Last weekend, I participated in my first readathon — #24in48readathon. About 500 readers across the globe were determined to read for 24 hours out of 48 hours. I was slightly under the weather; too well to rest, but too tired to do anything. So, I chose to keep reading. Of course, the books lifted my spirits. 🙂
Although I tried to steal 24 hours, I managed to read for about 18 hours. I am still glad.
All the seven books were nice in some ways.
Lumberjanes was all kinds of fun, while Binti was a sci-fi with a heart. Three Blind Mice was my first Agatha Christie book. When I finished reading it, I told myself that I should read more books written by Agatha Christie, and Shirley Jackson. Maybe, for the next readathon. I have read quite a few poems of Pablo Neruda online. But, I haven’t read a proper book. So, I was looking forward to reading Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. This book was a disappointment. I didn’t enjoy many of the poems. However, I am still desperate to read his Odes to Common Things.
I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. After I read her Americanah, I watched her TED talk on feminism, and decided I should read the book-version of her talk. We Should All Be Feminists was not quite different from her talk. I remembered it almost word by word. But, the book’s still powerful. Adichie argues on the importance of raising children differently, breaking stereotypes, and understanding the correct definition of feminism.
Again, Matilda was my first Roald Dahl book. I liked it. But, I didn’t love it like EB White’s or AA Milne’s or Morpurgo’s. Maybe, I should read more of Dahl’s.
My most favourite book from my readathon was Chess by Stefan Zweig. It’s a gem that I would certainly re-read this year. Since I couldn’t take my mind off the book, I did a quick doodle. 🙂