Hey, friends! Okay! this February is going to be pretty wild for me! I am so damn honored to be a host for Contemporaryathon, but I also know that it is going to keep me pretty busy! Also, so many other amazing readathons and readalongs are going on this February, too! It is also Black History Month in the United States, and I always want to boost ownvoices Black books and media, but I especially want to boost Black voices for February! Also, my separate Contemporaryathon TBR will be coming all on its own very soon! But let me tell you about some of these groups that I’m so excited to participate in! And then I’ll list some books that I plan on reading with them all this month! 💗
Challenge #1 the two hosts of your fictional place have to decide on the book that everyone in the group should read, if you read that book you will be counted x2 the pages. – February 1st- February 8th
Challenge #2 reading in places it isn’t normally acceptable for 5 minutes. for example reading in church, during a class, in a movie theater etc (worth 50 pages) – February 9th- February 15th
Challenge #3 24 hour readathon, you can do with anyone, from your own team or from another or you can just be by yourself (worth 100 pages) – February 16th- February 22
Challenge #4 scavenger hunt, a host from your team will be uploading a video and your task is to find the emoji that is for your team that is hidden in their video, comment or send them the time stamp of where it is and the location. (worth 200 pages) – February 23- March 1st
1. FEEL THE LOVE Read a book (any genre) featuring romance between two black people (or one black person + a person of color).
2. WAKANDA FOREVER Read a graphic novel or comic series with a black or African MC
3. HEAR US ANY Read a work by a Black or African author
4. FEEL THE BEAT. Spoken word: listen to these 4 poems and share your favorite on social media or with a friend. Discuss what this poem means to you and why it matters.
Balaenoptera by Joshua Brandon Bennett
What I’ve Learned by Aja Monet
“Waiting” by Jasmine Mans, Alysia Harris, and Jennah Bell
Cuz He’s Black by Javon Johnson
5. MORE THAN A COLOR. We house complexity within us. Read a book starring an intersectional black character (black & LGBT, black & neurodivergent, black & disabled, etc)
6. IN THIS TOGETHER Read the group book with us! Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
A giveaway to win any book starring an F/F relationship (including the possibility of a pre-order of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which releases at the end of the month and has the best f/f couple). To enter this, all you have to do is tweet or post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #FFFebruaryReads telling us about the F/F books you have read this month. We know that not every reads as much as others, so numbers don’t matter, just read what you can and talk about it a lot!
A bingo challenge – we will have prompts to help you pick your reads and completing a bingo (any three horizontally, vertically or diagonally) will win you an extra entry into the giveaway!
A photo challenge – this one is for Instagram! Taking part will also gain you one extra entry to the giveaway.
1) Read a book of feminist fiction.
2) Read a book of feminist nonfiction.
3) Read an #ownvoices book
4) Read a book written by a black woman, or someone who is black and non-binary/gender fluid.
5) Feminist freebie – engage with a form of media that is feminist (books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, music, etc!).
COLD SHOWER: Read a book that is rumored to have a steamy scene
LOVE SONG: Write a song or poem to your book, something in your book, or something bookish
ROSES ARE RED: Read a book with red on the cover
BEAUTIFUL ON THE SHELF: Read a book with a beautiful cover
FRAMING THE FAVE: Take a picture of your favorite book and post it on social media
GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING: Read a book that was given to you as a gift
HEART WARMING: Read a book that you feel will warm your heart or a book that has warmed your heart in the past
FORGOTTEN LOVE: Read a book that you previously DNFed
BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Read a book by a Black author
PUPPY LOVE: Read a middle-grade book
LIVING SINGLE: Read a standalone
TOGETHER FOREVER: Buddy Read a book with someone
BY ANY OTHER NAME: Read a banned book
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: Read a translated work
READ COZY: Read in your coziest clothing or blanket
FIVE STARS: Read a book that a friend, foe, or someone else in your life has rated 5 stars
WHERE YOU GO, I GO: Take a book everywhere you go in a day and read it in different places
MORE TO LOVE: Read a book over 400 pages
BUBBLE BATH: Read in the bubble bath
HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Read a retelling
HOT DATE: Read by candlelight
SKINNY LOVE: Read a book under 200 pages
SHARING IS CARING: Read a book that meets a challenge for another readathon happening in February
LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH: Read a book from the library
➽ Some of the Books I Hope to Read:
Yeah, I have some really talented friends who I’m so blessed to have in my life! And I can’t wait to take part in all these amazing readathons and readalongs that they are hosting! Again, my Contemporary TBR will be out soon! Plus, don’t forget the Dragons & Tea February book pick that totally works for most of these groups! And let me know if you plan on joining in on any of these! Happy reading, friends! 💗