Readathon TBR: Biannual Bibliothon

The 2019 Winter Biannual Bibliothon starts this weekend! This readathon is hosted by a handful of BookTubers and has reading (and video, if you have a YouTube channel) challenges to keep you interested. There is a group book during every round of the Biannual Bibliothon, and the pick for this particular round is Empress of All Seasons.

readathon dates: 1.12.19-1.18.19
social media pages: twitter | youtube

1. Read the group book:
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
2. Read one of the hosts’ 5 star reads:
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choy
3. Read a book that got you into reading.
4. Read an adult genre.
5. Combine your favorite genre with your least favorite format, or the opposite.
6. Read a book with a cover you don’t like.
7. Read a book by an author you’ve never read.

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Readathon TBR: Off the Grid

Here’s the first completely new-to-me readathon so far this year! Off the Grid readathon will be hosted four times this year, so come back in April if you can’t participate this round (the complete list of dates will be below)! What’s the goal, you ask? Try to disconnect from your phone and/or other distractions, and just read. It sounds so simple when you phrase it like that, but I can already tell it’s going to be difficult based on my own personal history with reading distractions.

I know a lot of us are used to specific starting times for these shorter readathons, but there’s not one for Off the Grid — start at midnight on the 11th and end at 11:59 PM on the 13th in your time zone. There will be a Twitter chat at the end of each day, if you want to tune into that.

readathon dates: 1.11.19-1.13.19
rules: set aside all distractions and focus on reading.
social media pages: twitter

January 11-13
April 12-14
July 12-14
October 11-13

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Book Review: In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It

“If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough.”

In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of
Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. “Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you.” In her hilarious, relatable voice, Graham reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes us or what we’ve yet to achieve. Grounded and inspiring – and illustrated throughout with drawings by Graham herself – here is a comforting road map to a happy life.

author: Lauren Graham
year of publication: 2018
page count: 64
genre: nonfiction, self help, essays

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Book Review: What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

After surviving gang-rape at seventeen in Mumbai, Sohaila Abdulali was indignant about the deafening silence that followed and wrote a fiery piece about the perception of rape — and rape victims — for a women’s magazine. Thirty years later, with no notice, her article reappeared and went viral in the wake of the 2012 fatal gang-rape in New Delhi, prompting her to write a New York Times op-ed about healing from rape that was widely circulated. Now, Abdulali has written What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape — a thoughtful, generous, unflinching look at rape and rape culture.
Drawing on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, and three decades of grappling with rape as a feminist intellectual and writer, Abdulali tackles some of our thorniest questions about rape, articulating the confounding way we account for who gets raped and why — and asking how we want to raise the next generation. In interviews with survivors from around the world we hear moving personal accounts of hard-earned strength, humor, and wisdom that collectively tell the larger story of what rape means and how healing can occur. Abdulali also points to the questions we don’t talk about: Is rape always a life-defining event? Is one rape worse than another? Is a world without rape possible?

author: Sohaila Abdulali
year of publication: 2018
page count: 224
genre: nonfiction, feminism, essays

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Another readathon that I always enjoy participating in is the #AYEARATHON. During the first full week of every month, we read books that correspond to a specific theme. All of the themes will be listed below, but here are the immediate details that you will need if you want to participate, and you can join the group on Goodreads if you want to chat with us!

readathon dates: 1.07.19-1.13.19
theme: throwbacks
rules: read childhood favorites or books that had an impact on your teens.
social media pages: twitter | instagram

January (7-13): throwbacks
February (4-10): Harry Potter
March (4-10): standalones
April (1-7): re-reads
May (6-12): finish/catch-up
June (3-9): LGBTQIA
July (1-7): read 5 different types of books
August (5-11): read the 5th book on your TBR
September (2-8): new beginnings
October (7-13): horror/thriller/mystery
November (4-10): mythology & retellings
December (2-8): graphic novels & short stories

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Book Review: The Agony House by Cherie Priest

Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and stepdad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, wagering the last of their family’s money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast.
Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn’t seem too weird to Denise. The unexplained noises are a little more out of the ordinary, but again, nothing too unusual. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it’s clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here.
Answers may lie in an old comic book Denise finds concealed in the abandoned attic: the lost final project of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn’t budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery — on the pages and off them — if she and her family are to survive . . .

author: Cherie Priest
illustrator: Tara O’Connor
year of publication: 2018
page count: 256
genre: young adult, horror, graphic novels, paranormal

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