A few days ago, I was sat at the dining room table, about to have my breakfast alone. When I eat alone, I usually pull up Netflix and catch up on a brand new series, or go on YouTube and see if any of my favourite creators have uploaded anything new. On this particular morning, I was on YouTube, refreshing my homepage for the umpteenth time to basically refresh my recommended videos, when finally, a video by Little Book Owl finally caught my eye. It was called, “READATHONS IN 2019”. I saw it was posted a month ago, but that didn’t matter. The title got me curious enough to tap on it.
I’ve heard about “readathons” before. When you’re constantly watching Booktubers on YouTube and scrolling through Instagram for posts from my favorite Bookstagrammers, hearing about things like this is almost unavoidable. Unfortunately, I haven’t really done my homework on readathons… until now.
Just from it’s name, you can guess what a “readathon” is. “Read” + “Marathon” = “readathon” — event wherein you read a marathon of books. It’s like having a movie marathon or binge-watching a TV series, basically. Here, Catriona (aka “Little Book Owl”) lists down all the different readathon events happening in 2019 that she’s aware of. I watched the whole video, and since my coffee hadn’t sunk in my system yet, her words hadn’t sunk in my mind either. So, after I ate my breakfast, I turned on my laptop and checked out her website where she said she had a full calendar of the readathon events taking place. I scrolled through the list and a couple caught my eye such as the “read-a-thin”, “#AYearAThon”, “Hamilthon”, “Banned Book-a-thon”, and a couple of others. From what I could see, most of these readathons are only happening once in 2019. Some, such as the “#AYearAThon” are happening once a month with a different theme each month, or like the “read-a-thin” which seems to be happening thrice this 2019 (based on Catriona’s calendar). However, the readathon that caught my eye the most is the “Fantastic February” readathon.
One of the main reasons this caught my eye was that it is scheduled to be throughout the whole month of February. I decided that if I wanted to do at least one of these challenges ASAP, I would have to do it in February before things with school and thesis get even more hectic than it already is. Another reason why, is because “Fantastic February” is dedicated to reading fantastical books, and since I am in such a huge mood for fantasy right now (mostly because I got a lot of books under the fantasy genre in my TBR list…), I thought it would be a good idea to go for it!
This readathon also fits in perfectly with the “Janus Silang” series, which is what I am currently reading, and I might just be able to finish it during the readathon, which is great! I also planned on reading the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan anyway, so I already have a part of my TBR planned out. Why Kane Chronicles next? Well, I already have the box set, so might as well, yeah? I also aim to finish the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen and the “Seven Realms” series by Cinda Williams Chima, or at least read what I can from these series because I still have to buy the last book of both series.
I hope to at least finish the Kane Chronicles. That is my MAIN goal, but since I have a month, let’s hope I finish at least 10. That would be a miracle with the schedule I have, but it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy, would it?
As for my February TBR, this is the list below:
- Janus Silang
a. Si Janus Silang at ang Manananggal Mambabarang (#2)
b. Si Janus Silang at ang Pitumpu’t Pitong Pusong (#3)
- The Kane Chronicles (all books will be read)
- The Red Queen Trilogy (hopefully I will be able to buy Fate of the Tearling during this challenge)
a. Queen of the Tearling
b. Invasion of the Tearling
- The Seven Realms Series (hopefully I will be able to buy The Crimson Crown during this challenge)
a. The Demon King
b. The Exiled Queen
c. The Gray Wolf Throne
Stay tuned to get updates on my very first reading challenge!