General Event Info
What our readathon is all about:
Explore countries other than the one you live in. Read as much as you can of books set in a different country or by an author from a different country. Read for your own pleasure or learning, read with your kids or both. Travel the world from the comfort of your own home and learn about different cultures. Expand your horizons and show publishers that #WeNeedDiverseBooks to promote cultural understanding and diversity in our reading. Support diverse authors and books. #TraveltheWorldinBooksRAT
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Co-Host Becca from Lost in Books Takes Us Away to Asia
Yesterday, Becca shared with us recommendations for Africa. Today, she’s sharing her book recommendations for Asia. I have always been fascinated by East Asian cultures and much of my reading takes place in Asia or Europe. Check out Becca’s great suggestions and tell us what you enjoy reading in Asia.
Guest Post from A Reader’s Respite: O Canada!
I’m happy to have Michele from A Reader’s Respite guest posting today for our Readathon. Michele’s blog posts are witty and honest, I laughed out loud reading her 53 Things You Probably Won’t Find Interesting About Me and I’ll try really hard to avoid #2 cause I use them all the time. And her reason for wanting her kids to learn to read on their own? Hilarious but true (be proud of me I ended this with a period, she almost got me).
I’m thrilled we get to know Michele’s softer side in her guest post she shared with us. A sweet and poignant childhood memory and how it began a valuable journey. Thanks Michele for sharing your post with us and your memories of Canada.
I grew up poor. Oh, I never went without food or new clothes for school, but I was the kid who brought brown-bag lunches to school and most of my clothes were either second-hand or made by my mother on her old Singer sewing machine. So it goes without saying that family vacations were enigmatic to me. Every summer my best girlfriends would mysteriously disappear for weeks at a time, abandoning me while they boarded actual airplanes that whisked them away to fun-filled or exotic destinations like San Diego or the French Riviera. Some families actually ventured forth on multiple vacations throughout the summer, coming and going from the airport as casually as we went to the grocery store. I yearned to travel to faraway places like they did.
It was the summer of my tenth year when my mother first allowed me to accompany her on her weekly pilgrimage to our small local public library. My very best friend had just left with her family to spend two entire weeks in Australia. At first I was merely lonely at the thought of losing my favorite playmate, but after locating Australia on the creased map I had salvaged from an old National Geographic magazine, I was positively crestfallen. I wanted to see the world; I wanted to see a kangaroo. Instead, I got to see the children’s section of our local library. Once there, my mother directed me to some very uncomfortable wooden chairs and unceremoniously dropped a copy of Anne of Green Gables in my lap.
“One chapter,” she said with just the slightest hint of a challenge. “Just read one chapter.”
And so I did. Then I read the entire book. And the next book. And the one after that.
It wasn’t Anne so much that entranced my ten-year-old self, although was difficult not to love the chattering orphan who never knew when to stop talking, much like my own self and – dare I say it – the adult I would grow into. It was Green Gables, Avonlea, and Prince Edward Island that stole my imagination and my heart. The faraway Canadian province where Anne grew to adulthood took on mythical status for me with every passing book: I had painted, in my mind, a child’s utopia and that summer of my tenth year I was transported there. I experienced my first book vacation.
That first visit to the library with my mother was, I now suspect, done by design. Mothers have a way intuiting what their children need. I now know she felt an enormous amount of guilt for not being able to provide me with all the material things – including travel – my friends enjoyed. I believe she gave me something better. For over my ensuing teenage years I continued to travel to faraway places via the books I now read voraciously. I marveled over different landscapes and climates; I wondered over the aborigines of Australia and walked the streets of Reykjavik, Iceland. I traveled. Really I cannot emphasize that enough: I traveled.
As an adult, it is perhaps not surprising that I chose a career that involved travel. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the world several times over now. But there is nothing so special as reading about a locale in a book first. And despite all the stamps in my passport and the selfies taken standing on the western cliffs of Portugal or on the sands of Egypt, my best summer vacation occurred just last year when I gathered up my mother and young daughter and deposited us all on the shore of Prince Edward Island. I presented both of them with a copy of Anne of Green Gables and we happily spent the ensuing week reading and exploring the nooks and crannies of Anne’s world. For my mother and I, it was a week of nostalgia. For my daughter, a week of discovery. But most of all, it was a testimony to the power of books and the places they can take you.
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Travel the World in Books Readathon on Pinterest
Have you seen our Travel the World in Books Readathon Pinterest Board? We’ve been pinning your readathon related posts so be sure to comment and leave links to your readathon posts so we can pin them and your Pinterest URL so we can be sure to follow you. Lots of great book recommendations and goals to share, stop by to catch up on everyone’s great posts.
You can also check the Schedule which is updated for all our author interviews, mini-challenges and guest post links.
What have you enjoyed reading in Asia? What is your favorite childhood memory of reading? Thanks for joining our Readathon and happy reading!