The idea of an ultimate readathon-con is an idea I’ve been playing around with for a while now, but I can’t just organize a con with hotel rooms, activities and dinner. One of my bookclub buddies ran with my idea for her birthday party, and I’m now doing it too for mine. Two weekends ago, from Saturday 11 AM to Sunday 11 AM, my book club gathered in my house for drinks, snacks, books and giggles!
This readathon comes with a little plan that would probably be thrown out of the window after a few hours:
- 11 AM: All the lovelies have arrived and a brunch is ready for them
- 12 PM: Finding reading spots, preparing snacks and discussing what everyone will be reading
- 1 PM: Reading starts with 10 minute breaks every hour read.
- 5.30 PM: Dinner break!
- 7 PM: A featured movie moment
- 9 PM to …: Reading until you fall asleep
During these kind of readathons, we don’t end up reading all that much. We tend to laugh out loud and wanting to know what’s happening in each other’s stories. Especially if someone ends up reading a book that someone else already read or is also reading! Still, I had a small TBR to keep in mind: I wanted to finish the two books I was reading.
So as expected, our plan got derailed immediately as we were very excited to start reading. Which is of course good in itself, but kind of funny too as our first 10-minute break ended up being one hour. We spent hours talking, laughing and reading. I can’t say how many reading hours we actually managed to put in as a lot of us read a few pages here and there, but we had an absolute blast!
Coincidentally, one of my friends and I were reading the same book and we were both around the same page-mark. So much fun to gasp and fret about the same part of a story! We really need to have a group book one of the coming readathons.
Well, the most important result is that I had the best birthday ever and I had buckets of fun. I love these girls to death and I’m so glad they made the long drive down to my humble home. The fact that I finished one of the books on my TBR is great, but I loved their company more than anything. Already counting down to the next celebratory readathon in November!
What do you think of our way to celebrate birthdays? Would you want to do it too? Let me know in the comments!