Read-A-Thon Guide – October 2017

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I’m back for another monthly ReadAThon guide! Let’s get into this!

At the moment I am only planning on doing the Duodecathon. If I am going to participate I will do a TBR before that ReadAThon before it starts.

I am predicting before searching that most of these will be Halloween themed.



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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. I am not sure whether you have to try and find a challenge that fits into that month theme or whether you just read two separate books for each.

HERE is a link to their Goodreads page

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

2-8 October: LGBTQIA+ Books
Challenge: Read Poetry & Short Stories

6-12 November: New to you authors
Challenge: Read A Duology

4-10 December: 2017 Debuts
Read the last book (or books) you bought

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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.

You can find info and join the Goodreads group HERE.

For August there are 2 ReadAThon dates and I’m assuming that is because there wasn’t a ReadAThon date for January. I will only be participating in one and that will be the 11-17 one.

UPCOMING DATES:

October 7-13
November 22-28
December 25-31

CHALLENGES TO PICK FROM:

Read 1,200 pages
Start OR finish a series
A 2017 debut author
A short story
A Graphic Novel
A Non-Fiction book
A Book that has been on your TBR for 2+ years
A book with multiple authors
A book you picked up because of the cover
A book that has to do with travelling
Someone else’s favourite book
The first book on your shelf you have read

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So this isn’t a ReadAThon is like a MovieAThon. But I thought I would put it in anyway.

So this is on the 28th of October and you just watch along with everyone participating.

You can find the movie list HERE along with the link for where you can watch on the day.

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So for this one each round of the ReadAThon you have to read books or authors (first or last) starting with a certain letter.

For this month the letter is D.

This round the ReadAThon goes from the 23rd of October to 29th of October.

You can find their Twitter HERE and their blog post HERE!

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

And you know what else is super cool? The October ReadAthon marks the 10 year anniversary of the event!

In October it is happening on the 21st.

To find out what time the ReadAThon starts for you then go HERE and it will tell you so you don’t have to figure it out.

There is also a 30 Days of ReadAThon challenge going on for the 10 year anniversary and you can find more info HERE!

And you can find their Twitter HERE.

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So this is being run by Empty Shelfie. This is a month long ReadAThon where there are 7 reading challenges. You can complete as many as you like though. The only rule to this ReadAThon is you must read books you already own or have checked out of the library. The idea of this ReadAThon is exactly as the name suggests, to empty your shelves. So you can’t go out and buy a book specifically for any of the challenges. That is also why they don’t say that you have to complete all the challenges because you just may not have a book that fits that challenges already on your shelf. Oh, and btw any eBook & audiobooks you own count too!

So there is also a whole lot more going on in the month of October for the Spookie Shelfie such as Instagram challenges, BookTube challenges, Movie WathALongs, Reading Sprints & Author Pep Talks. There are also going to be prizes for some things and the prizes will be ‘spookie’ themed.

You can watch the announcement video HERE. It’s not the best quality video when it comes to audio and I had trouble understanding some of what was said, so check out HarbackHoarder’s announcement video. She is one of the hosts and explains it really well. You can also find the Reading challenges announcement video HERE! Again the video is kinda bad audio quality so I watched Libri Labra’s TBR video and got the challenges from there. She is one of the hosts so I’m assuming they are correct haha. You can find her video HERE if you want to watch it. Their YouTube Channel HERE! Their Twitter HERE! Their Goodreads HERE!

Reading Challenges:

Read a book that will probably give you nightmares
Read a book with a serial killer in it
Read a book with a freakish character
Read a book with orange or black on the cover
Read a book with a spell or curse
Read a book with a mask on the cover or the word “mask” in the title
Read a book with supernatural or paranormal elements

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SpookAThon is a week long ReadAThon that starts on the 16th at midnight till 11:59pm on the 22nd of October in your time zone.

SpookAThon Twitter page.

You can find announcement posts on Paige’s Pages, Bookerly & BooksandLala

Reading Challenges:

Read a thriller
Read a book that is based off of a childhood fear
Read a book with orange on the cover
Read a book with a spooky word in the title
Read a book with a spooky setting.

There is also a ReadALong book that you can choose to read and that is A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. You can win a copy of this book before the ReadAThon if you comment on any or all of the hosts announcement videos which I linked above.

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There is also a month long Instagram challenge which is being put up on Kayla’s Instagram: BooksandLala. It is not up currently I don’t think (well I couldn’t find it), so follow her so you don’t miss it.



Okay, so I think that is all. But as always if you know any other ReadAThons happening in October then please comment or tag me in it on Twitter!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon Wrap Up

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So the Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon has finished and I honestly didn’t do that great in this ReadAThon! I knew that I wouldn’t get TONNES read as I knew I would have to sleep and work. When I first decided I was going to do this ReadAThon I didn’t know that I was going to be working, so I planned on read all day today but that didn’t happen.

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I started reading last night at 10:00pm, which was when the ReadAThon started in Aus. I went to sleep at about 1am and listened to an audiobook until I fell asleep.. I couldn’t get to sleep straightaway so I actually got an hour and a half of listening done. I woke up at 8 and worked from 9 till 1:30 and then had to come home and have something to eat and do some jobs. I then read for about 2 hours and then had to do some more jobs and cook dinner and then I watched My Kitchen Rules as it is the Grand Finale and I had forgotten it was on tonight till about half an hour before it started. I thought it was tomorrow night for some reason. So I watched it instead of reading as I’m not missing the grand finale after watching every damn episode of the season haha. So this wasn’t the best ReadAThon for me.


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I read 223 pages of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I listened to about an hour and a half of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

I don’t know the exact time as when listening to audiobooks before bed I put it on a sleep timer of 15 minutes and then reset it if I’m still awake. That way if I fall asleep then it will be easy to go back a couple minute to what I remember.. So I listened to somewhere between 1hr 15min to 1hr 30min.

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Well that is all for this wrap up. Hopefully I will have a better time with the AYearAThon which starts at midnight tonight! Atleast it goes for a week, so I can get more read in that time haha.

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May A YearAThon TBR & Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon Info

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So I have 2 ReadAThons coming up  very soon. The Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon & the A Year A Thon. I won’t be making a specific TBR for the Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon as there is no challenges, so I will just read whatever I’m up to when it starts and read as much as I can.


I’m posting this TBR now rather than just before the ReadAThon starts because the Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon ends at 10pm on the 30th and the A YearAThon starts 2 hours later at midnight. I will also be writing my blog post for the 30th today which will be a Tag Sunday so that way I won’t have to worry about it on that day. In the 2 hours between Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon and the A YearAThon I will post my wrap up for Dewey’s 24 Hour ReadAThon.

So the May A Year A Thon starts on the 1st and ends on the 7th. The monthly theme is Rereads and the challenge is to read books over 400 pages. I won’t be rereading any books as I want to concentrate on new books more than rereading books.

So onto the books on my TBR. This isn’t a specific TBR, it will more be options of books with 400+ pages that I own or have on eBook.


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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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Pages: 468

I have just received an email saying that I was approved to get a copy of Carve the Mark through NetGalley. So I will be starting this book next, I don’t know whether that will be before or during the A YearAThon.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Pages: 456

I have a copy of this book on Scribd.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

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Pages: 416

I received this book in a The YA Chronicles Subscription box last year and have been meaning to read it ever since. It sounds really interesting and this ReadAThon might be the reason I finally get to it.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Pages: 429

I bought this ages ago and have been meaning to get to it but just haven’t got around to it yet! I also really want to read something that is written by only Jay Kristoff to see if I like her writing as in Illuminae & Gemina it is hard to tell.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Pages: 407

I have this and the next book coming in the mail from Book Depository so it will partly depend on whether they arrive in time. But this book just sounds so interesting and there is so much hype, I’m so excited to get to it!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Pages: 444

This sounds like such an important book to read at the moment. Granted being Australian this isn’t something that is directly affecting me, but I still really want to read it.


Well that are some of the books that are options for books over 400 pages that I could read from the ReadAThon. I will definitely be reading Carve The Mark after I finish Shadow and Bone. But it will depend on how long it takes me to read Shadow and Bone whether I will be reading it before or during the ReadAThon. If Caraval & The Hate U Give arrive in time they will most likely be the ones I’m most likely to pick up. If they don’t arrive in time then The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer & Nevernight will be highest on my list.

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