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.
I mentioned this in my day one and day two recap, but I felt that annotating helped me to love, and hate, the book more. Thanks to all of the notes I took throughout the book, I reflected more while I was reading. In a way, that was a bad thing, because I felt like I was constantly trying to look for things to write down, but once I got into the swing of things, it was fun to record my thoughts throughout the novel.
These notes were also especially useful later on when I was writing my review. My thoughts came out pretty clearly, and I had a much easier time of reviewing the novel.
In the end, I want to stick with not annotating, only because I think it helps me to get into the story more, but I can see the merit to note-taking and I think I’ll be doing that with ARCs more.
This one felt less special to me, only because I’ve done it before, but it was fun nonetheless! I love making playlists for books I love, and reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily during Slowathon was perfect. Looking for songs got me in the Christmas spirit, and I mean–
I’m most thankful to Slowathon for the opportunity to reread one of my favorite books, Marie Lu’s Legend. Because of this reading challenge, I was able to dive into the book without worrying about my blog schedule. The YA blogosphere moves so quickly that books that were published even just last year are quickly forgotten. It seems that the only books that matter are the ones to be released, and that’s not true at all. I’ve been blogging for the past three years without a single hiatus, and I can’t really remember what it’s like to read without thinking about the blog. Participating in Slowathon is the closest I’ve come to experiencing that, and as much as I love the blog (AND ALL OF YOU :D) I loved reading a throwback.
I love the Monday Musts. It’s like Slowathon, but on a weekly basis. Along with Top Ten Tuesday, it’s the only feature I’ve found that doesn’t get old for me. Coming back to new and old favorites is so much fun, and I enjoyed being able to mesh that idea with the idea my #BBCreativityProject group did last year. It reminded me that I need to get into more projects out in the blogosphere!
Without Slowathon, I never would’ve picked up And the Trees Crept In. I figured it wasn’t my style, and I was right. Still, it was nice to try a book I wasn’t comfortable with. I think I may come back to horror someday, if I ever get over my fear of scary stories. Until then, Anna Dressed in Blood is the only one for me. ^-^
I’m also very thankful to Slowathon for the ability to reread The Distance from A to Z Like with Day 5, this is an experience I wouldn’t have been able to have without it. I originally reviewed the book this year, back in March. Normally, when I post a throwback review, the original is two to three years old. There was no way I was going to revisit the book, but I had this lingering regret that maybe I’d underrated the book.
Not the case. I reread it, compared my reading experiences, and stuck with most of the things I said in my original review. I’m glad I got that cleared up, and I was thankful for the opportunity to reread the book.
DAY 7: REREAD SECTIONS YOU LOVED OF THE BOOKS YOU READ THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
This is the only one I didn’t do a specific post for because I wanted the day to be for myself. I read through the books I read throughout the week, even branched onto another post-event project I’ll be busting out in a few days :3 and spent time thinking about the event as a whole, which leads me down to the next day.
DAY 8: OVERALL
Overall, I would do Slowathon again. It was an amazing collection of old and new post ideas, and it gave me the opportunity to come back to a few reads that I needed to return to. More than anything, I think Slowathon helped me to forget about the blog and just read. It probably can’t be any longer than this, and I would like it to be more during the summer instead of the school year, but I had a lot of fun with it and I can see it being an annual thing. Thanks so much to Marlin @ MarlinElena for hosting, and for Kaitlin @ The Mismatched Reader for posting about it! You can find their links up above.