2017 Great Read-a-Thon!

Hi, kids. Welcome to this year’s installment of The Great Read-a-Thon! This is a reading competition where adult ass men and women battle with each other to see who can read the most books in a single calendar year for guts, glory, and bragging rights.

Last year, we opened up the 2016 Great Read-a-Thon to several people (22 counts as several, right?) and we had great results - many people read more than they thought they would (and some even wrote about it!), egged on by their competitive spirit! Ultimately, that’s the goal, right? We wanted to do that again, but this time, we have a form to fill out that will make managing all the participants a bit easier.

Using the form is simple. Select your name from the name multiple choice menu (or enter in your name if it’s your first book and you’re registering to compete) and input the following information:
  • Book Title
  • Book Author
  • Date Finished
  • OPTIONAL: Rate the book you read on a 1 to 5 scale.

Then, click submit. The information is sent to us and we’ll update the sheet for the month. This makes it much easier for us to track and it also gives us a chance to give you, the readers, a little bit of book data at the end of the year. Who doesn’t love some statistics and a possible colored chart?

In any competition, we need a few ground rules. Here’s what’s up for 2017:
1. The entire book must be read. That means no individual chapters, no partial plays, no individual short stories, and definitely no academic papers. We would like the focus to be on reading this year, so we will also not be counting graphic novels or comic books.

2. Young adult fiction counts, but children’s books do not. If it’s aimed for people over 12 and it’s more than 150 pages, you’re good.

3. You can re-read books, but you can’t have read that book in the last 5 years.

4. All participants must have indicated their interest by January 15th, 2017.

5. All participants should fill out the form by the 5th of the following month for each individual book read. This means all your January books need to be entered in the form by February 5th so we can update the blog page.

6. To sign up, you just need to log your first book on the form by February 5th, 2017. Once you have one book recorded, we’ll add you to the tally section on this page and update the form with your name so you can select it!

Annndddd. . .that’s it! Have fun, read voraciously, and may the odds be ever in your favor. But mostly in our favor because we’re writing this.

Ariana and Kristen

2017 Great Read-a-Thon Participants and Tallies (Last Updated 4/30/17)

Book TitleAuthor NameDate FinishedOptional: Rate Your Read
Travels with CharleyJohn Steinbeck1/9/20172
SpudJohn van de Ruit1/11/20174
Stranger in a Strange LandRobert Heinlein1/19/20174
North RiverPete Hamill1/30/20174
CrescentDiana Abu-Jaber2/11/20174
The Dirty LifeKristin Kimball2/18/20175
The Boy Who Harnessed the WindWilliam Kamkwamba2/27/20173
The Year of PleasuresElizabeth Berg3/4/20174
Ali and NinoKurban Said3/12/20174
ChicanoRichard Vasquez3/31/20173
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoJunot Diaz4/21/20173

Book TitleAuthor NameDate FinishedOptional: Rate Your Read
The Secret Life of BeesSue Monk Kidd1/1/20173
Wild MamaCarrie Visintainer1/2/20175
The Man With the Big Red BalloonGarrett Baldwin1/3/20175
Ready Player OneErnest Cline1/5/20174
Throne of GlassSarah Maas1/6/20173
Crown of MidnightSarah Maas1/10/20173
Crazy Rich AsiansKevin Kwan3/11/20174
China Rich GirlfriendKevin Kwan3/13/20173
Rich People ProblemsKevin Kwan3/22/20173
The Beginning of EverythingRobyn Schneider4/16/20172

Jen C. (6)
Book TitleAuthor NameDate FinishedOptional: Rate Your Read
The Story of Your Life and othersTed Chiang2/6/20174
The Dead Do Not ImproveJay Caspian Kang2/16/20173
The Moor's AccountLaila Lalami3/5/20174
A Cook's Tour: In Seach of the Perfect MealAnthony Bourdain3/23/20173
The GirlsEmma Cline4/11/20173
Sarong Party GirlsCheryl Lu-Lien Tan4/18/20173

Sam H. (14)
Book TitleAuthor NameDate FinishedOptional: Rate Your Read
Safe havenNicholas sparks1/2/20174
Cuckoos callingRobert galbraith2/2/20174
Murder in timeJulie mcelwain2/13/20174
Things we have in commonTasha kavanagh2/15/20172
Death takes a rideLorena mccourtney2/16/20173
The sillwormRobert gailbraith3/3/20174
Career of evilRobert galbraith3/10/20174
The life we buryAllen Eskens3/12/20173
Big little liesLiane Moriarty3/19/20174
The widowFiona Barton3/23/20173
A doubters almanacEthan canin3/30/20175
The woman in Cabin 10Ruth Ware4/1/20174
The vanishing yearKate Moretti4/23/20174
The couple next doorShari lapena4/28/20173

Stephan C. (6)
Book TitleAuthor NameDate FinishedOptional: Rate Your Read
The Magician's LandLev Grossman1/3/20174
Saving Fish from DrowningAmy Tan1/19/20173
Ready Player OneErnest Cline2/22/20174
The Best Travelers' Tales 2004Edited by James O'Reilly, Larry habegger, and Sean O'Reilly2/24/20173
Trigger WarningNeil Gaiman4/8/20173
Norse MythologyNeil Gaiman4/11/20173