Like I chose to do last year, I’ve divided my reading challenge wrap up in half to make it less tedious on our readers. For this half of the wrap up, I’ll share results for the shorter challenges and readathons I participated in. They are fun reading sprints that are good ways to socialize with other readers while accomplishing a short term goal that many find more doable than a long-term commitment.
Thank you to all the hosts who put these mini-challenges and readathons together in which the work of set up, promotion, and maintenance can be as time consuming and complicated as for the longer challenges.
Like with the longer challenges, all of these allow for the challenger to use the book read for more than one challenge. I take full advantage of this and there were times when a book met the criteria for at least three challenges at once.
I’ve tried to list according to chronological order where I could.
COYER Winter Back to Basics hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading Dec 1- Mar 2019
This one is a focus on electronic books that are less than two dollars or less than five dollars for audio. It began Dec 2018 and ended the first week of March.
Goal: 60 books
O.W.L.s Readathon hosted by Book Roast Booktuber for April
This is a Harry Potter themed readathon hosted by Book Roast. I chose Hogwart’s Professor level and had to make a reading list to match prompts named after each Hogwarts class and a specific topic.
Goal: 8 books to become a Hogwarts Professor and an additional 4 if I wanted to go on for my NEWTs
Completed: I managed to finish all twelve by the last day of April.
Can You Read a Series in a Month hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading for April and November
The focus is on finishing up series backlist books with the minimum a series with three novel-length books left.
April Goal: last three books in the White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland
Completed: all three
November Goal: three remaining books in the Children of the Sea series by Virginia Kantra
Completed: all three
Romanceopoly-athon hosted by Fran, Suz, and Annie @ Under the Covers and Jess @ Peace Love Books for April 8-14th and November 3-10th
This is part of the overall Romance-opoly challenge and was a weeklong reading sprint in April and later in November for challengers to catch up if behind or leap ahead toward their overall challenge goal by skip rolling to land on open board spaces and instead read books for any of the open spaces so long as they corresponded to a list of prompts. There was a related Instagram Challenge which I happily participated in each day.
April Goal: 5 books
Completed: 6 and matched all eight prompts
November Goal: No specific number
Completed: 2 books
COYER Summer Treasure Hunt hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading
June 1 thru Aug 31
Summer is a relaxed COYER challenge in which any format and any price including borrowed books count. Instead the focus is on reading specific formats at specific times during mini RATs and on matching books to a list of prompts. It was all done with a Pirate adventure and treasure map theme. There was a correlating Instagram Challenge for August that I didn’t participate in.
Goal: Finish the map (63 spaces) by reading according to the Scavenger Hunt prompts, participate in all the RATs, and visit a few fellow challengers each week.
Completed: Went around the map twice and read 64 books, participated in 4 of 5 RATs, and did some visiting.
Fraterfest hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviews Oct 10- 15th
This is a spooky themed readathon with an Instagram Challenge and activities on a few other blogs as well.
Goal: 3 books
Completed: 4, each day of Instagram Challenge, and participated in both additional blogger games.
HoHoHoRAT hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviews for Nov 8-17th
Simply put, read anything with a winter or winter holiday element. Also, there was an Instagram Challenge and Blog Elf games and activities.
Goal: 5 books
Completed: 7 books, 3 blogger activities and all the Instagram Challenge Prompts
Yuletide Bingo hosted by Fran and Suz @ Under the Covers and Ang @ PNR Lover Reviews for Nov 27- Dec 1st
The theme is holiday related activities and reading to match a nine-square Bingo board. One could use the same book to complete more than one square and there was a free space.
Goal: Get all nine spaces with three different books
Completed: five spaces and two books
It was a fun year of mini-challenges and readathons and again, I thank those who hosted and did all the work.
What about you? Did you participate in any readathons? Plan to do any in 2020?
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