Hello fellow bookworms, and welcome to the introductory / sign up post for the Read-India-Thon Readathon: A Readathon Dedicated to Reading Indian Books and Authors.
I know some of you have already seen the announcement on social media, here on Instagram or here on Facebook, and have expressed interest in joining in. And I cannot tell you how happy that makes me to have you guys read along with me, as we celebrate Indian Independence Week true bookworm style! Thank you, thank you so much! ❤️
For those who missed the announcements on social media and are curious, in this post I am sharing every thing that you might want to know about Read-India-Thon – right from the reason for the readathon, to the reading challenges, and also how you can sign up and participate in the readathon giveaway (+ the prize). So keep reading.. 🙂
READ-INDIA-THON – THE INDIAN READATHON
1. Read-India-Thon is a Readathon Dedicated to Reading Indian Books and Authors.
2. It will be hosted by me during Indian Independence Week (Aug 11th – 17th) to celebrate Indian Independence Day (Aug 15th) in True Bookworm Style by reading books on or about India or by Indian authors.
3. There will be simple challenges revolving around the main theme of the readathon (listed below), and there will be a giveaway for the ones who participate in the readathon challenges (details below), so long as you are signed up for the readathon (link to sign up at the end of this current post).
READ-INDIA-THON READING CHALLENGES
The Read-India-Thon Readathon has 3 Reading Challenges. But just so you know – they are NOT an all-or-nothing deal.
It’s totally up to you, how much or how little you want to do. You can choose to take on all 3 challenges, or simply do challenge # 1 by reading Indian books / authors.
I personally will be shooting for all 3, because I am ever the optimist. 🙂
With that being said, here are the 3 Reading Challenges for the Readathon –
1. Read A Book on or about India or by an Indian Author
This challenge I believe is self-explanatory. All you need to do is read at-least one book on or about India or by an Indian author.
I personally plan to read more, and will share my TBR for the readathon soon. But so long as you complete 1 book in the entire week, you can check off this challenge as complete.
Also, just to be clear, when I say a book on or about India, it doesn’t have to be a non-fiction about India. It could be a fiction set in India. Or even a fiction set outside of India, so long as it is by an Indian author.
The only requirement is that it is somehow connected to India / Indians.
2. Read An Indian Book Under 24 Hours
For this challenge you will have to read a book from start to finish under 24 hours. It can be the same book as the one you picked for Challenge 1 or a different one.
I am going to attempt this 24 hour challenge on Indian Independence Day – Aug 15th, but you can pick any day of the readathon from Aug 11th – 17th. So long as you read a complete book under 24 hours from the time you start – during the readathon week, you can check off this challenge as complete.
Again, when I say ‘read’, I don’t mean this quite literally. Audiobooks are totally cool, and in-fact might be the best way to conquer this challenge for some.
3. Read A Book With the Indian Tri-Color on the Cover
Okay, so a clarification here. The book does not need to have the Indian Flag on the cover. So long as there is some Saffron, White & Green on the cover, you can check off this challenge as complete.
Also, just to be clear, you can pick one book for all 3 challenges, so long as it fits. As in you can pick a book by an Indian author (challenge #1), that has the tri-color on the cover (challenge #3), and read that book under 24 hours (challenge #2), and check off all 3 challenges with a single book.
Or you can pick 3 different books for 3 challenges. Totally up to you.
That being said, I want to re-iterate that – It is NOT mandatory to do all 3 challenges to participate in the Readathon or the Giveaway. You could do 1, 2 or all 3.
READ-INDIA-THON GIVEAWAY – HOW TO ENTER + PRIZES
Important Note, before you read the details for the Giveaway:
This current post is where you will need to Sign Up for the Readathon.
There will be another post that will go up on the 1st Day of the Readathon, which will host the CHALLENGE / GIVEAWAY LINKY FOR READATHON WEEK, where you can submit your blog/social media entries for the challenges and giveaway.
THE ACTUAL GIVEAWAY POST will have all the details I am sharing below. The only reason I am even sharing these details here is to give you a heads up in case you want to plan your reading accordingly.
So now that that’s out of the way, let me start by telling you the one thing most of you will be interested in..
HOW (AND WHEN) TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
1. Like I mentioned above, I will put up a GIVEAWAY POST, here on the blog, on Aug 11th – the first day of the Readathon, that will host the GIVEAWAY LINKY, through which you can submit your blog or social media links, as and when you have a valid entry (find details about what qualifies as a valid entry below).
2. The GIVEAWAY LINKY will stay open all through READATHON WEEK, from Aug 11th – 17th, and just so you know – one person will be able to submit multiple entries, so long as they are unique entries.
3. The GIVEAWAY WINNER will be announced on Aug 20th, 2019.
WHAT QUALIFIES AS A VALID ENTRY
1. Every completed challenge will qualify as one entry. Even if you have just read 1 book that qualifies for all 3 challenges, it will be counted as 3 entries, so long as you complete the requirements of the challenge.
2. If you do indeed complete all 3 challenges – whether by reading 1 book or 3, or even more – you will get 3 bonus entries.
For instance, if you complete all 3 challenges, you will get 1 entry per challenge, so 3 entries. Plus 3 bonus entries.
3. If you read and complete more than 1 book during readathon week, that fits the theme of the readathon (indian books or indian authors), for every additional completed book – you will get 3 bonus entries.
So to continue with the example given above, if you complete all 3 challenges, you will get 3 entries – 1 for each challenge, plus 3 bonus entries – for getting to all 3, so 6 total entries. That is if you do all of this reading just 1 book for all 3 challenges.
In case you read 3 books for 3 challenges, you will get 3 entries for the challenges, plus 3 bonus entries for completing all 3 challenges, which means you have 6 entries so far.
And then you’ll get 3 bonus entries per additional book you read. In this case / example you read 2 additional books, so 2*3=6 bonus entries. In addition to the 6 entries you had. So 6+6=12 entries.
Which you’ll agree will give you incredible odds of winning the Giveaway, and getting the book of your choice. 🙂
That’s all from my end for now. I’ll be sharing my Readathon TBR with you guys on Friday, that is in 2 days from now, which will be 2 days before the readathon starts. But I’d love to hear from you guys. Will you be participating in the readathon? Do you have books already picked out?
I know most of you will be participating in challenge 1 by reading a book on or about India. But I’d love to know if you have books picked out for challenge #2 and #3 as well.
I personally do have 3 separate books for these 3 challenges (and some more), and I’ll share them all with you this coming Friday.
Until then, happy reading! Oh and also happy picking-out-books-for-the-readathon! 🙂
YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR THE READATHON HERE!