Hey! I'm kind of new to all this and was wondering how do you find out about what readathons are going on in advance?
Also, please can you share your favourite booktubers with me as I want to discover new channels to watch. I mostly like contemporary and literary books (but not TOO literary haha!!) but I will give anything a go.
Thank you very much :)
Hi Catty, I'm also very (very very) new to this but so far I'm finding that I'm picking up what readalongs and readathons are on purely by mentions - by seeing a TBR pop up that says something like "TBR for ...-athon." And that's a good thing because it means you're focussing on the events done by the people you watch so you'll be more likely to engage well with it, if that makes sense. But it is annoying to find out about a virtual reading event just a little too late to really participate in (this has happened for me lately with Jane Austen July and Women In Translation month - both annual events though I'm guessing so another part is we'll just learn by experience what to expect).
In case it helps you, I've made a little list for myself of things that are coming up in the next few months that I have seen - a fair few of these come from a video Steve Donoghue made a week or so ago. There must be loads more though - if there's some kind of mega calendar, well I would love to see that if anybody has it!
September - Emojiation (challenges linked to emojis), Sci Fi September (Tome Infinity and Beyond), ShakeTube (Shakespeare), Banned Books week (in the last week)
October - Poetry Day, Victober (Victorian Literature), Spooktober
November - Non-fiction November, NaNoWriMo if you like writing as well as reading.
There's an account on Twitter @readathonnews which is good for finding out what's happening before it starts. It's run by Little Book Owl who's channel you may like. She does a bit of everything although more fantasy than any other genre. Channels with a contemporary/literary slant that I am currently enjoying are:
Mercy's Bookish Musings
Lauren and The Books
Books and Jams
The Book Castle
Girl About Library
Getting Hygge With It
Portal in the Pages
Drinking by my Shelf
Hi Catty, I can never finish a readathon because I am such a browser, but I like to think I'm going to :) One that is coming up is hosted by the books in the freezer podcast. They focus on horror, so a little niche, but it starts on Oct. 1-14. The two hosts are Rachel at shades of orange and Stephanie at that's what she read, also mainly horror focused.
The big booktubers are ok for watching, but you'll never get any interaction- they mainly stay above the hoi polloi. I like low volume booktubers like:
a wandering mind
sarcasm and scifi
ps i love that book
One of the best ways to find new booktubers is to look at the comments and check out the channels of the commenters. Lots of them are booktubers themselves.
This is so helpful! Thanks you guys :)