If you are just joining us, this is what the Readathon is about:
Explore countries other than the one you live in. 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. #TraveltheWorldinBooksRAT
Today, our Readathon starts bright and early at 12:00am EST. Grab your books, your coffee or tea, some snacks and a comfy reading spot and get read to read! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up, link up your goals and check out our event schedule, which will continue to be updated with our fabulous author interviews and creative guest posts.
Since it’s our first day, I thought it would be a great time to get to know each other. So I’ve posted some questions and let me know your answers to these questionsin the comments.
1. Tell us your name and what state and country you are from.
* I’m Tanya from NC in the US.
2. What do you hope to accomplish during the Readathon?
* I’m excited to be co-hosting my first book blogging event. For me, networking with other book lovers is what I enjoy most about these type of events. Sure I love to read but talking about great books and encouraging others to read more diverse books is why I wanted to start this event.
3. What book are you and/or your kids looking forward to reading most?
* Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I am not normally a fan of war movies or books but the inspiring story behind this one makes me really want to read it. It will take me out of my reading comfort zone which is something I continually challenge myself to do.
* With the kids, I can’t wait to get to the National Geographic Kids Atlases and the Crafts from Around the World. National Geographic has the most amazing kids books, the pictures are breathtaking and they have facts kids find interesting. I wish we had these when I was a kid (ok, I might be dating myself with that comment). Also, I love making bookish art with my kids and inspiring them to think outside the pages of the book.
4. What’s your beverage and snack of choice during the Readathon?
* I’m a “don’t talk to me till I’ve had my coffee” mom in the morning. Drink water with slices of orange during the day. Sip on Tazo calm tea while I read in bed. As for snacks, I love greek yogurt with blueberries, homemade trail mix and well I just gotta have chocolate, Ghirardelli Sea Salt and Almond Mini squares are my latest addiction.
5. Hop around to the other participants from the Sign Up Page or Goals Page and let me know who you visited that’s new to you.
* I was happy to get to know Lucy from Northern Lights Reading. I thought it was very unique that she is focusing on countries where the amazing Northern Lights appear, such as Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Greenland. They are all countries I have not read about and my Rheumatoid Arthritis would likely not allow me to visit in person. I look forward to hearing about Lucy’s journeys through these cold and beautiful countries.
6. If money was no object, what would be your dream travel destination?
* Greek Islands and Tuscany.
7. What are your favorite reading spots?
* In bed in the complete darkness and my Kindle. Ideally, the beach is pretty fantastic too!
Guiltless Reading’s Book Map Mini-Challenge
I was so excited that Aloi from Guiltless Reading wanted to do this Book Map Mini-Challenge. Ever since we announced the Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, she has been a very enthusiastic supporter and reader. She took my suggestion to create a Google Map of places you’ve traveled through books and completely ran with it. I love how she color coded the map so we can easily tell which are fiction vs. non-fiction.
For the mini-challenge, Guiltless Reading gives us a very thorough tutorial on how to create our own impressive book maps. Be sure to take advantage of both Part 1 to plan and start mapping your reads and Part 2 to tweak the map design and embed the map in your blog. Wow, I can’t wait to get working on my map! Guiltless Reading is also generously giving away a book up to $15 from the Book Depository for the Best Book Map. Be sure to visit and document your travel in books! This mini-challenge will be open through September 13, 2014 so you have plenty of time to perfect those maps.
Also today our giveaways started. Stop by the Giveaways page to check out the titles and enter to win these fantastic adult and children’s titles.
But wait, that’s not all! Mother Daughter Book Reviews, who is giving away a Children’s Activities Atlas for our Readathon is also giving away $200 on her blog for Blogger Appreciation Month! Enter to win here.
Where to begin? We hope you are as excited as we are to get our first Travel the World in Books Readathon off the ground! Tell us where your travels are taking you today, whether in your reading or in our Readathon events!