#Hamilthon: Readathon Announcement and Sign Up


Welcome to #Hamilthon, a readathon inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical.

The challenge with run throughout the entire month of March — 01 March to 31st March 2019 in your own timezone.

Please feel free to follow the Twitter account (@hamilthon_read) for updates throughout the month and use the hashtag (#hamilthon) so we can follow and RT your progress.

There’s also an Instagram account (@hamilthon_read) you can follow and tag for the photo prompts mentioned later on.

Sign-up by posting a TBR which links back to this post, and add it to the link-up at the very bottom of this post.


How It Works.

There are 15 prompts, each one inspired by a song from the musical. Everyone must start at the bottom of the choices map with “Alexander Hamilton:Β Read a book with a name in the title“. From there, you will work your way up the map, reading a book for each song and eventually reach one of the five characters: Jefferson, Burr, Hamilton, Eliza or Angelica.

To reach a character and complete the challenge, you’ll have to read five books. After that, if you wanted, you could restart and aim for a different character or just try and finish all the prompts.Β 

Anything you can add on Goodreads will count as a book. This can be graphic novels, audiobooks, ebooks etc.

Each book can only count for one prompt in the chain. Once you’ve reached a character and won the challenge, you can replay different routes, reusing books if you want.Β 

Books do not need to be connected to Hamilton, musicals, history etc in any way. They just need to fit the individual prompt. However, if you did want to add some non-fiction or Hamilton-inspired historical fiction, I posted a few ideas here last week.


The Choices.



The Reading Prompts

What’d I Miss? — Read a book 5+ years old.

Wait For it — Read a book you’ve been waiting for (a new release, a library hold, or just one you’ve been excited to read).

My Shot — Read a standalone book.

Burn — Read a book with a fire-related title or cover.

Satisfied — Read the last book in a series.

Washington on Your Side — A book featuring a devious plot or cunning scheme.

Your Obedient Servant — Read a book with more than one POV.

Helpless — Read a a book featuring a romance or a marriage.

The Schuyler Sisters — Read a book that’s part of a trilogy.

The Election of 1800 — Read a book set in the past.

The World Was Wide Enough — Read a book set in a country (or originally written in a language) not your own.

Take a Break — Finish a book in a day.

Who Tells Your Story — Read a book written by a marginalised author.

The Reynolds Pamphlet — Read something short (novella, graphic novel etc.)

Alexander Hamilton — Read a book with a name in the title


The Instagram Photo Prompts

There’s a prompt for each weekend of the month. You can post a single photo each weekend, or use that prompt to inspire your whole week’s photos. Follow the readathon account @hamilthon_readΒ for more details and use the #hamilthon hashtag to take part.


1st-3rd — Hamilton: Share your TBR.
4th-10th — Eliza: I Ship It!
11th-17th — Jefferson: Best Dressed.
18th-24th — Angelica: Squad Goals.
25th-31st — Burr: Favourite Villain.


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32 thoughts on “#Hamilthon: Readathon Announcement and Sign Up”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Lou!

    I can’t wait to sort out my reading list for this one – however, most likely I’ll be sticking strictly w/in the realms of the namesake of the readathon whilst dipping into Historical Fiction or Historical Non-Fiction as I love the inspiration behind the challenge as much as I had #Mythothon!! I know I’ll be seeking out predominately audiobooks via Scribd but I might have a few books in print which would cross-apply or work for a few of the prompts, too!! Which makes me happy! Top cheers for hosting!

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    1. I’m really excited to see what you’re going to come up with for your TBR! Especially if you plan to use mostly “themed” books 😊
      And of course, I’ll be looking to see what you’re able to access through Scribd πŸ˜‰

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  2. I’m really glad you structured it this way, because if it was another bingo I’d just want to read everything despite having no time πŸ˜€ But I’ll be glad to finish 5 books tbh. I’m most likely going for Eliza or Angelica.

    The truth is that I loved the music and the “fictional story” they created, but then when you remember this was a real story and real people, it gets complicated. Still, the songs are awesome. So maybe I should do Burr because his line has some of my favourites?

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    1. Yeah, I just wanted to do something a bit different this time. I thought this would make it more manageable for people with more/less reading time. Technically you could aim for any of a few different goals from between 5 to 25.

      Plus, like you say, I know I get too caught up in completing everything too. This way I can set goals in increments instead of aiming for too much and stressing myself out.

      I love Burr’s solo. I think he gets some of the strongest moments in the show cause he’s so flawed but clearly the hero from his own POV. If that makes sense? As fictional characters I really love them all, but yeah, as real people it’s a lot messier.

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  3. Okay, I am definitely in. (However, the book I intend to read for the “Alexander Hamilton” prompt is Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, which I really doubt I’ll finish in a month, so I probably wont actually complete any of the chains.) It sounds like a ton of fun!

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      1. LOL! I will attempt to finish it, but I make no promises. I just looked over my TBR for the challenge (which will post tomorrow) and I should be able to finish the rest of the chain, at least. πŸ™‚

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