Book blogger hop: challenges and readathons


This week, I’m once again joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…


Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges?

The answer is I do – well, at least for the reading challenges part and I did – for the readathon part.  I stopped the latter because I found something would always come up after I had said I would participate and then I either wouldn’t get any reading done at all or the amount I would do would be pitiful and I’d be almost embarrassed posting updates at the end.Saying that, now that I am about to make my big life change (only six weeks to go before I am self-employed!), my participation in readathons might change because I will be more in control of my time.  I have always wanted to do the Dewey 24 hour readathon for example and this next time (October) might be my chance.

I doubt I’ll take part in more reading challenges.  This year I did three – Classic Club (a rollover from the previous years, which I am woefully behind on), the Cloak and Dagger Challenge (which I’m pretty much on target for, mainly because it is books I would read anyway…and no, it’s not cheating!), and the Discussion Challenge (which is back on track after a fairly pitiful start).

I also set myself some personal reading challenges, which I don’t know if they count for this answer, but were to help me read out of my comfort zone or stick to promises about reading new to me authors from last year.  I did an update post on all my challenges (bar the Classic Club because I am – again – embarrassed by my progress) and you can find that here.

And that’s it for my answer.  What about you – do you take part in readathons and challenges and which ones?  If not, why not?  Enquiring minds (well my mind) wants to know.

Emma x








  1. I have tried to do a readathon or two, but always wimp out after just a few hours. The events usually allow for rest times…but I am usually too tired by ten or eleven hours.

    I used to do a lot of challenges…now I just do the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, which has motivated me to read more of the books I’ve purchased.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. I will be amazed if I make ten hours – good going! I tried a lot of challenges but few have stuck as I forget about them…how bad is that?

  2. I am like you when it comes to readathons, I always sign up and something goes wrong…lol. I still keep trying and I am going to try Bout of Books 20 starting on Aug. 21st. 🙂 I am kind of a challenge bug though I think next year I am cutting down on my challenges. 🙂 Maybe just doing the ones I host.

    1. I did one bout of books and failed miserably. I love your cloak and dagger challenge- my favourite!

  3. So… a readathon is where you read for X amount hours straight?! I can’t do that, my kids are too young!

    Goodreads is the only one I do. I did try with Classics Club, but I had some things come up and fell out of it. I’ll never catch up at this point. ^^; I’ve debated on starting from scratch again, but it was a lot of work to put together the first time and I’ve changed my mind about some of the books in my *current* one. Sooo idk. Maybe?

    (Also, your link on the linkup just takes me to’s login page. I came here via google.)

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the link…weird. I couldn’t have done a 24 hour readathon when my daughter was younger but now she might read with me!

  4. That is one of my goals next year, a readathon. I’m thinking of trying the 24 in 48 next January.
    Is there a twitter link or web site for Dewey 24 hour readathon? I’d love to learn more about it.
    Congrats on your soon to be self-employment!

    1. The Dewey readathon comes up on google but I couldn’t see a sign up page. We could cheer each other on!

      1. I found the date for it. My hubby turns 50 that week, so we have a trip planned 🙁
        Maybe next time. In the mean time I’m still planning on the 24 in 48 in January.

        1. Much better use of your time!

  5. Self-employed, yay! Welcome to the club 🙂 you’d be surprised about the time management. It seems to run away from you still. I hope it doesn’t happen to you!

    I do like readathons myself too, but I don’t know if I could do the 24 hour one… it seems my mind just starts wandering after a few hours of reading and I just can’t get more done. I can’t say I’ve ever reached amazing results in readathons! Which is too bad, of course :/

    1. I hope I find more time. Though just not having someone tell me what I have to do will be nice! I think I have failed most readathons but people seem to have fun on these 24 hour ones…or maybe they are just sleep deprived 😴

      1. Yeah, that’s the best part 🙂 what are you going to do BTW, what area will you work in?
        I don’t know how people do the 24 hours ones, that is just completely impossible for me, that’s how I feel 😆

        1. I am going to do project management and tender writing, which is what I do now but whilst retraining as a proofreader / editor, then I’ll hopefully move into that. Scary but exciting!

          1. Ooh, interesting 🙂 I work in marketing myself, there’s some project management and proofreading in that too 😀

          2. Yes, the proofing comes into my job and so I am hoping I enjoy it if I do it more. It would be nice to move away from what I do now eventually- after 12 years I need a change!

      2. Wow, yes! Definitely a good idea after so long 🙂

  6. I don’t usually do too many challenges but this year I did three, and Cloak and Dagger was one of them (and is about the only one going well lol). Readathons I’ve done a few, but I’ve had that problem too- I sign up for one and them something naturally comes up that week. I like doing some of the spookier themed ones in October sometimes.

    1. A Halloween one last year was one of my favourites as I love spooky books but like you I have things come up too often. Cloak and Dagger has been a great one for me this year!

  7. I love the idea of Readathons, but am wary of signing up as I lead a rather unpredictable life. I frequently plan to do things, only to have a grandchild popping up to look after…

    1. That’s where I have been falling down – life really gets in the way!

      1. I can imagine!

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  9. Oh I forgot about Classic Club! I’m so behind I’m not sure I want to think about it!

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