So there are at least 2 readathons I’ll be participating in next month: Femathon and Wargames Readathon. I’ll actually be co-hosting Femathon with a bunch of other lovely people, so if you want to join in with us you should totally check out this blog post: https://booksandchocaholic.wordpress.com/2021/01/31/femathon-2021-announcement/
As for Wargames, I found out about it through this video: https://youtu.be/eSo88p9RgJc
I’m going to follow The Sage from The Light Path for Wargames and I’m pretty sure Elantris by Brandon Sanderson fits all of the prompts.
Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling…– Goodreads Book Blurb
While I have already made SEVERAL recommendations over on Instagram (@thebookishsock) for Femathon, I still haven’t actually picked what I’m going to read 😅 … Faye did just make a gushing review for Vasilisa by Julie Mathison and said it counts for platonic fem friendship, fems fight back, and fem positive – so I guess that takes care of all of those prompts for me.
Three witches, two children, one ogre — and nowhere to run. It’s 1919, but in Edenfall, Pennsylvania, the Great War is not over — not for Vasilisa, at least. Papa is presumed dead on the fields of Flanders, Mama is being courted by an absolute ogre, and now Babka, her beloved grandma, has had a bad spell. Or has she fallen under one? Only the Old Tales, the Russian fables Vasilisa was raised on, offer any comfort or counsel. But what if they are more than child’s tales? …– Goodreads Book Blurb
If my library copy of the Manga Classics version of Jane Eyre comes in on time, I’ll read it as my classic choice.
As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester. Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.– Goodreads Book Blurb
For BIPOC rep I’ll probably be reading something by N.K. Jemisin since I just added a lot of her books to my collection thanks to some sale prices. I have no idea what out of that pile I’m going to pick her though.
The wild card I’m keeping as my wild card for now. At the end of the month I’ll have to let you know that that ends up being.
For LGBTQIA+ I’ll hopefully be reading The Hidden Witch by Milly Ostertag as long as my library hold comes in on time.
Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn’t a shapeshifter. He’s taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family. Meanwhile, Aster’s friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own — a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people — normal and magical alike — get hurt.– Goodreads Book Blurb
I’ve been meaning to read my copy of Amanda Leduc’s Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space for a while now, so that’s my disability/neurodiversity pick.
In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm—as long as you’re beautiful and walk on two legs. After all, the ogre never gets the princess. And since fairy tales are the foundational myths of our culture, how can a girl with a disability ever think she’ll have a happy ending? By examining the ways that fairy tales have shaped our expectations of disability, Disfigured will point the way toward a new world where disability is no longer a punishment or impediment but operates, instead, as a way of centering a protagonist and helping them to cement their own place in a story, and from there, the world…– Goodreads Book Blurb
I should also have a copy of This is My America by Kim Johnson on hold from the library that should come in soon, so I think I’m going to try to cram it in as my non fiction choice even though it’s realistic fiction – that is unless I’m able to check out a different book that is actually non fiction in time.
Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?– Goodreads Book Blurb
I think that’s everything I’m going to “schedule” to read … but then again I’m a mood reader, so there’s no telling what might actually end up happening. What do you plan to read in March? Let me know in the comments 💜
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