?



  1. I don’t know about you, but I love the readathons that give us a challenge. Like read a book with red on the cover or something because it forces me to pick up books that have been on my TBR for forever! Nice topic this week 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Like you I enjoy readathons that give us a little bit of a challenge – like the book with red on the cover – I dislike it when the challenges are things like – read a paranormal romance or a historical fiction novel. As long as it’s not genre specific, I’m a fan!

    1. Don’t worry Lilyn G… I’ve had plenty of readathons that have completely bombed! Keep an eye out for the Bout of Books, Dewey’s 24hr readathon and the 24 in 48 readathons – they are some of the best, in my humble opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I’ve never joined a readathon before but now I’m curious! #5 is pretty good motivation, and it’s always great to meet new people who love the same things you do. #7 is also important, because you’re right that blogging can feel stale if you post the same things over and over! Well, off I go to find a readathon I can join…

    1. Thanks for popping in, Reg. A readathon is pretty awesome, you should keep you eyes peeled for one. The ‘big ones’ are the ’bout of books’ and ‘Dewey’s 24hr readathon’, but there are always plenty of smaller ones happening too. I love all the camaraderie that happens with the readathons, especially if you are a twitterer. 🙂

      1. I’ve heard of those two but didn’t hear about them until they’re actually happening! Yeah, I can see that it’ll bring out the camaraderie between readers – hopefully I’ll get to join next time. 🙂

    1. Welcome to blogging! Bout of Books is one of my favourites,Thanks for stopping by, I’m going to check out your blog now. Hope you’re enjoying all the bloggy readery enthusiasm.

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