Looking to add some fun into your reading routine? Readathons are just the thing for you! They usually take place online on one or across several social media platforms so you can connect with fellow readers and share your progress. They can be as short as 24-hour ones to elaborate month-long readathons. Some are low-key and don’t demand too much but some are quite challenging with a set of rules, points systems, progress trackers and giveaways too. Today I want to highlight some of my favourite readathons that I think everyone should take part in!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for March 19th, 2019 is: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR.
October was one of the worst months of my life, to be honest. Not in terms of the books I read or anything related to that but personally. I don’t have a lot of words to share but I’m dealing with some really traumatic personal stuff, so I’d really appreciate some distance and understanding at the moment. It made me reconsider many things, go on a short hiatus at the end of October and I’ve been struggling since to get my life back to normal. This wrap-up may not be as detailed or wordy as usual mostly because I’m in the mood for brevity. However, sharing my love for books makes me feel marginally better, so I decided to write this post despite everything. With that sombre introduction out of the way, let me talk about the reading month I had and what I’m looking forward to in November.
The wrap-up is early this month as well (I tend to do it on the first Saturday of the next calendar month, for those of you unfamiliar with my posting schedule) because I have an exciting post lined up for next Saturday. I had a very good reading month this time around because I’ve been a bit more free lately. I participated in a grand total of 3 readathons already and have squeezed in a fourth that begins on 30th July. Needless to say, I need to get back to my reading because I’ve over-committed as usual, so let’s get straight to the post!
I can’t believe 2018 is half over already! I’m sure many of you share the same sentiment too. I feel like I haven’t done all that much this year in terms of working toward my personal goals. I’ve decided to try harder in the latter half of the year, so let’s see how well that goes. I also have a lot of new ideas for the blog and I want to start posting consistently at least from now on. I want to change things up with my Bookstagram as well and I’m starting to get more active on Book Twitter too. For now, let’s discuss the reading month I’ve had so far and my exciting plans for July!
What’s more fun than locking yourself up in your room and reading for 2 days straight? Reading with more people locked up in their rooms and updating each other’s progress online of course! This is why some very intelligent people came up with the concept of readathons. If you’re a regular follower, I’m sure you are aware that I do quite a bit of them. In fact, I have planned to take part in three of them this July. I started only July last year with the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and it was such a fun experience that I’m doing it again this year. Some might even go so far as calling me a readathon veteran. Since I’m also organizing a 48-hour readathon in July along with my friends, I thought I would share some tips and tricks to help you have a successful readathon experience.
Sorry for going off the grid for the past two posting days! I was in a bit of a blogging slump and I didn’t feel like starting any blog posts because I didn’t have the time to make them of the usual quality. But I promise I’m finally back on track and will be more active than ever from July. This time I definitely mean it! I was on Twitter this afternoon when I saw Avalinah’s tweet about today being International Blogger Day. I’ve been meaning to talk about the this topic for a while now. Today being a super special day for me personally and after reading this amazing post on Vicky Who Reads, I thought it was finally time to voice my opinions. This is difficult for me to write (which is why the post isn’t essay length) because it is deeply personal and sometimes thinking too much about it can really put a dent in my confidence, but this needs to be said. I hope that someday, somehow, things will change to a degree where none of the things in this post will be valid. But until then, let’s pledge to do better each day, shall we?
My favourite read-a-thon of the year drew to a close yesterday and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I love how there are so many challenges that one can do – be it just reading, blogging, bookstgraming or vlogging. I really enjoyed the whole buzz it created and reading with a lot of different people from the book community. I took part in a Twitter sprint for the first time, hosted by my friend Sam from Will Read for Booze and it was a blast! I read dangerously for this one, often staying up past my bedtime like the rebel reader I am (I prefer the title book dragon though, because worms are so passé). Here’s a breakdown of all that I’ve accomplished with respect to this read-a-thon. I will later talk about some other reading challenges I plan to take part in, so without further ado, let’s get going.
Well, I missed a day. Sigh. I knew that if I didn’t schedule them earlier on that this would happen. Trying to juggle a busy work life and a read-a-thon is really hard, okay? But I missed one of my favourite challenges in the Bibliothon, which is why you need to imagine my face as a sad emoji now. With that out of the way, let’s get into today’s post. The challenge is hosted by Gabi from A Bookish Gal and the prompt is to talk about the most memorable read of 2017. That sounds easy on the surface level, but it’s actually next to impossible to pick one favourite. So, I’m just going to post my review (as per the usual schedule) of what I have, with great difficulty, chosen as my most memorable read (which, strangely, was the next book I was going to review anyway), and I’ll leave some honourable mentions afterwards because they were all awesome!
Title: Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)
Author: Heather Fawcett
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Published: By Balzer + Bray on September 5th, 2017
I’m back again with another post for the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges, hosted by The Bookworm in Me. This is probably the hardest one of them all because I personally don’t prefer the winter season. Pretty much all I want to do is stay indoors, curl up under warm blankets and read. We don’t get snow here at all, so my winter bucket list would be pretty much the same as any other season. Also, lately I’m finding that I’m forgetting everything that I’ve ever read in books. Character names, important plot points, food/beverage mentions, etc. I don’t know what’s come over me and it’s starting to bother me a little. Anyway, enough of that gloomy stuff, let’s jump in to the actual post. I’m keeping it very short because I’m exhausted yet have a ton of work to finish as I’m writing this.
- Make potato stew with Sam Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien)
- Do a buddy read with Hermione and Crookshanks (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)
- Have a slumber party with Vivian (Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu)
- Gaze at the Aurora Borealis with Malcolm (La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman)
- Have a tea party with the Five Find-Outers gang (The Five Find-Outers and Dog series by Enid Blyton)
- Munch on falafel with Magnus Chase and his friends (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan)
- Build a snowman with Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson)
- Have hot chocolate with Starr and her family (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas)
- Exchange presents with Shawn (Psych series by William Rabkin)
- Spend a winter day in Gauri and Vikram’s magical garden (A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi)
What’s the topmost thing on your bucket list? Would it change according to the season/weather? Let me know in the comments section below.