I have never taken part in a readathon before, and I stumbled across WhittyNovels‘ CramAThon readathon on YouTube (check out her video here!). This readathon was created as a mad sprint to complete Goodreads reading challenges or get books completed before the end of the year, therefore the ultimate goal is to read as many thin books as possible. I have already completed my Goodreads challenge, and have read many books this year, but I want to take part for the sole purpose of completing my first readathon. The CramAThon runs from Saturday 20th December at 12AM to Wednesday 24th December at 11:59PM (your time zone). In addition to reading as many books as possible, there are 7 challenges to try and achieve in the process. Below, I will list the challenges, and then talk about the books that I intend to read for this readathon! In the meanwhile, everyone should check out the twitter page for this readathon at @CramAThon or give WhittyNovels a follow on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels).
1) Read a children’s book!
2) Read a hardback!
3) Read 2 books in 24 hours!
4) Read a graphic novel!
5) Read a book in verse! (or poetry!)
6) Read a novella!
7) Read 5 books total!
MY CRAMATHON TBR
1. ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo
This book is my chosen children’s book, for challenge one. It is incredibly short, at 182 pages. I love Michael Morpurgo’s books ‘Alone on a Wide Wide Sea’ and ‘Private Peaceful’, and I feel that ‘War Horse’ is his best known novel, that I should have read by now.
2. ‘Dear Lupin… Letters to a Wayward Son’ by Roger and Charlie Mortimer
This hardback is about a father’s letter correspondence to his only son. It is my hardback selection for task two, and contains 172 pages. I only picked up this book today in a charity shop, but I feel like I should read it quickly rather than letting it languish on my shelf forever.
3. ‘The Complete Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi
This book is my graphic novel challenge for task four. I have only read one graphic novel previous to this (the graphic novel adaptation of ‘The Recruit’ by Robert Muchamore), so it is about time that I read another one. I love how quick they are to read, so I have no excuses when it comes to this book.
4. ‘Casino Royale’ by Ian Fleming
‘Casino Royale‘, as most of us know, is the first ‘James Bond’ novel. I have never read or seen anything ‘James Bond’… I know, crime. So here I am, proposing that I read the first ‘James Bond’ book to remedy this issue.
5. ‘Sex and the City’ by Candace Bushnell
As I do not often read chick-lit kind of books, I am reading this to branch into genres that I rarely read. Apparently, this book is not hugely popular in comparison to the TV show, so I feel like I should read it to draw my own comparisons.
6. ‘The Early Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’ by Alfred Tennyson
I do not own any books in verse, so I am going to read some poetry for this task instead. I am going to read my ebook collection ‘The Early Poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’. Tennyson is my runaway favourite poet, and I am currently doing some study work on him, so reading this will act as nice further reading, as well as providing enjoyment.
7. ‘Night of Cake and Puppets’ by Laini Taylor
I love Laini Taylor’s writing, so ‘Night of Cake and Puppets’ easily makes my novella choice for this readathon (if I haven’t read it beforehand!). I have been debating downloading it for ages, but finally made the decision to so that I can include it in the CramAThon.
These are the books that I hope to read during the CramAThon. Remember to check out the links to Twitter and YouTube and get involved!
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