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2017 Anti-Bullying Readathon

I hate that it’s Nov 16th and I’m just now writing about this!!!

I’m not going to soapbox here, I’m just going to say that raising awareness about bullying, learning about bullying, and doing my part to prevent it is important to me on a personal level. If you’ve never heard about this readathon or participated before, you can still jump in. Who cares that it’s the middle of the week??? Please check out the official Facebook page. This year, Sarah is putting together a super box of bookish goodies that will be raffled off to those who choose to donate to Anti-Bullying Pro. This is totally new this year and I was so excited for the opportunity to not only participate in the readathon but to be part of a group donating to a great cause.

So far, I’ve read three books for the readathon and I have three more planned. I’m not going to turn this into a book review post so I’ll just share a few thoughts on each book.

  1. Wonder Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book was truly beautiful. It was heartfelt and emotional. Honestly, it should have come with a trigger warning, lol. I’m happy that I read this book, but I will most likely never reread it and I absolutely DO NOT want to see the movie. I was so emotionally drained from reading this book that I made myself ill.
  2. Simon I followed up Wonder with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli and I’m glad that I did. While this book also had some heavy, emotional scenes, it was also funny and irreverent. I loved reading this story through Simon’s voice.
  3. Aristotle My third pick was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This book was a bit heavier than Simon, but I still very much enjoyed it. Dealing with themes such as LGBT, hate crimes, family drama, and teenage angst in the 80s gave this book a bit of a different spin than the other two.

All three of these books deal with bullying in very different ways and as such, impacted me and my views of bullying differently. All three also hit me in the emotions department so if you’re not looking for something that will make you teary, I suggest setting these aside for a different day.

If you want more information on the readathon, the links aren’t working, whatever, leave me a comment. I’d LOVE to help you out and get more people participating!

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Anti Bullying Read-A-Thon

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This readathon is being organized by booktuber Sarah Churchill. I love her channel and I’ve found lots of great reads due to her reviews and such. She is such an enthusiastic reader and she’s very enthusiastic about anti-bullying. I participated in this readathon last year and had a great time. It’s all about raising awareness through reading. Both of my daughters have been bullied at one time or another and not in an insignificant way. Because of this, this issue is important to me and one that I have strong emotions about.

Sarah’s readathon doesn’t start until November 16th, but I want to help get the word out as soon as and as much as possible. I will have another post before the start featuring my anti-bully TBR for the week. Sarah has also created a Goodreads group and shareable artwork to accompany the readathon. ALL of this information can be found on her YouTube video about the readathon. I implore  you to check it out and consider participating and spreading the word about anti-bullying.

If you need ideas for what to read, the Goodreads group for this readathon has a ton of suggestions. I hope you’ll consider joining in. Not only is this a positive way to raise awareness of bullying and what it does to kids, Sarah has organized giveaways for the week too. 😉