January 23rd, 2017: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Hey friends! I hope everyone had a great time participating in #24in48. I managed to read a fair bit, mostly YA, and it was fun participating on Litsy for the first time! ICYMI, #DiverseAThon started yesterday, and will go on till the 29th. Here’s what I plan to read this week for it: 

Not much else on my end, hope everyone else is doing well. As always, I’d love to know what you’re reading!

Until later,

-J

Diverse-A-Thon is Back!

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Hey ho, it’s that time again! So remember a few months ago when that trashfire video resulted in a weeklong readathon dedicated to boosting marginalized voices? Well, they’re back! That’s right, Diverse-A-Thon is happening from January 22nd to the 29th, which means I get to spend this weekend participating in two readathons. My body is ready. 

This ‘thon is hosted by the wonderful Joce, Christina Marie, Monica Watson, and Simon Savidge. They are all booktubers, but there are participants from all over all varieties of social media. For example, I learned from Joce’s announcement video that Naz and Mara will be joining the hosts to promote Diverse-A-Thon across both Instagram and the blogging platforms. 

The great thing about this ‘thon is that it’s a super low stress one- there are no reading challenges or specific prompts involved. Participants can read one, two, or ten books within the space of the week. There will be daily twitter chats, which are very interesting, and give you an opportunity to discuss a lot of key issues surrounding diversity in publishing, as well as get a ton more books recommendations. The group book selected this time is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This is one hundred percent optional, and will not detract from your readathon participation if you don’t choose to read it. 

Personal note: I’m not sure if the challenge specifies this, but I’d like everyone to keep in mind that promoting diversity in reading is about boosting marginalized voices and experiences. So if you’re choosing to only read books by white/cis/het/able authors who’ve included marginalized characters in their story, then that isn’t really the same thing. If we are to change the landscape of publishing, then we need to support authors and experiences that are of a wide range and a variety of intersections. I don’t intend to police anyone’s reading choices, but I’d just like to gently remind everyone why these events are being organized in the first place. 

If you need more incentive: Naz is letting everyone that participates and creates a sign-up post with a TBR submit that post to earn 1 point towards a badge for #ReadDiverse2017 (Yes yes that definitely motivated me to create one instead of simply participating in the ‘thon). 

Alrighty, since I’m still in my YA/light books zone, here’s potentially what I’d like to read during the week: 

Meanwhile, let me know in the comments if you’re participating. This is such a cool initiative and I’m glad to be participating. Know that I’m a social media junkie that will be cheerleading you through the week if you need a boost. I am also linking the announcement videos by Joce, Simon, and Christina Marie if you’re looking for more information, or just really cool booktubers. Be sure to follow the official Diverse-A-Thon twitter account for the latest updates!

-J

 

 

#DAReadathon TBR

I have several issues with the lack of diversity in the world of Harry Potter, especially with the kind of crap JKR has been putting us through this year. But I think you’ve known me long enough to know I can’t resist a readathon, especially one that is focused on promoting diverse books. I’ve been mulling over my reading goals for 2017, and it only seems fitting to kick it off with a readathon highlighting diverse books, organized by an awesome blogger. The details are right here, and I’m excited to be repping team Slytherin!

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Aentee has given us eight awesome prompts, and I’ve picked one book each in order to rack up some sweet house points:

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I haven’t read a lot of books repping ace characters, and it is totally for lack of trying. I’m making more of an effort and have found quite a few titles, so I’m reading one that has been recommended to me the most from all corners of the interwebz. 

 

 

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It’s safe to say that I’ve discovered plenty of gaps in my reading, so many that I’m not actually sure I’ll get to all of them in my life, but I’ll be damned if I don’t keep trying. So for this category, I’ve picked this highly acclaimed title which hits both titles by Non-US/European authors and features lesbian characters. 

 

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This book has been sitting on my shelf for months; I only bought it because the premise sounded interesting. A quick scroll through Goodreads indicated that this is highly acclaimed, so I’m using this readathon as an excuse to crack this beauty open. 

 

 

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You guys, my body is so ready for this movie. I can’t explain what it means to see women of colour nerds on screen. It is going to be glorious, and you bet your bottom dollar I need to read the book before I go see it on screen. 

 

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I keep picking this book up and I’m never in the right mood to read it, but I’m thinking having a print copy will help me this time. I know it’s a slow burn and there’s a ton of world building, but I have mad respect for the author and I’d really like to finally be hooked along with the rest of you. 

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It’s really simple, my library hold finally came through, and I need to read it because the holds list is a mile long. Also, I’ve heard so many good things and I’m having serious FOMO. THAT COVER IS EVERYTHING. *heart eyes for days*

 

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This book has been recommended to me by both Naz and Bina, which made it the perfect pick for this prompt. I’m knee deep in my need for intersectional feminist works, so this automatically made the list for that as well.

 

 

 

 

Right, those are my picks. Looking for more options? Allow me to direct you to Naz’s blog, where he gives us more than 60 awesome options for the readathon prompts. Excited to see everyone’s picks, and looking forward to start off the year reading fantastically inclusive books! 

-J

 

 

 

 

 

#DiversityDecBingo TBR

As I’d mentioned earlier this week, I’m participating  in #DiversityDecBingo, which starts tomorrow! I’d like to thank the awesome bookstagrammers/bloggers that are hosting this, because it such a great way to promote reading diversely. I’m being atypically realistic and not attempting to complete all the squares in the bingo card, mostly because I’m travelling for the next couple of weeks and won’t have a lot of time to read. Also, my TBR is out of control as it is, and I just requested a bunch of ARCs because I’m a masochist like that, so I need to reign it all in.

After a ton of hemming and hawing, my sister intervened and picked this column for me.  (I can’t decide anything to save my life.)

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TBR:

Chronic pain sufferers                    Non-Western setting                         PoC/Interracial M/M

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Pansexual MC                                                 Asexual/Aromantic MC

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The best part about these are that they’re all either ebooks I own or digital copies from the library, which means I can probably try and knock them out while I’m travelling. Five books in two weeks, I think I can handle it.

I’m also super excited to see what everyone else is reading, because I’d love to read more books in all of these categories. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions for any of the categories on the bingo card, I’d love to hear about them!

-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 12th, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

Holy hellcats we’re now in the middle of September! U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E. Someone please tell me which black hole is sucking in all our time because I do not get it.

Books, books. Let’s see, it’s DiverseAThon week!

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Following the shit show with Certain White Author on Twitter, followed by Certain Racist Trash video on Youtube, a group of booktubers got together to create a weeklong readathon focused on diversity in publishing and celebrating own voices. Needless to say, I am stoked. Especially after the last book I read by a white dude with the whole teacher-seduced-by-student narrative that turned out to be based on his own life and experiences with a former student. Gah, men. Anyway, I’m here for this celebration and happy to dive into the glory of some great books by own voices.

On the roster:

Ooh, also, there’s no sign-ups on anything, so feel free to join in using the hashtag #diverseathon. There’s also a bunch of twitter chats that will be happening over the course of the week, scheduled as follows:

 

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Also, I might be getting on a plane  in a few hours, if the airline issues me a boarding pass- there’s some weird regulations with visas and such (as is my life), to visit some relatives with my parents for a few (Not-so-secretly hoping they don’t let me board because that means four days alone at home with all of the books). 

Meanwhile, I’m finally on Litsy! IT’S SO MUCH FUN YOU GUYS I LOVE IT SO MUCH. If you’re on there, I’m @theshrinkette on there. YAY BOOKS!

More later,

-J

Epic Reads’ Reading Decathlon Recap

Heyo,

Updates, updates: All my stuff was packed and shipped, and I moved back to Muscat about a week ago. My last few weeks in Chicago were spent catching up with as many friends as I could, and generally taking in as much Chicago as I could before I left. Yes, this did include visiting all my favorite bookstores one last time. It was an emotional rollercoaster of a month and now I’m catching up on sleep, enjoying my mom’s cooking, and just chilling. My body is appreciating this kindness. 

As most of you know, I participated in the Epic Reads’ Reading Decathlon Challenge. They had three different levels of challenges- gold, silver, and bronze- and you could choose to attempt whichever you wanted.

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I chose to go for the gold- mostly because I had a 15 hour flight from Chicago to Muscat and I needed some motivation to kill my time up there reading. Plus, what better way to make a dent in that TBR? I managed to finish 10 books in 9 days, and it was so much fun having all this time to read! 

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#BOTNBingo: Because I needed one more reading challenge

Well, yeah, I have a problem. Since discovering the bookternet, I’m all about the reading challenges. I’m pretty sure serious Readathon withdrawal (Andi, Rachel, ya hear me?) is the reason I jumped on this bandwagon as soon as I saw Shaina talk about it on twitter:

Yes, reaction GIFs are my favorite method of communication. 

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and just in time. The #BOTNSBookBingo, organized by the lovely folks at Books On The Nightstand. It goes from Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th, 2016) all the way up to Labor Day (September 1st, 2016). Basically, a summer of reading glory, all mapped out for you! If you haven’t yet, go build yourself a card: http://tinyurl.com/BOTNSBingo2016

Note: The website is set up to generate a new card each time you refresh the page, so make sure you save/print yours as soon as it has been generated!

Here’s mine:

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This is a pretty good mix of things I usually enjoy reading, and things I’d never considered, like nature writing or a fiction set during a plague. Couple of categories, like a book about art or an artist, or a ghost story, are not types of books I gravitate towards (I read everything, so this statement is probably more anecdotal than empirical), so it’s a good mix. My goal is to truck along with #readmyowndamnbooks with this one, but I suspect with the unusual categories I might have to reach out to the library for support.

I’ve talked before about how I thought my rate of success is pretty low with longer reading challenges, but I have a feeling that having specific tasks will help me focus better. All I need to do now is organize what I want to read and that should prevent the slump from setting in. 24 specific books in the span of 3 months seems totally doable. 

If anyone out there is participating, let me know in the comments and we can compare cards!

-J