Most of you have probably heard of it, maybe even participated in the week long reading extravaganza. Last year was the first year that I had participated as a reader. For years I had seen things about the BookTube-A-Thon on social media and watched videos, but never joined in. Last year, I figured why not? It seems like fun!
I am so glad that I participated. With the BookTube-A-Thon coming up soon, I wanted to share with you all what I learned from my experience participating in last year’s BookTube-A-Thon.
- The book community is so nice~ from comments on my bookish Instagram posts to encouragement to meet my reading goals and motivational memes during the late night reading sprints
- Social media helps to bring like minded people together, and that’s a wonderful thing.
- An honest, heartfelt, positive comment on someone’s photo that they’ve clearly spent time creating means a lot. Take the time to say nice things to fellow readers.
- A week of reading and all things bookish is just plain awesome!
- Reading challenges are fun, but it’s okay if you don’t complete them all.
- I have way more time in my day than I originally thought. ~ I didn’t stop doing everything else in my normal day for the week. It’s about always having a book with you, and also making my free time into reading time.
- I felt physically better that week than I had in a long time. There’s something to be said for focusing on fun, positive, relaxing activities for yourself. Ignore the negative people and do what you love! #LifeLesson
- Audiobooks, graphic novels and children’s books are your best friend if you want to hit the 7 books in 7 days challenge.
- Reach out to other people participating. Interacting with fellow readers is what it’s all about!
- Have fun! Be silly! Don’t take it too seriously
- To show my true personality ~ I’m fairly serious and plan out what I’m going to say about books, which is good when writing book reviews. But the BookTube-A-Thon Twitter sprints taught me to be fun, not think too much about what I’m posting and even silly at times.
- It’s okay for me to take time for me! A week where it’s about me doing what I love, caring less about what other people think, and not putting their needs above my own.
- It is possible to read 7 books in one week, but oh my goodness, I thought my brain might fall out of my head.
The BookTube-A-Thon and reading in general has taught me so much more than I thought was possible.
A big thank you to the BookTube-A-Thon, Ariel Bissett, and all the other people who work so hard to make the event possible.
How many of you are planning to participate in the BookTube-A-Thon this year?
What have you learned from the BookTube-A-Thon, the bookish community or reading in general?
Peace and love,