Make-Me-Read-It Readathon ’17: You There! Take the Wheel!

This is where you unsheathe your scabbard and stab it in my general direction…

…as I, shakily and so, so carefully, shuffle backwards across the plank as you threaten me to “READ THESE BOOKS YA LANDLUBBER,” or you’ll send me down into Davy Jones’ Locker!

Ahoy, matey! As my first order of book-bloggishness business, I declare participation in a readathon that the lovely ladies of Tea & Titles and The Innocent Smiley have concocted. Avast! Pause to ponder this prologue and the rules the ladies have decided upon:

Make-Me-Read-It Readathon (what it’s all about!)

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

This year the readathon will be running from August 6th through to August 13th. You can start reading as soon as it hits 12am in your timezone, or whenever you’d like.

Remember that the idea is to have people vote on your books, so try and get that post/Twitter poll/photo up as soon as possible in order to give your fellow participants the chance to vote!

“When do I start bossing you around,” you ask?

Well, now, ya scurvy dog!

Here’s all the lovely images of all the books I want to read. Muse over them and decide which ONE or TWO book(s) you’d like me to read most during the week of August 6th. I wanted to give you options, mate. Don’t go crazy and select them all! (Or…do? Who am I to stop you, really?)

What book(s) do you think Rosie should read?

Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee
Hunted – Meagan Spooner
Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
Spindle Fire – Lexa Hillyer
Want – Cindy Pon


If you took the time to vote, I want to say THANK YOU! Because YOU, inevitably, will be responsible for my lack of sleep and darting eyes in the wee hours of the night while I try to consume these books in the simple span of just. seven. days. Oi. What am I signing myself up for here???

DEAR READER: Tell me (if you’d like) what book you voted for me to read! And have you read any of them yet? Have you participated in this delightful readathon yet where your reader get to tell you what to do/read?? I’m going to read like to wind, Bullseye!

Rosie is excited, albeit scared, at the amount of books you will tempt her to read in such a short amount of time bECAUSE A WEEK IS SMALL, OKAY? As she gets older, time slips away much more quickly, especially when you work 40 hours a week and can’t read at work like some people can — I’m looking at you, Jes! And you’re probably like WHAAAAT, two posts in a day? Rosie is mighty impressed with herself, too — don’t get used to it, guys.






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    1. This seems to be the popular vote, so YAY! I’ve been eager to read this one since I got it at BookCon! Thanks for voting <3

    1. I am a little bit fascinated by Jack the Ripper (hopefully that’s not as creepy as it sounds…) so I hope this lives up to my expectations! I’m eager to hear your thoughts on it as well, after the readathon! Thank you for voting! <3

  1. I voted for a couple (Slytherin cheating commences). Uh, I am curious about the Stalking Jack the Ripper book, so I voted for that one. I had read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, which led me to vote for her book as well. Um, OH, and Hunted. That’s all my votes for you! Also, it’s lovely to meet you. It’s my first time on your blog, and it’s a delight to have such a cute and funny spot on the Internets.

    1. You sly Slytherin, you… ;D I forgive you! You’re just doing your honest bloggerly citizen duty by making me read these books that need to be read! Right???

      I haven’t read a Kendare Blake novel yet, so I hope this one impresses me enough so that I’ll read Anna Dressed in Blood, which is also on my TBR. I have a feeling Hunted will be awesome — I love all things Beauty and the Beast, man!

      *squeeEee* It’s lovely to meet you as well, Dina! I love to be called cute & funny :3 Come on back now, ya hear??? <333

  2. I just found this read a thon and I’m so excited to join in with everyone! I voted for Hunted because it was amazing, and the best beauty and the beast retelling I’ve come across yet… good luck!

    1. OH MY! Then I definitely can’t wait to pick this one up! Thanks for voting! I wonder which books you will pick for the readathon?!?!

  3. Ooooh I did this last year, and had so much fun reading the books people wanted me to read (though I only got to one or two rather than the five I had planned, oops.) The only book I’ve read from this list is WANT by Cindy Pon, but it’s so fun that I had to pick it. Hope you enjoy whatever you end up reading! 💖

    1. That will probably be me, tbh. But my plan is to just read them in the order people tell me to, no matter how long it takes XD Thank you for voting!! (My friend just read this one and raved about it, so YAY!)

  4. I just cringed hardcore. I finished “Three Dark Crowns” several weeks after it came out. For me, it was literally the worst book I have ever read because it was way too focused on the fact that it was a series book, which resulted in poor character development and an ending I saw a mile away. I hope you have a better experience with it than I did. I voted for The Thousandth Floor since it is the one I am most looking forward to reading at some point from your list 😉

    1. NOOOOOoooooo….I’m sad panda now. I mean…I hope I enjoy it, though, because there’s been so many other good reviews?? I’m going to dive into it without any expectations though. Honestly, I don’t even remember what it’s about. Something about royalty, no doubt. I kinda love when that happens — when you forget the blurb, but just start reading it without getting a refresher on what it’s about.

      The Thousandth Floor is just so beautiful on the outside *gazes longingly* Happy reading, Cassie, and thank you for voting!

  5. Voted for Stalking Jack the Ripper. I’m not sure why but the book fascinates me and I want to read it too. I was going to vote for Three Dark Crowns too because I’ve heard so many great things about it!!

    I hope you enjoy the readathon.

    1. Thank you for voting!! Dark things like Jack The Ripper are so enticing for some morbid reason, ha~ I’m hoping TDC turns out to be as good as everyones making it out to be!

    1. W00t! Thank you for voting! I’m glad these two are relatively high on my list so far 😉

    1. Yay! Thanks so much for voting! Everrrrrryone is saying good stuff about Three Dark Crowns … and The Thousandth Floor seems like such a unique novel — I remember seeing it in Target and just like being STUNNED by its beauty!

    1. Yes, it is very much winning this race! But I plan on reading them all anyway, in whichever order they fall in — it just probably won’t be all read in one week lolol. Thank you for voting! 🙂

    1. A friend of mine had the same thing to say! Excited to read it for the readathon! Thank you for voting. 🙂

  6. I heard of this readathon yesterday and felt a need to join, so I posted my vote post this morning. Can’t wait 🙂

    My vote goes to Three Dark Crowns

  7. Thank you for voting at my poll!
    I voted for Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunted. Those are both books that are on my TBR, ones that I would really much read this year.

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