Time to boost some reading figures and take part in a readathon! I saw this really great month long readathon on Chelsea’s booktube channel and I thought it’d be a bit of fun to have a go at. I’m not taking part in all the challenges – I do have a full-time job now! – but I’m going to push to do a fair few of them. You can find the full list of challenges here.
Here’s my TBR!
Shrug emoji: A book you haven’t read yet and don’t know why.
Rainbow Bridge by Gwyneth Jones
This is the fifth book in the Bold as Love cycle and … yeah, I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet. I love this series, have read all the others twice over, and yet have never read this one. What’s up with that?! So now, I vow to get it done.
Brain emoji: Book about mental illness
Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
I am pretty sure this one deals with PTSD. Super excited to get to this one.
Car emoji: A book that features travel
Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar
Space travel totally counts, right? I finished this one at the beginning of the month, and it is a fantastic book that deals with so many aspects of identity, and what things, what parts of our lives go into making and breaking who we are.
Exclamation emoji: A book that is out of your comfort zone
Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy
So, I don’t really read thrillers, but this one arrived in a book subscription box. It’s a YA contemporary (another thing I don’t really read), and this challenge seems a good push to read it and see.
Graduation cap emoji: A non fiction book
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
One of my must-reads of this year, so eager to get to this one.
Peace symbol emoji: A diverse book
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
Good news for this challenge, is there’s a lot to choose from! Bad news is, there was way too much choice. But I’ve gone for The Gustav Sonata. Shortlisted for a lot of awards and featuring a complex gay relationship. I have a feeling I am going to love it.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
I’m back into the swing of my audiobooks at the moment, so I could actually complete this challenge a couple of times over! I definitely want to get to this one – narrated by the great man himself!
Book stack: Free choice of book
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The beautiful cover is staring at me. It calls to me through bookstagram and booktube too. I cannot escape it. I MUST READ IT!
Wizard emoji: A fantasy book
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I have not read any of the Grisha books yet, despite having first come across this book several years ago. I rejected it, because I was a massive snob against reading YA. I can safely say I have now grown as a person and am really looking forward to getting into this series.
Phone emoji: An eBook
Opal by Maggie Stiefvater
The short story of Opal from the Raven Cycle, feature (of course) Ronan and Adam. Get in my brain ❤
Hourglass emoji: A book you’ve started but haven’t finished
Lock In by John Scalzi / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson / The Other Side of You by Sally Vickers
I have a lot of reads on the go at the moment, just because I bounce between a lot of moods and places, so always useful to have a variety. These are books I started in Feb, but haven’t quite finished yet. I’ll definitely get the Scalzi finished – narrated by Wil Wheaton and it is so good! And probably the Vickers as the prose is just gorgeous.
Sunglasses emoji: An unknown or indie author
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Lesbians, mermaids, Vikings. Why have I not read this yet?
Alien emoji: A sci-fi book
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
If I don’t read this (the sequel to A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet) soon, I think Ellie (@e.f.mcadam on Instagram) might just hunt me down. I really enjoyed the first book, so I really should get to reading this one.
Artist palette emoji: A book with your favourite colour on the cover
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Not just my favourite colour – this might be one of the most beautiful covers ever designed. This is also another one of my must-reads for the year, so checking two off my list would be so great!
Ambitious, I know, especially as a couple of these books are pretty long (I’m looking at you Strange the Dreamer). But I’ll give it a good try and I’ll let you know how I get on at the end of the month.
Let me know if you’re taking part, or what books you’re planning to read soon.