♥ ♡ ♥ Bookentine 2016 ♥ ♡ ♥
This February 8–14th is the second annual Bookentine read-a-thon which was created last year by the Australian book blogging duo Michelle & Ely from Tea & Titles! I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since the original read-a-thon because that is how I met Ely and really began to feel like a part of the book blogging community. It was quite by chance that I discovered this read-a-thon, and I’m happy to participate once again this year!
I don’t do many read-a-thons anymore because I generally burn out after I’ve read my first book and lose all excitement. Also, I really loved read-a-thons when I felt like it was a race for me to complete my reading goal for the year. This year I know it’s more than possible, so I’m in no hurry and just want to enjoy being able to read whatever I like.
You can read whatever books you like, but Michelle & Ely created three optional challenges to help inspire your selection if you feel like spicing things up.
- Read a contemporary set outside of America.
- Read a 2015 release you didn’t get to.
- Read a book by an author you’ve never read before.
I personally will not be focusing on the challenges, although I will be completing the second one, as what I really want is to use this read-a-thon to read books I’ve been meaning to read and think a read-a-thon would be perfect motivation for me to hunker down and finish.
First, I would like to finish Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I started this book in January and although I’ve enjoyed the first 80 pages or so, I’ve felt the need to finish other books first. I think this book would be perfect to read during a read-a-thon because of the unusual format.
I also would like to read a book called Status Update by Alice E. Marwick. It was assigned reading in one of my classes this past semester and I found it really interesting and important for anyone interested in working in social media, which I think I would like to do. Also, it’s non-fiction so I don’t think I will have trouble reading it after Illuminae if I get a book hangover after reading it.
And if there’s anytime left over from that, I’d like to make a dent in my writing buddy’s first novel draft she gifted me for Christmas! I want to provide her with feedback as she is already going through edits for this story, so I need to finish it up soon!
If you are also planning on participating or have read any of the books I’ve mentioned, let me know in the comments! Also make sure to use the hashtag #Bookentine16 on Twitter to keep up with everyone and get to know fellow participants.