Reading is, inherently, a solitary activity. As a book lover, avid reader and a hardcore introvert it’s one of the things I appreciate about reading, however, I still enjoy a good discussion, sense of community, and connection to others. What’s an introverted reader to do?

Participate in the Biannual Bibliothon Summer 2016 edition. It lasts seven days, (July 3rd through July 9th), events take place on twitter, you can Instagram your progress between breaks, and for our more extroverted bibliophiles you can check out the video challenges and participate that way too!

There are seven different reading challenges, but you can double up books. Meaning one book could fulfill two categories. You can do this multiple times so you read less books but complete all the challenges. I’m going for broke and attempting to do 7 books in 7 days. The challenges (and my picks) are below:

Challenge 1: The Bibliothon community read: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

From what I can tell it’s an adorable summer contemporary read. I’m not sure if I would have selected it on my own, but there will be a live show on YouTube Sunday June 10th for everyone to discuss.

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Challenge 2: Wild Card

Basically read whatever you’d like. I have a few on deck for this one but leaning towards some poems by Rumi.

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Challenge 3: Host recommendation. There are 7 hosts for the week of reading and each of them suggested a book to read. I selected The Archived by Victoria Schwab. I’ve heard of the author and wanted to read her work and could, if needed, count for another challenge.

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Challenge 4: Read a book with your favorite mythical creature in it. This was the easiest and quickest choice for me. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling features Fawkes the Pheonix.

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Challenge 5: Pick up a book you’ve been putting off. For this challenge I selected The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R.R. Tolkien which I bought nearly a year ago and have yet to move past the introduction.

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Challenge 6: Read an author you’ve never read before. With the exception of J.K. Rowling any of the above books could double, though I selected an alternate title: The Like Switch by Jack Schafer and Marvin Karlins. Nonfiction is my normal jam so I had to sneak a few onto this list and I haven’t read anything from either of these people before.

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Last, but not least,  Challenge 7: Read a book in a  format you don’t normally read. I read my first graphic novel this last week, and I think this read-a-thon is a good time to try out my second. So ,for this last challenge, I’ll be picking up Maus 1: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman.

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Those are my pics for the upcoming summer bibliothon! You can follow me at @CHollermann on Twitter and join the fun, check out the video above and make your own list.

*If you order the community read today you’ll have it before the end of the read-a-thon!

Book nerds unite! What will you be reading?

YouTube Channel: Biannual Bibliothon

 

Featured image via YouTube

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