Flanor Winter Readathon 2021: rules & explanation

Hello dear people,


After the success of the Summer Readathon we’re organizing a Winter Readathon during the Winter Break! The readathon will run from the 27th of December until the 2nd of January. A readathon is a period dedicated to reading books together and trying to read as many books as possible, often accompanied by reading challenges and photo challenges. 


Here are the rules:


Date: 27th of December 0:01h. until 2nd of January 23:59h.


There will be two parts to this readathon: a photo challenge and a reading challenge. The photo challenge will be accessible for everyone (both members and non-members of Flanor) through social media. All participants will be eligible for a prize! The second challenge includes The Book Bingo and several reading challenges. Non-members can participate, but will not be eligible for a prize. Only Flanor members can win a prize for The Book Bingo.


How to participate in the Photo Challenge:

For everyone:

Every day of the readathon will hold a new challenge. It is up to you to take a photo regarding this challenge on the corresponding day and post it on your social media (Facebook/Instagram). Feel free to use all your creativity and photography talents for these challenges! Tag Flanor on Instagram or on Facebook in your post and use the #flanorwinterreads21 hashtag, so we can see your beautiful pictures. After the last day of the readathon, one post will be selected for a prize. The prize will be a €5,- gift card for a book (Boekenbon). It is not required to participate in every photo challenge to win the gift card.


The challenges:

Monday 27th of December: show your TBR (what will you read?) for this readathon

Tuesday 28th of December: make a picture of a winter book

Wednesday 29th of December: show your favourite winter food or drink

Thursday 30th of December: show your favourite winter book to movie adaptation

Friday 31st of December: show your favourite book(s) of the year

Saturday 1st of January: make a picture of a shiny book 

Sunday 2nd of  January: show your wrap-up (what have you read/finished this week?)


How to participate in the Book Bingo and the Reading Challenge:


In order to win a prize for the reading challenges, you have to be a member of Flanor. Sign up through the site!


For non-members: 

The most important part of the readathon is, of course, the books! Part of the fun of a readathon is to challenge yourself with the kind of books you read. A bingo card with the challenges will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Have a look at our blogpost with recommendations for inspiration, where you can see what kind of books we will challenge ourselves to read. Feel free to participate and tell us what challenges you completed in your wrap-up post! Also feel free to participate in our Storygraph challenge


For Flanor members: 


You will be added to a WhatsApp Group where the readathon will be hosted. There will be reading sprints hosted in the group. Reading sprints are short periods of time, hosted by the hosts of the readathon, in which you will read together while motivating each other to read. There will be a Storygraph challenge and several activities as well!


The challenges will be presented in the form of a Bingo Card. Every row you cross off will be an entry into the lottery for a €5,- gift card for a book (Boekenbon), of which there will be four. At the end of the readathon you will send a picture or a list of the books you’ve read to the hosts, with an overview of which books you’ve chosen for which challenge. You’re allowed to use one book for multiple prompts! 


Bingo card rules:

  • A book counts when you’ve read at least 100 pages (from the beginning/until the end) during the readathon. 

  • Shorter books read in their entirety during the readathon also count!

  • Every row you complete is a ticket in the lottery for the gift cards

  • A row in any direction counts (horizontally, vertically and diagonally) 

  • An entire card translates to 11 tickets in the lottery

  • One book can count for multiple challenges

If there are any questions, feel free to ask them in the Whatsapp group or to the readathon hosts! 


The Bingo Card will be announced a couple of days before the readathon. 


The Challenges on the Bingo Card will be


Read/finish a book:

  1. with snow or ice on the cover

  2. about a holiday

  3. that takes place in a cold place

  4. with a winterish title

  5. with a LGBTQIA+ main character

  6. with blue on the cover

  7. novella

  8. recommended by a Flanorian

  9. a short story

  10. you’ve been looking forward to reading all year

  11. bought/borrowed this year

  12. published in 2021

  13. currently being read by a reading group

  14. by a Flanor guest

  15. participate in a Flanor activity

  16. that we’ll discuss in the livestream on Sunday the 2nd of January (Tru Luv by Sarah Pinsker )


There is a blogpost with recommendations for every challenge. You can find that here. In addition to that, check out what others added to the challenges on the Storygraph


What matters most in the readathon is that you have fun and read! You don’t have to post pictures on your social media to participate and you don’t have to participate in the reading challenges or reading sprints if you don’t want to. If you want to read whatever you want, you can do that too. Even if you just read a couple of pages, that’s enough! Everything is non-binding and just for fun! 


We are looking forward to seeing and reading with all of you from the 27th of December until the 2nd of January!


Kind regards,


the secret cult composed of some super extraordinary humans


(P.S. If you have any questions feel free to contact Rosina, Nicole or Iris Scholte)


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