On Tuesday, 5th April, my sister and I embarked upon a twenty four hour readathon. Currently trending on the Book Tok side of TikTok, the goal is to read for (you guessed it) twenty four hours straight.
We began at 10 am with high hopes and a spread of books to read. I had already decided that I'd allow myself to dip in and out of a couple to avoid burning out. My selection was: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz, Under an Azure Sky by Wil Chan, Cheryl's Destinies by Stephen Sexton & A God at the Door by Tishani Doshi.
To reflect upon the experience I wanted to post a few short reviews for the above books and provide you lovely readers with a prompt list inspired by the readathon. If, however, you would like to know about the ins and outs of the day, you can go to my Instagram (@kristiana.reed) as I have a highlight for it, and you can follow my sister on TikTok, @thereadheadlibrary and watch the video she made documenting the experience.
Bullet point reviews
Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz
sequel to Magpie Murders with similar premise of there being a book within a book to solve a murder
superb writing when it comes to tension, plot twists and character
allows you to attempt to solve the crime(s) alongside the protagonist
still surprises you at the very end!
Cheryl's Destinies by Stephen Sexton
nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize in 2021
some brilliant reflections upon the writing process itself
many poems were a little too abstract for my personal taste
struggled to identify the underlying themes/narrative in the collection
A God at the Door by Tishani Doshi
nominated for the Forward Poetry Prize 2021
incredible long form poetry, particularly focusing on feminism and womanhood in India
many visual poems which were good but difficult to read at times due to sacrificing font size to shape
really enjoyed Doshi's poetic style
Under an Azure Sky by Wil Chan (a full review will be posted in a few weeks)
fantasy genre with impressive world building
first of a trilogy with a female protagonist
centres a woman loving woman storyline which I love to see!
pacing could be better, as could the resolution but I appreciate this is the first in aseries so the main focus is to establish character, plot and backstory
Readathon prompt list
Write in the style of an email or a letter
Write a poem within a poem
Give your piece an alliterative title
Write a poem about a woman in love with a woman
Use the colour blue in multiple ways
What happened in your first life?
“Boys who carry ruin in their pockets” are… (credit Sexton)
“How a bruise like a child blossoms” (credit Sexton)
Write about what a metaphor really is: i.e. Sexton says ‘A metaphor is only a person trying very hard to be understood at the edge of their imagination.”
Write an after of Sexton’s poem, A Short History of Happiness
Write about what poetry is: i.e. Sexton says ‘What’s poetry but the art of failing to make a moment happened once forever happen twice?’
Write an Abecedarian about creation after Doshi
Use the ghost line: “The body refuses happiness.”(credit Doshi)
“cauldrons of hurt” (credit Doshi)
Write after Doshi’s poem, I Don’t Want to be Remembered by My Last Instagram Post
Write a poem about how to greet grief
If you use one of the prompts above, let me know. If you post it on Instagram use the hashtag - #kristianasprompts. If you post it elsewhere, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I shall share some of my favourites in May.