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Thanksgiving Readathon

Lately I’ve been researching readathons, and there are an overwhelming number of them out there in the blogosphere! I considered doing the Tome Topple this month, but I just didn’t have enough time to prepare for it and didn’t feel like taking on that kind of a challenge during Thanksgiving week.

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a laid-back readathon by accident today that comes at a PERFECT time to wrap up my November TBR. The Thanksgiving Readathon, hosted by Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction and Jackie @ Death At Tsundoku, is a five day readathon with the goal of reading as many books as you can.


Here are the rules:

Dates: Wednesday, November 22nd – Sunday, November 26th 2017

To take part in the Readathon:

  • Read as many books as you can in those 5 days.
  • Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress on Twitter and other social media sites.
  • Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday, November 20th and Wednesday, November 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals. Bonus: Share your families holiday traditions if you’d like.
  • Publish a Wrap-Up Post on Monday, November 27th sharing your readathon victories. Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year.

Check out the original sign-up post here or here to add your own sign up link or get more information on the #ThanksgivingReadathon!


At the beginning of November I had a goal to read my Book of the Month selection, Future Home of the Living God, as well as all seven books from The Chronicles of Narnia series. I started off great, but now I still have four and half Narnia books left to go. It’s unlikely I’ll finish ALL of them during this readathon, but here is my TBR just in case I surprise myself!

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What are some readathons that you’ve done or try to do each year? Any tips or tricks for staying on track with your reading? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!
-Elizabeth

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22 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Readathon

  1. I do find readathons hard because of how much life loves to keep me busy with other things, but I love how the idea of it and had the chance to do one that just lasted a whole day (and a Sunday) and made me realize how awesome it is to JUST read. 😀 Hope you enjoy the books you’re reading part of this wonderful readathon. 😉

    1. Thank you 😊 I know that a Thanksgiving day on Thursday will leave basically no time for reading, especially since I’ll be cooking dinner, but I’m hoping I can push myself to read a little more than usual the other four days. We’ll see!

  2. Intriguing TBR list! I never read the Narnia books growing up, and I’ve never thought about going back to them now as an adult. Do you feel so far that it’s worth it to read them regardless of age? It’s great to have you on board for the readathon! I’ll be keeping up with your progress 🙂

    1. I do feel like they’re worth a read, even now. This is actually a first read-through for me for all of the books except The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (which is the one I would recommend starting with if you ever decide to read them). I think it’s the best introduction to Narnia. They read sort of like a fairy tale and they’re all around 200 pages, with illustrations, so pretty quick reads!

      1. I just felt like she could have done so much more with the story but there weren’t enough details for me! It was still ok, just kind of disappointing. I’m going to try out the Round House and if I don’t like it then I’ll accept that the author just isn’t for me.

  3. What an ambitious goal for your November TBR! I’m glad that you’re joining up the Thanksgiving Readathon– hopefully, this will help you make a larger dent in reading your Narina books. I’ve never read them all, myself. I’ve only read The Lion, The Witch, and the Waredrobe. But I read it as an adult. I feel like I should work on reading through these books now! You’ve inspired me.

    As far as other readathons are concerned, I like to start my year participating in Bout of Books. This is a fairly low key readathon which I find is an inspiring way to start my new year. It’s nice to start on a high note!

    1. I hope you enjoy them! I’m having fun reading through them all and they really are pretty quick reads. I read one almost entirely when my kids were napping one day. 🙂

      I’ll have to check out Bout of Books! I’ve never heard of that one.

      1. Bout of Books is done three times a year– typically January, May and August. You can find all the details ,a href=”http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/” on their website. Check it out! It’s a great way to start the new year. 😀

  4. i did a two week readathon back in september that was just two weeks of reading as many pages from your ‘to be read’ list as possible. i didn’t do that well, i feel like i have read way more this month for whatever reason. lol planets aligned or something! it was a fun challenge though.

    how are you liking the narnia books?! i read the first one with my daughter and we really enjoyed it!

    1. I don’t know if I’d do well with a two week readathon either! It’s long enough to make me lose focus and stop trying to read every free second. I’ve also read a lot this month! It’s strange but I’ll take it lol.

      The Narnia books are all really good! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is probably the best so far but Prince Caspian was close behind it.

      1. that’s exactly what happened! the first week i was all about it. by the second week i was feeling guilty letting other mom duties go undone because i was trying to read so much. lol

        maybe we’ll continue on with the series! my daughter really liked all the creatures and the story. and she liked picking out what was different and what was the same between the book and movie.

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