I’ve only recently just discovered this readathon this week, but it felt ‘right’ when I stumbled across the Easter Readathon 2021 created and hosted by Kate @ Reading Through Infinity. As the name suggests, this is a quick and easy readathon taking place over the Easter long weekend (running from 12.01am on Friday 2nd April until to 11.59pm on Monday 5th April within your own timezone).
Kate will also be hosting the live reading sprints via twitter and her booktube channel, so make sure you check them out for some extra book community fun. After participating in some of every reading sprint featured in Becca’s 48hr Bookoplathon last month, I am so looking forward to the live sprints and community engagement and added benefit/layer they add to the overall experience.
As the readathon is running over four (4) days, there are a grand total of four (4) prompts for this readathon, with the aim to read one book per day. I’m not overly stressed if I don’t manage this between work and family commitments for Easter, but I’m going to try and hit all four (4) of these.
Prompt 1: Read a Book that gives you spring vibes
Green-growing secrets and powerful magic await you at Misselthwaite Manor, now reimagined in this bewitching graphic novel adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved tale. From Mariah Marsden, author of the critically acclaimed Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel, comes the second installment in this series of retold children’s classics.
Ten-year-old Mary Lennox arrives at a secluded estate on the Yorkshire moors with a scowl and a chip on her shoulder. First, there’s Martha Sowerby: the too-cheery maid with bothersome questions who seems out of place in the dreary manor. Then there’s the elusive Uncle Craven, Mary’s only remaining family—whom she’s not permitted to see. And finally, there are the mysteries that seem to haunt the run-down place: rumors of a lost garden with a tragic past, and a midnight wail that echoes across the moors at night.
As Mary begins to explore this new world alongside her ragtag companions—a cocky robin redbreast, a sour-faced gardener, and a boy who can talk to animals—she learns that even the loneliest of hearts can grow roots in rocky soil.
Given new life as a graphic novel in illustrator Hanna Luechtefeld’s whimsical style, The Secret Garden is more enchanting and relevant than ever before.
Prompt 2: Read a book about new beginnings
I tried so hard to find balance between my creative career and my personal life, but the more I tried to separate them, the more balance eluded me. It was only when I began to fuse the two that I realised there is no such thing as having a creative career and a personal life – there is only a creative life. That realisation, and the freedom it gave me, remains one of the most significant of my life.
Samantha Wills started her self-titled jewellery company on the kitchen table of her share house in the eastern suburbs of Sydney when she was just 21 years old. While her rise to the global stage looked meteoric to many, Samantha has said ‘It took me twelve years to become an overnight success.’
Following Samantha’s journey, from being named a breakout star by The New York Times to barely being able to breathe on a hotel room floor, Of Gold and Dust is so much more than a business memoir. In her unique, confessional tone, Samantha tells the intimate details of her life and business, sharing her truths with a rare rawness and vulnerability.
Funny, down-to-earth, revealing and heartfelt, Of Gold and Dust is a must-read for anyone who has a desire to start their own business, or a passion to live a creative life and follow their dreams. Her story is an inspiring blueprint for getting out there and finding the magic that awaits you.
Prompt 3: Read a book that’s under 250 pages
This one is 231 pages long
At home, Alex’s best friend is Kevin the cockapoo, although what he wants most of all is a friend at school. But that is harder than he ever expected. A touching story about learning that friendship isn’t one size fits all and is often found where you least expect it.
Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he’s devised a plan – impress the kids at school by winning a trophy at the PAWS Dog Show with his trusty sidekick, Kevin. This should be a walk in the park . . . right?
Prompt 4: Read a book with a pastel cover
Mystical, rooted, painful, joyous, and ecstatic; visions of the body, our genders, and our very identities from across the spectrum of contemporary poetry come together in this monumental intersectional feminist anthology where verse and comics unite in spectacular new ways.
Beautifully illustrated and bracingly written, EMBODIED is a memorable collaboration between cis female, trans, and non-binary poets and comics artists showcasing the power of both forms in a stunningly unique keepsake volume that will be treasured for ages.
Featuring the work of MAGGIE SMITH, ROSEBUD BEN-ONI, DIANE SEUSS, PAUL TRAN, VANESSA ANGÉLICA VILLARREAL, MORGAN BEEM, SOO LEE, HAZEL NEWLEVANT, ASHLEY A. WOODS, and more.