During the 48 hours that comprise July 23 and July 24 2016, I will be joining the #24in48 readathon. Have you heard about it? Are you joining? If not, really do consider it because huge readathons are great way to meet fellow book dragons and make reading an even more social activity as a blogger.
The goal is to attempt to read up to 24 hours in a time period of 48 hours. However, you can devote as much time to reading as you want! It’s very low-pressure.
This is how the host (24in48.com)describes it:
If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: Beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, readers read for 24 hours out of that 48 hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six 4 hour sessions with 4 hour breaks in between; whatever you’d like.
To be quite honest, this is not really a huge difference from my average weekend. I don’t read for 24 hours, that’s too much. Though I will admit that I do read a lot. Not sure how much, because I don’t keep track, but stretching my average weekend-reading time to 48 hours is reasonable given my reading habits.
My “24 in 48” TBR Pile
This is the overview of the books I’ll be reading. I decided to go with several short books, including graphic novels, short story collections, and one mid-sized novel in case I miraculously become a speedy reader and fly through the slim books.
Other readers are going with much bigger reading stacks, but I know myself and even though it’s a little embarrassing to admit, I am a very slow reader. I should be able to get through the slim books easily within the time frame…I think. But I know for a fact that I won’t be able to get through all of them and Homegoing in 24 hours.
Homegoing is the main attraction here.
I bought it immediately after release and finally have the time slotted to read it. The bad news (for me) is that I forgot that my subscription to My Lit Box offers books from the most recent releases. So for July, I got sent a second copy of Homegoing. The good news (for you) is that I will be hosting a giveaway in my blog for the extra copy along with my review. Be very excited!
Update: I read a 1/3 of this book and it’s everything I wanted. The writing captured me the moment I started reading. This is a very impressive debut with a wide cast of characters that are all very human, real, and relatable. I can’t wait to keep reading and finish the story to share it with others.
Other Notable Books
- Update: I didn’t get a chance to start this book. I also didn’t reach my reading goal of 24 hours, but I am not stressing about it. I enjoyed every hour that I was able to read and am very glad I participated.
Woman Hollering Creek – by Sandra Cisneros | Part of my ongoing quest to read of all Cisnero’s work.
- Update: I read about half of the stories in the collection, but they were great! I love Cisnero’s voice. Her characters and narratives speak to me in ways other stories can’t.
Bitch Planet: Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine | Read issue #1, now have to finish the rest.
- Update: Volume one was excellent! This comic is an important piece of feminist fiction and I’d recommend it to anyone at all who cares about feminism. The story isn’t lighthearted, it’s brutal and honest but it couldn’t have been told any other way and made the same point.
Rat Queens: Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery | This sounds like such a fun graphic novel!
- Update: From the cover, I didn’t expect Rat Queen to be so bloody, coarse, and gruesome. This is not a graphic novel for kids! But I still loved it because I play video games a lot, especially RPGs, so this reminded me of many adventures I’ve had in video game worlds. The characters were memorable, fun, and relatable. I will definitely read Volume 2.
Bloodline – by Joe Jimenez | Won this book in a giveaway. It’s short and has a Latino MC, so it’s my kind of book.
- Update: Bloodline is a very serious and contemplative story. It’s told in in second person POV, which isn’t my favorite, but allows for a unique voice is that sounds urgent and appropriate for the subject matter. The story follows Abraham, a 17 year-old boy who doesn’t take school seriously and gets in fights often, which worries his grandmother. To intervene, she invites her son, Abraham’s uncle, Claudio, to teach him how to “be a man” and get get his life straight. It’s a very short book and makes its point very quickly and poignantly. I recommend it.
I have backups in case I do mange to read though all the short books and Homegoing. Notably, an eARC of Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott and another book I want to review for my blog, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
I will update this post throughout the weekend and offer mini-reviews for the books as I finish them.
It’s not too late to sign up! You can do so here <– click
Let me know in the comments if you’re participating so I know to visit your blog and chat with you on Twitter.
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