ReadAThon Guide – April 2018

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Here is the April ReadAThon Guide!! It is split up into categories depending on the length of the readathon! So it should be easier to find something you might want to participate in.

Atm, I’m planning on doing #AYearAThon & Duodecathon as I do them every month. I’m also hopefully going to participate in Magical ReadAThon which is a 4 week Harry Potter themed ReadAThon and I am so keen!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon

This one is exactly how it sounds! You have 24 Hours to read as much as possible. What’s unique about this ReadAThon is that it starts at the same time worldwide rather than at a certain time in your time zone. So everyone is reading at the exact same time.

This ReadAthon will be on the 28th of April.

They usually set up a world clock so you know exactly what time it starts for you, rather than having to figure it out. But I haven’t seen the link yet, so follow their Twitter or blog below and when they put it up you will see it.

You can find the ReadAThons Twitter HERE and also the 24HourReadAThon Blog HERE

A Novel Experience ReadAThon

The A Novel Experience ReadAThon is a 2 day ReadAThon dedicated to Kerry from the Youtube account A Novel Experience who sadly passed away on the 1st of May 2016. There are reading challenges even though this is only a 2 day ReadAThon, so you just pick as many as you think you can complete.

Reading Challenges:

Read a book from Kerry’s TBR shelf
Read a book that Kerry gave either 4 or 5 Stars
Read a book while wearing Turquoise (can be clothes, makeup, nail polish, etc.)
Read a book by candlelight

You can find the ReadAThon Goodreads Page HERE!

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This ReadAThon occurs every month and each month there is a different focus on what to read.

So this ReadAThon has 2 parts, first, there is the theme. So the idea is to try and read books related to that theme and then there are the challenges, they are an extra challenge and not necessary but add some extra fun.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page & HERE is the link to their Twitter.

This ReadAThon happens every month so here are all the future challenges in case you wanted to plan!

Apr 2nd – 8th
Theme: Benchwarmers (books that have been sitting on your shelf for a while)
Challenge: One Word Titles

May 7th – 13th
Theme: Rereads
Challenge: Graphic Novels

Jun 4th – 10th
Theme: Catch Up/Finish Series
Challenge: Read a duology

Jul 2nd – 8th
Theme: TBR Catch Up (Let’s meet those halfway marks on our goals!)
Challenge: Read A Trilogy

Aug 6th – 12th
Theme: Family Favourites (Read your mums/brothers/cousins/etc favourite book)
Challenge: Read the longest book on your TBR

Sept 3rd – 9th
Theme: #OwnVoice Novel
Challenge: Short Stories

Oct 1st – 7th
Theme: Thrillers
Challenge: Big Books (400+ pages)

Nov 5th – 11th
Theme: NaNoWriMo Winners (Books that begun as a NaNoWriMo project and were eventually published)
Challenge: Read the shortest book on your TBR

Dec 3rd – 9th
Theme: Books under 300 pages
Challenge: Read books recommended to you by others


This ReadAThon also is every month. This one has 12 options for challenges that you can pick from and the idea of this is that you participate every month and by the end of the year you will have done them all. If you join later in the year you can focus on two or more challenges per round to still get them all done by the end of the year.

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

Upcoming Dates:

April: 8 -14
May: 21 – 27
June: 22 – 28
July: 22 – 28
August: 8 – 14
September: 1 – 7
October: 8 – 14
November: 22 – 28
December: 22 – 28

Challenges To Pick From:

Read 1,200 pages
Read the second book in a series
A book about a villain/antihero
A book published the year you were born
A 2018 bestseller
An award winning book
A book with multiple points of view
A book with antonyms in the title
A banned book
A book with a great first line
A “high school” book you haven’t read
A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group


So this is a weeklong ReadAThon all about reading LGBTQIAP+ books! This ReadAThon features a group read, reading challenges & Instagram challenges!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 8th of April.

Group Book:

The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (Anthology)


Reading Challenges:

Read a book with an LGBTQIAP+ POC MC
Read an #ownvoices book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC & mental health rep
Read an indie-published or self-published book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC
Read a popular book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC that you’ve seen online but haven’t read yet
Read a book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC who comes from a different culture than you
Reada fantasy/sci-fi book with an LGBTQIAP+ MC
Read a book released in 2018 with an LGBTQIAP+ MC

Instagram Challenges:

Day 1: Post a rainbow selfie (if you’re comfortable) and share WHY you’re participating
Day 2: Make a rainbow out of your #prideathon tbr!
Day 3: Share a rainbow of #Ownvoices LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 4: Share a rainbow of intersectional LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 5: Share a rainbow of underrated LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 6: Share a rainbow of your favourite LGBTQIAP+ books
Day 7: Hasn’t been shared yet as of writing this post. Keep an eye on their Twitter as they are sharing one challenge each day.

All the info for this ReadAThon is on one thread on their Twitter. You can find their Twitter HERE and also HERE is the link to that thread.

TBR BustAThon

This is a week long ReadAThon dedicated to busting those huge TBR piles we all have! This does mean that you cannot count rereads towards this ReadAThon. This ReadAThon does have reading challenges! You may double up reading challenges (so using 1 book to complete 2 challenges). However, you can not use one book for any more than 2 challenges. This ReadAThon also happens every two months!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 1st till 11:59 pm on the 7th of April.

Reading Challenges:

Read a borrowed book
Read & watch a book to movie adaptation (you have to read the book and then watch the movie to complete this challenge)
Read a dystopian
Read a book with less than 400 pages
Read a book released between October 2017 & Marhch 2018
Read a book from your own bookshelf
April is Celerate Diversity Month, so read a book by a diverse author or with a diverse character

You can find all the info and links to all the hosts on the Announcement post HERE. You can also find the ReadAThons Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE!

Spring ReadAThon

Okay, so this is a “week long” ReadAThon happening on Litsy! The reason I put week long in quotations is that on the announcement on Litsy and also on the signup form it is called a week long ReadAThon, however, it is actually only 5 days.. So yeah…. Anyway. This is a casual ReadAThon with no challenges except to read as much as you can in the 5 days.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 16th till 11:59 pm on the 20th of April.

You can Sign Up HERE and follow the host on Litsy @prettybooknerd


This ReadAThon happens once for every season, so 4 times a year. It is a week long ReadAThonwith a group book and 6challenges (which are all optional).

Upcoming 2018 Dates:

Spring: 1st – 7th of April
Summer: 1st – 7th of July
Fall: 7th – 13th of October

Group Book:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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Reading Challenges:

Read a book with a name in the title
Read the first book in a series
Read a book from a genre you haven’t yet read this year
Read a book with LGBTQIAP+ representation
Read a book chosen for you by someone else
Read a book set in a different time than the present

Join the Goodreads group for all the info and also places to discuss the group book and get suggestions for the challenges!


Okay, so I don’t know any specific info about this one yet as it is still ages away. Usually, the challenge is to read books that either the name of the book or the authors first of last names start with a certain letter. They seem to be going in alphabetical order, so I will assume that this round will be F. They also have optional reading challenges too but as I said nothing has been announced yet except the date.

As this one crosses over with April & May I will add this one to my May ReadAThon Guide. It will be up prior to the start of this ReadAThon.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 30th of April till 11:59 pm on the 6th of May.

You can find their Twitter HERE


This one is a week long ReadAThon happening in April and hosted by April over at Aprilius Maximus on BookTube! This one does have reading challenges but she tried to make them pretty broad so it wasn’t a struggle to find stuff to read!

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 8th of April.

Reading  Challenges:

Read a book you acquired recently
Read a book with a beautiful cover
Read a book you have been meaning to read for ages
Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover
Read a hyped book or a book that has been recommended to you
Read a book that you are excited to read

You can find the announcement on April’s YouTuber HERE! Also on social media make sure to use the hashtag #AprilAThon so you can connect with others participating!

Unicorn ReadAThon

The goal of this ReadAThon is to read books that feature magical creatures! This can be books that have magical creatures in the book, in the title or on the cover. So you don’t have to read only fantasy! You can be creative. You can also read Non-Fiction books about Magical Creatures. They are out there.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 9th till 11:59 pm on the 15th of April.

You can find the host, Unicorn Hunter Books, announcement HERE! Also, the two cohosts announcements on Paper Faerie & The Fancy Hat Lady Reads! They also have a Twitter account for the ReadAThon which you can find HERE!


This one is actually an 8 day ReadAThon, but I don’t have a space for 8 Day ReadAThons, so I’m just putting it here!

The Unslump-A-Thon is for people either in a slump or those wanting to stay well away from those horrible slumps. There are Reading challenges for this one that are designed to be kinda easy reads that will help you out of that slump!

Reading Challenges:

Read a book under 200 pages
Read an old favourite OR a book from your favourite genre
Read a book while drinking your favourite warm drink
Read a Graphic Nove, Manga or Comic Book
Read a middle grade or children’s book
Read a novella
Bonus Challenge: Read an eBook or listen to an audiobook

You can find the twitter page HERE!

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Magical ReadAThon

This is a 4 week long ReadAThon that is based on Harry Potter and when I discovered this I was like yes bitch I’m joining!! Anyway, this ReadAThon is based on the OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level) exams at Hogwarts. So basically there are challenges for each of the 12 school subjects that Hogwarts students could take. So each challenge you complete is 1 OWL. You cannot double up challenges, so 1 book per challenge!  You complete challenges and strive for the highest overall OWL grade. Unlike the books you don’t get an OWL grade for each subject, you just get an OWL for each completed subject challenge and depending on how many OWLs you get overall a corresponding grade is awarded. You can see the grades below.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 2nd till 11:59 pm on the 29th of April.


Fail Grades:
T = Troll: Did not show up at your OWL examinations (Didn’t start a challenge)
D = Dreadful: Start but not finished an OWL task
P = Poor: Sit only 1 OWL

Pass Grades:
A = Acceptable: Sit (and pass) at least 2 OWLs (complete 2 challenges)
E = Exceeds Expectations: Sit (and pass) at least 3 OWLs (complete 3 challenges)
O = Outstanding: Sit (and pass) at least 5 OWLs (complete 5 challenges)

Subjects & Challenges:

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover
Arithmancy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title
Astronomy – Read a Sci-Fi Book
Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book that includes Magical Creatures OR Features a Magical Creature on the Cover
Charms – Read a Fantasy Book
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Read a book about/featuring secret societies/clubs
Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies
Herbology – Read a book with a nature-related word in the title
History of Magic – Read a Historical Fiction
Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-Fiction book
Potions – Read a book about/with Alchemy
Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration / Shape Shifting or a similar theme OR Read a book with a cat on the cover

Extra Note: There will be a NEWTs Exam ReadAThon happening in the future and you will only be able to complete NEWT Exams for the subjects that you completed in this OWL Exam! Just like at Hogwarts. So be mindful of what subjects you pick!

You can find the announcement post HERE! She has also created this awesome Hogwarts letter explaining everything, check that out HERE! Also follow the ReadAThons Twitter HERE!



Or at least very soon for the rest of the world! There wasn’t information up about this one when I put my March ReadAThon Guide together, so it wasn’t on that one, so sorry guys. But here is everything you need to know.

The ReadAThon goes from midnight on the 27th of March till 11:59 pm on the 10th of April.

Firstly, this is usually a week long ReadAthon but as this marks their 10th round, they are making this one two weeks!

Okay, so the only challenge for #RYBSAT is that you pick a point on your bookshelves and read them in order that they are there and see how far you can get in the 2 weeks! I’m assuming you can use physical bookshelves OR the bookshelf on your phone or eReader for eBooks or audiobooks if that is your prefered way to read.
For this round, they are allowing you to choose the direction in which you read. So pick a point on your shelf and you can read forwards, backwards, up, down or diagonally. So pick a direction and go for it. You can choose to switch directions midway through too. You can read 3 books going backwards and then choose to go down for one book and then go forward from there. I hope this all makes sense.
Also if you are going backwards for example and you get to a series, you obviously don’t read the series backwards. Just grab the first book you haven’t read and go from there or skip the series completely. I’m also assuming (it wasn’t specifically said) if you are someone that doesn’t organise your series together and you, for example, get to the third book in a series but haven’t read the one before it you just skip it.

They will be running sprints on the #RYBSAT Twitter page which you can find HERE! Also, go and join their Goodreads Group HERE for my info! On Instagram & Twitter use the hashtag #RYBSAT when talking about the ReadAThon!

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Okay, so I have been trying to find solid info about this ReadAThon but they are severely lacking in that department. I believe this is a month long ReadAThon (I’m only guessing as in the ‘announcement’ type video the hosts kept saying ‘throughout the month’ and similar things like that). This ReadAThon seems to happen every month as well, so it is a little intense if it happens every month, all month.

Anyway, the goal of this ReadAThon is to read books that you already own, to try and Empty that TBR shelf we all have. This month they also have an ‘under the sea’ theme with reading challenges based on the theme. Personally, I think the first challenge is a little specific, simply if you don’t own a book about a cruise, you can’t complete that one and things like this really irritate me as I always like to attempt to complete all challenges and follow the rules. The other challenges are pretty broad though.


Read a book about a cruise
Read a book with water on the cover
Read a book set in a foreign land (this can be either any country you don’t live in on the planet or a fantasy land that is very different from ours).
Read a book with a marine or tropical word in the title
Read a book with Gold or Blue on the cover (yellow can be substituted instead of gold).

You can find the ReadAThon Twitter page HERE and the Goodreads Group HERE where they also run a book club by the looks.

Spring Into Horror

Spring Into Horror is a month long ReadAThon based on reading horror books. It goes for the entire month of April, but instead of starting in YOUR timezone, they want everyone to start at the exact same time worldwide, same as Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon. They have got a link to a time zone converter on their blog, but it is kinda useless. In the announcement post they say the ReadAThon will start at 12 am in ‘central time’, but that particular time zone converter works, not by time zones but by towns and states. So for anyone that doesn’t know where exactly ‘central time’ covers you are still going to have to google it. So I suggest using World Time Buddy. All you have to do is search ‘CST’ for central time & then your time zone. Choose the little calendar and pick the 1st of April and it will show a little table with what time it is in CST and what it would be in your time zone.

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Okay, that out of the road! The goal is to read at least one scary book! You can choose to read more or focus on other books in other genres, but you need to read at least one.

To join you have to sign up to the linky at the bottom of the announcement post which you can find HERE!


This one is another week long ReadAThon where you are challenged to read pre or post apocalyptic books! There are 5 challenges to complete in the month and each challenge is open to your interpretation

Reading Challenges:

Natural Disaster
Creature Feature
Out of This World
With a Little Help from my Friends
A Classic

The creator has helpfully created a Suggestions Post with a list of apocalyptic books and which challenge they could fit into. You can find that HERE! You can also find the ReadAThon’s goodreads Group HERE!


Yes this is the second month long horror themed ReadAThon that is happening in April and they are basically the same.
ApThrill is a month long ReadAThon with the challenge to read suspense, thriller and horror novels! As with most month long ReadAThons you don’t have to only read books that fit the challenge for the whole month, you are allowed to read other books too. As long as you read at least one suspense, thriller or horror novel you have smashed this ReadAThon.


Post a blog post with your intent to participate (I imagine a post on any social media would suffice too if you don’t run a blog)
Share your TBR
Use the hashtag #ApTHRILL on social media!

This ReadAThon is being run by Kathy over at Books & Munches, a fellow book blogger! You can find her announcement post HERE!

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