November 22, 2016


I don’t know about you guys, but the week of Thanksgiving is my favorite week of the year. This is the week my family celebrates all our holidays and comes together. It’s intense: tons of people, food, drink, and activities. We go non-stop despite finally having some days off to relax.

But, sometimes, I just want to escape. It can get pretty overwhelming! In the past, I’ve taken some time for myself to do some work (boooo), but this year, I’m changing it up. Instead of escaping to work, I’m going to escape and read. I know we’re all shocked. And to provide motivation, Ottavia at Novels and Nonfiction and I are hosting a #ThanksgivingReadathon! 




I still have a long way to go on my 2016 reading challenges, and even further to go with my TBR. Here are my goals for this week:

  1. Complete at least one of my five outstanding yearly review challenges. 
  2. Listen to at least two audiobooks.
  3. Read a Newbery Award Winner
  4. Read two ARCs
  5. Read at least one non-fiction book
  6. Complete a book I have been reading for more than one month

(FIVE outstanding yearly reading challenges?! Fool of a Jackie… O_o)

I will totally give myself a pass to double-down on those goals. For example, if my Newbery award winner happens to help me complete a yearly review challenge, that’s a win in my book. Also, I’m not identifying specific books because I know as soon as I list names I will no longer want to read those books! That’s just how read-a-thons tend to work for me. It’s like when you sit down to write a paper…

Personally, this read-a-thon begins right now for me and will end at midnight on 11/27. But you can use whatever timeframe you want the week of 11/21-11/27. The goal is to carve out time for reading. A few hours, a whole day– you set the timeframe! Work around your schedule, just make time for reading a priority.

If you are interested in joining Ottavia and me, feel free to link up to your own #ThanksgivingReadathon posts in the comments below. Share your progress on Twitter with the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon. You’re welcome to use the image Ottavia made to share some festive reading spirit! I can’t wait to see what you manage to accomplish, and get all your awesome new recommendations.

Happy reading!

Jackie B Forman


  • LizScanlon November 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Good luck with the readathon! 🙂
    I’m not a readathon person at all.. just too much pressure 😀

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Liz! I totally understand how readathons might not be for everyone– I like the idea of using it as an excuse to spend more time reading instead of socializing. Oops! 🙂

      • LizScanlon November 24, 2016 at 10:23 am

        Well, using the readathons for the *right reasons* is of course excusable! 😀 haha… I’d just get too competitive with myself in order to do the challenge and then ignore, work/home/husband 😀
        Happy Thanksgiving and hope you have a lovely weekend! 😉

  • Brendon November 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Good luck with your read-a-thon!

    I am very torn on Thanksgiving. It has always been a valued family holiday AND my dissonance comes in with learning more about indigenous Peoples and colonization. My goal this year is to try and talk to my family about Indigenous communities and some of the current issues afoot -> like the recent news for Standing Rock. I think Thanksgiving can still be a family holiday, but I hope m family can reframe why we celebrate this day and create more awareness and action to stand with indigenous Peoples.

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Thanks, Brendon! You well-wishes are greatly appreciated.

      I totally understand where you are coming from with the origin of this holiday. We spent some time talking about Standing Rock and the Syrian refugees in our house last night. My mother made a point of telling us no politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table, so we talked about it last night. I hope that you can successfully reframe this for your family! I would strongly encourage you to address this on your blog, too! This is super relevant to both your monthly theme, and I think a lot of people could learn from your example. I know that this transformation will not be easy for many families, but it’s certainly something people would be interested to try.

  • Jasmine November 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Great challenge you are hosting here Jackie! I will have to delay on joining until next year because I have buddy reads this week and I am also traveling to visit my parents. I worry I might not have time to read. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family!

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Oh no! I hope you manage to find time to read, Jasmine! Regardless, enjoy your holiday. 🙂

  • Diana November 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Goodluck with the readathon and the reading challenge.We don’t have thanksgiving here,it looks like fun on TV but I get what you mean about the festivities being overwhelming at times.Have a good one though!

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thanks, Diana! I will take all the luck I can get. 🙂 Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: It’s the one time each year my whole extended family gets together. We eat a lot and enjoy each other’s company. I hope that someday you’ll get to experience a Thanksgiving. Let me know if you’re ever in the area (Madison, Wisconsin) and we will set one up! 🙂

      • Diana November 24, 2016 at 10:46 am

        Sounds great.If I’m ever then I’ll definitely pay you a visit.Happy Thanksgiving <3

  • Books, Vertigo and Tea November 22, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I hope you enjoy the readathon! I am personally horrible at these or any sort of challenges. I normally only set a GR goal. I feel pressured when I join things and need to move at my random, indecisive pace haha. <3

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thanks, Danielle! I totally support only setting a Goodreads goal. I like to use challenges as a way to push myself to read a wider variety of books. I know without challenges I would almost exclusively read YA fantasy. 😉 This helps me feel more widely read. And I can find more books to recommend to my friends by reading more diversely. It’s part of my own personal mission.

      • Books, Vertigo and Tea November 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        I definitely need to branch out more. I was just discussing this one someone. I did not realize until reading another post, how exclusive my reading can be at times.

        • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

          There’s nothing wrong with that! For some people, that’s the whole point of their blog. The exclusively read romance, YA, urban fantasy, etc… I have friends with hugely diverse reading preferences and part of my blog mission is to help ID reading recommendations appropriate for my friends. What genres and reading levels do you gravitate towards?

  • Novels And Nonfiction November 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Awesome explanation of the Readathon 🙂 Thanks for being so on top of it!

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

      And thank *you* for putting together that lovely graphic! I am so excited to do this with you. 🙂

  • ChicNerdReads November 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    This sounds a bit challenging but I am rooting for you! I hope you get through the books you want =)

    • Jackie B November 24, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Thanks! That means a lot to me. I know I am pushing myself quite a bit with these ideas, but we will see how I manage! So far, one book down.

  • morethangeekylove November 27, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Hey Jackie I’ve always been fascinated by people like you, who set a goal and reach it!! Especially when it comes to books! I am in a perpetual procrastinating and the fun part is that I don’t even realise it until it’s too late. I really respect you for being able to accomplish your goals and I love your site!! 🙂

    • Jackie B November 28, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you, Lin!! I appreciate that. I set goals, but I don’t always achieve them. And that’s okay. 🙂 For me, I know that if I don’t push myself I won’t do much. Setting (sometimes unrealistic) goals helps me stay on target. 🙂

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