It has begun…

Frankenreads is under way! Today the English Department and our friends are reading the entire novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 10 minutes at a time, as a part of our Frankenreads project. We have over 60 faculty, students, and staff taking turns reading this Gothic classic.

We began at 7 o’clock sharp, and we early risers started our Halloween off right:

    This post will be updated throughout the day with new reports and updates.

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UPDATE (10:50): Our high school students have arrived! Things are starting to get intense…Frankenstein and his creature are about to meet on Mont Blanc!

UPDATE: (2:30): Did you see the ISU flash mob?! Hundreds of students turned out at noon to join Frankenreads in our celebration. (Now added!) We’re still going strong here at Akademika, three hours to go…

UPDATE: (3:04): When Dr. Patrik Bye gets emotional, he gets very emotional indeed:

We’ll keep the great pictures coming: you can too, just email them to and I’ll update the gallery.

UPDATE: (4:45): The read-a-thon was featured on Nord’s Twitter:

UPDATE: (5:25): Our last Frankenreader hits the stage:

5 thoughts on “It has begun…”

  1. We from Bodin upper secondary school were honored to read the part of the book in which the Creature’s human nature comes across. It was coincidental that as language learners we got to read about him being an eager language learner himself. Of course how easily he picked up language while living in a pig stye and watching cottagers through a window was pure fiction!

    Reading aloud is its own art form, and to be part of a public reading of an entire novel was thrilling for these advanced placement students.

  2. I just want to share some of my thoughts and experiences regarding the read-a-thon.

    As a person, I enjoy both reading and talking (like, a lot), but there is something about the combination of the two that makes me really uncomfortable. And, like any other, I much appreciate my comfort zone – So, I can’t think of any better day than Halloween when it comes to challenging what one finds to be ‘scary’.

    I surprised myself when I signed up for the read-a-thon, because, why would I want to expose myself to something like that?

    In all seriousness, looking back at the event now, when I am 3 days older and wiser, I can say with certainty that I wouldn’t have missed it for anything in the world. This is a day I’ll remember for the longest time! I hope it can become a tradition for Nord University!

  3. I just wanted to say thank you for all the people behind initiating such a fantastic events – both the read-a-thon and the zombie walk. It was a great experience for me to be part of Frankenreads. Honestly, I was eager to participate the read-a-thon as I have never tried it before. Apparently, it was my first time being part of read-a-thon and I could say that it would be one of my unforgettable experiences at Nord University. I truly enjoyed the day.

  4. Thank you so much for letting us be part of this great event – what a treat! Both my own reading and listening to others read really put me in the right Halloween festive mood. I am really impressed by what the English department organized!

  5. It was a bit scary, but also great fun to be part of this read-a-thon. Scary because of the old language, so unfamiliar in our modern days. Needed a lot of practice beforehand… But fun too, because we were participating in a world wide event celebrating this famous book and author, who was the same age as many of our own students when she wrote the book. Quite remarkable! All the readers I heard did absolutely well, and it was actually a bit moving to listen to the youngest students, a bit shy, but reading this oldfashioned text so well. This was a great day, thanks to everyone for making this book shine again!

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