Thursday 17 August 2017

Book Blogger Hop #1: Why Readathons are not my Cup of Tea?

For those who don't know, a readathon is an event where you set a goal to read certain books in a pre determined time limit. The readathon can have a particular theme or it could be open. It is not only a good way to tackle your TBR but also a great medium to meet other bibliophiles from around the world. A themed readathon is generally followed by a discussion which is instrumental in knowing different perspectives. Readathon might also contain photography challenges, which is a great way to flaunt your skills.

But despite the oh-so-greatness of these readathons, I still can't get myself to participate in one and here's why:

Time Constraint
Readathons are generally organized for 12 /24 hours or even over a period of days. Being a person who thinks 1000 thoughts at the same time, it is quite difficult for me to concentrate for long hours or to abandon everything and just read.

Setting Targets
Reading for me is a way of unwinding from long heavy days. I don't view it as an item of a To-do list that needs to be checked off. So setting targets puts an undue pressure on me to finish these reads in order to "successfully" complete the readathon and contribute to the discussion. Also, seeing other people's reading updates makes me more and more anxious. Damn this competitive spirit!

Reading Experience
I want to devour my books. I want to get to know the characters. Laugh with them. Cry with them. Do a little research about the author. Get to know the author better. I like to stop in between and reflect on what is being said. A tight deadline mars the reading experience for me. Even if I  am able to complete the book, I don't feel satisfied. There is always a sense of something missing.

So, quite honestly. readathons don't work for me. Do they work for you? Tell me in comments!

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1 comment:

  1. Would never work for me. I want to savor my read and develop a relationship with the characters. I don't want to blow by them at warp speed...I'd miss all the good stuff!