I Suck at Readathons, Readathon

Posted September 25, 2017 by Amber in Bookish Things, Readthons & Reading Challenges / 2 Comments


So you guys know about how I don’t do readathons, right?

I did one.  From September 18th to the 22nd!  Crazy right?

Jade @ Drink Coffee and Read Books turned me on to this one, and it is so little, I couldn’t resist.  I joined in the I Suck at Readathons Readathon!  This is run by Booktuber Sam @ Sam’s Nonsense.  You can view her Video Announcement or the Official Twitter Page.

Rather than go crazy and have a huge stack of books, Sam wanted to gear this readathon towards community and make the reading challenge really simply.  There’s almost zero commitment to this one.  I love it.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read the smallest book on your shelf Quidditch Through the Ages (10/11).
2. Read 10 pages/day – Rejected Princesses (10/12).
3. Read a graphic novel – Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (10/18).
4. Finish 1 book – Dodger (10/4).
5. Read for 20 mins/day – I’m realigning this to be listened for at least 20 minutes a day… which I did!  Dodger (10/4), The Romanov Conspiracy (DNF, 10/5), Monstrous Beauty (10/19), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Seraphina.

8 books found




Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling





I managed this one really well… which, let’s be honest, I expected to?  I also had fun participating in their Q&As every night!

I’m not a readathon convert.

Even though this was fun – and I’d probably do this one again sometime, I still think readathons take the fun out of reading.  I like to read before bed at night and for me, it’s a relaxation thing to help put my mind to sleep.  Setting a timer or counting pages definitely took away from that.

What this DID accomplish, however, was an opportunity to push myself through Reject Princesses a bit and pick up a graphic novel, which I almost never go for.  I’ve had Scott Pilgrim on my shelves for YEARS and never read them, although I really like the franchise and I’ve seen the movie and played the video game.  I think it’s good to step out of your comfort zone sometimes.  You can grow as a reader and get stuff done.

Now!  I’m going back to my delicious ARC of The Big Lie.  That was fun, but now I’m done!


Did anyone else participate in ISATRAT?

What’s your next readathon?

What was the last book out of your comfort zone that you read?

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2 responses to “I Suck at Readathons, Readathon

  1. Ohhh this sounds like a perfect readathon for me haha. I definitely get what you mean with readathons taking the fun out of reading. I just feel so pressured whenever I participate in them :/ I really love the idea of them and always get excited before they start/at the start but at some point I just lose my motivation

    • Amber

      This one worked really well because the books were ones I could easily finish in one night. I was massively unmotivated to finish them though – I had been reading an ARC I really liked before the readathon and just wanted to go back to it!