Eclectic Readers

Eclectic Readathon

Eclectic Readathon

The next 24-hour Eclectic Readathon starts Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm EST!

We host a 24-hour Eclectic Readathon every June in honor of the Eclectic Readers being a year wiser.

Sounds like heaven? We think so, too.

But that’s not all! Along with encouraging you to read to your heart’s content, we provide games!

Here are the Rules

  1. Read as much as you can in the way of books. You can read audiobooks, ebooks, print books. Adult, children’s, YA, doesn’t matter. They do have to be books, though. Magazines, newspapers, fanfic are beautiful and beloved by us all, but making it about books evens out the playing field of challenges for everyone.

  2. Do you have to read the entire 24 hours? NO! This is a fun, no-stress way to get more reading done, so don't feel the need to lose sleep over it (unless you want to, no judging here) BUT make sure you track the amount of time you do read with your phone's stopwatch app. (This will be important later!)

  3. Check in with us! You can find us on Instagram and Litsy and Twitter. The Readathon's Hashtag is #EclecticReadathon, so use that in any of your posts during the Readthon and we'll be posting some fun check-in questions periodically on our pages as well.

  4. Scavenger Hunt! If you want to get even more involved, we'll provide a list of challenges as a "Scavenger Hunt" on a discussion thread in our Goodreads Eclectic Readers Group. Some will be things to look for in your books: a character with a disability, a character celebrating a birthday. Some will be things you can do to earn points: read aloud to someone, exercise while reading. We try to keep you guessing, so you won’t find out the full list until the evening of the Readathon. In order to participate in that, you will need a Goodreads account and to join the Eclectic Readers Goodreads Group, but participating in the Scavenger Hunt is totally optional!

Try for prizes!

  1. We award prizes based on:

    a. The most time read (see, we told you!) After the Readathon, you'll need to take a screenshot of your stopwatch app to show how many hours you read and post it either on Instagram, Twitter, or Litsy along with the hastag #EclecticReadathon so we can find your entry!

    b. The most number of points earned from the Scavenger Hunt (each challenge is assigned a point value, roughly associated with its difficulty). In order to be eligible for this prize, you have to log all of your Scavenger Hunt points in the Goodreads thread.

  2. All Scavenger Hunt points and stopwatch screenshots must be posted by 9:00pm EST on Saturday, June 27th in order to qualify for the prizes.

  3. The prizes for the most Scavenger Hunt points earned and most hours read will be $40 e-gift certificates from an amazing independent bookstore called Mahogany Books, located in Washington, DC. The prizes are for U.S. PARTICIPANTS ONLY as they do not ship internationlly. (Mahogany Books is not affiliated with the Readathon or Eclectic Readers.) Winners must be willing to share their name and email address with us in order to receive the gift certificate.

  4. If more than one person reads the same amount of time or ends up with the same amount of points, their names will be entered into a drawing for the prize.

Visit our Eclectic Readers Goodreads on the day of the Readathon for the Scavenger Hunt, or find us on social media for updates and to participate! We hope you'll join us!