July 17, 2014

Book Club Indonesia's 1st Readathon

First of all, I wanna say huge thank you to @BookClubID who have kindly invited me to participate in their 1st readathon! I feel quite honored, hehe. This event will be held starting tomorrow, Friday, July 18th until Sunday, July 20th.  Honestly, I have never done this before, simply because I've always been afraid that I could not force myself to actually sit and read and read and read books as much as possible. It's true that my reading time is solely dictated by my mood. But then again, I thought, why not?

So yes, count me in!

To those of you who are reading this and may have questions such as 'What is a readathon?', 'How do I do it?' et all, Nicole has explained this in her announcement post, but I will quote the answers here.

A readathon is simply a reading marathon! Usually, book communities select a few days and dedicate it to as much reading as possible. It can be any book you already have, or there might be a theme around it as well. For Book Club Indonesia's first readathon, we aim to read as much books off of our shelves as possible. That means finally picking up those lonely books that have been sitting on your bookshelves for years, unread and unreached for

What: Within the set three days, you can challenge yourself to as much pages and books you want. There are special challenges that you can participate in, but they aren't prerequisites or anything. They're just fun segments to keep your reading on track! There will also be sprints on our Twitter page, and these are small activities that the whole community can participate in. These sprints have a time limit, say 40 minutes, and within those 40 minutes, we will RT and tweet back everybody who managed to participate in the sprint. The sprints will require you to incorporate the book you've got on hand, so make sure you have that ready!

How: Simply take a book, any book, preferably one that's been collecting dust the longest on your shelves, sit down, and read. Read and read and read for three days, and you can brag to your friends that you've completed a readathon! If you want to participate with the community, however, simply stalk our Twitter or update us through any social media platform you have. On Twitter, please use the hashtag #bcidreadathon, and don't forget to include this when you participate in our Twitter sprints. You don't have to mention us, just be sure to put in the hashtag. That's how we'll be responding to you guys!

Don't you think doing a readathon is another excellent reason to up the number of your Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge? How's your progress so far, by the way? I started pretty good at the beginning of this year but since the blog kinda went MIA these past weeks MONTHS my reading has been lacking too. It's time to catch up!

As for the challenges for the readathon, there are three of them

Challenge #1: Read a book that is written in another language.

Mangas are fine, but it'd be better if you read a proper book that's written in a foreign language. Let's say you're used to reading English books (like me), give a Bahasa Indonesia book a try! Or any language you can read for that matter.

Challenge #2: Finish a series

Simply as the title says! If you've already read the first book of its series, reading the rest of the books in the series will count as an accomplished challenge. So all you folks who have finished the second book of a trilogy, pick that last book up and give the series a huge 'check'!

Challenge #3: Read an e-book

There are many people who doubt e-books. I love them, so for that I challenge you to read at least one e-book! It can be an e-novella too (hint hint, destroy me, hint hint, READ IT).

My days will be pretty packed up this weekend so I honestly can't promise anything, but I'd like to finish around 4 or 5 books by the end of Sunday night. There are lots of ebook saved up on my e-reader which I haven't even started yet, so I think I'll be doing Challenge #3 (and that automatically means I'm taking on Challenge #1 too since those ebooks are in English).

What books am I planning to read? Let's see. My to-be-read list included Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Sarah J Mass' Throne of Glass, Fiona Wood's Wildlife, Libba Bray's The Diviners and few other physical books that are still waiting patiently in line to get picked out (Robin Well's Variant and Anne Frank's Diary, to name a few), but there's a big probability that I will ended up reading totally different books from those I have mentioned. I'm quite picky in deciding what to read next ;)

To those of you who are interested, let's do this together! I know to read books on weekend does not really seem unusual for us bookworms (why there, we do this every weekend, hehe) but to know that there are a lot of us who are doing it together and setting a number of goal are what makes it special! You can sign up here or go to Book Club ID's page for further explanation.

By the way if you haven't followed @BookClubID on Twitter, you should! It's one of my favorite accounts on the Twitter bookverse.

Have fun and read some more!

Questions for you: Have you ever participated in a readathon before? How did it go, did you accomplish your goal? If you're gonna take part in BookClubID's readathon tomorrow, tell me what books are you planning to 'eat up' on the weekend! :)

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