Love-a-thon 2017 will be taking place from February 18, 2017 -February 20, 2017. This will be my first year participating in the Love-a-thon and I’m so excited! The purpose of the Love-a-thon is to bring the online book community together, meet new booklovers across all social media platforms and to spread love to those online booklovers we have already met along the way. This years hosts of the Love-a-thon are Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cece of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.
This challenge is all about creating a virtual road trip with 3-4 people (fictional characters, readers/bloggers, authors, etc) and to talk about all different aspects of the trip.
I have decided that on this road trip, I would take real readers, bloggers and BookTubers. That being said, I’ve met so many wonderful readers through all kinds of social platforms that choosing only 4 people is tough. I would love to take each and everyone I’ve met and had great bookish (and otherwise) conversation with on this trip! That’s saying a lot from someone who is as shy as I am! This community has been so kind and welcoming that I wish I could take all of you on my virtual road trip. 🙂
Since I can only take 4 people with me, here’s who I would take:
- Krista from Books and Jams
- Katie from Life Between Words
- Amanda from Cover 2 Cover Mom
- Lauren from Two Birds, One Blog
While on the road, we would talk about books, of course! I would love to chat with Amanda more about recently meeting Brit Bennett, the author of The Mothers. I recently read The Mothers and really enjoyed Brit Bennett’s debut novel so I would be really interested to hear from Amanda all about meeting Brit Bennett and any insight into her writing of her first novel. Lauren and I have both already read The Mothers and I believe the other ladies are planning to read the book. Hopefully, by our November virtual road trip, they will have read The Mothers too.
We could also talk about Anne of Green Gables and Harry Potter. Hopefully by November, I will have read the last two Harry Potter books. Yes, I am one of the last people to still be reading the Harry Potter series for the first time! LOL
We would probably talk about what authors we’re most excited to meet and why? Part of our trip would include a book festival, more details to come. Talking about why we’re excited to meet certain authors might introduce others to new others or inspire us to try out the authors the other ladies are excited about.
Of course, for those of us who have kids on this trip, I’m sure talking about our kids would be part of the conversation as well. 🙂
As far as music on the road trip…we are all book lovers, so I think we would probably choose an audiobook to listen to along the way. As far as what audiobook? I’m not sure, I think we’d choose that as a group.
We would be headed to…Austin, Texas! On November 4-5, 2017 Austin, Texas has the 2017 Texas Book Festival. So, we would head out on our road trip later this year in time to participate in this book festival.
The Texas Book Festival features:
- 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors
- 20+ venues including the State Capitol
- 80+ exibitors
- live music
- local food trucks
- opportunities to meet authors
We would also make time to visit Book People, a two story independent bookstore that has been awarded the best bookshop in Texas for the past 15 years!
I think it would be a lot of fun to add some book buying challenges to our group to accomplish in between our time at the Texas Book Festival and Book People. If we were really going on this trip, I would include the rest of the group in the creation of these challenges, but for the purpose of this post, I came up with some possible challenges for our virtual trip.
- Buy a book for each of the other lovely ladies on this trip that you enjoyed and you think they would also enjoy (write a note to each of the ladies inside the book to make this purchase an extra special reminder of our trip)
- Cover Buy: Choose a book totally based on it’s cover. No reading of the synopsis! 😉
- Buy a book from a favorite author that you either do not already own or haven’t read yet
- Choose a group book together to read when we return home.
Since, this is a virtual trip, cost is irrelevent right?!?! So, why not stay in the #1 rated hotel in Austin, Texas, the Four Seasons Hotel Austin!
I think this would make the perfect book lovers getaway and I wish I could share it with every book lover I’ve met through social media. This community is the best! ❤ If, this wasn’t a virtual trip, I think I would share it with the rest of you, by daily blogging about it, of course! 🙂 I would also look for the perfect items for all of my book loving friends and have a giveaway when I returned.
Oh how I wish this was a real trip! Friends who love books, books, authors, bookshops, luxury hotel stay, good food, adventures to blog about, time at the spa…what could be better?!?!