Guidelines

 

I could have called this page "Rules", but I hate rules and I'm not overly fussy about stuff so I decided to call it "Guidelines". This is the place to find out any details you want to know about the readathons hosted here at Seasons of Reading. If you can't find an answer here, please leave a comment on one of the current readathon posts, or contact me via the contact form tab in the blog menu.
  • there really are no requirements to join the readathons here at Seasons of Reading. You do not have to have a blog. You can join us from Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, or any other social media. 
  • the FrightFall and Spring into Horror readathons only have one requirement. You must read one scary book. However, that book can be horror, paranormal, thriller, mystery, etc. The rest of the readathon, you can read whatever you want. High Summer and A Winter's Respite readathons have no reading requirements. The Christmas Spirit readathon is of course holiday themed books, and SciFi Summer is science fiction (but we allow fantasy too). 
  • children's books are allowed on all readathons, as long as you are also reading some novels (adult, young adult, new adult, etc.). 
  • we do not host any mini-challenges, but do not object to other readathon participants hosting something, or donating a prize(s). Please contact Michelle at the contact tab if you would like to host or donate something. 
  • we have one big giveaway at the end of the readathon, but you must have participated in the readathon to qualify. This means signing up, linking up your wrap-up at the end, and filling out the Google form on the prize page (winners are chosen from those who filled out the form, after eligibility is verified). 
  • there will no longer be a starting line linky. Feel free to add a second link to the sign-up linky for your goal post (just be sure to include "goal post" when you enter your name the second time). Goal posts are not an absolute necessity, but it's recommended so visitors (including me) can stop by, see what your reading plans are and cheer you on. 
  • each readathon has its own hashtag for social media. #WintersRespite #SpringHorror #HSreadathon #FrightFall #CSreadathon (Christmas Spirit read-a-thon) #SciFiSummerJune 
  • Winters Respite, Spring into Horror, and High Summer are two weeks long. FrightFall runs for a month and Christmas Spirit/SciFi Summer run for a week.
  • you do not have to participate for the entire readathon. You can start at the beginning and end early, or start later toward the end of the event. Just keep in mind that the last day to sign up is the second Friday during the two week readathons at 11:59pm central time. (For FrightFall, which is now a month long, that would be the 25th of October by 11:59pm central. Christmas Spirit/SciFi Summer would be by Friday during the week long readathon)
  • all times are central time so adjust your time according to your time zone. For instance, if you live in the pacific time zone, you would start at 10pm on the night before the official start date. There is now a time zone converter link in the menu to make things easier. Each read-a-thon starts at midnight on a Monday and ends at 11:59pm on a Sunday, with the exception of FrightFall which starts on October 1st (and ends on Oct 31st), and SciFi Summer which always runs from June 1st through 7th. 
  • the deadline for wrap-up posts will be listed in the giveaway rules on the prize page for each respective readathon.
  • last, but not least, I leave you with our read-a-thon credo...

    a time of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries. So, no pressure...EVER! Enjoy!

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