Last month, I heard about the Slowathon readathon from Kaitlin @ The Mismatched Reader. The Slowathon is taking place from September 12th to September 18th. It’s a readathon hosted by Marlin @ MarlinElena that was inspired by the desire to have a readathon based around quality, not quantity. You can learn more about it in the announcement video. It sounded like something that was completely my speed (:D), so I decided to check it out! Below are the prompts I’m interested in, but first, a disclaimer.
I know I tried my first readathon at the beginning of the year with Around the World 2016, and I basically dropped that completely about three months in. There were a few reasons for dropping, but the big one was that I came to a point where I just wasn’t interested anymore. The books I was reading felt more like travel guides than books about cultural experiences in new places, with new people, where I was really there with them. I felt like I wasn’t getting what I signed up for, so I decided to read books set in other places, apart from the challenge. This helped lead me to many amazing reads, like Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and Jessica Khoury’s The Forbidden Wish.
And here are the prompts for this challenge (the ones I’m interested in are bolded):
1) Read a book and mark it up! (Tabs, notes, underlining, etc.)
2) Create something inspired by the book you’re reading! (Examples: write a poem, a song, do a sketch, a dance routine, a painting…)
3) Do a buddy read (with booktube or real life friends) and discuss the book!
4) Read a book out loud (to someone or just to yourself.)
5) Read a book that intimidates you!
6) Reread a book and compare your reading experiences.
7) Read a book and review it on your platform of choice during the readathon week.
8) Read a book, then read secondary literature on it. Or a retelling/variation of the first book.
#3 and #8 sound like cool ideas, but they’re just not for me, and I do #7 almost every day! As for #4, I read The Hobbit to someone once, and it was one of the not-so-great reading decisions I’ve made in my history of reading. The others sound really fun! I really enjoyed making a background music track for Stalking Jack the Ripper‘s blog tour last month, so I may do something along that vein. Instead of the ones I’m not doing, I’ll be making setting my own goals that you can see in the graphic up above!
Are you participating in Slowathon? Or do you have books you would recommend for this challenge? Let me know!