Update: This readathon is over! Done! Finito! Want to know how I did, read my wrap-up post!
I’m doing a readathon for the first time in forever! I used to be really into these, and I still love them, but I haven’t participated in one for well over a year. If you want to join in the 24 in 48 readathon, where we try to read 24 hours total in the weekend of January 27th and 28th, the signups are still open! Also make sure to check out the updated How To Readathon post.
The readathon will start at 12:01AM ET on Saturday and will end at 11:59PM ET on Sunday. I’m six hours ahead of this timezone, so I’ll actually start my readathon during the quiet Saturday morning at 6AM! I will be updating my blog after the weekend ends to let you guys know how I did, but if you’re curious to read my updates throughout the weekend, make sure to follow my Twitter. I will be tracking my time using a stopwatch. And although I’m highly skeptical that I’ll actually read for 24 hours total, the main goal for me is to read more than I usually would, and readathons are such a fun way to do that!
So without further ado, here is (ahem) my overly ambitious TBR for this overly ambitious readathon!
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
The contemporary young adult novel They both Die At The End is about two teenagers, Mateo and Rufus, who are both experiencing their last day before they die. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. I don’t know much else about this book, other than that Mateo and Rufus supposedly met through an app, and that it’s obviously going to be a sad book. However, this is getting great reviews, so I’m curious and excited to read this!
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson was first published in 1948 The New Yorker, and created a huge backlash of hatemail at the time. So naturally, I want to read it. This collection contains The Lottery and 24 other short stories by Jackson. I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, and I thought it would be a good idea to throw some shorter stories into this readathon to break things up.
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
I’ve actually already started this book and I’m currently about halfway through. It’s a lovely mix of fiction and non-fiction. We follow Sophie, a teenager who finds two questions in her mailbox: “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” From there, we go on a journey through the history of philosophy. This is not a quick read for me, because I want to make sure that I actually understand every aspect of the story and how it fits into history as a whole. So I’m definitely not expecting to finish this in the upcoming weekend, but I hope to at least make some progress in it!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
Everyone and their mother has already read this book, except me. But this readathon I want to conquer it! I’m also trying to read more different genres this year, and this is a fantasy novel, so I’m definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. The book follows the story of Kell, one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. That’s all I really know about this book, and I’m planning to dive right in.
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen
Although this book all the way at the bottom of my stack of books pictured above, this is definitely not an afterthought. This book, originally published in Dutch (I have the Dutch version) follows a year in the life of 83-year-old Hendrik Groen, through this journal. Although Hendrik is 83, he doesn’t like old people very much. He lives in a nursing home in Amsterdam, and he describes his day-to-day life with sarcasm, wit and everything else we wish we could say and do out-loud. Sounds like the perfect book for a readathon!
Are you participating in the 24 in 48 readathon? Or any other readathon I should know of? Or have you read any of the books I’m planning to read this weekend? I would love to know your thoughts.
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