Basically this event is an excuse to do what we’ve all secretly wanted to do and completely blow off the world for a day and just read. Last year I stayed up for all 24 hours and it was fantastic. Recommendations for having a good time include: periodic breaks to get snacks and stretch, some short books, and participation in mini-challenges and twitter chats. Sign-ups are here.
Lolita Read-Along – April and May
I love pairing fiction with non-fiction and I also like to read classics, so I’m very excited about this read-along being hosted by Rebecca from Love At First Book and Allison at The Book Wheel. The Lolita read-along started at the beginning of April but it’s such a short book, it would be easy to catch up. The Reading Lolita in Tehran read-along takes place in May, so there’s plenty of time to get your copy! You can hop in with the first Lolita discussion here.
A Tale of Two Cities Read-Along – April 21st to May 19th
I’m going to be picking up my copy of A Tale of Two Cities tomorrow and am excited to get started on another great classics read-along. The only Dickens I’ve read is A Christmas Carol which I enjoyed and Great Expectations which wasn’t really my thing, so I’m interested to see how I feel about this one. Sign-ups are here.
Bout of Books Read-a-Thon – May 12th – May 18th
Bout of Books is another great read-a-thon, a bit less intense than Dewey’s since it lasts for a week. It involves a bunch of great social activities and challenges. I usually use it as a way to focus on reading for a week, cutting out most TV and gaming. They’re currently looking for challenge hosts here.
As you might guess, Armchair BEA is BEA for those of us who don’t plan on physically going to the conference. The online version includes daily discussions, twitter chats, giveaways, and a new instagram challenge. Sign-ups are here.