December 10, 2018

I’ve been talking about this a bit on social media, but it’s time to make the official announcement for my big January readathon…


Late-a-thon is a month-long readathon from January 1st to 31st dedicated to working on overdue review copies and ARCS!

If you don’t read ARCs, or don’t have any overdue ones, you can still join! Just make a list of books you meant to read already, whether they’ve been on your TBR a long time or are leftover from a 2018 reading challenge.

After posting a poll on Twitter, I was STUNNED by the literal hundreds of votes I received in favor of this month-long readathon, so here we are!

I know a lot of you have challenges to begin in January, but don’t fret!

Late-a-thon is the perfect readathon to combine with other readathons and challenges!

You can choose overdue titles to fit the other themes! In this case, I’ll be making a TBR jar of overdue review copies and pulling from that jar, which lets me commit to Late-a-thon and January Jam Jar at the same time.


Here’s how you can join…

  • Create a TBR in a blog post, tweet, or whatever else you like to use. If you’re joining January Jam Jar, make a list of the books going in your jar!
  • Leave a comment here with a link to your TBR so I can add you to the sign-up list below! SIGN-UPS OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 15TH!
  • Use #LateAThon on social media!
  • READ AT LEAST ONE “LATE” BOOK IN JANUARY—that’s it! You don’t have to commit the whole month to it (in fact, many participants are just doing it for a week of their choosing), nor do you have to fulfill a certain number of titles or challenges.

My Late-a-thon Goals:

Like I said earlier, I’ll be making a TBR jar of my overdue review copies for January. Rather than list them all below, I’ll just put a link to my Goodreads shelf here, where you can view the list in its entirety!


Do you have any “late” books you need to read? Let me know in the comments if you’re joining in!


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Just a horror aficionado/geek girl trying to juggle motherhood, reading, blogging, gaming, and everyday life.

      1. Hey! I’d love to participate! I’m already trying to fit in my overdue arcs where I can will all my other monthly groups and challenges, this is PERFECT!!!

    1. This sounds like something right up my alley, and falls in line with what I was already planning to do in 2019, which is catch up on overdue ARCs. This will the jump start I need, haha.

      1. Yay! 😀 This makes me so happy haha. Yeah, that’s where I originally thought of it, was honestly just inspired by my own personal goal of catching up in 2019. Then I figured, “hmm, I wonder if anyone would wanna join me?” and the Twitter responses were HUGE!

    1. Yesss! I have a few that are overdue and a couple handfuls that publish early 2019. I can’t imagine what I’d do if I had almost 60 – good luck and godspeed!

      1. That’s perfect!! 😀 I’m honestly probably going to also put a few in my reading plans in January that won’t be ARCs but just things I “should” have read in 2018 but didn’t get around to.

    1. i’ll definitely be joining in with this! i love the idea so much. what a fantastic way to start off the new year! i think i’ll focus on reading the oldest unread books from my physical shelves personally as i don’t really have any review copies to catch up. my tbr post will go up probably later this month

    1. Have added this to the ReadAThon Calendar! Will be joining for sure! I’m so behind. I will post a TBR a bit closer to January!

    1. Okay. I need to figure something out for this. Maybe just set that one ARC [author request, ugh] I’ve had on my Kindle for half a year as my Late-a-thon goal or something.. I DON’T HAVE ANY OTHER OVERDUE ARCS. WHY AM I THIS STUPID UNICORN. 😐

      1. Bahahah, the ONE time not having overdue ARCs is seen as a “negative”… SORTA? 😛 Do you have anything you were going to read in 2018 and didn’t get to that you could read in January? That’s what a lot of people are going to do!

        1. Right? THIS FEELS AWFUL AND AMAZING AT THE SAME TIME. What are you doing to my brain. xD
          Eh.. Well, I’m probably putting those books in my jar anyway sooo.. Guess I’ll just put that one review copy as my “official goal” and then use all others as “books I’m reading late because I wanted to read them before but I never did because books never stop popping up and tempting me” or something. :’)

          1. I love this. 😀 I honestly really wish I hadn’t accepted so many review requests over the last couple of months, because if I hadn’t, I could easily make January half overdue ARCs and half what you’re doing. But alas! I’m not going to force myself, obviously, but I am really hoping to make a big dent in my overdue stuff. :’)

            1. You simply cannot say no – it’s a known fact, haha. Maybe you should set yourself a limit of ARC’s to accept each month / season or something. 😛
              You can do iiiit!

            1. That’s what I’m thinking, is a limit per season now. I’m not sure if I’ll post about it on the blog necessarily because it might be very specific – like I pretty much always cut myself extra slack for novellas and contemporary books because they’re quick reads, whereas the big thing is that I really need to cut back on how many of them are 450+ page fantasy novels!

            1. Then maybe you should simply set a limit on THOSE specific ones? Because I can totally imagine flying through novellas and contemporaries but once it’s fantasy thomes.. That’s a whole different story!

            1. Exactly! Though it’s funny, I always expect fantasy novels to take way longer than anything else, and then I picked up The Girl King last night and the text is… huge? ? And super widely spaced out. So even though it’s almost 500 pages, I flew through the first few chapters. (Not sure how I feel about the writing so far.)

            1. Hahaha, I had the same with that one! I was like “ohgod..” since I got a physical ARC when I went to YALC [YAYME], and I also got approved on NetGalley so I was like.. fuck me if I don’t use the physical one for this now that I actually have one for once?! And then the text was HUGE and.. well.. I kind of liked it, haha. :’)
              Saw you DNF’d it and I’m so sorry 🙁

    1. This is such a genius idea! I’ve put my TBR on twitter – I’m @LJNewsholme. Hope that signs me up. Looking forward to it after the craziness of Xmas in retail ?

    1. omgg I should seriously do this ??I am unbelievably behind on SO many books right now…ARCs and books I’ve bought, like, years ago, but have fallen to the bottom of the TBR pile in favour of the new and shiny. I’ve never joined in a readathon but maybe this is a good time to start!!?

    1. This is a great idea!!! I have 12 ARCs on my NetGalley shelf. While they’re not technically THAT overdue, I still want to get them read ASAP so I can request newer ones. I’m totally joining this tag! As soon as January rolls around, I’ll put together my TBR for this challenge. Good thing my uni classes only start on the 21st!

    1. Hallo, Hallo Destiny,
      I am taking part in this readathon! 🙂 I was already planning to kick-off the New Year by focusing on attacking my #BacklogueOfReviews – so this fits in perfectly with those goals and the yearly reading challenge which focuses on the same! I’m eager to see what everyone is going to be reading whilst finally getting into the stories i want to be reading myself! I’ll be adding a few more to my list but I etched out the main #mustreads I want to read in January!
      See my list via 2019 Reading Challenges, Readathons and RALs.

        1. Hallo Destiny,
          I was right thinking this applies to both ARCs and review copies which are not ARCs right? I decided to do a combination this month between the two types I receive for review. I just wanted to double-check I understood?

    1. I’d like to join, but I don’t know what any of these acronyms stand for. What’s a ‘TBR’? ‘ARCs’? I’m pretty new to the ‘book community’, so this is a little confusing.

    1. This is such a good idea! Unfortunately exams are taking priority over books at the moment but good luck to you and everyone else for this!

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