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Introducing NaNoReadMo: A November Challenge for Readers

If you have been in the general vicinity of any writing-related sites or social media feeds in the past few weeks, you may be aware that a little thing called NaNoWriMo is on the horizon once more.

Now, I’ve tried my hand at NaNo a couple of times in the past (typically with results ranging from “Oh god why” to “Ooh look, a butterfly!”). I kid. It really was very cool, and I got SO much more writing done than I had any other time of the year.

Not just that, but participating also gave me a sense of camaraderie with my fellow writers, most of whom I’d never even met. But we did Twitter word sprints together, shared word count triumphs and swapped plot bunnies on Facebook and helped pull each other out of many a plot hole along the way. 

soccer team 

Unfortunately, I’m not planning to partake this year. Just got too much going on right now! But, I still don’t want to miss out on that feeling of fellowship (… of the ring.). And I’d bet there are non-writers or writers-that-just-can’t-right-now out there who feel the same way. So instead of taking a pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, what if we take a pledge to read as much as we can in a month?

I mean, think about it. Readers and writers are so important to each other. You literally can’t have one without the other. So I propose that while the writers are working their tails off on their next projects, us readers ought to get to work too.


Whether it’s plowing through a few more titles on your never-ending TBR list (I know that feel!) or seeking out something completely new, put on those slipper socks and pour that tea, because it’s time for the first ever NaNoReadMo!

But what exactly should the challenge be? Wrimos have to write about five pages a day, so I say we ought to shoot for reading at least five chapters a day.

And of course, what better place to do some reading than right here on Swoon Reads? *wink wink nudge nudge* 

One of the coolest things about this community is that writers can beta-test their books here, meaning they have the opportunity to gain invaluable feedback that will help them make their books even better. And writers aren’t the only ones who benefit from your insights. If you read, rate and comment on Swoon Reads between now and Nov. 15, the Swoon Editorial Board will take your feedback into consideration as we look to choose our next list.

Our voices make a difference, fellow readers! So let’s get crackin’. Somewhere out there a writer is anxiously awaiting our feedback.

i can has feedback

So who’s with me for NaNoReadMo? Who else is going to take the pledge to read at least five chapters a day?

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Emily S.

Swoon editor, IT girl, customer service representative, Small Council member, the-one-who-makes-the-coffee-but-mostly-just-on-Monday-and-sometimes-Thursday, etc.

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