Since July was a fantastic reading month for me, thanks to a ton of fun of readathons, I figured it would be cool to start off my August with another reading event, especially one that is very low-key and kicked-back.
The Unhaulathon is hosted by
@reading__addict @booknookbritt & @dylanthereader5, over on Twitter. It’s taking place from August 1st to August 15th, running for a span of two weeks with only one main goal in mind: to read as many books as you possibly can from a pile of books that you have owned for over one year. You can also choose to un-haul some books as well, but it’s not a requirement. There won’t be reading sprints or anything like that. I think this is neat because there isn’t as much pressure to accomplish a ton of different achievements beyond the simple act of reading.
Excitement fuelled my veins as I sat in front of my bright red bookshelves, searching for books that have been sitting there forgotten for over a couple of years. I began to remember why I bought them and the different reasons they sounded appealing to me to begin with. I ended up with a stack of eight books total. While I am hoping to read about four books per week for this readathon, I also won’t stress myself out if I don’t finish my goal. Since the point is to be relaxed, I’m going to be very chill.
Please check out my TBR down below, it’s in no particular order, and drop me a comment if you are going to participate, or are interested in participating! Happy reading to all!
Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi (Supernatural Fantasy)
The first instalment in a Japanese supernatural trilogy, Kojiki is about a young woman named Keiko. When her father passes away, he leaves behind a mysterious note with a small death poem, prompting her to visit Japan to “find the gate,” and save the country from Japanese spirits and their giant beast-like Guardians.
The Inugami Clan by Seishi Yokomizo (Supernatural Crime Fiction)
One of Japan’s most-famous crime-fiction serials, spanning over 80 novels, The Inugami Clan is the only instalment that was ever translated into English. It revolves around a man named Sahei Inugami. Once during his youth he was saved from poverty and imminent death by a Shinto priest. His debt of gratitude to the priest was so grand that when he passed away at the age of 80, his death triggers a terribly bitter curse. Grizzly and bizarre murders begin to happen. When detective Kosuke Kindaichi is assigned the case, he discovers how intertwined the Inugami family is to the gruesome happenings.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Dark Fantasy)
Tiger Lily is a very dark and twisted Peter Pan re-telling that is told from the perspective of a indigenous teenager, Tiger Lily. The two of them have a very intense relationship that is horribly and dangerously threatened when Tiger Lily is betrothed to another man, and outside forces begin to accumulate around them.
The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal (Fantasy, Historical Fiction)
This is a fantasy, historical adventure novel that is jam-packed with royal pirates, mercenaries, merfolk, monks, and secret organisations swirling around tons of political intrigue and super-faced pacing. That’s all I really know about this novel and, to be honest, it’s more than enough to get me interested.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Cyberpunk Science-Fiction)
It’s 2044 and teenager, Wade Watts, feels the most alive when he’s paroosing through the virtual world known as OASIS. Having devoted his entire life to deciphering digital puzzles, he ends up stumbling onto a very dangerous puzzle and mystery; one that people are willing to kill for. After receiving tons of awesome recommendations about this book from Sir Boyfriend (not to mention the physical book itself), I decided it was time for me to get off of my lazy ass and pick this up!
A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias (Hard Science-Fiction)
On the planet of Ilmatar, the world is covered by ice that is approximately one-kilometer thick. A group of deep-sea diving scientists are investigating a blind alien race that reside beneath the ice. The Terran explorers have an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact, which stipulates as long as the humans don’t disturb the Ilmataran habitat they are free to run their experiments. But then a very curious Ilmataran brutally slices open one of the adventurers that threatens to ignite war between the Terrans and Sholans.
The Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman (Supernatural, Dark Fantasy)
From the brilliant mind of the British author behind, Anno Dracula, comes a story about a young girl named Amy Thomsett, who is delivered to a new school after her mother finds her sleeping on the ceiling. Initially, it looks like a normal boarding school, but very quickly Amy realises that the girls of Drearcliff are all unique and special. They are the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists, and master magicians. When one of the girls is abducted by a myserious group in black hoods, the girls come together to create a secret society called Moth Club in an effort to rescue their friend.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)
This is a tale about a girl named Agnieszka. She loves her family and the small village that she resides in. But beyond the village is a very and malevolent place known simply as the Wood. A dark wizard named Dragon is the only person protecting the villagers from the vile forces of the Wood. As payment, he goes into the village every ten years where he chooses a girl to take with him, without question. When her best friend, the beautiful Kasia, is chosen, Agnieszka fears for her friends life. But when Dragon arrives, it is not Kasia whom he chooses.