The Race begins at Noon on Jan 1st 2015. We check in throughout 2015, and the person who’s read the most by Noon on Jan 1st 2016 wins.
Everyone pitches in $5; we buy a gift certificate for the winner with half, and we donate half to a literacy charity (to be voted on during the month of January)
Poetry gets an automatic 10% word count bonus, because it’s language is typically sparse but the content is dense.
Anything published more than 100 years ago gets an automatic 10% word count bonus, because you’ll be struggling through language that’s outside your contemporary idiom.