My Autumn Essentials Readathon TBR | Team Boxed Wine Edition

Boxed Wine Top 3 Squares, Left to Right Chardonnay (traditional crisp white wine) - Read a classic. Moscato (a boxed white wine often shared with friends) - Read something outside your own cultural "box" Pinot Grigio (white wine with notes of citrus) - Read a novel with a fruit in the title or on the cover. Rosé (blush with hints of berry and peach to comfort the soul) - Read a childhood favorite Wild Card - Anything goes! White Zinfandel (crisp blush wine to carry you to far off lands) - Read a fantasy/science fiction. Cabernet Sauvignon (bold blood red for romantic evenings) - Read a sexy vampire or supernatural novel. Sangria (fruity punch to enjoy with friends) - Read an LGBTQ+ novel. Chianti (can be served room temp or chilled) - Read a novel that features weather.

If you haven’t already seen my video or web page about it, I’ve co-created a readathon with the help of several people this year! If you don’t know what I’m talking about click this link:

Also if you want to know what I might be reading for #TeamPumpkinSpice check out this blog post:

And if you want some suggestions for #TeamCozySweater check out this blog post:

I should let you know that I SUCK at sticking to TBR’s so my reading choices are very likely to change.

Photo of team boxed wine TBR choices. These will be explained in the blog post.
Team Boxed Wine TBR
cover photo of 1984 by George Orwell

For Chardonnay I’ve been craving a re-read of 1984 by George Orwell. Who doesn’t love a good political satire that involves language censorship? Part of me wonders if reading it in 2020 will make me recognize things I haven’t noticed before.

Photo for cover of The Snowy Road and Other Stories

For Moscato I’ll finally be completing The Snowy Road and Other Stories by Hyun-Jae Yee Sallee. It was originally part of my assigned reading back in undergrad. I know I’ve read at least two of the stories out of this anthology, but I don’t think I’ve read them all. If I recall correctly, the stories in this book were written during the Japanese Occupation which ran from 1910 to 1945 when Korean literature was being censored by the Japanese — so the stories in here are nuanced fiction stories used talk about the socio-political climate without getting censored.

cover photo of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

For Pinot Grigio I may re-read With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I think this may have been the first YA Contemporary novel I’ve really enjoyed. (I don’t normally gravitate to Contemporary). I need to make the foods and recipes mentioned in this book. Have I talked about how pretty the cover is? It’s GORGEOUS, and the hardback edition without its cover jacket is also AMAZING. If you like Acevedo’s verse you may not like this book as much as the others, but I fall on the opposite side of that spectrum — so this one is my favorite from Acevedo.

photo of cover for The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

For Rosé I’ve chosen The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This was a childhood favorite of mine that my grandmother gave me both in print and on CD. It’s still one of my all-time favorites because we follow the story of Milo as he’s swept away into a nonsense world and learns several life lessons while he’s there. If you’re looking for a silly read that comes with real-life take-aways I’d highly recommend picking this book up.

The Wild Card Prompt I’m leaving completely open.

cover photo of The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

For White Zinfandel I’ll be reading The Black Prism by Brent weeks. I have a few words: elemental magic based on sunlight, fat character representation via one of the main characters (with verbiage that evokes a lot of old middle/high school memories), all set in a raw, problematic world — oh and socio-political intrigue.

So for Cabernet Sauvignon I’ll be working on editing a book or two for the author Ignacio R. Límon. There are many sexy vampires involved.

cover photo for All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

For Sangria I’m really hoping my library hold on the audiobook for All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson comes through. I’ve been waitlisted for it for months now. From what I’ve gathered from the personal recommendations I’ve received from friends is that this is a very powerful memoire read by the author about growing up Queer in an extremely bigoted and hostile community.

Lastly, I’ll be recycling The Snowy Road and Other Stories for Chianti … because snow!

That’s all for the TBR updates for now! I might blog more about what I’m reading later.

Published by Victoria Mendes

I'm just a house-wife trying to cook good meals on a budget.

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