Make #timetoread on National Readathon Day! (U.S.)

Posted by Ami on January 20, 2015
Grab your latest book and charge your ereaders, bibliophiles. It's time for the first-ever National Readathon Day. On Saturday, January 24, join readers across America to make #timetoread for four hours in solidarity for literacy. (Of course, if you live outside the U.S. and want to make #timetoread, too, please join in!)

National Readathon Day, sponsored by Goodreads, the National Book Foundation, Penguin Random House, and Mashable, is a nationwide marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24th from noon-4 p.m. (in respective time zones) and a fundraiser for The National Book Foundation’s literacy programs.

Get involved on Goodreads by pledging to read any book you’d like. Visit our Readathon Challenge to share your selection with the rest of the Goodreads community. We‘ll add the book you choose to your “to-read” shelf (if it's not already there) and also add it to a special readathon-day-2015 shelf, where you can see everyone's Readathon picks site-wide!

Maybe you’re in the middle of something so good, you want four hours to finish it. Or perhaps there’s a novel that’s been on your to-read shelf for weeks that you’ve just been waiting for an excuse to start. If you need some suggestions, we’ve also shared our list of the best books of January.

If you’d like to get involved offline, check here for a list of “reading party” events. These events will be held at libraries, bookstores, and schools across the country and have been created so the community can come together to share their love of books!

Where will you be making #timetoread this Saturday? Share it with us in the comments below!

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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne Salonga Will be reading the Never Never of Colleen Hoover, Stinger and Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan. #timetoread

message 2: by Arjun (new)

Arjun Randhawa I am going to read Thirteen Reasons Why at home in New Delhi, India. #timetoread

message 3: by Santosh (new)

Santosh Kumar I have not yet , decided but looking for the best must read book suggestions , suggestions are welcome :)

message 4: by Clare (new)

Clare I'm not sure if I'll have four hours spare, but I'll definitely do some reading! :-)

message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Nuñez I'll be catching up on two current books: Revenge of the Witch and The Goddess is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch after work! #timetoread

message 6: by Ali (new)

Ali Akbar I'm not sure if I will be able to dedicate 4 hrs continously But will kick off for The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind. #timetoread

message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports) yes :-)

message 9: by Simone (new)

Simone I work during those hours, but I'll read a different four hours that day. I'll start The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. #timetoread

message 10: by Maggie (new)

Maggie I'll either be reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater or Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

message 11: by Debs (new)

Debs I'll be reading VC Andrews' Celia's crossing

message 12: by Kayla (last edited Jan 20, 2015 07:32AM) (new)

Kayla Nett I'll be reading All Rivers Flow To The Sea by Allison McGhee. It's a short enough read that I should be able to finish it easily within the span of four hours and perhaps start something else. Maybe I'll reread Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, which is always a favorite.

message 13: by Ashley Marie (new)

Ashley Marie Will most likely be reading Nefertiti's Heart and perhaps In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin between home and working at the local library bookstore :)

message 14: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey I'll be reading Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

message 15: by C. (new)

C. Maria I will read 1984 by George Orwell and perhaps Casual Vacancy J. K. Rowling #timetoread

message 16: by cryptid (new)

cryptid Does my birthday fall on National Readathon Day? Yes, yes it does. I'll be power-reading Unravel because I haven't been putting enough time aside to read it. #timetoread

message 17: by Ginnette (new)

Ginnette Chong Hing Estaré leyendo la trilogía del Jinete de Bronce de Paullina Simmons

message 18: by Wonderperson89 (new)

Wonderperson89 I note this is American. Not good for Aamzons datamining of readers data ambitions. I might join in but does it help Amazons ambitions to have this US based?

message 19: by Isa (last edited Jan 20, 2015 08:20AM) (new)

Isa I'll read Since you've been gone by Morgan Matson in my home in Mexico

message 20: by Susan (new)

Susan Davis I'll be reading Fifteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries, #1) by Jen Estes Fifteen!

message 22: by Karen (last edited Jan 20, 2015 08:48AM) (new)

Karen I'll be reading anyway - not sure what I'll be reading, but it will be counting towards my yearly target :)


message 23: by Simran (new)

Simran I'll be reading Crewel! Crewel (Crewel World, #1) by Gennifer Albin

message 24: by Aneela (new)

Aneela Not sure if I'll be reading for four hours, but I'll be continuing my reading of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and The Uninvited, by Cat Winters. #timetoread

message 25: by Angela (new)

Angela Smith Will be reading "Burned" By Karen Marie Moning. Been waiting for the next installment in the series! :D

message 26: by Rachel Anne (new)

Rachel Anne I'll be reading Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep #timetoread

message 27: by v. (new)

v. I'll be reading Diarios amorosos (Libros del Tiempo) by Anaïs Nin , finally!!!

message 28: by lethe (new)

lethe "National" referring to the USA, I presume. Doesn't concern me.

message 29: by g. (new)

g. I'll be reading Scarlet by Marissa Meyer all the way down in southern Brazil! :)

message 30: by Célia (new)

Célia Dias I'll be reading Heir of Fire Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas from Sarah J. Maas.

message 31: by Gail (new)

Gail Yes, why is it national and not international, since Goodreads is an international site? Seems a shame to exclude everyone not in the US.

message 32: by Krestan (new)

Krestan I'll be continuing City of Gods by Paulo Lins !

message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm going to be reading The Ruins by Scott Smith! Should be an exciting weekend!

message 34: by Molly (new)

Molly I'll be finishing The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

message 35: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Although this is restricted to the US I'll still be reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour .

message 36: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Gail wrote: "Yes, why is it national and not international, since Goodreads is an international site? Seems a shame to exclude everyone not in the US."

Yes, I agree. it sucks.

message 37: by Rissy (new)

Rissy I am buying more books this weekend. I hope that I will be able to read. I am on my last new book from Christmas.

message 39: by Lenka (new)

Lenka It - this is what I'll be reading :)

message 40: by Emma (new)

Emma I'll be reading Interview with the vampire on saturday. #timetoread

message 41: by Pam (new)

Pam I'll be continuing The Dream Thieves and Throne of Glass at home #timetoread

message 42: by Gina (new)

Gina I'll continue reading Emma #TimeToRead

message 43: by Jen (last edited Jan 20, 2015 12:35PM) (new)

Jen I'll be working on Jewel by Bret Lott! #booknerd #timetoread

message 44: by Suvi (new)

Suvi _lethe_ wrote: ""National" referring to the USA, I presume. Doesn't concern me."

Gail wrote: "Yes, why is it national and not international, since Goodreads is an international site? Seems a shame to exclude everyone not in the US."

Just because it says 'national' and The National Book Foundation is American, doesn't mean that non-Americans are forbidden to participate :)

I'll be reading a Finnish biography (Madame: Minna Craucherin levoton elämä) here in Finland, and it'll begin my biography challenge.

Valerie (Howler_Puff) I will try to get a four hour block in! I will be reading Silent Orchids (The Age of Alandria Book 1) or Veiled Shadows (The Age of Alandria Book 2) by Morgan Wyile. #timetoread

message 46: by Caron (new)

Caron I'll be reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz at home #timetoread

message 47: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Olsen I'll be continuing to read (seriously the volume I have is like 8000 pages) The Complete Works of Virginia Woolf

message 48: by Denia (new)

Denia  Books & Baubles Reading Perfected right now, and it's kind of boring but the story in here is kind of interesting

message 49: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin I can't read for 4 hours between noon and 4. I have to work; but I'll try to give 2 hours. I will be reading Candle Flame by Paul doherty

message 50: by Gail (new)

Gail Suvi wrote: "Just because it says 'national' and The National Book Foundation is American, doesn't mean that non-Americans are forbidden to participate :)"

Very true - although 'international' would feel a bit more inclusive! But stilll, it's not an international thing, and of course there is nothing wrong with an American project like this, which focuses on and raises money for American literacy, as it does, and we can of course all join in.

It's more the fact that Goodreads is an international site, so it is meaningless to address all members, talking about 'national' and 'nationwide', as if this is the same for everyone - 'national' does not mean 'American' unless you are American! This article could perhaps mention that 'national' refers to the US, and talk about it taking place throughout the US, rather than 'nationwide'.

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