A Readathon And More…

Hello fellow bloggers!

Have you ever participated in any Readathon? I’ve never done it before. But well, I’m participating in one right now, the 24in48 readathon which is an international readathon. Check their site for more details: https://24in48.com/social-landing-page/ you can still sign up now. Prizes will be awarded only for those who sign-up.

The goal of this readathon is to complete 24 hours of reading over the weekend i.e. in these two days- Saturday and Sunday which is 48 hours, we have to read upto 24 hours. The number of books we read, the genre and the type of books that we want to read can be selected by us. Even if we don’t complete the full 24 hours, we still devote our time to reading, right? So that’s a win-win.

I’m currently reading Circe by Madeline Miller. I’ve read numerous reviews about the book but not one negative feedback. So I’ve decided to read it during the readathon.

It’s been so long since I’ve had a casual post like this on my blog. Just to talk with you guys! How is everyone?

Do you read poetry? Do you write poetry ?
I had read the first half of this book, Gitanjali, many years ago; but never finished the book. To those who don’t know, Rabindranath Tagore is greatly revered in India for his writings.

This book, which is basically a collection of his poems, was originally written in Bengali. While reading the first half, I came to a stage where I just couldn’t move forward, not because his writings aren’t good; but because they are so good that I wanted to read them in the original Bengali language. I am of the opinion that some part of the content always gets lost in translation and I didn’t want to miss out on anything. But alas, I’m neither a Bengali nor do I know how to speak/ write Bengali. Conclusion? I’ve never read the second half of it in hopes of learning Bengali first which I never did. But I’m planning to read this book all over again, as part of the 24in48 readathon if I complete Circe first (which I genuinely doubt).
Have you ever came across the translation of a book and felt the need to learn a completely new language because you wanted to read the original copy?

Another poetry book which I’ve wanted to read since a long, long time is Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

On other note, I’m so close to 1k followers on my blog! The feeling is surreal. I’m really happy and glad to know that people read and like my writings. Thank you so much for your love. 💕

P.S.: As I publish this post, I’ve officially completed 6 chapters of Circe and clocked in 4.5 hours of the readathon. There’s still time to join in the readathon. It’s super fun! 😋🎉

Link of 24in48 readathon: https://24in48.com/social-landing-page/

– Suri

17 thoughts on “A Readathon And More…

    1. Ah, I switched up Circe with another book during the readathon, as I couldn’t read it at a faster pace. But now I’ve picked it up again. I’ll let you know how I like it. 😁

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  1. Good luck with your readathon! To answer your question about poetry: I used to read and write it quite frequently…a quick(ish) outlet in between reading and writing longer works. Your question makes me think I should get back to it again – thanks!

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  2. Yes, some part of the work does get lost in translation. I’ve had the privilege of reading the gitanjali both in Hindi and Bengali, I’m a Bengali, yet had to ask multiple doubts from my father.

    Anyway, I thank you for sharing info about the readathon.

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  3. Readathon sounds like a fab idea, and I am curious to hear about your experience. I have been in a reading drought since May and I am itching to read something simply wonderful! Welcoming suggestions 🙂

    P.S. I hope you touched 1K 😀

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    1. Yes, I did cross 1k 😊
      Haha, with that readathon I figured out that readathons are not for me. 😂

      How’s your reading going these days?

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  4. Hi Suri,
    Hope you are well. Enjoyed reading this post. A readathon of my own sounds a great idea as I need discipline in prioritising my time to reading.
    The poetry book looks lovely.
    Thank you for your prompt for me to read .

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      1. Hi Siri,
        Sad to say I have not kept to my promise. Perhaps now that I have sorted a shopping & cleaning routine & decluttering both mentally & physically I may have a better chance.
        Take care ❤️

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