I know, I know, it's been mostly vlog-central here for all of 2017 (and a good chunk of 2016), and I do intend to correct that and get back into actually writing some of the things for you. (Not all of the things. But some of the things.)
But time and an aching wrist are not my friends.
But I DID want to pop on quickly to tell you about three amazing bookish programs going on right now, that should be on every bookish person's radar.
THING THE FIRST
Macmillan & National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang have challenged us to Read without Walls, a project aimed at helping us broaden our horizons and see things from other people's perspectives, and embrace the diversity of literature and points of view that are out there.
You can find some of the specific challenges here, or listen to Gene intro the project here:
I've been intending to put together a post of my own picks and suggestions, but... time. And an aching wrist.
I'll let you know when it comes to be.
THING THE SECOND
Penguin Random House is hosting #ProjectReadathon, in which readers can stop by their "Read Well" website, read selections from books right then and there, and have the satisfaction of doing good, dammit.
From now until World Book Day (April 23rd), when you read on their site, up to 300,000 books will be given to Save the Children, based on visits and minutes read. So you can read for free, and feel really good doing it -- but you gotta hurry, because it ends this weekend!
They have tons of books to read from, so. . . go check 'em out!
THING THE THIRD
Speaking of free reads, Audiofile's Sync Audiobook campaign is about to kick off its 2017 season! If you're unfamiliar, this is an audiobook program that is aimed at getting teens to read (or listen) to more (and varied) books -- but who says it has to be limited to teens? Encourage the kids and teens in your life to take advantage of this awesome program, and while you're at it, get you some new reads to discuss with them! (I won't tell.)
Every year, starting in late April and running through the bulk of the summer, they will be giving away free downloads to themed pairs of books every single week.
Titled include Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Of Beast and Beauty, Shadows on the Moon, Between Shades of Grey -- basically a ton of books that will be teen-friendly, but also appealing to most readers, combined with a second book, often non-fiction, that relates in some way to that week's title.
You can check out the full list of titles, and sign up for email reminders, on their dedicated website -- but remember, each title is only open for downloads for one week, so make sure to come back each Thursday when new titles drop!
And that's it for these three awesome campaigns that I thought you should know about. Know of any other cool bookish things that I should know about? Spread the word and let me know in the comments!