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: 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.
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.
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 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_read 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.