It’s time for another readathon 🙂
This readathon is a 8 day-long readathon from the 18th to the 25th August. It’s a readathon which focuses on fantasy books written by women and I’m very exited! I missed it the first round, but I’m here now!
Jean from Bookishthoughs is running it along with Jill from thebookneuk. There are reading challenges (bingo chart), reading sprints and a reading night (!).
Here is the announcement video:
My wishful TBR
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Reading Challenges: Middle Grade, Stand alone, Not set in my country,
I love Holly Blacks writing and I now have a perfect excuse to read one of her earlier works. It more of a speculative horror story (I think) for children. Should be interesting 😁
Goodreads Synopsis Doll Bones:
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice.
But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Reading Challenges: YA, pre-2000 publication
I bought this several years ago and due to its short length I saved it for a readathon. Several readathons later I have finally found a spot for it. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series so I’m quite exited to read it.
Goodreads Synopsis The Thief
The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.
What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Reading Challenges: Retelling, BAME, YA, Not set in my country,
I pre-odered this and still haven’t gotten to it. It came out in June… it’s not as bad as some of my other books. But here is a chance to read a retelling of a Korean story/myth/folklore.
Goodreads Synopsis Wicked Fox
A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
Reading Challenges: Sequel, Queer, Multiple POV’s, YA, Not set in my country,
I read Raven Cycle book 1 and 2 last year during LALAthon. Now I’m finally picking up book 3 and I believe there is a very queer thing happening in this book 🤗🌈. I’m exited!
Goodreads Synopsis Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Blood Is Another Word For Hunger by Rivers Solomon
Reading Challenges: Less than 150p, Stand Alone, Adult, BAME, Queer, Not set in my country,
I love Rivers Solomon’s writing and I loved An Unkindness Of Ghosts from 2015. I wrote a full gushing review of it here after reading it last year.
This is a short story but I’m very exited for Rivers’ upcoming book The Deep due for publication later this year. In the mean time I will have to be happy with this short story.
Goodreads Synopsis Blood Is Another Word For Hunger
Anger is an energy. A young girl, a slave in the South, is presented with a moment where she can grasp for freedom, for change, for life. She grabs it with both hands, fiercely and intensely, and the spirit world is shaken.
Anyone else participating in this readathon?