Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of books can I read for the read-a-thon? Do audiobooks count?
You can read any book that you want! There's no page limit or reading level for the books you choose. You can also read in any format. Audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels, and manga all count.
Do I have to read the six books in the order they are listed?
Nope! You can choose to read your patron's prompts in any order that works best for you, and you can virtually log your finished books one at a time or all at once. Just make sure to stick to the prompts for your patron!
Can I double-up on a prompt?
The goal for this read-a-thon is to read six books in one month so read only one book per prompt. You can do it, and with every book you read, your patron will move one step closer to the ofrenda!
What if the patrons are represented unevenly? How will you ensure the scoring is fair?
Since we have no idea how many will choose each patron, we'll make sure to calculate averages if neccessary so that way each group has a fair shot of winning despite how many members are on that team.
Explain more about Las Velas? What is it and when will it be available? Am I lighting a real candle?
Las Velas will be a series of trivia questions set up through a Google Form that relate to Latin and Hispanic history, literature, culture, and myth. Your patron will move closer just by your participation, and with every correct answer, your patron will move an additional step!
Las Velas are scheduled to open on certain days in the month and will only be availble for 24 hours. To check when they are available, scroll up to the "Las Velas" section of this page.
And no, you aren't lighting a real candle, though you are encoruaged to if you like! Las Velas or the candles are a vital part of celebrating Dia De Los Muertos and honoring Latin and Hispanic culture. By participating in the trivia, you are metaphorically lighting a candle for your patron!
Explain more about the Instagram challenges? What if I don't have an Instagram account?
You can earn points for your team by taking pictures and posting them to your personal Instagram with the hashtag "#diademuertosderby." If you don't use Instagram, you don't have to participate in the Instagram challenges. There are still plenty of other ways to help your patron!
When can I start reading?
You can crack open your first book at 12am on Monday, October 4!