Like starlings the wind drives us
into flight at the hour when
the shadows fall.
The air stirs the light
between the leafage of trees, and from the hillsides
they look down on the land extending around them.
I know that the old coat is tearing
and I am afraid
of the ending of time.
and often turning
the face towards a blinding light,
is the extreme response of our bodies
to the absence of balance in nature
which blindly makes one experiment after another
and like a senseless botcher
undoes the thing it has only just achieved.
Let’s Begin: Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon!
I am so pleased to announce that Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon has officially started! I’m so excited! Which book will you be reading first?
Q:When does the read a thon start? I thought it started last week.......
It starts in just under two hours!
The Read-A-Thon is running from Wednesday 23rd of April through until the end of Tuesday 29th of April.
The sign up to become an Official Participant closed on Thursday the 17th, so maybe that’s where you’re getting confused? Sorry anon!
Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon: What do I Post and Share?
I’ve just published several posts loaded with lots of extra things to do for the Read-A-Thon! Here’s a quick run down of what you can post and take part in during the April Read-A-Thon:
The main purpose of the Bookish Prompts post is to provide you with a starting point if you are unsure what to read during the Read-A-Thon. As the title suggests, these are just prompts. Please don’t feel limited by what I have suggested as you are welcome to read whichever books you like. Everyone has those difficult times when it’s hard to read or pick up a book. Just remember, you don’t have to go through a reading slump alone, we are here to help!
This is a fun list of things that are here to challenge readers who wish to push themselves out of their comfort zones or who just want to have a bit of fun and explore different types of books and reading experiences. I absolutely do not expect anyone to complete everything on this list! I am aware that if you are reading a particular book, you may be able to complete several of the challenges at once; this is absolutely fine.
I’d love to see some copies of this list being ticked off as we progress throughout the Read-A-Thon, but in the end what you do with this list is entirely up to you!
The Questionnaire can work two ways. Firstly, you could request that other bloggers choose questions for you to answer. Secondly, you can pick and choose which questions you’d like to answer yourself.
You can reply to these questions in a variety of ways. You could create a series of posts (or maybe one big post) in which you answer these questions. This can be done using just a simple text post, through the use of photography or images, a voice recording, or if you’re feeling adventurous you could even make a video and answer the selected questions to share with us! Most of these questions will be more interesting if you go into a little more depth than just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer but how you decide to respond is entirely up to you.
But what else should I post?
For your general reading progress throughout the Read-A-Thon please feel free to post anything you like! This can include, but is in no way limited to:
- General reading progress and updates
- Your reactions to the book: start | middle | finish
- Your thoughts on the book
- Book photography
- Sharing quotes from the book
- Writing up a book review or summary of the book
- Book to Movie adaptation comparison (if applicable)
- General thoughts on books and reading
- Share and recommend the book here on Tumblr, Goodreads, etc.
- Excited squealing over the Read-A-Thon? (I’m excited!)
If you’d like some ideas or help on how to start talking about books, I’m more than happy to help. We all have to start somewhere, right?
Participation in all of these activities is entirely optional. These activities are here for you to utilise, so take part and use what you’re interested in doing and leave the other stuff. It’s that easy. We’re all here to read and have fun in sharing our love of books. Let’s get started!
Treesofreverie's April Read-A-Thon: Questionnaire
- 01. What do you plan on reading for the Read-A-Thon? Why did you choose these books?
- 02. Where will you be sharing your bookish updates for Treesofreverie's April Read-A-Thon?
- 03. Are you currently taking part in any other reading challenges for 2014?
- 04. Do you have any reading goals? What are you hoping to achieve?
- 05. Are you from a family of readers?
- 06. Do many of your friends read?
- 07. What or who inspired your reading as a child?
- 08. Are there any books you wish you got to read when you were younger?
- 09. What are your favourite genres?
- 10. What are your favourite books?
- 11. Do you like to re-read your favourite books?
- 12. Who are your favourite authors?
- 13. What would you do if you got to meet your favourite author?
- 14. What defines a great book for you?
- 15. What draws you to pick up a book you've never seen or heard of before?
- 16. Do you judge a book by its cover?
- 17. Once you've finished reading a book do you like to keep it or give it away?
- 18. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardcover?
- 19. How many books do you own? How many of these books have you read?
- 20. Do you like to borrow or lend out books to others?
- 21. Do you like to recommend books? Which books do you recommend most often?
- 22. Where do you buy your books?
- 23. What would your ultimate dream bookstore be like?
- 24. Which genres would you like to read more of?
- 25. Do you read books by indie or self-published authors?
- 26. Do you read books by authors residing in your own country?
- 27. Do you have a TBR Jar?
- 28. Do you like to keep a record of your reading - in a reading journal, collecting quotes, writing down thoughts, etc.?
- 29. If you dislike a book, do you finish reading it?
- 30. Do you own an eReader?
- 31. What are your thoughts on eBooks?
- 32. Do you listen to audio books?
- 33. What are your thoughts on audio books?
- 34. Do you have a book blog?
- 35. Who are your favourite book bloggers?
- 36. Do you write book reviews?
- 37. Do you use any book-orientated social media sites such as Goodreads?
- 38. Have you discovered any of your favourite books or authors through social media sites?
- 39. Have you ever attended a book signing or an author event?
- 40. Have you ever won a book giveaway?
Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon: Reading Challenges
This is the official list of challenges for anyone who is looking to push themselves during the April Read-A-Thon:
- Finish an entire book in ONE day
- Read a book by an author you haven’t read before
- Read a book about books
- Read outside
- Read out loud
- Finish a book in a series you’ve not yet completed
- Read a graphic novel or manga
- Read a book with an LGBTQ+ character
- Read a Classic
- Read a book in the Fantasy genre
- Read a book in the Contemporary genre
- Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read
- Read a poetry book
- Read a collection of short stories
- Read a book by an indie or self published author
- Recommend a book to a friend or a fellow book blogger based on what they’re currently reading
- Share some of your favourite quotes from the books you read during the Read-A-Thon
- Write a book review for one of the books you read during the Read-A-Thon
- Take pictures of your reading progress
- Show off your books by taking more pictures
- Start a TBR Jar
- Start a reading journal
- Organise a book swap with friends
Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon: Bookish Prompts
Are you having trouble deciding what to read for the Read-A-Thon? Here are some prompts that will hopefully help you to choose the perfect book just for you:
- Read a popular or well-known book
- Read a book you’ve heard a lot of good things about
- Read a book you’ve never heard of before
- Read something recommended to you by a friend or fellow blogger
- Read a book with an upcoming movie adaptation
- Read a book from your Goodreads to-read shelf
- Read a book to go towards a specific reading challenge
- Read a book you received as a gift or from a giveaway
- Read a book you received in exchange for an honest review
- Re-read one of your favourite books
- Read one of your best friend’s favourite books
- Pick up a book that looks like a fun/light read
- Pick out a book from your TBR jar and give it a go
- Pick a colour and choose a book with that colour on it’s cover
- Go to the library and borrow out the first book that looks good
- Go to a bookstore and ask for a book recommendation
- Read something you need to read for school, university or work
- Read a book you’ve been meaning to read
- Read a book you’ve been avoiding
- Read a book you’ve had lying around unfinished
To him, the painter, this is creation,
image of our insane presence
on the surface of the earth
Q:I can't make it to the official list of read-a-thon participants now, though I really want to be officially there *sobs*
Treesofreverie’s April Read-A-Thon: Unofficial Participants, Part 1
The Unofficial Participants for the April Read-A-Thon, Part 1:
If you’d like to sign up to the Read-A-Thon, please message me.