24 Hours of Reading… for Charity!

Posted on: 24th Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

I interrupt this self-imposed blog hiatus to announce a really cool reading challenge, and your chance to spread some good cheer while burning through your TBR list!


WHAT: The Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

THE CHALLENGE: Read for 24 hours. Straight. Too intimidating? That’s okay – just read as much as you can!

WHEN: This Saturday, April 26. (It officially kicks off 8:00 am EST / 5:00 am PST. See what that means for your time zone here:

WHERE: Encouraging blog posts and challenges will be featured throughout the day at You’re also encouraged to post your progress on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts.


This will be my third time participating in the readathon, though it’s been a few years since the last time I did it. I’m not sure I’ll hit all 24-hours (okay, I’m relatively certain that I won’t…), but I’m going to give it a shot all the same!


And this year, I’ve been inspired by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger to add in a new twist.

This Saturday, I’ll not only be crossing some books off my teetering TBR stack. I’ll also be Reading for Charity.

Specifically, I’ll be donating to Reach Out and Read: “Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.”


How does Reading for Charity work? Check out Felicia’s blog post for the full details, and to see how she breaks down her charitable giving/reading goals.

My personal donation goals are:
– $20.00 for each book I read
– $2.00 for every hour I miss
–  $1.00 for every comment left on my Saturday readathon blog post (not to be confused with this blog post)


On top of that, I thought – what can I do to encourage other people to join in the Readathon and also Read for Charity? Which gave me this idea:

I will personally match the donation amounts that other read-a-thonners donate, AND include an additional donation for every Lunar Chronicles book or short story that is read during the day!

So, okay. That all sounds super complicated, but I think it’s going to work out pretty well.


Want to participate? Here’s how!

Step 1. Sign up to be a reader here:

Step 2: Choose your charity. Don’t have a favorite charity? Check out to find one that fits your philanthropic spirit. Or you’re welcome to join me in supporting Reach Out and Read.

Step 3: Assign dollar amounts to your specific goals. You can assign any amount that you’d like, for any achievement you like! Blog comments, challenges completed, audiobooks listened to… it’s up to you! See Felicia’s suggested breakdowns here.

Step 4: Wake up early on Saturday morning, start yourself a pot of coffee, and read your little heart out! Don’t forget to follow to be a part of the readathon community throughout the day.

I will also blog about my progress sporadically on Saturday. Feel free to stop by and leave a comment and link to your own blogs so that we can all cheer each other on!

Step 5: At the end of the readathon, tally up your success, and make your donation to your charity of choice.

Step 6: Leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST with your grand total. And feel free to brag about your readathon successes and let us know what books you conquered during the event!

Please leave your comment by Monday at 9:00 a.m. PST.

Bonus: If you read a Lunar Chronicles novel or short story (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Glitches, The Queen’s Army, or The Little Android) during the readathon, list them in your blog comment as well! I will donate an additional $5.00 per novel and $2.00 per short story for each one read during the event.

On Monday, I’ll tally up all the donation amounts and match your totals in an additional donation to Reach Out and Read.


Now I’m off to prioritize my book stack…


  1. Felicia the Geeky Blogger commented on:

    So freaking awesome! I am prioritizing my stacks too—the choices, the choices 🙂 One now will be Cress because I am all about giving back LOL

  2. Angela M commented on:

    Yay!! I am reading for charity too with my 10 year old son!! So excited to start! We make our library trip for books today 🙂

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  4. Brooklyn commented on:

    Ah I wish I could read all day Saturday but sadly I have a ton of stuff to do

  5. Bride of the Book God commented on:

    I am also reading for charity and have added Cinder to my stack of books for the day!

  6. tammy commented on:

    What a great idea. I wish you luck Marissa!!

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  10. Audham EnTha commented on:

    This is amazing!!
    I’ve already got plans for the week end, so I’m not reading but I’ll be cheering on twitter 🙂 It’s wonderful to see so many people reading at the same time. Next time, I’ll join for sure!
    Good luck to you! I’ll come back to check your progress.
    Happy reading!!

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  12. Angie @ Angela's Anxious Life commented on:

    This is a really nice thing to do and I am so glad I read about it on someone’s website. I am going to be starting Scarlet here really soon and so I will come back here and let you know when I finish it. Really this is amazing and thank you !!

  13. Vasilly commented on:

    I’m reading Cress right now for the readathon. Thanks so much for doing this!

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  17. Anna commented on:

    After hearing about your donations I decided to add Cinder to my stack! I’ve had it on my nook for ages and never got the chance to read it and now I have (I’m hooked). I also read a novella, Ajax Penumbra 1969, and Life of Pi. It was a good day!

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  19. Felicia S. (@thegeekyblogger) commented on:

    I want to thank you for doing this! I think your participation got a lot more people reading for charity and I can’t thank you enough for that. I consider this the most successful readathon I have had. I met and exceeded my goals (people were coming by and commenting). I made $216 for my charity and had a donor give an extra $50 dollars! Plus I have seen how reading for charity really helped people get in the giving spirit! Thank you again 🙂



  20. Lucy @ The Reading Date commented on:

    Marissa, thank you so much for reading for charity and matching donations. You are a rock star!

    I read for charity and donated $100 for The Trevor Project, and also read Glitches, The Queen’s Army, and The Little Android.

    Here’s my wrap-up post:

    Thanks for being awesome! Hope you had a fun readathon 🙂

  21. Vivienne (Muse) commented on:

    I think what you’re doing with matching donations is terrific. Very generous.

    I read 3 books and also donated for each hour I missed. Altogether I have raised $35.00 for my chosen charity: The Snow Leopard Trust.

  22. Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons) commented on:

    It was great day yesterday. I read two books and listened to half an audiobook. I raised $65.65 for my charity K9 for Warriors, plus Fecilia from Geeky Books Blog donated an additional $10 to my charity too. That means I got $75.65 towards homeless dogs and veterans with PTSD.

    Here’s final checkin post:

  23. Peta @ The Bookling commented on:

    I didn’t expect to raise more money through my self-imposed fine for hours when not participating (your idea so thanks for that!) than by reading but I’ve just sent £50 to Book Aid International.

    I have also just bought Cinder which I didn’t get around to reading it this weekend but couldn’t resist the concept of a cyborg Cinderella 🙂

  24. Laura commented on:

    I read for volunteer hours (got a total of four – three books, two short stories), but I read Glitches and The Queen’s Army (amazing by the way!) and thought I should let you know. That affects your charity total, if I’ve understood everything correctly. 🙂
    Thank you for doing this!

  25. Jenna commented on:

    I’m afraid my reading this year was an epic fail because I jumped in last minute but it’s still $50+ towards Reach Out and Read. Plus I devoured Cinder 🙂

    Thank you so much for making me/us aware of such a cool thing! I’ll be participating next time with a hopefully much better donation!

  26. Sarah commented on:

    I read Scarlet during the 24-hour read-a-thon!!!

  27. Nadia commented on:

    I started Cinder during the read-a-thon, haven’t finished it yet, just in case it counts!

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