It’s been a couple weeks since my last post. I wanted to check-in with you. Let you know what’s going on and what’s o the horizon. My apologies in advance. This is a little long.
I started back to school and if all goes according to plan, I should finish in May. Woot! Woot! I only took one class, an accelerated language anthropology class. It was interesting. I kind of feel like a lot of it was common sense knowledge about the history of language, so I’m kind of on the fence about how much I actually learned.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be taking an Advanced Grammar class, which is also accelerated. I’m not sure what my October class/classes will be yet. I need to meet with my advisor to plan out the rest of the year.
I’m STILL looking for that ever-elusive full-time job. In a way, it might be better to hold off until I finish in May, but at the same time, I really want/need a full-time gig. In the Fall, I plan on doing a lot of substitute teaching if I don’t have a full-time job.
I also started a Booktube channel and I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. I’m having a lot of fun. It’s definitely a lot of work and it’s so weird talking to a camera. I will say this though – it’s a lot easier talking to a camera than another person. Being an introvert sucks that way. There’s never a conversation in which there isn’t an awkward conversation moment. Or maybe it’s just me.
In August, not only am I taking another class but I’m taking part in a heap of readathons. And I’m really excited about each one of them for different reasons. So, without further adieu let’s get to it.
Readathon #1: ARC August
ARC August is hosted by Octavia and Shelly over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. and it’s exactly what it sounds like. For the month of August, you read the ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) that you’ve neglected or that are coming out soon. Yep super easy, right? It is if you don’t have over 30. So, here are the books I plan on reading for ARC August.
- The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang (Release Date 8/6/19)
- The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Release Date 7/16/19)
- Munmun by Jesse Andrews (Release Date 4/3/18)
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee (Release Date 1/16/18)
- The Sandman by Lars Kepler (Release Date 3/6/18)
**NOTE** All the books for ARC August apply to the other readathons too
Readathon #2: Mythathon
Mythathon is hosted by Jessie E at Bowties and Books and takes place for the entire month of August. She started this readathon to celebrate her 1 year anniversary on Booktube. I am on Team Hades/Team Fire which is hosted by Cindy at Read with Cindy. The prompts are as follows:
- Hades is the God of flame: Read a hotly anticipated book – The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
- Hades famously possessed an Invisible cap – read a book about a protagonist who is invisible to society – Munmun by Jesse Andrews
- Hades also owns a chair of forgetfulness – read a book you’ve been shelving for far too long – Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
- Hades Collects subjects for his kingdom and won’t let them leave Read a book where the main characters must escape an immoral rule – The Sandman by Lars Kepler
- Read the Group Book: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
- The group book is the only book that is not an ARC
Readathon #3: Bout of Books
This is my 5th or 6th year doing Bout of Books and I love it. This readathon is so low key and no pressure. This readathon goes from August 19th to August 25th.
Readathon #4: POC-a-thon
This readathon showed up in my Youtube feed, so I checked it out and it sounds pretty fun. It’s hosted by Kier the Scrivener and all you have to do is read authors of color. This readathon goes from August 19th to August 31st. The reality is I’m not going to be able to complete all 5 prompts, but I will be able to complete two with Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee. The main characters are Asian and one of them has a mental illness
- Read books featuring main characters that represent three different races or ethnicities. This is for all books read (you do not need three in just one book) and to encourage you to read from a wide variety of perspectives and experiences.
- Read a book featuring an intersectional POC character. For example, a POC who is also queer, neurodivergent and/or has a mental health disorder or disability.
With my class schedule and work, I’m pretty sure I won’t get all of these read but I do want/need to get The Dragon Republic read by August 6th. All of them are chunksters, except for The Nickel Boys. My realistic goal is to read at 3 of 6 and if I read more than that’s just icing on the proverbial cake.
Well, that’s it for me. Feel free to check out my Booktube channel and my Readathon Announcement video.