Hey y’all! Happy MLK Day for all my friends in the states. The first official Haitian Readathon has come to an end and I feel pretty good about how much I read and did. I was one of the hosts and I also ran the Instagram page so that left me super busy these past couple weeks.
I read four books by Haitian authors during the first two weeks of January. Here’s what I read and a few of my thoughts:
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
This was so cute. I love Corinne so much! I’m happy I finally got to finish it without getting sidetracked by school again.
Boxing Knights by Jacques Roussau Jean
Not my cup of tea.
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite
This was a reread since it was our group pick for the readathon. If you want to know just how much I love it, check out my full review and if that doesn’t convince you, here are 5 more reasons I love this book.
Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud
Technically, I finished this the day after the readathon but I only had 30 pages left at the time so I’m counting it. This was also really adorable but definitely feels like a story for younger YA readers (ages 12-15). It would be great for fans of Sarah Dessen.
Other Wonderful Things
Managing the Instagram page for the readathon was such a huge learning experience for me. I feel like my graphic design skills really evolved over the course of it and I had so much fun making them. It was really cool learning about books by Haitian authors that I probably wouldn’t have known about without this.
We had a live discussion of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine on Latesha’s page and Maika Moulite showed up for it! It was such a cool surprise and I couldn’t stop smiling afterward.