In the last three years or so, I’ve participated in a handful of readathons. For each one, I made a TBR and mostly stuck to it. However, in the last few months, I find myself making lots of readathon TBRs, but not tackling them when each readathon rolls around. I’m not particularly busy, I just don’t read the books I’ve chosen. Most recently I attempted the Impromptu, Information Readathon hosted by Dana at The Book Hoarder. I did not get through my TBR during the actual readathon, but I did read during the week and finished all the books by the next week. Seems like a success to me!
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (completed during the readathon): Undocumented Jamaican immigrant Natasha meets Korean American Daniel the day her family is leaving the US. The instalove in this book could have gone very badly, but the ending really made it work for me. This is a good place to start if you’re looking for a YA book telling an extremely timely story of an immigrant family.
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (completed the day after the readathon): The book centers around a school for children who have gone through doors to other worlds and have returned to our world for one reason or another. The characters were unique and well-written, and the murder plot, while a little meandering, kept me interested. This book has on-the-page asexual and trans representation, and I’ve heard positive reviews from asexual reviewers.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight (completed the week after the readathon): A somewhat challenging pregnancy and the imminent arrival of an actual baby have already put me on a path of not caring about things that really do not matter to me. This book was fun, and the various instructions lined up a lot with what I’ve been considering lately. I particularly enjoyed listing all of the things about which I do and do not give a fuck.
I’m finding it hard to commit to another week-long readathon this month, but fortunately there is an ongoing month-long readathon, All the Shorts Ones, hosted by Novel Cravings, for books less than 300 pages. I have already been gravitating toward getting a lot of my shorter books read, so while I’m not officially participating in the readathon, it completely fits my current goal. I’ll do a wrap-up at the end of the month, but for now I’m planning to knock out a few volumes from the Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes graphic novel series.
Let me know if you’re participating in any readathons this month and if you’re sticking to your TBRs!