The July edition of the Off The Grid Readathon is fast approaching! It begins on July 17th and ends at midnight on the 19th. For all of the details, you can check out the announcement post RIGHT HERE.
As you all know, up to this point I’ve kept this readathon as chill as possible. No challenges, no buddy reads, no trophies…. just a weekend of reading as much as you can without being distracted by your phone. This month though – things are a little different because I have a challenge for you:
What’s the challenge, you ask? Simple – read a book written by a black author!
Sometimes it’s hard to feel like you, one tiny little person in the world, can do any good for the black lives matter movement. It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed by all the links for donations, petitions, etc, and you wonder how you can do your part.
Keeping this all related to the bookish community (this is a readathon after all) you start small and do what you can! You can read a book written by a black author. How is reading a book by a black author helping anything at all? It helps in quite a few ways actually. Number one – black voices matter. Black authors pour their experiences, their struggles, their hopes, their dreams, their fears, and their power, into the words they write. You’re also helping by reading a book and talking about it! That gives black writers more exposure and lets them AND publishers know that black voices are needed and wanted. And by talking about their books we are continuing the conversation…… not letting the movement pass by and continuing to talk about the changes that need to happen. We also allow ourselves to continue our own education and enlightenment.
Will you be participating in the readathon? Have any idea what you’ll be reading? Check back soon to see what books make it onto my TBR!
Until next time, happy reading!