So… I am here to create my own readathon. I think sometimes in this community, we get so caught up with new releases that we forget to read the books we’re most excited for and most confident that we’ll enjoy. So here’s a challenge based around reading books you’re pretty sure you’ll like.
This readathon will run from 12:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1st, to 11:59 p.m. October 7th. I will be hosting it with my amazing friends Julianna @PaperBlots and May @ForeverAndEverly, and I hope you’ll all be joining me!
In this community, I feel like we often get really caught up with new releases, or with books we feel like everyone else is reading. And it leads us — well, it leads me, at least — to forget to read the books we’re most excited for and most confident that we’ll enjoy. This is a challenge, partially coming from the recent trend of predicting your five stars, based around reading books you’re pretty confident you’re going to like.
This can mean whatever you want it to! Just try to think about books you’re more confident than usual are going to be new favorite books for you.
If this question leaves you blank, don’t fret! It’s always good to try and figure out your reading tastes a bit more. Think about some things you’ve liked in books you’ve read recently; what’s most important to you, the strong characters, strong writing, strong plot, strong themes, or something else? What did you like in the last book you really obsessed over? Do you like moral ambiguity? What do your favorite characters have in common?
Now go to your Goodreads TBR, or your physical TBR, and look up reviews of those books. What elements are people praising or hating on? If you like character development, and everyone is saying the character arc is the best part of the book, that might be one for you.
There are also some optional challenges in place for this readathon. Remember, this readathon is mostly about reading books you genuinely think you’re going to love, so don’t lose sight of that; if you don’t think you’ll five star books you read for these challenges, you don’t need to follow them! But the challenges are as follows:
- Read a next book in a series you like
- Read a book by a favorite author
- Read a book you were anticipating and never got around to reading
- Read a book over 500 pages
- Read five books
These challenges are all, as mentioned, totally optional. But I’ll be setting out a nice TBR for them down below:
I’ve done two posts on the #PredictingMyRatings tag, and read three of the books on the first post and two of the second post. Tragically, only one of the five has actually been a five star. But I think we’re getting close!
For this challenge, I will be reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, and yes, I really have had this on my list for a full year without reading it. I mean, this is the sequel to literally one of my favorite books, and I tend to be really good about reading sequels, and I still haven’t read this?
The reviews for this are excellent. It follows a character I loved in book one. I love this author’s writing, I love this world, I love everything about this. I know I will five star this. It’s just a matter of actually reading it.
For this, I’m going with When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. Which I am literally just ashamed I have not read.
This is a magical realism book about racism and also trans acceptance by an author who is married to a trans boy. I read Wild Beauty last year and it killed me so much that I put it as #1 on my end of the year book wrap-up. I have now read several short stories by this author and I have five-starred all of them. I read her first book and four-starred it. This book is so perfect-sounding and awesome looking and just… oh my god I can’t wait to read it.
The goal of this challenge was sort of to read an anticipated release from back in 2017 or 2016, but I don’t think I’m actually that bad at reading my anticipated releases. So for this, I’m going with I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman.
So the reason this book, despite being on my most anticipated, never got read, is because it only released in the UK. But I went to Paris and I FOUND A COPY. It is by the author of Radio Silence. This is about fandom, and gays, and I am excited to read it, and please don’t ask me anything else because I don’t know.
For this, I’ll be reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
This has been on my list for forever, and it will be my one audiobook. It is a cool aestheticy literary too-pretentious-but-still-interesting maybe gay book that I have been trying to get around to for forever. I think there is murder. I think it will be super creepy. I really like creepy books. I also think this might have some She Did That!! qualities and, well, I am a slut for those. I am embarrassed this has taken me so long to read and I cannot wait.
For this, I’m going to be reading, hopefully, Toil & Trouble edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood. So I love short story collections, and I tend to five star collections when I get a lot of five-star stories from them, and with so many stories by authors I like, I am entirely confident in how much I will like this. Like, here, I made a list:
➽Tehlor Kay Mejia [Emma five starred this]
➽Tess Sharpe [Emma five starred this]
➽Brandy Colbert [Mel five starred this]
➽Nova Ren Suma [Mel & Emma five starred this]
➽Anna-Marie McLemore, my favorite author [Mel five starred this]
➽Emery Lord [Mel & Emma five starred this]
Like…. you get me. You know me. Also, it’s about witches, and some of the witches are [as I begged for in my beautiful Goodreads prereview] gay.
If I have time: I might be reading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Because I am a fucking mess but after TID, there is actually a very good chance I will love it.