Like I mentioned last week, I’ve signed up for back-to-back summer readathons for the next two weekend. The first is the 24 in 48 Readathon from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, until 11:59 a.m. Sunday, July 22 (reading for 24 out of any of the 48 hours); the second, a reverse Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, from 8 p.m. Friday night, July 27, until Saturday night, July 28.
This is my potential list for both:
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
- Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by by Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (artist), Joe Sabino (letterer), Manny Mederos (designer), Rian Hughes (logo designer), Jack Kirby (writer, artist), and Laura Martin
- Bluebird, Bluebird: A Novel by Attica Locke
- Booked by Kwame Alexander
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Rebound by Kwame Alexander
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie
Nine are physical books and six are a combination of audio- and e-books, with one: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry in both of the latter two formats. The Poet X, I found on Hoopla from the Free Library of Philadelphia in audiobook, but not in ebook on Overdrive.
In the past, both readathons have encouraged reading diversely, but the 24 in 48 Readathon organizers this year are putting a special emphasis on it (see their post here). To that end, for the two readathons, I plan on focusing on diverse authors, not only authors of colors (although I will admit my list is lopsided toward them) as the organizers mention, but also also authors and books that represent “LGBTQIA+, disabilities, neurodiversity, geographic diversity, and more.”
I’ll be updating here throughout the 24 in 48 Readathon.
Where are you from, where are you now, and what’s the furthest from home you traveled in the past year? New Albany, PA, USA; Wellsboro, PA, USA; Cleveland, Ohio.
Have you done 24in48 before? How many times?! If it’s your first time with us, where did you hear about 24in48? Yes, a couple of times, not sure exactly how many.
Are you readathon-ing alone? If not, who are you doing 24in48 with? By myself.
What book are you kicking 24in48 off with? Rebound by Kwame Alexander
What’s your Hogwarts house? Gryffindor.
Where I can be found this weekend? Besides here, also on Instagram: www.instagram.com/stillunfinished.
I have finished two books, Rebound and Black Panther, and now I am headed to sleep for a bit.
I am asleep.
I’m getting ready to start my third book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, after a breakfast sandwich lovingly prepared by my wife. She also got me lunch fixings for later, as she will be asleep (works midnight shift as a 911 dispatcher).
Over at 24in48.com, the challenge for this hour is to “share a book that has expanded your worldview or changed the way you look at something, whether it’s another culture, gender, race, a new concept, social justice issues…” For me, that book is Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Just read it. Another one from way back is The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which not only opened my eyes to the African-American experience but also to Islam. I still get chills thinking about the book and the movie based on the book that was done by Spike Lee.
As for where I am with my reading, I’m about two-thirds of the way through The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and it is absolutely living up to the hype.
I finished The Hate U Give, which was easily the best book I have read so far this year.
I have started on my fourth book of the readathon, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, the sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. My wife and I just recently watched Love, Simon, the movie based on the first book so this seemed like perfect timing.
The third challenge over at the readathon website for Hour 18 is to share what’s on your nightstand, but as I don’t have a nightstand, I have nothing to share. I’m also one of those people that don’t read often before I go to bed. I play Solitaire and listen to music before I go to bed; that’s my wind-down routine, not reading, which would keep me up, to be honest.
I just finished Leah on the Offbeat, which while good wasn’t as good as the first book. I still enjoyed it, though.
Hour 24, 27, 30
24-30: Asleep. Up at 6 a.m. to discover our power was out. Went back to bed.
Hour 30 Challenge: A favorite under-the-radar book: All of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver. The late Carver was better known for his short stories, but this collection of poetry is one of my favorite collections of contemporary poetry, and one that deserves more attention than it gets.
Up and trying to decide on my next book. I tested Six of Crows and Children of Blood and Bone, but didn’t work for me (at least right now) so went with Behold the Dreamers and after 49 pages, I’ve decided to stick with it.