Hi! I’ve been on a slight involuntary hiatus recently, but it seems like I’m coming back with a bang.
Right now may be a terrible time for me to join a readathon (because, as you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t finished or reviewed a book in quite a long time), but when I saw that Noura at theperksofbeingnourablog.wordpress.com created a KPOP themed readathon, I knew it was something I had to join.
In case any kpop fans are interested, I’m obsessed with about a million groups (Super Junior, BtoB and SF9 are my ults), so it took a while to decide which group to use for my prompts. As may be obvious from the picture here, I’ve chosen Team Day6.
It took me a while to choose which books to read (and I’ve tried to pick some pretty short ones so I actually stand a chance) but I think I’ve finally got my TBR set!
Day and Night: Read a book during the night or day (pick 1 timing):
I work 9-5:30, so picking night for the timing of this was pretty straightforward. But the specific book I have chosen for this is The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant, because Netgalley… and also because it looks kind of amazing.
I’ve seen a few great reviews of this one so I’m really excited to see what it’s all about. Plus, it’s about a criminal underworld and it’s inspired by Les Mis so, honestly, it might be my most anticipated read of the month.
Zombie: Pick a book with zombies or other creatures:
I was really struggling to come up with a zombie book but my twitter mutuals came through (THANK YOU). I got a bunch of recommendations, including:
Dread Nation, Girl With All The Gifts, Wranglestone, Rot and Ruin, World War Z, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Walking Dead, The Enemy, Deadinburgh and A Ritual of Bone.
Then I was recommended Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, which I actually already have a copy of, from a few years ago. So, I guess that’s fate. Zombie books aren’t normally my thing so I’m really excited to step out of my comfort zone with this one!
Tick Tock: Read a book within 10 hours:
For this one, because it publishes next month and is absolutely at the top of my TBR, I have chosen Seawife by Amity Gaige. It definitely seems short enough and exciting enough to get done in 10 hours (I hope!).
Also, as a slight side note, the cover is stunning. Completely unrelated but… important.
Love Me or Leave Me: Read a book of your choice:
This was actually the hardest one to choose, for some reason. But I let Netgalley pick for me in the end, and I’m going with Girl With Three Eyes by Priya Ardis!
I read My Boyfriend Merlin about five years ago and got completely obsessed so, although I forgot about it for a while, seeing this on Netgalley brought back all the feels. I’m so excited to see what this one’s all about.
1 to 10: Pick 10 books and ask someone to choose which one you read:
This was such a fun prompt. As a fun lockdown activity, I laid out ten books (very similar lengths, very different genres) in front of my mum and got her to choose for me.
In case you’re interested, the ten books were: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Milkman by Anna Burns, Heartstream by Tom Pollock, The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown, The Survival Game by Nicky Singer, Baby Doll by Hollie Overton, A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters and Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant.
After a very lengthy period of deliberation, she chose Across the Universe.
Afraid: Book you’ve been afraid to pick up:
1984 by George Orwell. I have had ridiculously high expectations for this book since I first picked up a copy about ten years ago, and I’ve always been too scared to actually read it in case it disappoints. Here goes nothing 🙂
And that’s it. If you’re doing the readathon too, I’d love to hear what team you’re reading and which book you’re most excited about. Also, please let me know if you’ve read and loved any of the books I’ve picked; I’m going to need all the positive motivation I can get to get through six books in a month!