#BookishBloggersUnite: July 24 in 48 Readathon
#BookishBloggersUnite is a weekly(ish) tag that a group of bookish friends participate in to talk about books. There is a different host each week and this week it is my turn to host.
This week's theme: 24in48 July 2018 Readathon
If you want to participate, link your 24in48 readathon post to the linky button below so I can check it out :)
24 in 48 July 2018 Readathon
The 24 in 48 hours readathon is organised by the amazing superstars Rachel, Kerry and Kristen. Check out their main page here for everything you need to know, the sign-ups, prizes to be won, etc, etc
For a quick run down, basically, you start at 12.01am Saturday through to 11.59pm Sunday and aim to read for 24 hours over the 48 hour time period. This can be broken up however you want (you don't have to read 24 hours straight!).
I participated in my first 24in48 Readathon in January earlier this year and actually got through so many books that I really enjoyed. See my post here if you want to check out what I planned to read and some tips I wrote up for surviving a readathon.
I was planning to not participate this time around because we had plans on Saturday but I thought at the last minute, why not? It gives me a chance to squeeze in some extra reading on the Saturday morning when it first kicks off and I'll play catch up for some hours on Sunday. I definitely don't think I'll get to 24 hours this time, but happy to get as many hours in as I can :)
My Ambitious TBR
So having plans for most of Saturday didn't hold me back on choosing quite a few books to read.
Dark Days by James Baldwin
I have been wanting to pick up more Jams Baldwin after reading my first Baldwin: Giovanni's Room, earlier this year. I also have been reading more nonfiction than I usually do so I am super interested in these essays. Having a small book to read in between larger reads or to start you off is always a handy tip in a readathon.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Moxie is my in real life bookclub pick (one of three!) and I have had this one on my TBR for a long time. It looks fun but with strong feminist vibe which is just what I am in the mood for at the moment. I always recommend having at least one YA pick on your TBR.
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
This looks like a load of fun, matches my weird sense of humour and has been described as Eurovision in Space. What more could you want? Always pick a book you have been excited to read for a readathon pick!
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Confession time: I have borrowed this library book before and returned before reading. I also had an ebook copy from Overdrive that I had started reading and had to return. It wasn't that the story was horrible, in fact, I really enjoy it and I love Cora's character and the odd supporting cast but I have been cursed with finishing it so far! I am at 185 pages so I have made a start and if I finish ANY of these books, I really want it to be this one! Readathons are great to tackle a reading challenge, a book you have been meaning to get to, that one on your TBR you keep forgetting. Pro tip is to start reading just before the readathon or have pages already read, enough so the world has mostly been built so you can just dive straight in. I haven't done this before in a readathon (start a book before the start time, but I have completed some book challenges and it felt amazing!).
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
I bought the third Saga volume at the start of this year but I really need to refresh my memory and reread the series. I am slow but steady with these ones :) I love incorporating comics into my readathon list. Changing up genres, formats, and reading some things you don't read very often like poetry or short stories is a great idea for a readathon!