Head in the Clouds: April 2021 Readathon
The year is speeding along and somehow also crawling at a snail's pace, so lets get some dreaming and whimsy in with our Head in the Clouds April readathon!
For this one, I thought about when I was little and I'd lay in the yard or on our trampoline and look up at the clouds, but of course we have to have a bookish spin on it ;)
As always, our readathons are free to participate in, so just make sure you are a member of the book club group BUT we have to release a bunch of fun items as well.
Each one will be in the shop on Friday at 12pm CST! The readathon itself is about 39 days away...
It will take place from Apr 26th-May 2nd! Due to the USPS delays that we've been dealing with this year, I recommend purchasing as soon as you can, but definitely before there are 12-14 days left.
So let's get into the details!
Let me just show you the standard kit real quick...
As you can see, this kit is a bit unique. I wanted to create a scene kit, but in a way we had never done before. I am SO HAPPY with how it turned out! You can use it normally in your planner or use some or all of the full boxes to create an even bigger image!
The sticker kit is above--it will come in all of our kit formats--the base/vertical kit, our half kit, horizontal kit, anti-kit and our creative journaling kit. With all of our formats, you will definitely be able to find one that works for you! You can check out all of our weekly kit formats in the weekly kit section.
Due to the formats of the kits, the standard kit is the only kit that will create a seamless scene but our other kit formats use the same full boxes, just as individual images.
Now, let me go ahead and tell you the prompts and then I'll show you the enamel pin and a couple of other things. I will also do a FAQ at the end of this post so if this is your first readathon, you can get a feel for all the terms and things.
What are the reading prompts?
Our first prompt is always a group read. We will vote on the group read starting on Friday afternoon in the Creating & Co Book Club facebook group. We will open up a thread for you to suggest your ideas and then create a poll on the following Monday.
We usually try to pick group reads that go along with the other prompts and we will have a discussion thread for the group read in the 2nd half of the readathon week.
Here are our other prompts:
- Whimsical: This one is designed to get us into a daydreaming mindset. As soon as I thought of this word, my mind went immediately to Alice in Wonderland.
- Guilty Pleasure: I'll be honest, I don't like the term guilty pleasure, because I am definitely not guilty about anything I read but for this one, I imagine a read that's a little like candy--fun and makes you happy with a little sweetness. My pick will undoubtedly be a romance read.
- Spring Colors: I LOVE all the romance illustrated covers that we've been seeing in recent years, so I'm picturing a pretty illustrated cover in pastel colors but of course you can pick any genre.
- Adventure: There's a plane flying across the sky in the weekly kit and though many of us are not going on any new adventures physically...that just means that its the perfect time for a fun adventure story!
If you need some ideas for books to read, we've been suggesting books in the Creating & Co book club for each prompt! I will be pinning all of those posts in the announcements of the group to make them easy to find.
What are some other ways I can celebrate?
We sometimes do a watch party of a movie during our readathons. I'm not sure what movie we'll pick, but we will likely try out using Netflix watch party. I'll ask for movie recommendations closer to the readathon and then we'll vote on a pick!
We also invite you to use the #creatingandco to post all the book and planner pics that week! This theme can be a really fun photography theme as well so I can't wait to see what pictures you take!
We will post threads in the group for you to share your pictures as well. Here's some ideas:
- A planner layout pic--you can show it off before you've written in it or after!
- A TBR Stack or Completed Stack--show off the books you plan to read OR the books you read!
I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of bad about looking on instagram but I will be sure to share as many pics as I can that week!
I also want to create some fun story templates that are reading related so look out for those during the week of the readathon!
Let's Take a Look at the Rest of the Planner Stuff!
Alright, let me show you a few other things! We will have an enamel pin for each of our reading events this year! The idea is that they kind of act like the swag for the event--you can collect them all and by the end of the year you have a representation of all the reading events you participated in! I think of these in comparison to those virtual races where you get a medal for participating.
Our pins are limited stock so make sure you grab them earlier rather than later!
Finally, we're also doing a new dashboard sticker that is designed to fit inside our Build Your Own Book Journal line! These will fit in other planners as well!
The sticker is 4.75" wide and 6.75" tall and you can either peel off the backing and stick it in your planner or just clip it in and fill out the books you read as you complete them!
There is also a special add on for this readathon that you can use in the sidebar or other parts of your weekly layout:
We will also do a selection of our most popular functional reading stickers in this color scheme! That way you can really find the stickers that will best work for you to celebrate this week!
Finally, let's go over the FAQ!
DO I HAVE TO READ FIVE BOOKS?
For these challenges, you can read one book that fits all the challenges or a different book for each challenge or do a little bit of both! It's up to you!
As always, we're leaving it up to you as to what counts for each prompt. These prompts are meant to be a guide so if you can make a book fit, then it works!
WHAT ARE READING SPRINTS?
A reading sprint is when one of the cohosts post in the facebook group to read for a certain amount of time. Everyone that can reads during that time and then reports back with how much they read. It's a lot of fun and a good way to meet your reading goals AND read with others!
IS BUYING SOMETHING REQUIRED?
Absolutely NOT! To participate in the readathon, it's totally free! You just have to pick a book and read with us! Of course, like I shared earlier in this post, we will have a bunch of stuff available to purchase so you can celebrate the week the way you want to!