I’m so excited to start planning and reading for the buzzword readathon, created and hosted by Kayla of Books and Lala on booktube! In her words, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month has a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Alternatively you can complete this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”
This is my second year participating in her reading challenge and I couldn’t’ be more excited to start this new year with all new prompts. This time around I had 550+ titles on my Goodreads TBR list when selecting my top choice and my back up options
In 2021, I read 25 books throughout the year, six of which I rated 5 stars. Here’s hoping to that some of these titles become new all time favorite books
I know literally everyone says it, but I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year. I’m so glad to have found Kayla of Booksand Lala on youtube (channel linked here) in 2020 and join in on her buzzword readathon. I can say without a doubt, this challenge has encouraged me to pick up books outside of my comfort zone – stories I may have never reached for otherwise.
All in all, I read 25 books in 2021 for the challenge. Of the original 12 I selected back in December 2020 to read throughout this year, I finished 10 of them. I tried to read The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton twice, but ultimately DNF’ed it twice and lost interest with The Dictionary of Lost Words, it was boring me to tears.
Surprised myself this quarter with reading 6 books considering we moved out of our apartment in July and were road tripping across the US during August and September. I tried so hard to get into The Devil and the Dark Water in September but found it so slow going, so I gave up with the hope to revisit it in October.
Half way through the year and half way through the Buzzword Readathon! Of the 7 books I read in the past 3 months for this challenge, 3 I gave 5 stars and 2 I gave 4 stars with no real duds in the bunch. I know it’s barely the middle of the year but I’m already excited to find out the 2022 prompts!
I can confidently say this challenge has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into some books I never would have read otherwise *cough, cough* Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic and A Brief History of Time. No duds in this first quarter of the challenge and happy to report two 5 star reads in February! Excited to see what I get into in the next quarter of the challenge.
In December, I stumbled upon booktuber Kayla, of BooksandLala on youtube, and became quickly infatuated with her videos, content, and book recommendations. One of her recent videos (imbedded below) introduces her Buzzword Reading Challenge and I immediately started making plans to join in the fun.
According to her Goodreads challenge group page, “The Buzzword Readathon (#buzzwordathon) is a monthly readathon, running the first week of each month (1st through 7th). Each month will have a designated word/word theme and you have a week to read as many books as you like with that word in the title. Or use this as a year-long reading challenge, and read just ONE book each month featuring the monthly buzzword until you complete the whole challenge!”
I had a lot of fun combing through my TBR list (of 275+ titles) on Goodreads and looking at her recommendations to make my list. Being the type A that I am, I couldn’t pick just one. I don’t know that I’ll read more than one a month but I like having options at the ready in case I can’t get my top choice from the library!