Today is National Readathon Day. I hope that all of you devoted readers, light readers, and nonreaders, will sit back and relax with a book today from noon – 4:00 PM. Where can you read to participate in this event? You can read anywhere: at home, while traveling, in your favorite bookstore, coffeeshop, or library. You can sit and read by yourself or read with a group of friends, all that I ask is that you read during these four hours.
Although this event is designed to promote the love of reading and, hopefully, share the love of reading with others, it is also a fundraising event. The National Book Foundation will receive all funds raised and these funds are used by the foundation to promote reading across America. As you can probably tell I love to read as well as talk about books and reading. This is why I’m participating and trying to raise $150 for the National Book Foundation. If you’d like to donate to this worthwhile cause (I know it’s one of many worthwhile causes), then please click on the link to your right and donate. Your donation can help fund National Book Foundation’s efforts to educate, tutor, create, and sustain a lifelong love of reading. As Malcolm X said, “People don’t realize how a whole life can be changed by one book.”
Do I have to donate to participate? NO!
Do I have to sign up to participate? No, all that is required for you to participate is to choose a book (or books) and then read from noon to 4:00 PM today. That’s it…just read!
Do I have to read a specific book today? No, this event isn’t designed so that everyone reads the same book. You can read whatever book or books you want during these four hours. Many authors and other bookish folk are prepared for today and have been quite vocal about their reading choices. Author Khaled Hosseini plans to read The Children’s Act by Ian McEwan, author Emma Straub plans to read Evelyn Waugh as well as some Babar, and the National Book Foundation’s Executive Director Harold Augenbraum plans to read the Lemony Snicket series. I plan to read First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. (You can use and share the graphic below by following the nifty instructions listed on the graphic.)
Do I have to finish the book I’m reading during those four hours? No, you don’t have to finish the book you’re reading. You can read from one book or a group of books but you don’t have to read any book from cover-to-cover unless you want to.
Hopefully you have a slightly better understanding of National Readathon Day and are prepared to sit and read for four straight hours later today. Now, let me apologize for not having posted about this event earlier. Unfortunately my month has been filled with numerous family and personal medical emergencies. My focus has been a little off books and more on getting everyone back to the status quo (easier said than done when dealing with the elderly especially when they’re already in poor health).
I hope everyone will participate in today’s event and make #timetoread. If you’re participating, please share your reading choices on the social media of your choice with the hashtag #timetoread. Join me and read from noon-4:00 PM.