October 2016


Well hello there humans, readers, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!


Why do we ask for donations?

We expect over 2,000 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! This year we’re trying to streamline our prizes behind the scenes so we’re more focused on e-gifts and prize “packs.” Less shipping (and potential flaking out) for everyone!

Here are some ideas:

  • A gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • A small pack of ARCs you’re finished with
  • E-gift card
  • A bookmark bundle
  • Something handmade
  • A puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, we like to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 (or euros) or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner BookDepository! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

October 2017

October 2017 MINI-CHALLENGE Volunteers!

It’s that time again, and we’re gathering mini-challenges for the October 21, 2017 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Read-a-thon!

Who? Anyone who has participated in the Read-A-Thon before and knows how the Mini-Challenge piece of the puzzle works.

How? Fill out the form below.

What? You provide the Mini-Challenge and some sort of prize. If you are unable to provide a prize, we will do our best to conjure one for you, but we cannot be certain of it! 15 minutes before your hour hits, you post your challenge. An official directions email will surface in your inbox about a week prior to the ‘thon.

Please keep in mind, that participants should be able to easily complete your challenge in 5-10 minutes, so nothing terribly complicated! We want to host challenges across platforms, but keep in mind that we’d like as many participants to be able to take part as possible. That makes some platforms more limiting than others (for instance, a challenge on Litsy requires that all participants have the app).

When? October 21, 2017. If there are more mini-challenge host volunteers than hours in the ‘thon, the wonderful Mini Challenge Volunteer Coordinator will pick the 21 best-suited for readers. These will be fun and stimulate many different parts of the brain, to give you guys a rest and a little rehab from all of that READING!

Without further ado, let there be mini-challenges!