My September to-read list, chosen by the ‘wheel of TBR’

I’ve been obsessed with Codie’s Wheel of TBR videos since the start of the year, in which she lets a wheel she created herself pick prompts that will guide her reading month. I absolutely love this idea but a) am not very crafty and b) don’t have any supplies necessary to make a physical wheel. Instead, I used an online one and filled in 20+ prompts. I chose to spin 7 times because I feel like that’s an amount of reading I can accomplish but could still turn out to be a challenge too.

So what did the wheel (and Inge) pick for me?

Spin 1 – read a classic 

Dracula by Bram Stoker 
Dracula
is the only classic on my physical TBR I haven’t read yet so it became the default pick when the wheel ended on this prompt. Not going to lie, I experienced a moment of utter dread because I haven’t had the best luck with classics but I want to go into this with an open mind. I hope I’ll like it!

Spin 2 – let a friend pick

The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang
When the wheel landed on friend pick, I knew I had to ask Inge to pick from either my current library books or my TBR. She chose The Poppy War, which I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I think I’m going to absolutely love it.

Spin 3 – read manga or a graphic novel

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
I saw this one at my local library a week or two ago, and immediately brought it home with me. I’ve heard so many people talk about this sapphic graphic novel, and I can’t wait to read it.

Spin 4 – read your most recent purchase

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers
Actually, my most recent purchases are several Fullmetal Alchemist volumes and The Poppy War, but I’ve already finished FMA and Inge already chose The Poppy War for a previous spin. So I’ll take the book I purchased right before those, which is Record of a Spaceborn Few. I’m looking forward to reading the final book in this epic scifi trilogy.

Spin 5 – read an orange or yellow book (color of the wheel)

The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi
The prompt here was to read a book in the color of the wheel this prompt was in. Did that make sense? I couldn’t chose the colors myself so I had no influence over it being orangey-yellow. I picked this one up while on a trip in Naples in 2017, and still haven’t read it. Time to change that.

Spin 6 – Read a book that starts with the letter y

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
I bought The Year of the Gadfly last year after watching abookolive’s video on books that are similar to The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It sounds like everything I’ve ever wanted, and I have no idea why it’s still on my TBR shelf months later.

Spin 7 – pick a book blindfolded

The Girl King (The Girl King #1) by Mimi Yu
Another library book! The Girl King was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, from the moment I learned of its existence in the summer of 2018. However, after it was published I saw a lot of ‘meh’ reviews come in. A lot of people seemed quite disappointed by this book. I’ve lowered my expectations since, but I’m still really looking forward to reading it.


This was so much fun to do! I can see why Codie picks her TBR this way. I hope I’ll be able to read all of these in September, especially as I’m on vacation for a large part of the month. I guess we’ll find out in October, when I post my monthly wrap up!

Have you read any of these books? How do you pick your TBR?

my sims-a-thon TBR (I really need to stop with all the readathons)

I’ve been participating in so many readathons lately, it’s kind of ridiculous. However, I might actually need the push in June. I didn’t read that much in May, and fell into a mini reading slump. I need to nip that slump in the butt, because there’s just too much I want to read this year. I stumbled upon the sims-a-thon through Aprilius Maximus’ YouTube channel, when she posted her TBR for the readathon last week, and thought it looked fun. I don’t even play The Sims, yet I want to take part in this readathon so badly!

Here’s the basic information. The readathon takes place throughout the entire month of June, and is based on The Sims. You can find all the information in this video, and this Google Drive folder. There are the basic challenges to build your sim/household, there are live mode challenges, and career challenges. I don’t exactly know which of the latter two I’ll be doing because there are so many options and I’m a mood reader, but here are some of the challenges I might try to tackle!

STARTING CHALLENGES

 

Choose a household
> Read a late book in a series
> Fullmetal Alchemist volume 4 by Hiromu Arakawa
> I’m going easy on myself by picking some manga for this readathon already. They’re pretty quick reads, and tend to break me out of a reading slump immediately. I’ve been loving the FMA manga, so I’m excited to continue!

Build a house
> Read something set in another world
> The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Goblin Emperor has been on my shelves for quite a while now, and it’s time for me to pick it up. I’ve read so many positive reviews on it

Interior design
> Read a book with a pretty cover
> The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman
> I absolutely love the cover of this book! I recently requested this Israeli fantasy novel from Netgalley, and got approved – which hasn’t happened in a long time. I can’t wait to get to this novel. It’s got sorcerers, empaths, killers, religious extremists, and love. Sounds epic to me!

Landscaping
> Book featuring nature in cover/title/theme
> Walk on Earth a Stranger (Goldseer #1) by Rae Carson
> Earth is in the title, and that counts, right? Once again, this book has been on my shelf for absolute years. I loved the author’s Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, and wanted to read everything else she has written. Now, it’s been years and I still haven’t picked up another book by Rae Carson.

LIVE MODE CHALLENGES

(I will talk about the “get a job” live mode challenge later, when I talk about the chosen career.)

 

Get a promotion
> Read a 5-star prediction
> Age of Myth (Legend of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
> I’m sure you’re all sick and tired of seeing this book on my to-read lists. I’m sorry! I know I should have picked this up ages ago, but I didn’t. I really need to change that soon, especially since this is one of my 5-star predictions.

Eat a cookie
> Read a book under 200 pages
> Blue Exorcist volume 1 by Kazue Kato
> I picked up the first two volumes of Blue Exorcist in a secondhand book haul a little while ago. The first volume is 200 pages long according to Goodreads, which still counts for this challenge in my opinion. Do I have any idea what this manga is about? No, absolutely not. What else is new.

Pay bills
Read your most recent purchase
> Black Butler volume 3 by Yana Toboso
> I bought a whole lot of manga in one haul, so I could pick quite a few for this topic. I will probably go with Black Butler though, since I recently read the previous volume.

Burn down the kitchen
> Book with flames on the cover

> Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory
> I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages, but haven’t picked it up because I haven’t really heard the most positive things about the novel. It’s really short, though, so I can’t unhaul it without giving it a try.

 

Gain a fishing skill
> Randomize your TBR

> Longbourn by Jo Baker
> I was actually supposed to read this in May. Oops. This is a Pride and Prejudice retelling told from the perspective of the Bennet’s servant!

Take a bubble bath
> Read a book over 400 pages

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani
> While this novel is more than 400 pages long, it is middle grade. Usually, MG books are pretty quick and captivating reads, which is perfect for a readathon.

Become a ghost
> Read a spooky book

> There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
> I’ve had an ARC copy of this book since 2017 and still haven’t read it…

Fall in love
> Read a book with a romance element

> We Were There volume 1 by Yuki Obata
> Another manga I picked up in a used book haul! I’ve never really heard anyone talk about We Were There, but the synopsis caught my attention. It’s about first love, grief, and is set in high school. Since the entire manga is about a girl falling for a guy whose girlfriend passed away the year before, I’d say this fits for reading a book with a romance element.

 

Have your birthday
> Read an adult book

> The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
> I received an e-ARC for The Bride Test (release date in June – UK), and I can’t wait to read it! I absolutely adored The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang’s previous book, and have high hopes for this one as well.

Get a job > business
> Read a book with a number in the title

> Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Thousand Names
> Thousand seems to be a really popular number, doesn’t it? I have all of these on my shelves at home, unread, but don’t know which one I’ll feel like reading in June. Let me know if you have read one of these!


Obviously, I won’t get to all of these but I’ll pick and choose during the month of June. I’m a mood reader, so I need options! Have you read any of these books? Are you participating in the sims-a-thon?

May prompts | monthly TBR challenges

I’ve been doing these monthly prompts since January, and I really like it. April wasn’t as successful as the previous months because I participated in a month-long readathon as well, and there’s only so much I can read. This will probably be the case for May as well, but I think it’ll be easier to combine this month’s prompts with the Asian readathon.

If you haven’t read one of these posts before, I use a random number generator to pick 4 prompts from the Popsugar 2019 reading challenge to guide my reading every month. It gives me some direction and push, but doesn’t give me a set TBR (which never really works well for me).

Let’s take a look at the challenges for May!

a book published in 2019

holy sister

Finally an easy challenge! Last month, I received my pre-order of Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence, the third book in the Book of the Ancestor series, and I still haven’t read it. Since the previous two books were on my favorite books of last year list, I can’t wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy. MY FAVORITES BETTER BE OKAY, MARK.

a book written by a musician

every heart a doorway

I had to do some digging for this prompt, not going to lie. I didn’t really feel like reading a biography (although that might change during the month of May) so I felt a bit discouraged here. Then I discovered that Seanan McGuire is a musician, thanks to the lovely Goodreads group dedicated to completing the Popsugar challenge. Every Heart a Doorway has been on my to-read list for a while and it’s quite short so I should be able to read this in May.

a retelling of a classic

I have two options for this prompt! Longbourn is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice told through the eyes of a servant of the Bennet family. I’ve had a copy ever since I read P&P in late 2016, and still haven’t picked it up. This is the perfect time to change that! I might end up listening to The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein instead though, which is available on Scribd. I’m intrigued by this retelling of Frankenstein, but I haven’t heard the best things about the book in reviews…

zodiac sign or astrology term in the title

Another novel that has been sitting on my bookshelf, still unread, for ages is A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’m so intimidated by Khaled Hosseini’s works, and I have no idea why. I need to get over this ridiculous fear I won’t like it, and just pick it up. If I somehow still don’t get to that one, I can pick up Starfish on Scribd instead. I honestly have no idea what this is about, all I remember is that the main character is half-Japanese and has social anxiety.


There you have it, my monthly prompts for May! I think achieving these should be doable, right? I can even read the books for the last prompt for the Asian readathon as well, which is perfect. I’m all for combining challenges. Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I get to first? I’d love to hear your opinion!

April prompts | my monthly to-read list

In 2019, I’m using monthly prompts to set a to-read list for myself. If you haven’t read my previous to-read lists for January, February or March, all I do is use a random number generator to pick 3 or 4 prompts from the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge. I then try to match the chosen prompts of the month with books on my TBR (both physical and digital) or borrowed books. It works quite well, because it gives me something to focus on, but doesn’t tie me to a specific read.

April’s to-read list will be especially tentative, because I do want to participate in the O.W.Ls/the Magical Readathon which takes place this month. If you want to see what I plan on reading for that, you can do so here. Let’s take a look at the prompts the number generator picked for us this time!

A DEBUT NOVEL

The Blade Itself (First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
I picked up a beautiful copy of this novel at YALC in 2017, and still haven’t read it. From what I gathered from the synopsis, it follows a barbarian, a nobleman, an inquisitor, and a wizard. Sign me up, beccuase that’s everything I love about fantasy novels.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Another book I picked up at YALC, although this one I bought in 2018. It’s a YA contemporary novel about a girl who was raised in a cult, rebelled, and was punished by the removal of her hands.

a book with a plant in the title or on the cover

Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
Someone make me read this immediately. It’s been on my shelf for years, I’ve added it to countless to-read lists, and it was written by one of my favorite fantasy authors. I’m so disappointed in myself for not having read this yet.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
This book has both trees on the cover and in the title! I mentioned it in last month’s to-read list as well, but didn’t manage to pick it up. Under the Udala Trees is set in Nigeria, and was inspired by its folktales and war.

Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones
I’ve had this fantasy novel on my Kindle for a while, but keep putting it off. I was really excited about this book before it was released, but then started hearing not-so-great things from other reviewers. I do want to give it a try though, so I might as well do it in April.

a book featuring an amateur detective

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
Her Every Fear follows a woman called Kate, who switches houses with her cousin in Boston for a while to change her environment. She experiences anxiety and panic attacks regularly, after her ex-boyfriend abducted her and tried to kill her. She figures that changing her environment from London to Boston will do her some good. Shortly after she moves, she finds out that her new neighbor has been murdered and Kate becomes involved in the mystery. That counts as an amateur detective, right?

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
This dual timeline thriller plays out both in 1950 and 2014 at the Idlewild Hall for Unwanted Girls. In 1950, 4 roommates are trading secrets and whispers when one of them disappears. In 2014, journalist Fiona Sheridan discovers that a body has been found during the renovations of the school. She can’t forget that her sister went missing near the Hall 20 years earlier either, so Fiona decides to investigate.

a book revolving around a puzzle or game

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Cixin Liu
I recently made an acquisition request for this book at my local library, and was over the moon when the request was granted. Perfectly in time for this month’s prompt. Apparently, part of this book is about a VR game? I’m not entirely clear on the details of that one, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

The Eight (The Eight #1) by Katherine Neville
This book has been on my Kindle for ages. I bought it because I picked up the second book in this series in a secondhand bookstore by accident. Well, I didn’t buy it by accident, I just wasn’t aware it was part of a series. So I have to read this one first, before I can get to the sequel. I’m curious to see how this one goes, because the main character is a ‘computer expert’ and this novel was written in the 80s…


I’ve got my April to-read list sorted! Like I mentioned, this is a loose TBR especially because the magical readathon is taking place this month too. Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I read and review first?

 

My to-read list for the OWLs readathon | in which I study to become a curse breaker

Last year, I was too late to participate in the O.W.L.s readathon as it is hosted every April by Book Roast. I did take part in the N.E.W.T.s readathon, which kind of felt like cheating since I hadn’t take the previous exams. If you’re somehow unaware, O.W.L.s are the exams Hogwarts students take in 5th year, and partly decide their career paths later on. Certain careers require a specific set of knowledge, and you can only do that job if you have the required minimum scores on certain subjects.

I’m so in awe of G, who created this readathon. She put so much time and effort in it! She created a whole booklet of Wizarding Careers you can study for, and each Career has the required O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s levels. You can either pick a career and study for those subjects by fulfilling the fitting prompt, or you can just take random subjects if you don’t wish to do a career. You can find the booklet with Wizarding Careers here, and the fitting prompts per subject here.

I can’t wait to participate! The readathon spans the entire month of April, so you have about 4 weeks to collect the necessary O.W.L.s for your career path.

I’ve decided to go for the career path of curse breaker. I had some trouble deciding between librarian and curse breaker, but for now I’ve decided on curse breaker. If I have a good reading month, I might end up going for both because they share quite a few subjects. Let’s take a look at the subjects I’ll need to follow if I want to become a curse breaker!

The one rule you should be aware of is that you’re not allowed to use one book, comic, etc. for multiple subjects and prompts.

ANCIENT RUNES

> read a retelling

I think that the only retellings I have on my shelves are both digital copies. I could read The Wrath and the Dawnwhich has been on my TBR for literal years. Or I could read Wintersong, which sounds pretty interesting but I’ve heard mixed reviews on.

ARITHMANCY

> read a work written by more than one author

I have quite a few options for this one. I might read Leviathan Wakes, which I bought in a secondhand shop last year. I didn’t even realize James S.A. Corey was a pseudonym for an author duo until I looked up books that could fit this topic. I also interpret this prompt as multiple creators, which qualifies most graphic novels for this subject too. There are some on Scribd that I’m quite interested in reading, like  The Avant-Guards Volume 1Misfit City Volume 1, or Goldie Vance Volume 1.

CHARMS

> age-line = read an adult work

There are honestly so many books I could choose for this topic. I have quite a lot of adult works on my TBR, and I haven’t decided which one I’ll end up reading for this subject. Here are some books I kind of feel like reading at the moment and might pick, but this is definitely not set in stone. Last year, I read and loved the Fifth Season and I’m excited to continue the trilogy with The Obelisk Gate. On Storytel, I have the audiobook of both Sleeping Giants and My Sister, the Serial Killer. The latter is quite short, which would be useful in a readathon. On Scribd, the e- and audiobook of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo are available. Everyone has been screaming about this book, and I kind of want to know why. Like I mentioned earlier though, I might end up reading something completely different.

defence against the dark arts

> reducto = title of the book or series starts with an ‘r’

I’m fairly certain I’ll end up reading The Three-Body Problem for this prompt, because I’ve lent it from the library and the series is called Remembrance of Earth’s Past. I do also own a physical copy of Riders, and although my book is translated (Dutch) the title has remained the same. Or I could end up reading Rise of the Dragons, which I have absolutely never heard anyone talk about and has been on my Kindle for years.

potions

> next ingredient = read a sequel

This is another prompt I could pick 10+ books for. I have so many sequels on my shelf! I think it’s likely that I’ll end up reading either Holy Sister or The Shadowglass as those are probably my 2 most anticipated reads of 2019. I could also read Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 2, because I recently read the first one and absolutely loved it. Some other options are Tower of Thorns and Blood for Blood.

transfiguration

> read a book with sprayed edges or a red cover

I don’t have any books with sprayed edges, so I’ll go for a red cover for this subject. Red is apparently a popular cover, because I have a few options already on my shelves. I might read The Mime Order, which I’ve been meaning to read since 2016. Bone is also an option, and would be quite a quick read since it’s a poetry collection. Scythe is an extremely popular YA dystopian/science fiction novel I still haven’t read, so April might be the time I finally change that. Spellslinger seems like an intriguing read too, and I can feel myself gravitating towards that one right now. Lastly, I also have I Am Not a Serial Killer as an option.


As you can see, this is more of a list of options rather than a TBR. I might still end up reading something else, but it’s far more likely I’ll pick these ones up. Which ones should I get to first? Are you participating in the readathon?

The most recent additions to my Goodreads to-read list | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about recent additions to our TBRs. I chose to focus on my Goodreads to-read list, which is most definitely not the same as my actual TBR. I have separated my Goodreads want-to-read category in two lists: to-read, and interested-in-reading. The latter are books that I am interested in, but aren’t a priority for me, while the first are the books I truly want to get to as soon as possible.

Today, I’ll be sharing 10 books I’ve recently added to my to-read list.

Soul of the World (Ascension Cycle #1) by David Mealing
I saw this book on Nicole’s blog – thoughts stained with ink – on her favorite new-to-me authors of 2018. I thought the book sounded really interesting, so added it to my to-read list immediately. Thanks, Nicole!

It is a time of revolution. in the cities, food shortages stir citizens to riots against the crown. In the wilds, new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. and on the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war. Three lines of magic must be mastered in order to usher in a new age, and three heroes must emerge. 

Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf
I have Cait – Paper Fury – to thank for this addition to my to-read list. I swear, these Top Ten Tuesday posts always make me add so many books to this already seemingly endless list! It’s a fantasy novel about a Heartless, the immortal soldiers of a witch.

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

Skyward (Skyward #1) by Brandon Sanderson
I don’t really think I have to explain this addition to my to-read list, do I? I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson’s books, so he pretty much is an auto-addition for me. After all, I’ve loved Warbreaker, Mistborn, and The Way of Kings so far. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Skyward and I know he won’t let me down.

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

Under My Skin (Under My Skin #1) by A.E. Dooland
I recently read Solve for i, which is an adult contemporary f/f romance written by A.E. Dooland. Although I quite enjoyed it, the main character did get on my nerves at times. Min was one of my favorite characters in the novel, and after finishing I learned that there are two books focused on Min as well. So I added the first one to my to-read list!

Min Lee is a workaholic who can’t say no. She substitutes sleep with Red Bull and, through a combination of repression and bad habits, has managed to score herself a luxury apartment, a fabulous boyfriend and the approval of her billionaire CEO. Things are looking pretty awesome… well, apart from those body image issues that constantly plague her. It’s not until a troubled schoolgirl tracks her down from the Internet, stalks her to her home and noses her way into life that Min begins to admit that something is wrong in her perfect world. What if ‘she’ isn’t the right word for Min at all?

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Quite honestly, I can’t remember why I put this on my to-read list. Obviously, I’m interested in reading it. I just can’t seem to recall where I saw this book. Was it a blog? A BookTube channel? I don’t know! Either way, it’s a multi-generational story about witches.

After Grandmère Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
I haven’t read a single Ruth Ware novel, but I know she’s a popular thriller/mystery writer. The reason I added this one to my to-read list is because it had a) the Scottish Highlands and b) a dead child + the protagonist in prison in the synopsis.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Wayward Son (Carry On #2) by Rainbow Rowell
How was this not on my to-read list already? I really thought it was! This is the sequel to Carry On, which is one of my favorite YA novels. I assume we’ll get more Baz and Simon in this book, which is all I could ever dare to ask for.

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what to expect from Teeth in the Mist. It sounds like it will be a creepy reed – because teeth and mist, duh – and that’s exactly what I need in my life.

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations. Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching… 

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
I haven’t had much luck with domestic thrillers, but I’m not willing to give up on the subgenre yet. I will find one that actually manages to scare me/make me feel the tension! I saw this one in booksandlala’s 60 most anticipated releases of 2019 video. She reads a lot of thrillers, so I find it fun to go through her videos and search for ones I would want to pick up too.

When Abbie Cullen met Tim Scott, she was a struggling artist and he was the brilliant British co-founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful start-ups. Within six months, they were married. But when she promised him in her wedding vows that she would love him forever, she had no idea just how literally he would take it…

Recursion by Blake Crouch
I’ve heard so many people rave about Blake Crouch’s work, so even though I haven’t read any of his books, I immediately add new ones to my to-read list. Lately, I’ve wanted to expand my science fiction knowledge and reading, and Recursion seems like a pretty great way to start doing so.

What if someone could rewrite your entire life? “My son has been erased.” Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

 

The One Readathon TBR | #theonereadathon

November 17 marks the start of The One Readathon To Rule Them All which, if you hadn’t guessed already, was inspired by Lord of the Rings. You can find more information on the readathon here. I saw the announcement on Ashley’s channel (Don’t Have a Degree in Reading), and fell in love with the readathon. It takes place from November 17 until December 1st.

They’ve created a few routes you can follow, but the main objective is to get the ring to Mordor. You can find all the information on the different routes in the video linked above! Every place/city has a prompt attached to it, so you can travel through reading. You can use a book for multiple prompts as well.

I am going to take route 4: the nomadic traveller which means I’m choosing the cities I’m going to myself. Here’s what I plan on reading, and which cities they correspond to.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP #2) by J.K. Rowling
I want to continue my re-read of Harry Potter, which I pretty much do every year. I re-read the first book in August, and want to continue. Obviously, this will be a pretty quick read considering I’ve read it more than 15 times already. I will be annotating and tabbing my copy, which may slow me down.

The Chamber of Secrets will take me to:

  • The Shire: re-read a favorite fantasy book
  • Fangorn: fantasy with magical/supernatural creatures
  • Minas Tirith: fantasy book

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend
I read the first book in September and fell in love with this world and the characters in it. I preordered the second book, but haven’t read it yet. Let’s change that! Once again, this will probably be a fairly quick read since it’s a middle grade novel.

Wundersmith will take me to:

  • Fangorn: fantasy with magical/supernatural creatures
  • Rohan: fantasy with a female MC
  • Minas Tirith: fantasy book
  • Mordor: the last/most recent installment of a fantasy series

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
I’ve seen so many people rave about this book on their blog/YouTube channel! I wasn’t planning on buying this at all, so I was incredibly happy to see it in my library last week. I definitely want to read it before having to give it back, which makes this the perfect time to pick it up.

The Cruel Prince will take me to:

  • Fangorn: fantasy with magical/supernatural creatures
  • Rohan: book with female MC
  • Minas Tirith: fantasy book

It might also take me to Isengard, because the prompt is ‘fantasy with a villain/morally grey MC/POV’. I’m not sure whether that’s the case, so I didn’t put it down for Isengard yet. Let me know if the book would fit that too! The same goes for Moria, for which the prompt is to read a grimdark/spooky fantasy.

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J.Y. Yang
This book seems so fascinating to me, and I really want to read it. I believe it’s a collection of novellas set in Yang’s Tensorate world. I know next to nothing about this book, other than it is Asian inspired, explores gender, and is own voices. The author was born in Singapore and they identify as queer and non-binary.

The Black Tides of Heaven will take me to:

  • Bree: fantasy in a non-European setting
  • Rivendell: book with LGBTQIA+ rep
  • Gondor: fantasy with POC rep
  • Minas Tirith: fantasy book

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan
Another one I desperately want to get to. I preordered a Kindle copy because this book just sounds so fantastic. It’s about girl who get chosen as concubines for the King, and two of the girls falling in love with each other. At least, that’s what I think it’s about…

Girls of Paper and Fire will take me to:

  • Bree: fantasy in non-European setting
  • Rivendell: fantasy novel with LGBTQIA+ rep
  • Rohan: fantasy with a female MC
  • Gondor: fantasy with POC rep
  • Mordor: most recent installment in fantasy series

That’s what I plan on reading in the next few weeks! I might still be reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which is my current read. It’ll fit for a few of the topics too, so I’m not too worried about that. Are you participating in the readathon? Have you read any of these books?