For those of you who have participated in the past, I will be implementing a few of the changes you asked for, such as adding a Twitter chat, so thanks for your feedback! Here are all the details...
It was just brought to my attention that the linky isn't allowing the Goodreads group to be used multiple times, obviously. I didn't think about that. If you are participating using this group versus a blog or FB or another platform, just put "Goodreads Group" in the URL box, then your name, and your email. That will let me know how you're participating so I can find you (I visit everyone who participates at least once) and have your email in case I need to reach you.
The same goes if you're going to participate by commenting on my updates and posts on my blog. Just put "Via Comments" then your name and email and it will get you signed up.
If you're having problems with the linky on my page then use this link: http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=541705.
Let me know if you have any questions.
The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon begins Monday, September 14th and ends Sunday, September 27th, with a wrap-up (including giveaway winners) on September 28th. You do not have to be a blogger to sign up. Just use your Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Tumblr, or leave a comment stating that you'll just post updates on my blog commenting on my updates instead (just pick a place you're going to post updates on). For the linky, you need to leave a link (so if you're going to post on my blog, then leave the link to my blog, but your email so that I have a way to reach you).
When the read-a-thon officially begins, you all will have a chance to add a sign-up/goals post (or leave it in comments in response to mine when that goes up on September 14th).
What can you read as part of the read-a-thon? Anything. It can be an audiobook, ebook, physical book, published, ARC, etc. There are no restrictions. The idea is to lower our TBR piles and any way you want to do that is just fine by me.
Please sign up by using the linky at the end of the this post (even if you're only going to be participating via commenting). You MUST be signed up in the linky to enter any related giveaways and participate in the challenges. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO POST A SIGN-UP POST (with or without goals, we will be posting goals too, but that isn't required as a separate post) AND A WRAP-UP POST (at the end of the read-a-thon) TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GIVEAWAYS HOSTED HERE. Everything else and how you participate is up to you.
YOU CAN SIGN UP THROUGH SEPTEMBER 23RD.
You're welcome to participate as much or as little as you'd like. The read-a-thon is to encourage us all to read so that we can tackle those tbr piles, not to cause extra stress. ;) You will see requests for updates, but there are no requirements that you leave an update every day. Daily updates are great, though, to help us all stay motivated and cheer each other on. If you do want to post a daily update, here is a simple template (omit or add things as you like):
Day of the week/Date
What I read today:
Today's finished books:
Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
We will be using hashtag #TackleTBR on Twitter for updates and tweets. I'd love for you to include me in your tweets too @TresSherm. This is also a great way to find others participating and give some encouragement.
There will be a couple of giveaways that I will host for all read-a-thon participants and those details will be coming, as will the schedule, which I'm just leaving mostly blank for now.
This is the schedule for the read-a-thon, including challenges and giveaways (will be added to as we get closer):
Alethea Kontis, Katherine Reay, Bette Lee Crosby, Jordan McCollum, Melissa McShane, Jessica Leake, and Lisa Wingate will all be stopping by so far!
9/14: Kick-off with giveaways. Giveaways will include:
- $15 Amazon gift card (INT)
- Book of winner's choice from their TBR (INT)
9/16: Random Page Challenge @ My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
9/17: Melissa McShane Comfort Read Share & Giveaway
9/18: Spine Sentences Challenge @ Mama Vicky Says
9/19: Jordan McCollum Spy Challenge & Giveaway
9/20: Alethea Kontis Giveaway
9/21: Mid-Point Check-in & Twitter Chat
& Lisa Wingate Interview & Giveaway
9/22: Jessica Leake Giveaway
9/23: Jemima Pett Season Challenge & Giveaway
9/24: Scavenger Hunt @ Princessica of Books
9/25: Challenge @ Singing Librarian Books
9/26: Bette Lee Crosby Giveaway
9/27: Read-a-thon Ends
If you’re participating in the read-a-thon and would love to host a challenge, this is what you need to know:
There aren't a lot of requirements to host a challenge, but here they are:
- You must have a blog to post on so that everyone has access to your post and can participate.
- Posts need to be up by 6 am wherever you live on the day of your post.
- Your challenge can be as easy (asking a question and the participant leaving a comment or linking a post on their blog, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) or as difficult as you like. Just be sure it’s something participants can do if they don’t have a blog and that it isn't too time consuming since the goal is to spend as much time reading.
- Challenges should include a giveaway. It can be something as small as a bookmark, a $5 gift card, or a book you have that can be shipped to the winner, or a larger prize, such as a new book or $20 gift card (you'll need to include details, such as for US entrants or open internationally, etc.).
- Your blog needs to be family friendly.
AUTHOR GUEST POSTS
Authors! The read-a-thon isn't limited to just readers. Join in the fun with a guest post/excerpt/interview & giveaway. This can be great exposure for you! You don't have to be participating as a reader to post a challenge or giveaway. There is a requirement that your book not be erotica or contain very mature content or have a cover that isn't family friendly (general adult romance is fine) as this is a family-friendly blog (if you're not sure, or your book is borderline, then just ask - I just don't want steamy covers, erotica, or a lot of heavy swearing).
WHAT YOU DO NOW...
Sign up using the linky below and add the read-a-thon to your calendar! I'd also love it if you would spread the word by posting the read-a-thon button on your sidebar with a link back to this post and/or sharing on social media (remember to use #TackleTBR). Feel free to comment or email with questions. Then on September 14th come back here looking for some fun giveaways and challenges, and be prepared to link up your sign-up/goals post.
I also do have one question for you... If you'd like to participate in a Twitter chat, what time works best for you in Eastern Time? I'll try to pick a time that works best for everyone.
WE HAVE A GOODREADS GROUP!!! If you're on Goodreads and are already one of my friends, then I sent you an invite. If you aren't a friend, you can still join since this is a public group at this point. The group can be found here.
See you soon!