The 24 Hour Readathon is back for it's April installment this Saturday and Sunday. I've been taking part in this event since I first started blogging way back in 2011 but haven't been able to do it for a while because life so I'm excited that I'll get to participate at least a bit this weekend.
In case you're not familiar, the 24 hour readathon is an event organised by book bloggers which takes place twice a year, in April and October, during which people attempt to read for as much of a 24 hour period as possible. There are also mini challenges, hourly prizes (check out the prize list & see if you can spot our donation), chat on twitter and this time an Instagram challenge as well! Since the start time for us here in the UK is 1pm I'll actually be at work and an after work commitment (the pub) for the first few hours, but I'm hoping to head home early and start properly around hour 8 or so.
What would a readathon be without a ridiculously ambitious TBR? I like to pair up shorter reads (graphic novels, novellas) with light non-fiction and short novels plus having at least one big book that I don't think will take long. Then I inevitably end up not reading anything from my pile, but it's primarily there for inspiration purposes anyway...
This is a pile that I'm excited about. I'll either start with something quick so I feel like I'm achieving lots, or I'll start off with Tower of Dawn because YA, and especially this series, usually ends up being a quick read for me despite its size. At the moment I'm deciding between Bitch Planet: President Bitch and The Bible as shorter reads to potentially start with.
The more I look at this pile the more difficult it is to decide! Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has been on my TBR for so many years now, and I recently watched the film with Frances McDormand and Amy Adams and it was just perfect, plus the book is published by Persephone who are the indie queens of my heart, so this one might win the battle for first.... or alternatively it could be A Portable Shelter by Kirsty Logan, because I actually squealed and jumped up and down when I received it in my last Ninja Book Swap parcel. I absolutely adored The Gracelings and The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales so I cannot wait to read this book.
I could break the mould and begin with some poetry. Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey has been raved about by so many bloggers that I know, and also came with little post-it tags in (from my Ninja swap partner) so I'm intrigued to find out which bits they enjoyed most. Also outside of my usual reading comfort zone is Do What You Want which is a zine about mental health that I supported ages ago but haven't read yet. If the weather's nice I may take this to work with me to read outside in the sunshine during my lunch break...
Along with all these possibilities I also have a super short story by Neil Gaiman, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, which I may actually end up starting with, a light non-fiction of the stunt memoir type genre, My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff, plus several other graphic novels, Blue is the Warmest Colour, Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight, and Pretty Deadly and Ody-c Volume 1.
If you want to help us decide what to read first you can vote on the poll that's in the right hand sidebar at the bottom.
Are you joining in with the Readathon? Let us know in the comments & feel free to link to your own TBR. We'll be participating primarily on Instagram and twitter but also possibly posting an update here after it's all over.