This week, the Read-o-Rama Readathon is taking place. Devastated that I couldn’t record my TBR in time, it only just hit me that I in fact have a book blog where I can publish bookish things.
This weeks readathon takes place from the 12th March to the 19th, so it’s not too late to join us! There’s seven challenges, so here’s how I decided to tackle them.
Book with the letters R-A-M-A in the title and/or authors name: Mad & Bad Fairies
I’ve discussed Mad & Bad Fairies in my feminist haul so if you recognised the title, kudos! Being the only feminist fairytale collection I know, it’s pretty much placed front and centre of my bookshelf. It seems it’s too old to have a JPG of the cover available on the internet – but trust me, it’s a lovely yellow. The collection is nice and short too, making it a quick read.
Book with an animal on the cover: When Mr. Dog Bites
Dylan just wants to be a normal teenage lad, but his Tourette’s sometimes has a tendency to mess everything up. When he overhears the doctor and his Mam discussing how he’s going to die next March, he decides to put together a list of ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’. There’s only three things on it, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to complete.
This is one of those bad-timing books I’ve begun. You know when you start a book, and next of all life gets hectic and you’re fighting to keep reading but time is not on your side? Yeah, that happened. It’s a funny read by the witty Brian Conaghan, so to say I’m looking forward to restarting the novel is an understatement.
Book with a main character that shares your initial: The Great Gatsby
Honestly, I was struggling to find a book where a main characters name began with J. It was only at the end of watching one of my top ten films The Great Gatsby did I realise this could be used to complete a challenge! F. Scott Fitzgerald is bae, fyi. If I could marry him and Zelda while also being their love child, I’d likely be mentally scarred but very freaking happy.
Also FYI, if you’re not aware – the Great Gatsby revolves around rich businessman Jay Gatsby and his neighbour-turned-BFF Nick Caraway. Other stuff happens too, but it’s super cute and I don’t want to ruin it. There’s love and romance and it’s all very cute (and it’s set in the 1920s!) so just read it. Please. For me.
Book with Irish Elements: Asking For It
I may gush about this book a little too much, but Louise O’Neill’s masterpiece is worth gushing about. Rape, rape culture, victim-blaming, all sorts of uncomfortable but necessary topics are discussed.
(Leaving it there because the review should be coming soon. Prepare to watch me fangirl. <333)
Book about an illness: Nothing Tastes as Good
Ugh, this book. Annabelle is an anorexic guardian angel sent to save a fat girl. Instead, she warps her mind and soul. Seeing as I gave this a fabulous review, I’m praying it’ll live up to my expectations.
I remember reading this during a period where my eating disorder was acting up. You know, I won’t lie. The beginning of the book definitely had triggers and tips. The thing is, I walked away no longer wishing to starve myself. So if you need some motivation or hope to go into/stay in recovery, this may just be what you’re looking for.*
*It also might not be. Idk.
Start a Series: The Four Streets
This is the book I’ve begun with, and it was a bad choice for a readathon. The Four Streets is a story where you dive in and savour each moment. I’ve never felt more at home in a novel.
Set in an Irish-Catholic community in Liverpool, my people are written so well it almost hurts (yes, I refer to the Irish as my people). I’m only about 35% through it, but the dialogue is honestly refreshing. You can hear the accents shine through. This is my great grandmothers generation, so its nice to see the culture captured.
As far as I’m aware, the series revolves around the children of the current leading characters. It’ll be interesting to see where it leads and what mischief is achieved during the series.
Read a book Blind: Silence is Goldfish
Seeing as this is my blind read, I can’t shed any light on the story. I bought it during a feminist haul, although I vaguely remember wanting to purchase at least one mental health novel. Was this it? Maybe. It has a cute cover. That’s all I can say though.
So that’s my TBR! Anything there that you’re looking forward to reading? I hope I made some good choices!
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