Do you guys have unread books on your shelf? I know it is a silly question because of course, you do, (if you don’t, you are honestly great), and then the below readathon is a God-sent gift to you.
At least, that’s what it is for me because I had made a list of all the books(read and unread) present on my shelf just last month and found out that the number of unread or partially read books on my shelves are staggering. I had decided to reduce my ever-growing TBR pile and voila, I recently came across many bloggers discussing #StartOnYourShelfathon, which, seriously, couldn’t have come at a better time. Read on to find out about this amazing readathon.
What is #StartOnYourShelfathon?
#StartOnYourShelfathon is a 2020 star-themed readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of #StartOnYourShelfathon is to read as many unread books on your bookshelf as you can between December 13th, 2019 and December 31st, 2020.
#StartOnYourShelfathon isn’t an ordinary readathon too! The mascot of #StartOnYourShelfathon is Castor the Star Collector who is also a sloth friend of The Quiet Pond, who has lost all the stars he has collected over the years and needs your help to find them again.
For every book that you read as part of #StartOnYourShelfathon, you collect a star that you can add the star to your ‘star map’. Read books, collect stars, give yourself an amateur star-collector name, and create constellations! You can read Castor’s story and find information about and resources for the readathon here.
Information about Joining #StartOnYourShelfathon
- Join the StartOnYourShelfathon anytime between Dec 13th, 2019 to Dec 31st, 2020!
- To join #StartOnYourShelfathon, create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#StartOnYourShelfathon’ in the title or your tweet.
- In your post/video/thread, announce that you will be participating in the readathon. List your readathon goals and the books you plan to read! (Post templates and readathon banners can be found in the readathon resources below!)
- Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.
Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond on Twitter in all your updates! We would love to see your progress and your star maps – in-progress and completed!
My #StartOnYourShelfathon Goal
- My #StartOnYourShelfathon goal is to read at least 10 unread books that I have on my bookshelf.
[You can also share the first-star map that you plan on finishing! You can download resources for the stars and star map here. Here is an example of a star map you’d like to finish, using the ‘placeholder’ stars:]
My Own #StartOnYourShelfathon TBR
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Radio Silence is a highly hyped book and has been loved by many. The book deals with Frances Janvier, a girl, and Aled Last, a boy who struggle to find their voices in a world determined to set them on a cookie-cutter life path. This book has been lying in my kindle app for a while and its time to pick it up and find out what the hoopla is all about.
2. The Weight Of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
I bought this book nearly two years ago from the book depository because the cover looked so pretty, but it has been lying forgotten on my shelf since then. I think its finally time to pick this one up consisting of lovers from two rival families. A retelling of Romeo & Juliet, maybe?
3. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
I just came to know that this book was released in freaking 2013!!! God! I bought it probably in 2014 but its enough time. I need to read this one asap!
4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
This novel has been proclaimed as an impressive debut by author Elizabeth Acevedo and even though I bought it just months ago, I don’t want to keep it on the back burner, especially if it’s a gem of a book.
5. The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and piercing political drama, it is the story of an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in 1969. The seven-year-old twins Estha and Rahel see their world shaken irrevocably by the arrival of their beautiful young cousin, Sophie. It is an event that will lead to an illicit liaison and tragedies accidental and intentional, exposing “big things [that] lurk unsaid” in a country drifting dangerously toward unrest. Lush, lyrical, and unnerving, The God of Small Things is an award-winning landmark that started for its author an esteemed career of fiction and political commentary that continues unabated.
I remember posing with this book last year on my birthday for bookstagram photos, planning to begin reading it that day itself. Alas, life had other plans, and this book is still on my shelf, begging to be read. Worry not, booker prize winner, your time has come, for I will finish reading you this year! Fingers crossed!
6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life are at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.
I don’t read much historical fiction, but this book is regarded highly in bookish circles for me to ignore it. I bought this a few months ago, but the book was released in the year 2015, so its high time I get to it.
7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
I bought this one soon after its release in 2017, but as usual, I haven’t picked it up yet. I hope to tackle it this year.
8. Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I received this book as part of the December 2016 box of Owlcrate, a book subscription box. And yes, I haven’t read either this book nor its sequel, which I just realized came out this year. Well, one step at a time! I gotta finish this one first and then think of buying its sequel!
9. The Remains of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
In the summer of 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars, and an unrealised love between the butler and his housekeeper.
I have no idea how long ago I bought this book. Maybe in 2013? Honestly, I don’t remember and that alone should push me to pick up this book.
10. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.
Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.
So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.
I bought this book from the book depository a long time ago and promptly forgot about it. I know this book is the first part of a trilogy and I will buy the next two books in the series as soon as I finish this one.
If you want to join #StartOnYourShelfathon, you can read more information in the readathon information post at The Quiet Pond.
And that’s it! Are you participating in the #StartOnYourShelfathon? Let me know in the comments below!