May ReadAThon Guide!

Okay, it’s been a long time but we are back with the ReadAThon Guides! Don’t forget you can follow The Ultimate ReadAThon Guide on Twitter & The Ultimate ReadAthon Guide on Instagram to get all the info! You can also check out the ReadAThon Calendar which is always getting updated!

Asian ReadAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading books by Asian authors & featuring Asian main characters.

So this one has reading challenges, which you can find below, but also there is another overlying challenge. Each of the books chosen to fulfil the challenges below but feature a character of different Asian ethnicity. You can double up on challenges. Throughout the rest of the month you can read the same ethnicities, they just can’t could for the challenges.

Reading Challenges:

1. Read any book by an Asian author.
2. Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author (manga, manhua, manwa, and comics count).
3. Read a book featuing an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asia identity (i.e. queer, mixed, disabled, neurodiverse, etc.)
4. Read a book by an Asian author that was originally written in their native language (translated books and graphic novels count).
5. Read the group book: A Thousands Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, which will be covered in the live show on Saturday, May 25th at 6pm EST on readwithcindy’s channel.

Google Doc with all the info

Announcement Video


BFF ReadAThon

Reading Prompts:

1. Read a book with a title that starts with a ‘S’
2. Read a book that has a number in the title
3. Read a book translated from another language
4. Read a book that was adapted to a movie or TV show
5. Read a book in a series
6. Read a book under 300 pages
7. Pick a book with a cover that has real life images or a model
8. Read a book by an author who uses a full name that contains three or more name parts (including initials)
9. Read a book with a main character who is not human
10. Read a book you’ve ignored

Announcement Video


Google Doc with all the info


Dates: 1st to 31st of May

Choose 5 challenges off the Bingo Board and read!

Announcement Post



Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading books featuring Mental Health!

Group book: Sparrow by Sarah Moon. You can buy the book here:

Own voices: A book featuring a character which lives with a mental illness that the author also lives with

Non fiction: A non-fiction book about mental health e.g. a self-help books or memoir

Anxiety rep: a book featuring a character who lives with anxiety (In any form)

Schizophrenia rep: a book featuring a character who lives with Schizophrenia

OCD rep: a character living with OCD

Intersectional rep: a book written by a LGBTQIA+, disabled or ethnic minority author who lives with a mental illness also OR a book featuring a character who lives with a mental illness and is an ethnic minority, LGBTQIA+ or disabled

Bipolar rep: a book featuring a character who lives with Bipolar disorder

Hosts pick: Pick a book to read, chosen by the hosts.

Nicole’s pick: Am I normal yet? By Holly Bourne
Rachael’s pick: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Cait’s pick: Marbles by Ellen Forney

Personality disorder rep: a book featuring a character who lives with a personality disorder

Phobias rep: a book featuring a character who lives with a phobia

Eating disorder: a book featuring a character who lives with an eating disorder (of any kind) or struggles with self image, confidence etc.

PTSD rep: a book featuring a character who lives with PTSD

Other: a book featuring a character who lives with a mental illness or related disorder that is not listed here already e.g. hoarding, Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania, character in therapy, a character taking medication, Dissociative identity disorder, ADHD or anything else…

Depression rep: a book featuring a character who lives with depression

Announcement Video


Google Doc with all info


Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading ChickLit!

Reading Challenges

1. Read a Sophie Kinsella book
2. Read a book with a pair of heels on the cover (it could be on the spine or on the back of the book as well)
3. Read a chick-lit book with a historical setting
4. Read a book set in Los Angeles or Hollywood
5. Read a romance that has a meaningful (to you) plot (think womens fiction)
6. Read a domestic thriller



Moody May

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

All about reading books you are in the mood for!

Announcement Post


Dates: 1st to 31st of May

This one is all about thinning out your TBR pile! So it is aimed at reading books already on your TBR.

Reading challenges:

1. Read a book that you put on a previous ReadAThin TBR, but didn’t get to.
2. Read a thin book.
3. Read a book that was gifted to you or a book that you got from a subscription box.
4. Read a diverse book.
5. Read a book that is spring themed.

Announcement Post

Ramadan ReadAthon 2019

Dates: 6th of May to the 4th of June

A ReadAThon to celebrate and support Muslim Authors. 

Reading Challenges:

Each of the columns are ‘Pillars’ and each row is a ‘level’. So pick a pillar or two & starting at the bottom, make your way through the levels to the top. 

Announcement & Sign Up



Mythical May ReadAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

Greek Mythology themed ReadAThon

Reading Challenges:

1. Myths Retold: Read a retelling
2. Battling Beasts: Read a book over 500 pages.
3. Collection of myths: Read an anthology or short story collection
4. Creation myths: Read a historical book or an older backlist title (5 years or older)
5. Gifts of the Gods: Read a book where magic is a feature

You can also go up levels based on the number of books you read

The Levels:

Hero: Read 1 – 4 books
Demi-God: Read 5 – 8 books
Member of the Pantheon: Read 9 – 20 books
Ruler of the Gods: Read 21+ books


Finish A Series ReadAThon

Dates: 1st to 31st of May

The goal of this ReadAThon is to finish a series or 2 or more!


Shelflove Crate Annual ReadAThon

Dates: 13th to 27th of May

Shelflove crate is a monthly subscription box & each of the ReadAThon challenges are the themes for the last 12 months of boxes.

Announcement Post




Dates: 1st to 20th of May

SailorMoon Themed ReadAThon

So as far as I can tell you choose a team (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto). As you read you can log your pages read on the website (linked below) and whichever team has the most points ‘wins’. There is an overall group book as well as a group book for each team. Then there are 11 Reading Challenges for everyone to strive for. 

Overall Group Book: Beds are for Flowers by R.K. Gold

Team Group Reads:

– Moon (Love, Light & the power of the Moon): A Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
– Mercury (Water): Warcross by Marie Lu
– Venus (Star Power): The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
– Mars (Element Fire): The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
– Jupiter (Element earth): The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
– Saturn (Death, Destruction & Rebirth): The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
– Uranus (Super Strength): A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
– Neptune (Astral Projection/Water): The Belles by Danielle Clayton
– Pluto (Time & Space) Opposite Side of Always by Justin Reynolds

Reading Challenges:

– Moon: Re-read one of your favourite books
– Mercury: Read a book that challenges you
– Venus: Read a book with a character that has special abilities
– Mars: Read a book that includes the element of fire in any way
– Jupiter: Read a book 400 pages or more
– Saturn: Read a standalone
– Uranus: Read a book with a gorgeous cover
– Neptune: Read a contemporary novel
– Pluto: Read a dystopian novel
– Tuxedo Mask: Read a romance novel
– Chibi-USA: Read a novella

Announcement Video



Bookémon BadgAThon

Dates: 3rd to 17th of May

Pokemon Themed ReadAThon

What you need to do for Bookémon!
Join A Team! 
Log Your Daily Pages Read!
Earn Your Badges! (Check Your Bookédex)
Battle Other Teams With Book Battles!

There are badges to be earned for the books you read. Here are how to earn those badges!

The Creative Badge: Read a book that is in the Art / Music Genre!
The Memory Badge: Read a book that is in the Biography / Memoir Genre!
The Exemplary Badge: Read a book that is in the Classics Genre!
The Pictorial Badge: Read a book that is in the Comic / Graphic Novel / Manga Genre!
The Amour Badge: Read a book that is in the Romance / Contemporary Genre!
The Chiller Badge: Read a book that is in the Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Suspense Genre!
The Fantastical Badge: Read a book that is in the Fantasy Genre!
The Scientific Badge: Read a book that is in the Science Fiction Genre!
The Rainbow Badge: Read a book that is in the LGBTQIA+ Rep Genre!
The Archival Badge: Read a book that is in the Historical Fiction Genre!
The Panic! Badge: Read a book that is in the Horror Genre!
The Jester Badge: Read a book that is in the Humour / Comedy Genre!
The Know It All Badge: Read a book that is in the Non-Fiction Genre!
The Prose Badge: Read a book that is in the Poetry / Play Genre!
The Diversity Badge: Read a book that the Main Character or Author is a person of colour!

Join a Team & all the info

Announcement Video



Dates: 1st to 8th of May

Morbid ReadAThon


Manga Madness ReadAThon – Round 6

Dates: 4th to 12th of May

All about reading Manga! See the Bingo Board for challenges


Announcement & Sign Up


Dates: 5th to 12th of May

All we have for this one is the dates at the moment. Follow their Twitter to be notified when the details are announced! I really hope this one does happen as it’s one of my faves!


BorrowAThon – Round 6

Dates: 19th to 26th of May

All about borrowing books from friends, family or the library!



Dates: 21st – 28th of May

All about reading True Crime books.

Reading Prompts:

– Armchair Detective
– Police Academy
– Police Officer
– Homicide Detective
– Cold Case Detective
– FBI Agent
– Interpol
– Infamous Case
– Nonviolent Crime
– Hometown Murder
– Solved Case
– Unsolved Case
– Serial Killer
– International


Announcement Video

TBR Jar ReadAThon

Dates: 24th – 30th of May

Announcement Post




Dates: 5th – 12th of May

Pirate themed ReadAThon! This round is space pirate themed.

How to navigate the map:Start by choosing a starting point (# 1-5)

  • From your starting point, following the line of the color of the circle OUT to find your next challenge. Most stops have two options leading out. Challenges are listed beside the number.
  • A-C are detours, because we all get a little lost sometimes. They are part of your journey.
  • 9 & 10 lead to X marks the spot! Your reward is completing the readathon (sorry mate, wish I had gold to hand out!)
  • Each pirate has 4 challenges to complete in the week. However, feel free to complete more!




Dates: 12th – 18th of May

Bingo Board based ReadAThon



Dates: 6th – 12th of May

Monthly ReadAThon and each month has a different theme

May (6-12)

June (3-9)

July (1-7)
Read 5 Different Types of Books (ebook, audiobook, paperback, hardcover, graphic novel, picture book, library book, self-bought book, book gotten as a present, borrowed book Etc. Etc. Etc.)

August (5-11)
Read the 5th book on your TBR or the 5th book on your Goodreads Recommendation List.

September (2-8)
New Beginnings (The first book in a New series or a New to You Author)

October (7-13)

November (4-10)
Mythology & Retellings

December (2-8)
Graphic Novels & Short Stories

Goodreads Group




Dates: 12th – 18th of May

All about reading eBooks!


Bout of Books #25

Dates: 13th – 19th of May

Full details are yet to be released. So go follow their Twitter to await the details!



Disney Read-A-Long

Dates: 19th – 125th of May

This maybe labeled as a ReadALong but it is in fact a ReadAThon. People don’t seem to know the difference haha

Challenges yet to be announced.



Dates: 20th – 27th of May

All about reading Comics



Dates: 27th of May – 2nd of June.

All about finishing those books that you are currently reading or that you have temporarily put down and need to finish.


24 in 48 Waitlist ReadAThon

Dates: 11th – 12th of May

All about reading those books that have been on your TBR for a long time!

Announcement is on an Instagram Pinned Story on Book.Dragoness account.

Reading Challenges:


Dates: 24th – 26th of May

This is a monthly ReadAThon and it happens on the last Friday, Saturday & Sunday of the month.

This months theme is Banned Books!

All announcements for this ReadAThon are made on a personal account @TheReadingMermaid



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Well I think that is all the ReadAThons for now! If I’m wrong and you know of one that is happening in May that I haven’t included please let me know and I will add it!
What ReadAThons are you planning on participating in, in May?

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  1. Hannie · 27 Days Ago

    Awesome! I’m participating in Bookemon, though I’m going to try and select the books I read primarily around what I have in my NetGalley queue, so I may not necessarily get every badge. My main readathon is actually classics-a-thon, however, which is a readathon centered around reading as many classic books as possible and really prioritizing them over more modern books. As someone with an English degree that hasn’t picked up a classic since graduating, I’m really excited for this.

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    • Eliza Eames · 27 Days Ago

      I don’t have ClassicAThon on here! Is it in May? Haven’t seen anything about it haha.
      I’m debating doing Bookemon or eBookAThon. I feel like eBookAThon would be good to get through some on my eARCs! But Bookemon sounds fun. Also will 100% join Scallywagathon if that happens! She always posts the announcement and everything the same week the ReadAThon happens haha, so waiting for that one. They are always soo fun, if a little unorganised.

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  2. Kendra | Kendra Loves Books · 27 Days Ago

    Thank you soo much this is honestly soooo helpful!! =)

    ~ Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books


  3. evelynreads1 · 26 Days Ago

    Such a helpful post! I will check some out and maybe participate!


    Liked by 1 person

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