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I am super excited about today’s post because it’s a very important one and close to my heart. As you can see from this lovely banner made by the lovely Noly, it’s the 1 year anniversary of the Hype-A-Thon Readathon YAY!
Noly and I started this readathon last year after realising that we hadn’t read a lot of the really hyped books and so this is how the Hype-A-Thon was born. If you fancy a walk down memory lane, you can find Noly’s announcement post for this readathon here.
We’ve been trying to think of something special to do for September and have been eyeing up a few hyped books that we have wanted to read, but we couldn’t come up with a theme. After a lot of thinking and brainstorming, we decided to go back to basics and what better way than to celebrate our anniversary than to redo the first-ever theme: #StandaloneSeptmeber! But first, let’s have a little August wrap-up!
I didn’t post a Hype-A-Thon Readathon announcement on my blog for August as we were just going to do a really relaxed month and try to get a few books out of the way before September. If you want some more information or want to stay up to date with events, you can find us on Twitter at @HypeThon.
We went for #AnythingAugust as the theme for August and we have managed to finish The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, you can read my review of it here. This was one of the books we had originally picked for #JourneyJune and #JourneyJuly, but it literally took us nearly 3 months to finish it, it wasn’t for lack of trying, it was just quite long and waffly at times.
We have also started Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (it’s not actually super hyped but Twilight is, so we are making it count aha), we have continued The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden a little bit and hopefully, we’ll get them read by the end of the year, maybe, probably not lol, we shall see!
So, now that the catch-up is out of the way, on to the announcement for #StandaloneSeptember!
Just like last year, #StandaloneSeptember is going to be the month where we can read all the standalone hyped books we want. We have chosen a BOTM to keep ourselves on track and we are only going to try to read this one so we at least have a chance of finishing it! The BOTM for September is The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, and you can find out a little bit more about this book just below.
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.
Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
I was recommended this book by quite a few people including Fiona, Ellie, Erika and maybe some more, so if you recommended it to me, THANK YOU! I promptly sent Noly a copy when it arrived and I saw the beautiful cover and the amazing blurb and I am so glad we are going to be able to read it in September.
As always, you know that other than the BOTM we don’t have any mandatory books to read, this readathon is a really laid back one intended to help you get through all those hyped books. You can read the BOTM with us and chat with us about it using the hashtags #StandaloneSeptember and #hypeathonreadathon. You can read as many or as few books as you want for this readathon, as long as it is a standalone, and it has been hyped in the past or is still hyped. Don’t forget to give us updates throughout the month!
I think that’s it really, I’m really looking forward to this book and I can’t believe that we’ve been hosting this readathon for a whole year! We are probably going to try to make it a bit more exciting in coming months, but we do really like how relaxed it is, we don’t put pressure on one another and we might not always read the books, but at least we have fun!
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post and will think about joining our little readathon, we would love to have you. See you soon, stay safe,