High Summer Read-a-thon Wrap-up

I was and am still behind on my reading for July, but I did get some quality reading in for the High Summer Read-a-Thon (#HSreadathon) last week. This is a read-a-thon coordinated over at Seasons of Reading, and they also have a Facebook group for discussion.

The first books I finished were ones that I had already started. 2016 Fourth Annual Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest is a collection of finalist and honorable mention poems from the local library’s contest. (My entry is on page 14.) The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North is something like what you might get if you were to ask John le Carré to reboot Groundhog Day. Big Magic is a refreshing take on the “just do it” genre of self-help books for creatives and makes me want to read something else by Gilbert.

Later in the week I started Promises, Promises by L-J Baker and Wages of Rebellion by Chris Hedges. I have yet to finish either one. I’m not really in the right frame of mind for Baker’s screwball sense of humor right now, and reading Hedges during this election season, while a smart thing to do, is a scary and depressing thing to do. I really should find some middle literary ground right now. Maybe a nice cozy mystery or a fun steampunk adventure.

High Summer Read-a-Thon

Because I don’t have enough things to keep track of, I’m signing up for a Seasons of Reading read-a-thon later this month. The #HSreadathon takes place during the week of July 18th, and this is actually pretty good timing for me. I’ve signed on for summer reading challenges through my library and a local indie bookstore, so I’m trying to read something like 18 books between now and the middle of August. Totally do-able, but it wants a bit of planning.

My goal for the month of July is to finish at least 14 books, which works out to about 3 books per week. I’m a little bit behind at the moment, but I have some relatively short selections to zip through before the 18th. So likely candidates for the read-a-thon are Wages of Rebellion by Chris Hedges; I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai; and Wildcat Under Glass by Alki Zei.