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Strategizing for the FBC Readathon

The Feminist Book Club Summer 2021 Readathon is approaching quickly and I am here to help you strategize for how to have your most successful experience. Before reading on, if you have any questions about the Readathon make sure you check out our frequently asked questions page and Nina’s blog post with details to remember!

What should you read

One of the best things about the Feminist Book Club Readathon is that there are no requirements to participate! All you have to do is register with your email to be eligible to win one of our many amazing prizes. 

With this in mind, there are no books you are required to read during the Readathon. But if you are looking for recommendations, be sure to check out the Feminist Book Club Stack Sale

The Readathon is a great time to read through a series that you have been itching to read. Whether it be fantasy, romance, or something else, the Readathon is a great time to make this series a priority. I also find that the Readathon is a great time to pick up a book that you may not typically read. For example, I am not one to pick up historical fiction often, but during the Readathon when I am looking to escape into my read, this may be exactly what I need! 

How to read more

First things first, the quantity of reading that you do does not determine your worth or success within the Readathon or reading in general. Reading is meant to be enjoyable and is not something that is meant to be compared. I know that is easier said than done, but remember that your version of success will be different than another’s. 

As a Feminist Book Club member, you have access to the Facebook discussion group and a Slack channel. One of the most recent posts in our discussion groups has been to seek advice on how to read more. I found a lot of great insights within our members words of encouragement. Here are some ideas on how to restore your desire to read:

  1. Listen to audiobooks! They can be enjoyed while working on mundane tasks like laundry or driving.
  2. Technology Time-out- Technology has become quite the distraction for many people (including myself) so putting yourself in a technology time-out can be helpful to improve your reading time. A technology time-out can mean that you have your technology in another room or using an app that encourages you to put your phone down. 
  3. Visual Tracking- Using a journal or a bookmark with blank boxes or book spines can be very inspiring for your reading habits because it gives you an incentive to continue. The visual of seeing your reading progress can restore your desire to read. 
  4. DNF-ing- To DNF, or do not finish, is something that I believe everyone is working on. Remembering that your time is valuable and that you do not need to give any more time to books you are not enjoying.

Be sure that you are checking Feminist Book Club’s blog and Instagram page for insider information and updates about the Summer 2021 Readathon!  

Claudia Neu has a passion for language immersion and intersectional children's literature. When she is not working with children or reading, you can find Claudia cuddling with her cat or trying to keep her houseplants alive. Check out her instagram @claudianeureads for more book recommendations and reviews. Favorite genres: queer literature, contemporary fiction, and young adult.

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