The #BookBuddyAthon is a read-a-thon created on YouTube by Samantha @ Cold Tea and Crumbs and Elena @ Elena Reads Books. The official read-a-thon is running all this week, from the 7th-13th May. My lovely friend Jess @ Curiouser and Curiouser spotted it and I happily got roped in to be her buddy. This is the way it generally goes, Jess mentions something blog related and I jump on the bandwagon – she gets involved with lots of interesting stuff so go take a look! Here’s the link to her post with the books she’s chosen.
Whilst the official read-a-thon ends today, we’ve decided to spread our read-a-thon out over the month instead. We’ve both got too much on to do this over the week and we really wanted to hit all the challenges, because they’re really interesting!
The #BookBuddyAthon challenges are:
1. Read a book with your buddy
A Portable Shelter
by Kirsty Logan
For the book we’re both going to read we picked Kirsty Logan’s beautiful short story collection. It’s a good one to dip in and out of amongst the other books and we’ve both been meaning to read it for a while!
2. Read a book with your buddy’s favourite colour on the cover
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot
by Robert Macfarlane
Jess likes citrusy colours so I’ve gone for this lime covered edition of some of Robert Macfarlane’s nature writing. I’ve read snippets of his work before and it seems wonderfully lyrical. It’s another one I’ve been meaning to read for a while too!
3. Read a book that begins with your buddy’s first (second) initial
A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab
I got stuck when I tried to go for a book beginning with J for Jess but I struck gold with G for A Gathering of Shadows. I’m already working my way through a re-read of the first book, so this is the first challenge I’m going to try and complete.
4. Pick three books you want to read, and read the one your buddy picks for you
The Mirror Empire
by Kameron Hurley
The three options I gave Jess were all from my Spring TBR – the others being Robin McKinley’s Spindle’s End and N K Jemisin’s The Killing Moon. But this was Jess’ pick for me. She says she’s heard good things so I’m eager to find out if they’re right!
5. Read a book you want to read
City of Stairs: #1 Divine Cities
by Robert Jackson Bennett
This series was next up on my list for a reread before I dive into the second book. I loved the first one – it’s up there with my favourite books of all time -and I’ve seen some very high ratings in the reviews coming up for the second one so I’m hoping it’s just as good!