I love discussing blogging stuff with y’all, so I thought today I would have a bit of a debate about some of my favourite things – readathons and bingos. I used to participate in these sorts of things quite a lot when I was little. My local library would always run a reading competition every summer (which, needless to say, I ADORED.) I’ve been absolutely loving the chance to rediscover the joy of reading as much as I can, and often as widely as I can.
So: readathons! As you may know, I’ve participated in a couple of these events. I’ve taken part in the 24 in 48 Readathon, as well as the Ramadan Readathon a bit more recently. I’m also doing my own mini readathon focusing on London, which you can read about here!
- Can be done at your own pace, and you don’t have a specific quota of books to read
- Not usually too specific a theme (however, I sometimes would consider that a con)
- Twitter chats
- Sometimes have Instagram/Litsy challenges
- Usually pretty well publicized – I like it when a lot of people are taking part
- Stressful, especially when they’re really short! I don’t often have time to just READ for a weekend.
However, I think my true love lies with bingos. My main goal for this year is to complete the Diversity Bingo 2017, and a couple of months ago I participated in the Asian Lit Bingo, as well as the Diverse December bingo.
- Spreadsheet to fill out = feeling of success!
- Twitter chats
- Sometimes also have separate Instagram/Litsy challenges
- Often a bit more specific than readathons
- Can last a lot longer than readathons – e.g. Diversity Bingo 2017
- The creators often have specific interviews and book recommendations for bingos, which I haven’t really seen with readathons
- Can be stressful finding books that fit specific boxes
- Expensive if you don’t already have the books
- Sometimes not as well publicized – I find it less fun when there are fewer people
What are your thoughts? Bingos? Readathons? Neither? Let me know!