Good morning everyone! I hope you slept well (or worked well if you’re like me) and are as excited about this post as I am!
I’m here today to tell you about…
What is SelfLoveathon?
So, I was thinking (way back in November) about how I wanted to read more books that contain characters like me. So I kept thinking on this and an idea sprouted.
How often do we think about how we can’t find books that pertain to who we are, how we identify, or struggles we are going through?
More often than we should most of the time.
That being said, I decided that since January is the start of the new year and the start of people trying to become better versions of themselves, how about we do a readathton that is based on loving yourself the way you are.
Find books that contain characters that have the same identities, struggles, or are like you in any way. You have anxiety? Find a book with a character who has anxiety. You are asexual, find books that have asexual characters.
Find these characters that you can identify with and read about them.
PROMOTE THESE BOOKS! After you read them, review them and talk about them. Review on Amazon, your Blog or YouTube channel, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, Facebook, Twitter, freaking take out an ad in the newspaper if you have to. Just review the dang books. Mention what about them you connected with so other readers who may be looking for these books can find them!
Okay, we know what it is, so when is it?
SelfLoveathon will be held from January 20th to January 26th. It will start at midnight on January 20th and end at 11:59pm on January 26th. That’s only a week and I know that we can all do it.
Are there any challenges?
The only reading challenge is to read the books and share them. That’s it.
You specified reading challenges. Are there any other challenges?
Yup! I decided that since we are not doing reading challenges, that we shall do a photo challenge! The photo is down below. Make sure to screenshot it! If you can’t figure out how to screenshot it and crop it, DM me on Instagram (link here) and I’ll send it to you directly.
How will we stay connected?
Use the hashtag #SelfLoveathon on Instagram, Twitter, and anywhere else. Feel free to tag me in anything you are posting about it or send it to me directly. Sometimes I get really busy and I don’t have the chance to keep up with everything. I won’t really be running sprints, but if I do they will be on my Instagram in my stories.
I think that’s really all I have to share about it currently. Make sure you all are joining in and reading the books with characters just like you! Find the books with character you can connect with and maybe even learn more about yourself with.
I will try to make a Google Doc with some GoodReads lists or recommendation lists of different things that people may be looking for. So let me know what different character aspects you’ll be looking for! I know I’ll be hunting down as many pansexual characters as I possibly can. And even some dealing with infertility maybe.
Just remember, you are beautiful and such a wonderful human being, even if you can’t see it and other people are trying to tell you different. You deserve love, but to get there you must first love yourself.
Take this year to focus on loving yourself. Be the best you that you can possibly be and love that person whether you’re 100% all of the time or not. Love. Yourself.
Thanks so much for joining me. Make sure to follow me in Instagram, share this post on your social media, and join into the fun! I’ll see you all in the next one!