I’m so happy it’s Fall again and time for another Travel the World in Books Readathon! It was such great fun last time, and also a great stimulus to reading widely and diversely, discovering new writers and their books from around the globe. This year I’m very happy to be joining Tanya of Mom’s Small Victories, Becca of I’m Lost in Books, Savvy Working Gal, and Aloi of Guiltless Reading as a co-host! I’m planning a mini-challenge, about favorite characters and the cover art they inspire, for the second week of the readathon. I will also be hosting a Twitter chat, along with Savvy Working Gal, where we can discuss what we’ve all been reading. Once you SIGN UP, you will get updates with all the particulars for events during the Readathon.
The thing I love about the challenges and linkups that Tanya creates is the way they are relaxed and laid back, yet abundantly clear, structured, and inviting. Right from the beginning last year, I felt like I knew what to do and where to begin, and I could pick and choose the mini-challenges and events that interested me most. I’m so glad that Guiltless Reader Aloi will be offering her mini-challenge again where we can make our own Google Maps of our reading. Hers is awesome, and I plan to add to the one I started last year. I’m also looking forward to Tanya’s Instagram challenge, especially since I just (or, should I say, finally?) joined Instagram so I could participate!
The Readathon is part of the ongoing Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, but you don’t have to sign on to that to do the readathon–unless, of course, you want to! The purpose of the readathon and the challenge is the same:
Explore countries other than the one where you live. Read as much as you can of books set in a different country or by an author from a different country. Read for your own pleasure or learning, read with your kids or both. Travel the world from the comfort of your own home and learn about different cultures. Expand your horizons and show publishers that #WeNeedDiverseBooks to promote cultural understanding and diversity in our reading. Support diverse authors and books.
We’ll be using #TraveltheWorldinBooksRAT and #TTWIBRAT as our hashtags for posts and social media during the Readathon. I’ll probably opt for the shorter one, to have more room to tweet!
Sign up and link up, and you can sample ideas for diverse books from those who have linked up already. I know I will refer to Becca’s fabulous list of books she has read by Country and Culture (organized by continent). Stop by Guiltless Reading’s post to find her links with many book ideas, including her Notable Reads in 2014 for the reading challenge.
What I’ll Be Reading This Time
I’m planning on finishing two books that both begin with characters traveling by train:
The Girl from Krakow by Alex Rosenberg shows one woman’s perilous activities during wartime.
The 6:41 from Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel puts two characters in an awkward emotional situation when they meet on a train.
I’m also going to keep reading The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The title character, Prince Myshkin, is viewed as an “idiot” in the very Russian sense of the Wise Fool, one who is touched (and a bit tetched) by God. This character is usually regarded as a Christlike figure–he is a gentle soul whose simple goodness is uncompromising, and therefore sometimes perplexing to those he meets. After reading The Brothers Karamazov, I have been eager to read this one too.
As part of my Northern Lights Reading Project, I plan to continue reading the Icelandic classic, Independent People by Nobel-prize-winner Halldór Laxness. This modern-day saga of an irascible sheep farmer and his wife is compelling reading, and quite fascinating!