So this month is going to be fun! I have a week off from school and I am gonna use that to get some fiction reading in and I am going to push myself to do that… by participating in two read-a-thons at once…
First, we’ll discuss the nonfiction I’m reading for class (because that counts, dammit) and also, it’s easier to get the boring stuff out of the way.
- The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner
- Army at Home by Judith Giesberg
- The Fall in the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine
The rest are more textbook like books I’ve been reading since the start of the semester.
Now the fun stuff. I learned that apparently read-a-thons are a good way of getting me motivated to read, so I’m gonna participate in two in order to get myself to read.
The first is IrishReadathon hosted by Aoife of Fred Weasley Died Laughing where the goal is to read as much Irish literature as possible. It takes place over the whole month and the challenges are nice and broad.
So I will be reading The Gathering by Anne Enright for the challenge “Read a book by a female Irish author”. It’s literally the only book by an Irish author that I own.
Then I have #Hamilthon, where the goal is to read 5 books inspired by the songs of Hamilton the musical. This seems really fun and I’ve never participated in a read-a-thon like it.
You win by reading 5 books, so I’m going to try and get Eliza’s section and to be safe, some of these challenges have two options.
So these are the challenges I’ll be trying to finish.
Alexander Hamilton — Read a book with a name in the title
This one has two options. The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan is about a lesbian Bengali teen with heavy trigger warnings. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore is a Swan Princess retelling of sorts with two sisters, Blanca and Roja, who know one of them is going to be turned into a swan.
Who Tells Your Story — Read a book written by a marginalised author.
I would definitely double up on this one, but I’m trying to play it straight, so I have two options. My first choice is Empire of Light by Alex Harrow, who is a non-binary author. All I really know is it’s a queer space opera.
I also have Wild by Hannah Moskowitz about a bi teen and his Deaf girlfriend.
The Election of 1800 — Read a book set in the past.
Not many options for this one, as much as I love historical fiction, apparently I don’t own a lot. This is a reread, The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. It’s the French Revolution and magic and I remember loving it with all my heart.
Helpless — Read a a book featuring a romance or a marriage.
I have a couple options here, mostly because there’s the tiniest chance I can get my hands on an arc, but we’ll see. They’re all romance books, with the first two being f/f and the third being m/f. My options are Anyone But You by Chelsea M. Cameron, Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea Cameron, or A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
Burn — Read a book with a fire-related title or cover.
Easy choice: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
In total that’s at least 3 books I’ll read completely for class, and 6 books planned to read in one week during break (but if I can sneak some reading in before then, all the better).
Are you participating in a read-a-thon next month? Read any of these books? Let me know in the comments section below!