I love read-a-thons! They can be so helpful for catching up or zipping ahead on one’s reading, and January is a perfect time for both. Two great reading events have opened sign-ups for their upcoming January reading frenzies:
The Classics Club’s 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon is a 24-hour affair on January 4, 2014. The details:
“A 24-hour readathon in the beginning of January to jump-start the new year!
The second (annual) “Classics Club Readathon” will be taking place on January 4th, 2013. We wanted to pick a date that would help ring in the new year and all that excitement of tackling reading lists and conquering classics.
We will be following the same timezone rules as the 24-Hour Readathon, with a kick-off post debuting at 8am EST here on the blog. We will be reading for 24 hours after that! We’re hoping this will inspire you to knock a classic or two off your challenge list!”
In the spirit of…the spirit of the thing, I’m only going to read selections from my Classics Club Challenge list during this 24 hours. I’ll be reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925) and Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin (1968.) Both are short, and the Panshin is a classic YA science fiction coming-of-age, so it should move at a brisk clip. I hope to get them both finished during the read-a-thon.
Bout of Books Read-a-Thon spans the entire week of January 6-12, 2014. The official info:
“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”
I’ll be reading a pair of recent speculative works during Bout-of-Books week, as well as a modern literary classic: Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear (2012,) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013) and White Teeth by Zadie Smith (1999.) I’m not likely to finish all three, but I’m hoping to get through at least two and make a dent in the third.
If you want a great community event to kick off your January reading, click the graphics or links above to find out more about either/both Read-a-Thon(s) and sign up if you find yourself inspired!