Today I’m setting down my TBR (which, knowing me will change by the end – as I am one of the biggest mood readers out there haha!) for The Bookwanderers Summer Readathon. It is taking place from 1st June until the end of August, and is hosted on Goodreads and Instagram by the marvellous Celine.
The theme for summer is stargazing 🌌 and the prompts and my choices are as follows:
1. Read a book about a trip
I’m trying to get in some classics this year, so I’ve picked The Odyssey by Homer. I’ve been on a bit of a Greek Myth binge recently, so I guess it is on the mind, but what better to read for this as it centres on an epic journey of ten years, as warriors return from the Battle of Troy.
This book in three words: classic greek legends
2. Read a book with a friendship to romance trope
I’m not 100% if this fits, as I like to know as little as I can about a book going in, but it came up on a list on Goodreads and has been sitting on my shelf for over a year – I’ve picked Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
This book in three words: contemporary coming-of-age romance (I cheated on three words, sorry)
3. Read a book that reminds you of happy times/memories
Another book I’ve been meaning to get to, I’m reading The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel. I picked up the first in the Frey and McGrey series back when I wasn’t reading much, and it re-kicked off my love affair with books. They’re historical fiction mysteries with an air of the occult to them, set in Edinburgh. Need I say more?
This book in three words: victorian occult detectives
4. Read a book with any shades of purple on the cover
One of my friends read Ruinsong by Julia Ember a couple of months back and absolutely loved it. Of course I bought it, and it has such a gorgeous purple cover. Really looking forward to diving on in to this one.
This book in three words: queer phantom-of-the opera retelling
5. Read a book from your favourite genre
I’ve chosen The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne. Not going to lie, this was mainly a cover buy for me. I’ve seen the name knocking about a lot in the fantasy space, my favourite genre, and its probably about time I read something by John too.
This book in three words: norse epic fantasy
6. Read a book with stars on the cover
A book I got in a book subscription box, probably months ago as I’m terrible at reading them right away, and that I know nothing about but is super pretty – I’m buddy reading Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell.
This book in three words: queer space opera
7. Read a book about dreams
Sandman has been back on my radar as they’ve been announcing casting for the adaptation, so it came to mind pretty quickly (whether about dreams or not, but the name Sandman makes think of sleep and dreams anyway). So I’m picking up the first in the series, Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III.
This book in three words: mythological graphic novel
8. Read a book you would like to be in
I usually adore Cathy Bramley‘s light-hearted contemporary romances – and a few feature around the same fictional village in Nottinghamshire that I so wish I could visit!! I haven’t yet read some of her earliest works, so I’m choosing Ivy Lane.
This book in three words: romance, fresh starts
9. Read a thrilling book
I don’t read many thrillers, but I love Neil Spring‘s books. I’ll be picking up The Lost Village for this one. Its a sequel to The Ghost Hunters, which was the first I read by Neil and absolutely fell in love with.
This book in three words: paranormal, mystery-horror, based-on-real-events (ok I REALLY cheated on three words haha)
10. Read a 5 stars prediction
I’m choosing The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker. It piqued my interest when it came out, and then I promptly forgot about it… in true Hannah fashion. But the second came out last year, and it rereminded me. I finally bought it, even if I still didn’t read it. Now is the time! And I have high high hopes.
This book in three words: fantasy, pirate-esque, dragons.
11. Read outside and/or in your favourite place – I’ll either be in my back garden, or lazing in the grounds of a National Trust house.
12. Read while sipping your favourite cocktail – do not make me choose! With it being summer, it’ll probably be a frozen one though.
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