In these past few days, something has been occupying my bookworm mind, and now, I’m curious. This leads us into this little discussion for today. The topic of which is, do you participate in read-a-thon events? I’m curious. Reason it’s been on my mind is that, on a whim, I decided to join the annual Tis-The-Season-A-Thon. If you don’t know what this is, I’ll share details further on down the page, but for fun, I just wanted to have a little read-a-thon conversation (and a little “wrap up” of my experience joining this little bookish event).
What do you think of them?
If you’ve never heard of or participated in Tis-the-Season-a-Thon specific (since that’s the one I did), here’s a little bit about it.
This read-a-thon ran from December 2-8, and is hosted by Heather of Bookables (who, by the way, has a fun channel if you haven’t visited her bookworm interwebs space) along with three other co-hosts. Each year, they create a list of prompts to inspire the TBR you choose to read during this event. You can double up some of the prompts, and most booktubers post daily or a weekly roundup vlog of their experience while participating. As this was my first year, I choose not to do this because a: I’ve already got way too much on my mental check list to add filming a vlog and editing said vlog to list and b: I kind of went into this knowing I’d fail. I’m not good with time restraints, plus we all know I read slow.
Despite all of this, I set out determined to join in as my first read-a-thon experience and see what might happen. If you’d like to see my TBR, it’s on this webpage’s Youtube page, but below I’ll share the six prompts that was this years rule book.
1. Read a book with snow on the cover | 2. Read a holiday themed book | 3. Book you received as a gift | 4. Read a book while eating your favorite holiday treat | 5. A Book title related to music | 6: Extra/Bonus Challenge: Read our Buddy Read, 10 Blind Dates* by Ashley Elston (*Already read this one, and it’s SO cute! Review)
So, of those six, here are the three I chose to try and meet, and the books I paired with them.
A Fun Little Round-Up of the 2019
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1: Carols and Chaos by Cindy Antsey, Title Related To Music
This novel is darling. It’s been on my shelf for far too long, but I’m pleased to have finally read it. Such a charmer, and since I already have a review posted up for this one, I’ll limit my gushing, but just know this is like a mash up of Downton Abbey and Austen, with a sprinkle of Agatha Christie. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Christmas in the Highlands by Juliette Duncan, Book with Snow on the Cover
Unfortunately, this one is a miss. An Indie release, I used this one because it too has been on my shelf for a while, but it’s also a short novel, which is what I needed. The story has way too many characters (this is the last in a series, but is said to work as a standalone) and this detracts from the main “characters,” which in my definition is always who the back synopsis tells us about. Plus, we won’t even go into the repeat information overload and the romance…! Amazon | Goodreads
3: It Happened at Christmas by Christen Krumm, Read a Holiday Themed Book
This novel… swoon! Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to complete it during the read-a-thon and did in fact read some more pages this very morning, but I should finish it without issue this week (aka tomorrow), and let me tell you, I’ll be writing about it in its own published space. Oh, and did I mention, it’s a YA re-telling of While You Were Sleeping (!!!). Amazon | Goodreads
IN CONCLUSION: There’s a little wrap up of my experience with Tis-The-Season-A-Thon 2019! Sadly, I feel as though it was more fail than success just because of my own missteps in not giving myself ample reading time, and only trying to knock out three challenges (we all need to take baby steps sometimes, right?). Still, it’s been fun, and I’d like to think I’ll join another one with greater results in the future.
Thank you to Heather, and the rest of the co-hosts who put this together each year, it’s been fun!
Now, I want to hear from all of you. What are your thoughts on the trend that is read-a-thons? Have you joined in any before? Do you enjoy them; have you met new people and bloggers through them? What’s your best advice or tips for having a fun and successful outcome? Tell me all of your opinions and thoughts on the read-a-thon conversation.
How did you spin this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt? I’d love to see your posts too, so make sure to share where I can read them.
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