New readathon, many categories, one extra rule: more than half of the books I read should be written by female writers.
Last year I took photos with clothes matching the book I was reading.
This year I will use Zizi as a model again, I didn’t think of anything more creative.
At least she is cute.
1. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, by Sue Townsend
Readathon category: A book by a writer that died on 2012 or later (RIP)
This is my third readathon and I have gotten to know myself better now. I know that in the beginning I should not read any “serious” books or books I really want to read. Because my mind is always in “what to read next”. For that reason, I decided to start with the 2nd book of Adrian Mole.
Adrian Mole is now 15-16, his parents are still borderline acceptable, he has a girlfriend and all that in 80s England. Funny writing with serious moments hidden between the humor, diary style. I don’t think the series is translated in greek, but I wish I would have read it when I was a also teenager.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
2. Democracy, by Αbraham Kawa, Annie Di Donna, Alecos Papadatos
Readathon category: A comic book based on historic or real events
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it was going to be boring, like a history book wrapped in a comic book form to make it interesting. Don’t get me wrong, I like history books, but Ancient Greece is not a period that interested me, made me remember of names and dates I had to memorize in school.
After reading this comic book, I have to say it Ancient Greek history looks way more interesting. Finally some myth-like things made sense, for example the whole Pythia deal. I think at least Greeks should read this book, you will learn some things about our ancient history.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
3. Peter and Alice, by John Logan
Readathon category: A theater play
I don’t think I have read any other theater play. It took me a while to get the fast rhythm. I read fast and a book with just dialogue has no “breaks” (e.g, descriptions of the environment etc) that can give me a mental break.
This book is about a meeting between the woman that was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland and the man that was the inspiration for Peter Pan when they were little kids, meet and talk. They talk about how hard it is to disengage themselves from the characters. About their relationship (often weird) with the two writers, both of them lonely men that found joy in hanging out with children. About how being an adult is disappointing.
It was a good choice. I wish I could see the play.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
4. The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Readathon category: A book with short stories
The second book of Chimamanda that I read (first was the amazing Americanah) and now I am sure I love her. The topics are similar: Nigeria, Nigerians immigrating to USA, female empowerment… I am learning a lot through her work about a country that is unknown to me. I definitely recommend to people to read any of her books. I am planning to read all of them.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
5. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
Readathon category: A book where the main character is not white
The book is about an 18-year old girl that has spent all of hr life in the sealed house, because she is allergic to everything and she can die if she goes outside. A bubble-kid. One day a new family with a handsome son her age moves in the next house…
An easy read, takes 1-2 days to finish. Very predictable happy end, seriously I was hoping since the middle of the book to NOT have this end. But whatever, I spent some hours reading an easy book, it was not bad. It was a nice break.
This book will be a movie this year, which felt like the obvious next step while I was reading it. It is one of these books that you feel would be a better movie than book.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Overall female writers ratio: 3/5 (60%)