Sunday, 6 December 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Readathon!

Welcome to the 2020 iteration of The Dark is Rising Sequence Worldwide Readathon!

Whether this is your first time joining us or first time reading this classic series or whether you’re one of our original patrons from 2013 or you’ve been reading The Dark is Rising around Christmas for 30 years - thank you for joining us! 

Grab your portal be they battered or brand new, dog-eared or bookmarked, hard cover, paperback, digital or audio. Open your copies of The Dark is Rising Sequence as we begin our 6th read-a-thon today, this 6th day of December, to join the Old Ones and their quest for the Light. 

The wonderful thing about stories is that they never are in the past. Words cannot be diseased. Pages can burn and be torn but the messages and tales they tell live forever in the memories of those who have read them. Every time we peruse the phrases and paragraphs we can be transported back to that world again and again if the author has written well enough for us to suspend our belief yet one more time. And Susan Cooper has done just that - written an adventure that provides us in equal measure the joviality of the Christmas spirit and the atmospheric melancholy of a riotous cloud of rooks, the shifting wariness of a sea breeze and the rising tension of a mountain-top storm. If she had not done her job as a storyteller so wonderfully, there would be no basis for this Readathon.

So, thanks again for reading with us and I hope the story will warm your heart with nostalgia and inspire you with the purpose of the quest.

Be in the Light and read on!

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Announcing the 6th Readathon!

I hereby declare that the 6th Worldwide Readathon of The Dark Is Rising Sequence will commence on December 6th, 2020!

We'll start with Over Sea Under Stone and then start reading The Dark is Rising on December 20th. Of course, feel free to read at your own pace. Join us on Facebook or Twitter and follow the proposed schedule.

We now have over 600 Facebook members and over 500 followers on Twitter. Thank you to all for helping to build this wonderful community! 

Why don't you join us? More to come...

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Readers of a feather...

As you may be aware by now, we won’t be the only group reading The Dark is Rising this month! Author Robert Macfarlane and poet Julia Bird have announced #TheDarkIsReading Twitter book club which will be reading The Dark is Rising starting on December 20th (Midwinter’s Eve). They have over 1000 readers ready to go and they will be posting questions and prompts from their Twitter accounts as well as they would “love people to share their memories of reading TDIR, as well as photographs, artwork, poems, music and other responses inspired by the novel.”

You can read the full post here:

As for TDiR Readathon, like the rooks flying around Will Stanton, we will join along side #TheDarkIsRising readers and read with them but also keep with our plan of reading the whole Sequence. There’s still time to start Over Sea, Under Stone!

If you are on Twitter, participate with #TheDarkIsRising hashtag as well as our #ReadTDiR tag. I will be retweeting as much as possible on the @TDiRReadathon account and bringing the tweeted offerings to our Facebook group.

This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to join this many readers in reading Susan Cooper’s beloved classic. Bring your sense of wonder and your memories as we close 2017 in a way “beyond all imagining”!

Friday, 1 December 2017


Thanks for dropping by!

We're a bit slow ramping up this year but please, browse the info on this blog and join us on our Facebook or Twitter groups to get to know our wonderful community of fans.
We have lots of ideas on the go but it will take a few days to get everything ready. Keep checking back for more great content!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Welcome to the 2015 TDiR Readathon!

I would like to officially welcome everyone to The 2nd Worldwide The Dark is Rising Readathon!

The readathon has globally kicked off and we are seeing tons of updates, book pics, memories, and stories on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks so much for contributing! It is all of you that have made the Readathon what it is this year (and in 2013) and made it such a pleasure to oversee. Please continue to spread the word, it’s never too late to join us!

I have added more content to the blog as you may have seen. There is now a blogroll on the right hand side and menu tabs with lots of extra information for your enjoyment. 

Here's a break-down:

About TDiR Readathon: A brief history of the Readathon and a glance at the books.

How to Enjoy the TDiR Readathon: I've had some folks ask what the Readathon entails. Here's the answer!

Schedule: The much-anticipated reading schedule! Optional, of course.

Contact Us: Where you can find us.

Links: Links to Susan Cooper and (coming soon) authors and bloggers who have gone out of their way to help promote the Readathon.

Also, we will have some guest bloggers providing some posts about their experiences with The Dark is Rising really soon and I will, in turn, be posting on some of their blogs. I will let you know when all those posts are up.

Thank you again for making this community so enjoyable. I will have some updates on the numbers soon (those of you from 2013 may remember I do love me some stats!).

Happy Reading!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

TDiR Readation 2015

Hello TDiR Fans!

Here’s the big news...

The 2nd The Dark is Rising Sequence Readathon will begin on December 1st, 2015!

After considering the survey results, this date was not only the most selected, but it also provides the most flexibility as the busy Christmas season consumes our time.

I am working on some exciting stuff for this Readathon and I will post again when I have more details.

In the meantime, spread the word and sign up if you are planning on joining us - the Sign-Up Form is up!

We had over 140 participants in 2013 - I bet we can beat that number easily!

Also, quite a few readers have mentioned that they want to read the series with their kids and someone even mentioned their class! So, I put a space in the form to include them in the count (just numbers, no private info).

That’s all for now! Keep up-to-date and join our fantastic TDiR community on Facebook and/or Twitter if you haven’t already (see below for links)!

Thanks for your continued support.


Twitter: @TDiRReadathon
Hashtag: #ReadTDiR

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Who's up for another TDIR Readathon?

Hello Everyone!

I hope this message finds you and your kin well and I hope you are all enjoying the summer (or winter depending where you are.)!

It's drawing nigh of two years since I launched the first The Dark is Rising Sequence Readathon in 2013 and I'm still amazed and grateful for the passionate response from all of you! The communities on Facebook and Twitter continue to thrive and hopefully new readers continue to discover these fantastic books.

To commemorate Susan Cooper's 80th birthday in May, the continued support in our online communities, and 2015 being the 40th anniversary of The Grey King, I wanted to see how many of you would be interested in a second TDIR Readathon? If you would be interested please let me know!

Also, I would like to know how you found the "sign-up" form the last time and if you have any suggestions for making another readathon better? Was the start date fine (December 7)? I'm open to anything aside from creating a new website (unless someone else does it!). I would be as hands-on as possible, but with family and other responsibilities, I would rely on you amazing people to spread the word as well! The Facebook and Twitter accounts would continue and I will resurrect this blog as time permits and welcome guest bloggers possibly.

Please let me know what you think! Comment below or send a note via Facebook or Twitter. Also, if you'd like to join our mailing list, send me an email request at tdir.readathon (at) gmail (dot) com.



Twitter: @TDiRReadathon
Hashtag: #ReadTDiR