The National Book Foundation, GoodReads, Mashable and Penguin Random House are joining forces to launch the first-ever National Readathon Day. The Readathon will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 12 to 4 PM (in each time zone), at which time readers across the country will settle down for a reading session to raise funds for the National Book Foundation—delivering books to communities in need.Many local bookstores are holding events, such as BookPeople in Austin. The funds raised from the readathon pledges will go to National Book Foundation programs such as BookUp, 5 Under 35, the Innovations in Reading Prize, and the National Book Awards.
- You can participate individually by creating your own Firstgiving Fundraising page and inviting friends and family to donate.
However you participate, be sure to share your experience online using the hashtag #timetoread
- Bookstores, schools and libraries are also invited to join the Readathon by hosting “reading parties” for their local communities. Visit Penguin Random House’s Resources section to download supporting materials and register your venue.
The National Readathon Day was brought to my attention by Casper Mattresses. In one of the more unique pitches I've received, they asked me to post about my book list for the readathon. And if you can't tell from my blog title, yes I will be reading in bed. (Oh, the joys of lazy Saturdays! Plus, there's nothing like piling the blankets on on a cold day.)
Here is my current reading list:
TEAR YOU APART by Sarah Cross - This is the sequel to KILL ME SOFTLY and is a twisted retelling of Snow White in modern-day Beau Rivage. This is the book I'm currently reading; I have about 40% left.
PACIFIC FIRE by Greg van Eekhout - Another sequel! I loved CALIFORNIA BONES last year, so I'm reading for another thrilling and terrifying ride.
MARK OF THE THIEF by Jennifer Nielsen - I love Nielsen's middle grade books, so I am very excited about the start of her new series.
SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman - That's right, the sequel to Seraphina showed up on my doorstep just yesterday. I have so many books that are coming out sooner on my docket, but no one blames me for skipping them to read this, right?
THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski - This is the sequel to THE WINNER'S CURSE. (I know, so many sequels!) Like TEAR YOU APART, I've already started reading this one. Let me tell you, it is good.
So join with me in reading and donating. You can donate at my fundraising page. You can also join my fundraising team.