October 2012, readathon

October 2012 Read-A-Thon Date Is Here!

Mark your calendars for October 13th! That’s the second Saturday in October for those of you not in front of a calendar right this very second. Β Sign-ups are at the bottom of this post.

We’re aiming to make this the BEST Read-A-Thon ever, but we can’t do that without your help. So if you have some time and are willing to help out, email me at iheartmonster at iheartmonster dot com to volunteer your time and talents to one of these categories:
Prizes
Cohosting
Marketing
Cheerleading
Wordpress Wizardry

We need cheer captains and organizers, people to donate prizes and people to find donors, and a lot of cohosts to make the work more fun!

To Sign-Up: Add your name and a linky below (just use the link to your website, Twitter page, Facebook page, Tumblr, etc.) and then to help spur your brains and get the juices flowing, leave us a comment telling us that book that’s been on your nightstand that the Read-A-Thon is going to give you an opportunity to finally read!

Let’s gear up and get ready for October 13th, Read-A-Thoners!

230 thoughts on “October 2012 Read-A-Thon Date Is Here!”

  1. The October Read-a-thon will help me get through a good portion of the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist-ed books, methinks. Also, since it’s October, I wouldn’t mind re-reading Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes”! Can’t wait until Oct. 13th!

  2. I’ve missed the Spring Readathon… I’m in a reading funk — the worst one in 20 years — I’m hoping this sparks something. thanks!

  3. Three cheers for the readathon!

    I hope to hunker down with Mark Oakley’s THIEVES & KINGS books this time, though I may cheat a little and read them early. πŸ™‚

  4. YAY!!! I had so much fun participating the last 3 times! πŸ˜€ And I checked my schedule: I actually don’t have to work, YAY PLANNING! πŸ˜€
    Can you tell I”m excited already? πŸ˜‰

  5. YAAAAAAAY!!! This will be my third 24 hour read-a-thon, and they are seriously what my year revolves around now. Each time I learn from my mistakes, and I have my read-a-thon prep down to a science.

    I haven’t made my whole pile, yet, but there will definitely be some Animorphs books in there.

  6. Mmm Maybe I will read some short stories by Neil Gaiman. I haven’t decided yet. Really excited to participate in this read-a-thon. My 3rd one πŸ™‚

  7. I’ve always got a rotating pile of books on my nightstand. I’m not sure what will be in the mix during the readathon, but as it gets closer, I’ll have a better idea. I always have books from Amazon Vine to read and review — but I really need to tackle some on my TBR list and Should Have Read books to complete those challenges.

  8. Can’t wait for this! Work/other stuff got in the way a lot in the spring one, but this happens to coincide with a week I’ve booked off work!

  9. I have this tower I have to get to. Looking forward to Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language and Whatever you do, Don’t Run – a memoir of Botswana!

  10. I’m really looking forward to this. Even though I got the bummer of having a mid-term exam in English grammar the week afterwards. πŸ˜‰

  11. On my bedside table is “To Kill A Mockingbird”, far-and-away my favourite book. It reminds me of the tomboy I was, growing up; long summers, mischief with my friends, the curiosity for places where you know you shouldn’t go but it becomes a matter of pride and belonging. And, of course, realising that my Dad was (is) a great guy, even if he was “only a mechanic” to me at that age. xxx

  12. OH! my first Read-A-Thon!!!! I’m really exited about it :). So much I made a mistake in the title of my blog when registering :S

  13. During read-a-thons I like to read non-review books, books that have been on my bookshelves a long time, or reread books. I’ve wanted to reread David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary for a while, so that definitely will be on the list.

  14. Somehow missed the April ReadaThon, so I’m really excited for this one! Have no idea what I’m going to read, yet, but I’m sure I’ll have an overly ambitious pile by October 13th.

  15. I have no idea what I’ll read, but I think I’ll choose something scary πŸ˜‰ Although it’s not friday the 13th, I don’t know why, I got a creepy wibe when I saw the date πŸ™‚ Can’t wait!!!

  16. Goodness I am so excited, this will be the last one I can participate in for a few years so I’m going to make sure that it is the best!

  17. Looking forward to this. Not sure what I’ll be reading until a little closer to the day but know from other times best to pick one or two fairly light reads.

  18. I took part in April’s read-a-thon and had so much fun! I can’t believe the next one is coming up so soon – that six months sure went fast. Anyway, the things I learned from last year is that shorter books are better, so I’ve got books like Cracked Up to Be and Something Like Normal, which are only around 200 pages or so, ready and waiting.

  19. I can’t decide whether to use this Readathon to clear off some books that have been in-progress for a long time, or read a nice big stack of childen’s literature books. Hmmm….

  20. This will be my first read-a-thon, and while I’m not sure how many hours I can go without sleep before I stop enjoying reading, I’m going to give it a go until that happens πŸ™‚ Perhaps some nice light YA for this one!

  21. I’m looking forward to knocking out the books I want to read for the R.I.P. challenge and some food-related books.

    I’m looking forward to cheerleading again!

  22. I’m in! Just hope RL doesn’t interfere in my reading time. Not yet sure what book I will be reading, but there are many just waiting to be picked up. GL to everyone who is participating. And thank you to the hosts that are putting this together.

  23. This is my very first time of hearing about this event.

    I would be happy to offer a $25.00 gift certificate to Amazon as that is where I do all my shopping for books. I don’t know who to send it to though as this is my first time. If anyone with the know can tell me how to donate this, I certainly will.

    Gayla in Sheridan, WY

  24. I honestly have NO IDEA what I plan on reading this time. I might go for shorter books or things for younger readers so I feel accomplished. I only finished 2 books last time and felt like a failure.

  25. After a day I had, I definitely can’t wait to for the read a thon so I can jump into my book and read, read, read and read so more…. I so look forward to Dewey’s 24 hour read a thons….

  26. Planning on participating yet again. I don’t know that I can stay awake for 24 hours, but I’ll do my best. I’m also scheduled for “Nana Duty” this year and will be wrangling two 2-year-olds for part of the day. Nevertheless, I’ll be reading as much as I can and cheering on the other readers.

  27. I entered a Norwegian read-a-thon in July 2011, and it was great fun. Was not able to stay up all night, but that doesn’t matter. I write my blog in Norwegian, but will write in English at the read-a-thon.

    At the read-a-thon I hope to read Booker-books, and maybe finish Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga.

    May I ask where in the world this is arranged? It would be fun to watch what time it is, in comparison to what time it is in Norway during the read-a-thon.

  28. Not sure what books I’ll be reading during the readathon – or even if I’ll be able to devote a lot of time to reading – but I hope to read a few shorter books to help me catch up to my goal of 50 books and/or 15,000 pages in 2012.

  29. I kind of want to re-read the Harry Potter series. I’ve been stuck on the 3rd book so I definitely want to finish that one.

  30. My first read-a-thon, woo! It will start at 9 pm local time which makes things… interesting, hehe. I’m planning on blowing through all kinds of ebooks from the library and maybe making a dent in one of my chunksters, too.

  31. It’s been a couple of years since I participated, but this year I have the day free!! Now to start collecting my books for the event…

    Thanks for hosting!!

  32. I’m in!
    I sort of did the Spring read-a-thon, but I didn’t really get a chance to really get into it, and I didn’t finish a single thing I started, so I’m looking forward to hopefully doing better this time around.
    I will be at work on the day of the read-a-thon, but I’m working a short shift, so there will be plenty of time left for reading, hopefully!

    I’d like to finally finish Game of Thrones…not sure if that’s do-able, but I think I might try. Also I’d like to re-read The Hobbit before going to see the movie.

  33. My third Read-a-thon. I’m already working on clearing my schedule entirely, and planning my food and snacks, so I can spend as much time as possible reading, and as little as possible on other things. I managed between 17 and 18 hours of reading for the previous two Read-a-thons, so that’ll be my goal again.

    Am obviously also mentally assembling my reading list, but with nearly 130 books on my To Be Read list at the moment, I suspect I won’t have trouble. πŸ™‚

  34. This will be my first time participating and I have been working on Kresley Cole’s Immortal after Dark series so that should keep me going for 24 hours!

  35. Can`t wait for 13th to come πŸ˜€ Have a lot I wanna read πŸ˜€ And I have the whole weekend by myself with the animals πŸ™‚

    Btw. I but wrong title on the application thingy..
    I wrote MoonStar`s Bokverden, which is norwegian blog.. But I linked to the correct blog πŸ™‚ ~MoonStar`s FantasyWorld~

  36. I’ve never participated in a readathon before, so I have no idea how I’ll do. I’ll definitely try to finish books I’ve started but not finished, like The Casual Vacancy, Inkheart and The Story of Art. Maybe I’ll squeeze some shorter books in there as well. But I’m a slow reader so we’ll see. I’m looking forward to this πŸ™‚

  37. I just got my books for the readathon today. I might get more since my birthday is the day before. I am excited to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

  38. I’m going to give this my best shot! Not sure if it’ll work because I think my family’s coming to visit me that weekend, but by god I’m going to try! My book fort and cushion is calling me!

  39. I’ve got a stack of books I’ve been meaning to finish. This will give me a chance! We Need to Talk About Kevin, Casual Vacancy, Alice in Zombieland, Of Mice and Men (again) and Dracula the Undead! Yay!

  40. Woohoo! I am so excited!! One week and I am counting down the moments. Best of luck to everyone, I’ve got insomnia!! πŸ™‚ but everyone is already a winner because we’re reading!

  41. This will be my first Read-a-Thon…well my first “official” one… Looking forward to a day devoted to reading!

  42. There’s so many I want to read…most of which are still in the home I just moved out of :'(…but I think for the read-a-thon, I’ll try to read The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time, and I’ll probably end up rereading Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Joan Wolf’s The Road to Avalon.

  43. I’m currently reading “Brave New World” in celebration of Banned Books Week, but I think I’ll have finished it before next Saturday. I’m not sure what I’ll read next, but I know I’m going to thoroughly enjoy it!

  44. I’ve had Zadie Smith’s novels sitting on my desk for the longest time. Perfect for my first readathon. πŸ™‚

  45. The link I typed in doesn’t seem to work — it goes to the dreamwidth log-in page, not my journal. I think I should have left out “www.” I’m not sure how important it is that my link work, but if it is, I would appreciate it if someone would fix this for me!

  46. You should all check this out: http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/technology-research-centers/ereaders/speed-reader/index.html

    This way (if you don’t cheat) you can find out which books you’re able to read in the 24 hours. I’d be able to finish the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy or even War and Peace! I think I’ll go for shorter books though so that I can read more. I’m thinking maybe Frankenstein, Starters and/or Brave New World! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to participate in my first read-a-thon.

  47. I have never participated in anything like this. I’ve done reading nights but never an entire 24 hours. I am giddy with excitement.

    Sign me up, I’ll do my very best. Also, my time zone requires me to stay up all night so I’ll have to go and buy some more coffee. Can’t wait.

  48. This will be my first readathon. I have a stack of library books that I am looking forward to working my way through πŸ™‚ I won’t be able to commit to the full 24 hours, but I think it will be a blast anyway!

  49. I don’t really know how exactly this works, but I’m excited! I’ll try and participate as much as I can but it’ll be tough because time zones are against me.

  50. Haven’t tried this before. I’m thinking I will work my way through a lot of samples that I’ve downloaded to my Kindle as a de facto reading list — jettisoning those I don’t want to continue and saving those I do want to continue. My updates will probably be simple one liners as to whether I’m keeping or jettisoning and why.

  51. I’ll be spending part of the day wrangling my kids while my husband represents at a memorial service for a distant “uncle.” If the kids cooperate, I should be able to either finish the weekly reading assignment for Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book or dig into something off my Kindle Reader. Will post a “firmer” plan for the rest of the day on my blog soon.

  52. Looking forward to my second readathon. Not quite as busy with uni work this time around so will hopefully be able to read more πŸ™‚

  53. The book on my nightstand, you ask?Ann-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies, which I’m already reading and enjoying, but the reason it’ll make excellent read-a-thon fare is that it’s a real page-turner and you don’t want to put it down, so even though it’s a really long book (over 800 pages) and the page count sounds impressive, it’s the kind of book that suits a longer reading period because it’s so engaging.

  54. Thank goodness for the blog I read on my email. I almost completely forgot about this!! Woot! can’t wait for this weekend and to see what books I can read from my mount TBR

  55. This is my first Readathon ever πŸ™‚
    I don’t know exactly what I’ll be reading. I’ll decide when the day comes. Can’t wait!

  56. I’m so excited about this! I’ve never been able to officially participate before, so I’m a little nervous too. I hope I make a lot of progress.

  57. I am going to be packing up my apartment for most of the day, but that means I can listen to audiobooks. I’ll be working on The Poisoner’s Handbook, by Deborah Blum. I hope I will have time to curl up and finish The Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng so that I’ll have it read before the Booker Prize announcement on Tuesday. πŸ™‚

  58. This sounds like so much fun. =) I’ll be doing it while reinstalling my Operating System, but hey! It will be a nice break from school!

  59. Jesus I can freaking believe it I amost missed it. AGAIN. Geez. I was actually thinking about it in the past days that I really need to check it out when it will be. Uh huh, thank god I saw it on a blog and also saw that I still have time πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ YES! Because seriously, I would have been super pissed if I would miss this!! Awwwww I’m so super excited!! <3 <3

  60. I have Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I would love to at least get a good start on it! (But first I have two other books I’m reading that I need to finish.)

  61. Also, I just realized what a retarded thing I wrote above. Everybody has to stay up all night… What I meant was, it starts in the early afternoon for me, so I’ll have been awake for a few hours already. *rolls eyes at herself for sheer stupidity*

    I’m super excited… I have Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein set aside for tomorrow, because it’s short. And maybe (even though not short at all) I’ll finally finish A Dance With Dragons. Only 400 pages to go.

  62. I’m gonna try my best to be able to join this time! And I’m going to try to finish three books I can finally have time to finish: City of Lost Souls, Tiger’s Curse as well as The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I doubt I’ll finish them all, but progress is progress! Maybe I can cross one of the list. πŸ˜€

  63. Never done this before and I don’t really get how this works, but I’m looking forward to it! πŸ™‚

  64. So excited it’s Read-a-thon time again! I hosted for quite a few late night hours last April and had a blast! This year I am excited to be along for the ride simply as a reader…really pushing myself to stick to reading as much as possible and maybe some review writing! This is my sixth Read-a-thon….ready to go! Happy Reading to All!!!

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

  65. This is my very first Read-a-Thon!;) First of all I’m going to read “A Year in Japan” – this book was waiting for its read for too long. Then – some others Japan-related book.

    Happy reading to all!

  66. This is my first time doing the Read-A-Thon. I have a bunch of books I’m wanting to read. I’m just hoping my eyes and hands hold up!

  67. This is my first Read-a-Thon! Woohoo! I’m hoping to finally get motivated to read “The Old Man and the Sea” (not like it’s long, really) and also “The Great Gatsby,” which I just picked up at the local library sale. And, well, as many more as possible, really…

  68. Just saw this on twitter and have 2 book club books to start and some YA books to finish. Thrilled to join this readathon. Ready…set…read!

  69. oops, forgot to mention titles:
    2 YA books to finish: Perks of Being a Wallflower and Drama
    2 book club books to start: Gone Girl and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  70. Thought I was going to have to give it a miss this year, but what the heck, I will read around what I need to do, plus plenty of time at the airport. πŸ™‚
    I love the Readathon and how flexible it can be! I will read 24 hours over the next 36. Bring it! πŸ™‚

  71. I’ve got a stack of Christmas books I’m going to tuck into. AH! I can’t wait. It is the perfect fall cold and rainy day in Scotland and I have the whole house cleaned and ready to go. I’m making the hubs go out for snacks. πŸ˜‰

  72. i’m going to read along but not sign up this time. last time i was so frustrated as i’d just get reading and there would be another interruption! i guess i just don’t get it, as usual:how can one read for 24 hours while simultaneously posting and monitoring? i’ll just read, thanks. πŸ™‚ finishing up black dahlia, possibly treat myself to the new helprin, but i do have several titles already before me on the kindle…

  73. I really hope that I’m not too late to join. =S I really hope I’m still able to be cheered on. If not oh well. I’ll still try to read along with everyone.

  74. AMEN! And welcome Heather! I am excited to be here and looking forward to holding my eyes open later lol. LOVE the picture you posted for the RAT, beautiful representation of what we do here! πŸ™‚

    Hello fellow readers! I’ll try to comment on a few blogs for moral support, please feel free to comment on mine as well! In those late hours, I rely on comments to keep me going!

    Much love <3

  75. Just saw this! Joining in today (after have to errands). Since I read late last night, that should count : )

  76. Finished George RR Martin’s A Feast for Crows, starting A Dance with Dragons, from my bed with a very large cup of coffee =)

  77. Cannot believe I only just stumbled across the readathon at 6pm London time and have only just got home to begin my time! Might have to make up some time!

  78. Hiya readers! Only just now discovered this event, via Twitter. Congratulations on trending worldwide.
    I am a Palestinian in Palestine, where the Read-A-Thon started at 2pm, so I’m 10 hours late! But I’m going to try & salvage as many reading hours as possible.
    I would like to say I’m VERY happy you allow audiobooks – that sold it to me! Because I can listen on the move. Cooking, cleaning, working, life.
    I’ll be ready well before time come April, looking forward to it.
    ~ Lulu

  79. I’ll have handed in my BIG GIANT paper earlier in the week, and cannot wait to do the fun kind of staying up all night and reading all the things!

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