After wallowing for far too long, I have decided to take my own advice on how to get out of a reading slump by participating in this week's AuthorAThon readathon. I participated in a few readathons last year (such as the BookBuddyAThon, Bout Of Books and the Booktubeathon) and they all proved to be fruitful so I'm hoping that this will have the same affect!
The AuthorAThon is a week long readathon, created by Joanna and Sam, running from 12pm on the 18th April 2016 to 11:59pm on the 24th April. You could either read books from one particular author or you could participate in the following challenges. I happen to really enjoy picking out books that fit specifications so I decided to go with the latter.
c h a l l e n g e s
read a book by one of your favourite authors
m train by patti smith
I've mentioned before how much I really do not like coining 'favourites' but I absolutely adore Smith's writing. Just Kids is one of my favourite books and I've been, weirdly, putting off reading M Train because I have been saving it for the ~right time~ which is why it has miraculously sat on my shelf unread since it featured in my Christmas book haul. Of course, the right time doesn't really exist in life so I've decided to throw caution to the wind and indulge.
read a new-to-you author
this is the story of alison hubble by allan ahlberg & bruce ingham*
Puffin sent me The Story of Alison Hubble through the post the other morning, due to be released into the world on the 5th May, so I thought I would slot it into this challenge because I cannot help but read children's books as soon as they're in my hands. I shared a few children's book reviews the other day if you're in the market for new books for your little ones!
give an author a second chance
vampires in the lemon grove by karen russell
This challenge is probably meant to encourage you to give an author that you didn't get on too well with another go but I've decided to be a pedantic little prat and read a book by an author that I have only had one experience of. I read Russell's debut short story collection St Lucys Home for Girls Raised by Wolves earlier this year and absolutely loved it so I'm hoping this offering will be just as good.
read a debut author (2015 or 2016)
the girls by emma cline
The Girls, due to be released this summer, is Cline's debut novel. I'm so looking forward to reading this book, because of my weird interest in cults, and I suppose I had best get round to it considering I proclaimed it as my 'next read' in my 16 Books To Read in 2016 post.
read a book written by more than one author
wolf volume 1 by ales kot, matt taylor & lee loughridge
I usually read graphic novels and comics as soon as I have my hands on them so it's unusual that I still haven't read this despite featuring it in my book haul back in January. Graphic novels and the like are perfect readathon fodder so this will probably be the first thing that I pick up.
read a book from an author who is from a different continent than you
things fall apart by chinua achebe
Another book that you will have seen in my recent book haul, Things Fall Apart has been on my radar for years and, thankfully, I found it in a charity shop during my recent trip to York. It is hailed as one of the most important African novels and an innovative piece of storytelling and I'm so looking forward to picking it up.
Are you thinking of taking part, albeit a little late on in the game? I'd love to know what books you would pick for each challenge, regardless! If you'd like to get involved, you can follow @AuthorAThon on Twitter for reading sprints and be sure to keep an eye on #AuthorAThon for updates from the community.
Read my 16 books to read in 2016 post
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*This book was sent to me by the publisher for review. All opinions are my own.