My 2024 ReadAThon Books
I embarked last year on a charity ReadAThon. The first since being a child. Back then, I loved reading and book challenges and regularly took part in them at school or set up my own at home. I remember school holidays filled with reading races with my sister. We competed to rattle through our Enid Blyton books, occasionally managing to stay friendly but usually, sooner or later we’d argue. My sister and I were rarely not arguing. We bickered over the trivia of daily life, fought and squabbled over everything, including who was reading more, or better books. Still, I loved a ReadAThon and found books a refuge from what was, too often, an argumentative household.
Last year, I devised for my personal fundraising for Schnauzerfest a ReadAThon format where I donated an amount according to my rating. So a five star book raised more than one I rated lower. I enjoyed the form, but slipped at times during the year, forgetting to detail the books and ratings.
So, this year I’m keeping it simpler for myself. For every book I read and finish I will donate. I give up on books if they’re not enjoyable, there are too many in the world for me to waste time slogging on.
For January, I’ve completed and donated for five books. I’ll list them here each month nd keep this blog post updated through the year.
Girl Waits With Gun, Amy Stewart
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zevin
Tom Lake, Ann Patchett
Killingly, Katharine Beutner
Memphis, Tara M. Stringfellow
Of these, my favourite this month was Memphis, I loved it, a unique and engaging debut novel. I thought Ann Patchett’s would win out, but it didn’t quite hit the top notes for me.
I’m always keen to hear book recommendations, am never happier than talking about books…and dogs! You’re always welcome to get in touch.
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