If the title doesn’t give it away, March has a lot going on and I have BIG reading plans because of it. Am I giving myself too many book to read? Probably. Am I going to just do it anyway? Yes. Go big or go home, you know! There are two readathons that I want to take part in during the month of March. Becca over at Becca and the Books is hosting another 48hr round of Becca’s Bookoplathon which is super exciting as this is a readathon where the prompts are revealed during the 48hrs and not before. I really enjoyed when I took part in the previous version but sadly, could not participate in the month long edition in September. It works perfectly as this 48hrs falls on the weekend where I finish university for the term! Perfect timing to stay up all night reading. The second readathon that I want to take part in is the Taylor Swift themed readathon that the girls over at ‘Tis the Damn Readathon are hosting. This is such a great, unique idea. I’m not a crazy Taylor Swift fan but her music has been a big part of my life growing up, especially the Red era. As you can imagine, along with all the books I have to read for university, that is a lot of book for one month. Will I manage it? I hope so.
First up, the books I want to read for the Taylor Swift readathon! Each album has been matched to three prompts and you just have to complete one prompt to earn that album, if that make sense. I’ll link the video HERE so you can find out more. I went through these earlier and tried to assign books I own as well as book’s I already have to read for university to each one. So, it was a complicated process but, I think I managed to fit a decent amount in there. Let’s start with Taylor Swift, her first album.
TAYLOR SWIFT – prompt = read a memoir
Educated by Tara Westover
I was planning on reading this book ages ago now, as part of sunbeamsjess’ monthly bookclub. However, I didn’t have the time to actually commit to reading it back then. My university friend has very kindly offered to lend me her copy so that I can use it for this prompt. This is an autobiography documenting Tara’s life from childhood, when her family isolated themselves in the Idaho mountains. Her father didn’t believe in hospitals and the children did not receive an education. Tara began to take her education into her own hands sending her on a journey that led to Harvard and Cambridge. This seems like it is going to be an emotional read and there is trigger warnings here for domestic violence. It won a Goodreads choice award in 2018!
FEARLESS – prompt: read a young adult book
This is where things get a little complicated as the book I am choosing here is also going to fit with Becca’s Bookopoly. The first two prompts of this readathon are released before it begins with the rest coming during the 48hrs. Becca rolls for two monopoly boards and therefore there will be eights prompts overall but you only have to complete one for each roll drop. (for more details, watch the announcement HERE) The two prompts that were landed on for the first roll were young adult and dark cover. I am actually going to combine these two to pick a book that works for this ‘Tis the Damn Readathon prompt and with the Witchlandsalong that JadeyRaeReads is hosting over the next few months. I told you it was going to complicated!
Truthwitch by Susan Denard
This is another book that I have wanted to read for a long time now so, when Jade announced that she was going to be doing a readathon of the series I thought now was finally my chance. So many people rave about this young adult series! Truthwitch is the first book in the Witchlands series by Susan Denard that follows two young witches. Safi is a truthwitch, a very rare type of witch that everyone wants to get their hands on. That means she is in danger. Not only that but the two witches are on the run from the powerful Guildmaster and his bloodwitch guards. There is war, diseases, politics…..it sounds like it is going to be a great and vast series. Hopefully, I will enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to.
SPEAK NOW – prompt = listen to an audiobook
Frost like Fire by Sara Raasch
This month I re-read Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch. I have the physical copy of this book at home as I originally read it back in 2016 but, this time I listened to the audiobook on Scribd. I think this was a great way to get back into the series and see if it was worth continuing. The fact that the sequel, Frost like Fire is on this TBR gives you a hint at my thoughts that are coming in my February Wrap Up. Now, this is another young adult fantasy series that is concerned with magic. The land is split into the Seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn and two Rhythm kingdoms. Each land has its own magical conduit that they use to the advantage of their people. However, Winter’s conduit was stolen and broken by the tyrannical leader of Spring. Winter’s future king, a band of soldiers and orphaned Mira, were the only Wintereans who managed to survive as the rest were enslaved. The group must work together to find Winter’s conduit and get their people back. I can’t tell you more than that because it would spoil the first book in the series. It is not a groundbreaking plot really but, this is a fun and compelling series that I do want to continue and finish in the next few months. This would also work for the 48hr Bookopoly readathon at the end of the month, if I have already Truthwitch by then too.
RED – prompt = read a book with read on the cover
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain
This is a book that I have to read for university that works perfectly for this prompt. It is also a pretty short book at just over 100 pages so, win win for me. I’ve attempted to describe the plot of this book so many times but I honestly have no idea what the hell it is about. I’m just going to quote the Goodreads synopsis for you here: “the fever-pitched tale of a drifter who stumbles into a job, into an erotic obsession, and into a murder.” I am intrigued but also very nervous about reading this one. I then have to watch the film…..we shall see.
1989 – prompt = read a book with a number in the title
One of Us is Next by Karen M McManus
I ordered this book specifically so that I had a book that fit this prompt. I read One of Us is Lying, the first book in this series a few years ago and really loved it. It’s about time I got around to reading the sequel so here we are. This series is set at a school with the classic rude, gossip column. However, things become more serious when all the students become caught up in a lethal game of Truth or Dare. I believe there are cameos from the characters in the first book but, this actually follows a different set of characters. I know people have mixed opinions about this author’s work but, since I liked the first one, I’m hoping this second instalment does not disappoint.
REPUTATION – prompt = read a book that has been recommended to you
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Okay, I call this, stretching the prompt. Technically this book has been recommended to me because I have to read it for my university course. As well as that, I have heard a lot about Zadie Smith’s other novel White Teeth so…..Zadie Smith has been recommended to me before. We’re going to go with it. From what I can gather, this is a story about two families, from different personal, cultural and political backgrounds, that come together in marriage. It is a story about intersections of all these things and it is also supposed to be funny. I was already interesting in reading this one before I was told I had to so, it is a great excuse to finally get to it. It is a beefy read at nearly 500 pages but, I’ll have to read it in only a few days. I should just about manage it.
LOVER – prompt = read a five star prediction
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
This one is a little bit of a shot in the dark in terms of five star prediction however, I have heard nothing but good things about it in the book community. It is only a novella at 200 pages so works well for a readathon and has the word ‘time’ in it so fits the Buzzwordathon prompt for March. Yes, I am a crazy person with four readathons to fit into one month. This is about communication between two rival agents in a science fiction world. It is a queer romance and I am actually really looking forward to reading it next month. Books written by more than one person are always intriguing to me, it will be interesting to see how these two’s writing style go together and whether you will be able to see a distinct difference between them.
FOLKLORE – prompt = read a book based on mythology
Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
This is another young adult fantasy series but, this one is inspired by Chinese mythology I believe. I read the first book in January, I want to say and thought it was okay. I enjoyed the first half of the story but not really the second. It is a Mulan meets Project Runway story in which Maia is, disguised as a boy, competing to be the Emperor’s tailor. There is a lot more to it than that as well, as there is a quest narrative and naturally a lot of romance in there. It will be interesting to see where the second book in the series goes but, I don’t have that high hopes, if I am being honest.
EVERMORE – prompt = random number generator
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
For this prompt, you had to randomly select a book to read. I randomised my list of ebooks that I was interested in and Daisy Jones & The Six was the one that was selected. I swear this was every single person on the internets favourite book of 2019. Everyone RAVED about it. I think I’m definitely going to go down the audiobook route with this one too as it is told in interview format and therefore, a full cast would make for an incredible reading experience. It follows a band as they document their turbulent history in the 1960s rock era. I do want to know what everyone was talking about with this book. There is quite a lot of expectation here though!
BLANK SPACE – prompt = read a book Taylor Swift has referenced
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Taylor Swift/reading gods were really looking down on me for this one. Taylor actually references The Great Gatsby, a book I need to read for university, in the song Happiness. The Great Gatsby is a very popular classic set in America during the 1920s. It is the story of Jay Gatsby and his lavish Long Island parties. I have read this before but I don’t think I fully appreciated it back then as, I don’t really remember that much about it other than that I read it. I am definitely glad that I get to read it again and see if it has more of an impact this time. I have to watch the film too, which I have never seen before which is exciting.
We’ve made it to the end of the books that I need to read for ‘Tis the Damn Readathon, Becca’s Bookopoly (so far!), Witchlandsalong and Buzzwordathon. SO much going on in this TBR! But, we have not made it to the end of the books that I have to read during the month of March.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I also have to read Pride and Prejudice for my degree. I have read this one before and I’m sure you all already know what it is about. But, for those who don’t, it is a classic romance novel that follows Elizabeth Bennett as she begins to be won over by Mr Darcy. It is an iconic story so I have complaints having to read it again.
Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor
At the opposite of the spectrum, this is a book that I know very little about. It is the story of transatlantic moment as the Irish flee the famine and natural disaster of their home country to the Promised Land of America. It is a story of new beginnings and trying to escape the past. However, some will make it whilst others…..won’t. This novel is supposed to be a great piece of Irish fiction and I am going to go into it with an open mind.
Those are all the books and a hell of a lot of pages…..
What are your reading plans for March? Are you taking part in any of these readathons?