In pursuit of my 3rd reading goal for 2015, and on the off chance that you might want to play along too, I thought I would share the info I’ve compiled on Readathons.  I was thinking of saving this post for next weekend, but Bout of Books starts tomorrow and didn't want you to find out about it too late to participate.  


Readathons seem to come in two flavors - high intensity book binges of 48-hours or less and low-key multi-day events where you just try to increase your reading over your typical baselines.1 If you know of any others, please add a comment and I will add them to the compilation.


Low-key Multi-day Readathons


Bout of Books  


Bout of Books 12 - 1/5 – 12/2015

Bout of Books 13 - 5/11 – 17/2015

Bout of Books 14 - 8/17 – 23/2015


Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon


April 2015

October 2015

Usually overlaps with Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon


High-intensity Short Duration Readathons


Dewey’s 24-hr Readathon

#Deweys #readathon

April 25, 2015

October 2015


48-hour Hour Book Challenge


Early June 2015


Twenty Four in Forty Eight


March or April, 2015

November 2015 or so – goal is to read 24 hours over the course of a weekend



Considering the rest of my crazy life, I expect that I will be more successful with just trying to squeeze in some extra reading during one of the longer ones rather than dropping everything to read for a weekend (even though I might want to do so). I have my eye on the Readathons in April since I have too many conflicts to try the Bout of Books starting tomorrow.



1 There are also fundraising oriented Readathons, such as National Readathon Day which are a different animal, even though they share a name.  National Readathon Day is organized by Random House, GoodReads and The National Book Foundation among others


January 24, 2014 1-4 pm