First and foremost, the number one rule with the readathon is:
Baby you can do whatever you like.
Truly, if this gets your owned TBR down, assume you can do it. Skip a prompt, read a library book, decide to interpret a prompt however you want to. You are working on your own library, and how you do that is your choice.
I am emphasizing again: DO WHATEVER YOU LIKE. Interpret it how you want, read what you want, if you think it “counts”, it does.
(…plz stop asking me if certain books count…)
The readathon is intentionally not very complicated, and most of the information is available through the FAQ, previous twitter threads, the site or discord. Don’t overthink it! No really, don’t overthink it.
PLEASE NOTE: The mini readathon is in a bingo format, with two story updates related to the prompts posted on scheduled dates. The mini readathon only lasts for the month of June. The guidelines around prompts etc. that is answered here still applies, it is simply the formatting and scheduling that is different!
How does this readathon even work? How do I find out?
Your best bet is to look through last year’s thread. The format of this readathon is three prompts are posted every week with their corresponding story parts. 2022 is different in that we are doing three updates the last week of the year. Otherwise, 3 story parts per week, as usual.
How do I sign up? Am I too late?
As this is not a competition, you can join by simply starting. You can tell us on twitter or join discord, or do none of those things and do it on your own time. Some people even do the prompts a full year later. It’s entirely up to you, there are no bonus points or awards for participating and telling us about it.
But wait, where are all the prompts?
The “mystery prompts” and “boss battles (mini or otherwise)” are not announced until their corresponding week. However, they are related to your character cards. They are optional, like all prompts. Additionally, they ARE posted in the order the story goes, if you’re a stickler for following order.
Can I make my own strengths/weaknesses/weapons?
You can, but Narrator will bully you about it and they won’t be relevant when the boss battles come up.
When does this happen?
Why is it taking so long for (posting/responses/so on)?
This readathon is run by two individuals in two different time zones. We both work full time, as well as run this event. Please be patient with us!
Can I combine (or double up )Prompts?
Yes! I don’t expect you to have 24 books to fit all of the prompts, and if you do, great, and if not, also okay!
Do I have to do “xyz”? Do I have to follow the schedule/do it in an order/etc?
Nope! This is very much a choose your own adventure with the prompts. If you don’t feel a prompt applies to anything you have or you don’t want to do it, then don’t.
Does this prompt mean *insert very specific meaning here*?
You can interpret the prompts however you feel necessary. For example, with the oldest book by publication date, I am using the publication for that specific edition. Or, if it’s “read a book with water elements”, you could even say that if a character cries- that’s a water element. It counts.
Do we have to make TBR?
Nope! No set TBR required, and if you do make one, you don’t have to follow it later on. This falls heavily under the “do whatever you want” part of this.
Do audiobooks/ebooks/library books count or is it only purchased physical books?
All books, if you already own it, it counts.
I don’t understand what teams are?
Me either, friend. Just kidding, it came out of people teaming up automatically with their weapon choices. They’re just a fun group thing and don’t really count or matter for anything.
How long does this last?
9 weeks for the main readathons, 1 month for the mini readathons.
Wait, I’m still lost!
You’re welcome to ask the Narrator on Twitter, or reach out on discord! I don’t promise that the Narrator is going to be nice, especially if your questions can be answered by doing a little more research on your end. But others participating in the readathon are very helpful!