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. It sounded like something that was completely my speed (:D), so I decided to check it out! You can learn more about my take on this challenge here.
DAY 1 SUMMARY
Yesterday marked (:D) the first day of #Slowathon, and the challenge was to mark it up! I took one of my favorite pens (Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm for all of the pen lovers out there) to my BEA ’16 copy of Frostblood by Elly Blake. I tried to comb through the book and add my notes as status updates on my Goodreads (which I probably should’ve done while I was reading), but decided to stop because there’s so many of them. I’ve actually annotated before, but never in the way that I did with Frostblood.
Maybe it’s because the book was more predictable than the others that I’ve annotated, but the major distinction is that in Frostblood, I started writing down my predictions in the margins with a time and a date. Many of these predictions ended up coming true, so it was fun to confirm each one, even though it was disappointing in the end.
These notes also helped me to go into much farther detail than I usually would for a review, so my post word count ended up being 1239 so far. I may end up changing it before it publishes in early November, but we’ll see. It was a unique experience for me to annotate a book I disliked, and it helped me to pinpoint what was wrong much more easily. I think I’ll be taking more casual notes in the future.
DAY 2 MISSION
My challenge for day two is two (:D) create something! The book that I chose to the do the mission for is David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s fabulous The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. This book ended up being very different from the first in that many plot elements were sad or serious. However, they maintained a light undertone. I went in expecting to love the book, but I was completely blown away by just how much more I found in it. Watch out for my review in the middle of October!
Here are six songs that I think convey the spirit of the book:
Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade
There are so many incredible songs that convey a similar message as this song, but I felt that Fall for You was the most fitting for The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily. It’s bittersweet, about two people who’ve fallen out of that honeymoon phase and have disappointed each other but who still love each other. P!NK and Nate Ruess’ Just Give Me A Reason was very close to making it onto this list as well.
You Make Me Smile by Uncle Kracker
Even though they go through their difficulties over the course of The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, Dash and Lily never forget why they’re together. I loved how the chaos in their lives couldn’t interrupt the fact that they bring out the best in each other, and I thought You Make Me Smile was perfect for conveying that.
Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne
The lyrics of Keep Holding On really relate to the struggles that Lily feels, especially in regard to Dash. She draws strength from him, even though they feel distant from each other in parts of the story. She’s someone with a lot of quiet resilience, and she grows a lot through the stress of having to take care of her ailing grandfather. I came to admire her a lot over the course of The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily.
Empire State of Mind by Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is very much a love letter to the city of New York. The book drops names and slang and places with zero regard for if these places will be remembered twenty, fifty, a hundred years from now. It feels like a YA novel written for teens in a very natural way, and I loved how of-the-moment it was. Some of humorous commentary on today’s world were hilarious.
Is it Ramen? by AKMU
I really wanted to find a song or a group that conveyed just how endearing and funny this book is, and Akdong Musician does that perfectly. From their days in Kpop Star to their latest comeback, their amazing lyrics and charm come together to create memorable performances. This is one of their older, more humorous songs, based around the greatness than is ramen.
Christmas Time by the Jellyfish Entertainment Artists
There are so many incredible Christmas songs out there, but when I think of the spirit of Christmas, I think of this song. In middle school, I would listen to this song on the bus to get in the holiday mindset. Since then, it’s been one of my Winter essentials. Many companies get their artists together to do Christmas songs, but I think Starship and Jellyfish have done the best job.
Are you participating in Slowathon? Or have you done any of these kinds of prompts before? What books are you excited to really get into and explore? Leave a comment below!