I Suck At Read-A-Thons (#ISATRAT) Read-A-Thon TBR

I suck at read-a-thons. Sad but true. I was only ever mildly successful with BookTube-A-Thon Read-A-Thon 2016. I did okay with LGBTQIA+ read-a-thon too, but I still did not finish all I wanted. So, when Sam from Sam’s Nonsense came up with idea of a “I Suck At Read-A-Thons (#ISATRAT)” Read-A-Thon, I immediately jumped on it. Even though I will probably fail at it too…

This read-a-thon will take place from Sept 18th-22nd.

Challenges:

1. Read the smallest book on your shelf

2. Read 10 pages/day

3. Read a graphic novel

4. Finish 1 book

5. Read for 20 mins/day

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISATRAT2

Twitter Sprints will be 9am PT/12pm ET & Again at 7pm PT/10pm ET
And Twitter chats are daily at 5pm PT/8pm ET

Sam’s video announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uib76P1MZEM&t=5s

So, here is my TBR:


1. Read the smallest book on your shelf

The shortest book on my shelf is Sophie Carlon’s Burn and zines. But I have read those already, so I needed to pick something else (unless her third zine arrives on my doorstep during the week).

Since I am seeing Yerma next Thursday, I picked Frederico Garcia Lorca’s collection of plays a month ago. I will be reading Yerma as my choice for the smallest book as it is only 50 pages long.

2. Read 10 pages/day

Shouldn’t be a problem.

3. Read a graphic novel

I have several graphic novels borrowed from OverDrive that I need to finish this upcoming week (or more like in 1-2 days), but I am putting only 1 volume of manga on this list. It will be “What did you eat yesterday?” volume 8.

4. Finish 1 book

At least 1 graphic novel + Yerma.

5. Read for 20 mins/day

If I have time to read, I usually do not read for less than half an hour.

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Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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