Happy Friday, chums! A few days ago I prattled on and on about readathons, chatting about their good qualities and some of the more challenging aspects to keep in mind. One of things that I had forgotten to mention in that post—an element that a lovely friend reminded me about in the comments—is how old readathons tend to make me feel nowadays. Most, if not all, of them revolve around young adult literature. There is absolutely nothing wrong with children’s and YA literature. Hell, I’m taking a class right now to learn more about their history and how to assist in its evolution within the industry moving forward. But as someone who is pushing into their mid-30s (in a few years), reading those types of books all the time, particularly in community-based events like readathons, make me feel bleeding old and out-of-place. Luckily for me, I have a fabulously Zayn-obsessed bibliophile blogger mate who is hosting a fantasy-based readathon that is going to revolve exclusively around adult books.
ALHAMDULILLAH! My time for oldy bookish shenanigans has arrived and I couldn’t be happier! Aimal, the brilliant owner of Bookshelves & Paperbacks, is hosting the Iron-Tome-A-Thon Readathon, and if you’re someone that enjoys adult fantasy and A Song of Ice and Fire, then you should definitely join the biblio-party. Honestly, you don’t even have to like the latter. The challenges are all inspired from that series, and they add more quirks to the gig for people to play around with. But you don’t have to worry about any of the challenges at all if you don’t want to. All you need is to have a desire to read adult fantasy.
When I sat down to create my To-Be-Read (TBR) list for this thing, I got very carried away and ended up with thirty or so books. However, Sir Besty and Kiki were kind enough to help me shrink that pile down (sorta…). I also originally moulded my stack around the given challenges. Yet, after giving it some consideration, I don’t think I’m going to actively follow them. I’m quite a moody reader and whenever I try to focus like that, it almost always leads to a rut or slump or burnout of sorts. I don’t want to deal with any of that shite. Thus, I shall merely read all the adult fantasy books that I’m physically able to do! Also, I did choose my house, which is House Martell.
Since this is taking place in July—from the 1st unto the 31st—while I only have one class, I know that I can give it quite a big chunk of my attention! Updates and progress of my reading mischiefs will most likely be shared on Twitter and Instagram, so feel free to follow me there if you’d like.
Before I jump into my ridiculous TBR (only sharing the book titles/covers since I didn’t want to know what most of the books were about in great detail), I would like to share all the relevant links one more time. Once more, you don’t have to be too serious with this. The whole point is simply to read adult books from the fantasy genre and its relevant subgenres. That’s all. You don’t even have to make a full-blown announcement like this. A random tweet or Instagram story mention shall suffice. Nevertheless, if you are interested in checking out all of the challenges and the different Houses you can join, and 100% of the deets, do visit the links given below and see if this is shindig is for you.
Owned Books To-Read
I know what you’re thinking. “Holy cat beans, Nyan! That’s twenty(ish) fucking books! I thought you shrank your bloody list?!”
I did… sorta.
I do not expect to read every single one of these in the next four to five weeks. Truthfully, I anticipate that I’ll read approximately nine or ten. If somehow by the miracle of Boss Man’s magic I do manage that feat, then… I will follow Leth and watch an anime from a genre that I loathe (okay, so not quite on the level as Master Leth; he’s braver than I am). As I mentioned above, I’m a very moody reader. I want to make sure to give myself plenty of fucking options to prevent any kind of sneak attack from the Gelatinous Slump Monster of Destruction.
If you’re participating, let me know in the comments so I can follow your updates and progresses. With that, I bring this outrageously inconceivable TBR post to a close. Wish me luck, mates. My arse is going to need every bit o’ it.