The Biannual Bibliothon is pretty much what the name suggests – a readathon which takes place twice a year. Each readathon is a week long and is hosted by a number of booktubers on the Biannual Bibliothon YouTube account, and there are both video and reading challenges for the week. This year’s Winter Biannual Bibliothon runs from the 20th to the 26th January – a full seven days which I will spend reading (and doing the things I cannot really avoid – like work).
I decided to take part in this year’s Winter Biannual Bibliothon for one simple reason – I wanted an excuse to read. With the fast-moving pace of life today, particularly with regards to social media, it’s very difficult to step away, slow down and read. There is also something strangely relaxing about sitting down reading and knowing that somewhere a stranger is doing the same thing, for the same reason.
While I won’t be taking part in the video challenges, I will be attempting the reading ones. There are seven in total and it is possible to double-up on some of them if you’re not able to read them all. I am going to have a different book for each challenge although, as it’s unlikely I’ll get to them all, I have selected some that will easily double-up with other challenges. I have also added the rule that all the books, with the exception of the group book, must be books I already own but have not read.
Here is my TBR for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon:
- Read the group book: OTHERWORLD by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
As I don’t already own this book, I have reserved it from the library (although, at time of writing, it has still to arrive). I did consider buying it for the challenge but, in an attempt to save money, I thought it might be a good excuse to support the local library. I just hope it gets to the library in time.
- Read a sequel: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I had a few books which I could have picked for this challenge but, unfortunately, most of them were quite long. I read the first book in this series about a year ago and, while I enjoyed the first book, I was not motivated enough at the time to pick up the second. I thought this challenge would provide me with the incentive to give this series another go. This book is also a potential double-up with challenge 7.
- Read a book you’ve never heard of before: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
This was the hardest challenge to fulfil to start with as, by only using books I already own, nothing actually fit the bill, so I decided to change it slightly. Instead of reading a book I’ve never heard of before, I decided to read a book I had never heard of when the book entered my possession, something which instantly opened up options. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and, since it also fits with challenge 7, it seemed like a good time to read it.
- Read a book about mental illness: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Sadly, this was also a challenge for me as I struggled to find any books I owned but had not yet read which were specifically about mental health. After much searching through blurbs and reviews, I decided to include Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine for this challenge. I do have a couple of non-fiction options as well, should I change my mind during the bibliothon.
- Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/show etc.: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.
For this challenge, I went with a classic. There has to be at least one book/movie/show in which Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland is mentioned and, I am ashamed to say, I have not read any of Lewis Carroll’s writing. The copy I have also includes Through the Looking-Glass, so I’m also using this book as a potential double-up for challenge 2 as well as challenge 7. Based on some arguments and discussions around this book, it could also work as a double-up for challenge 4, although I’m less inclined to use it for that.
- Read a book under 200 pages: How to Think Like Sherlock by Daniel Smith
This was a relatively easy choice as I only own one book which I have not read which is less than 200 pages long. That book is How to Think Like Sherlock, a non-fiction book which came in a book subscription box. As such, this book could also work as a double-up to challenge 3, along with challenge 7. It seems like a quick, fun read and so should be a useful book in this week-long readathon.
- Read a backlist title: Nation by Terry Pratchett
Of all the challenges, challenge 7 was the easiest to select a book for but, for the same reasons, was also one of the hardest. For the purpose of the challenge, a backlist title is one which was published before 2017; at least half, if not more, of the books on my TBR bookcase were published before 2017. As such, this challenge is the one I will most likely be doubling up on but, should I get to it, Nation is book the book of choice. It’s hard to go wrong with some Terry Pratchett.
So, there we have it, the books I have set out for my week of reading. I am not expecting to read them all, but I will at least attempt to complete all the challenges through doubling-up. I am also not confining myself to this particular TBR. The purpose of the readathon is to read and to enjoy yourself while you’re reading. If I’m not feeling a book, I’ll swap it out with another one to ensure maximum reading entertainment. Regardless, I’m looking forward to tackling my TBR and getting into a good book.
Bring on the Bibliothon!