At the end of last year, I participated in the Clear Ur Shit readathon in an attempt to focus on the ridiculous number of unread books I own. Of course, I didn’t clear all my shit but I did really get through a lot so I’ll be participating in the mini version of this readathon in June. I don’t make TBRs anymore but I do for Clear Ur Shit because it keeps me focused and it’s fun.
Here’s the bingo card but I want to read a book for each prompt so I’m going to list the prompts and talk a little about my picks for each prompt.
Candles: A book with a black or white cover
For this prompt, I chose Lore by Alexandra Bracken. I’ve had this book since January and I’ve been putting it off because I’ve heard mixed things about it but I want to read it so that I can decide if I want to keep it or not. I enjoy Greek mythology-based stories generally and think it will be a decent time.
Athame: A Book In A Genre You Don’t Normally Read
I genuinely read across most genres. I think the only genre I don’t really read is science fiction but I don’t have any physical sci-fi books on my shelves. I’m going to interpret this as a genre I haven’t been reading recently. I haven’t read a ton of classics since finishing grad school but I have quite a few on my backlog. One of which is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. This is the only Austen book I haven’t read and I think this is a good time to get to it. I have pretty high expectations and think I’ll really enjoy it. Plus it will be nice to finish the Austen novels and maybe make a ranking post? We’ll see.
Cauldron: A book featuring a magical object
I don’t think I have any books that blatantly feature magical objects but I chose Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend on the strong likelihood that some object in the story is magical. I LOVE Nevermoor, the first book in this series, and I am really excited to see what happens next in this middle-grade fantasy series. I am waiting for the paperback of the third book to come out later this summer because I’m just loving the magical world that reminds me of stuff I enjoyed reading when I was younger.
Bells: A Comfort Read
Since I’m not re-reading anything and don’t really know what will become a comfort read for me, I’m interpreting this prompt as a comfort genre. It’s hot outside and I just want to read about people being in love so I’m choosing a contemporary romance as a comfort genre. The wonderful Rebecca Reads hosted a giveaway and she sent me The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I’ve never read a book by them and people seem to really like this one so I think I’ll have a nice time reading this either by the pool or at the beach.
I am planning to read whatever the Some Obscure Book Club is reading in June for the free space.
Ancient Grimoire: A book that’s four hundred pages or more
I have quite a few books that fit this prompt but I got Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley from Book of the Month and I am intimidated by the length. This is a YA thriller and I’ve read quite a few adult thrillers but never a YA one. I’ve always been nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy them but something about this one really intrigues me. This is a debut by an indigenous author and the main character is biracial so I am sure some of the commentary surrounds that but I am excited to see what happens in this story.
Bag of Teeth: A Creepy Book
I haven’t been reading many thrillers this year and I want to so for this prompt, I chose No Exit by Taylor Adams. This is a thriller that has some fun tropes like everyone being isolated in one place and no cell service and those kinds of constraints really work for me. This came out a while ago and I’ve seen people talking about how much they enjoy it. I also tend to read thrillers pretty quickly so that will hopefully help me get through everything I want to read this month.
Incense: A book in your favorite genre
I keep thinking about my answer to the question, “what’s your favorite genre?” and the more I think, the more I realize that I don’t think I have one. So for this prompt I’m just going with my favorite genre right now. That’s definitely contemporary romance. Shocking if you know me in real life but maybe not if you’ve looked at some of my recent blog posts. For this prompt, I’m picking up Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron. I bought this recently because I heard there’s a foot fetish component to the story and while that’s not my thing, I think it might be interesting to read about in a book I literally bought at Target.
Chalice: A book with something elemental
Rebecca Reads also sent me Frostheart by Jamie Littler and while this story isn’t overtly elemental, there’s snow, and a ship in the ocean, and mountains on the cover so I’m just going to go with it because I want another middle grade to help with this lengthy TBR. Plus I’ve heard such great things about this series and I’ve been wanting to pick it up for a while. I’ve flipped through briefly and looked at some of the illustrations and they are just so adorable. I can’t wait to see what this story has to offer.
I’m so excited about this readathon and hope I can get to all of these books. I also plan to continue reading more manga throughout the month on top of these as well as trying not to get anything from the library. The library has really been hindering me from getting through my own TBR this month but June simply has to be the time I really start making a dent.
Come chat with me about this book or any readathons you’re participating in or even this readathon!