Acqua, isn’t that what everyone does? Why would you read a book if you don’t think you’re going to love it?
Because you want to go out of your comfort zone and you’re not sure how it will feel, because other people read it and now you’re curious, because you’re a mood reader and sometimes pick up books just because (I did find some favorites this way, so).
As this is a readathon about what I want to read, and not what I should read, I will give myself far too many options. My only true goal is to find as many five stars as I can.
Read a next book in a series you like
If I find the time to reread The Vanishing Throne before this readathon starts (unlikely), it will be The Fallen Kingdom; if that doesn’t happen, it will be On A Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard, first book in the Xuya companion series, which I read backwards. Another option could be The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera, if I want to.
Read a book by a favorite author
My first thought was The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, which I’ve been meaning to read for a while. However, Blanca & Roja is coming out soon and I want to read it around release date, so maybe I’ll save this one for later and choose In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente or Provenance by Ann Leckie instead.
Read a book you were anticipating and never got around to reading
This could be everything? Some likely choices are Final Draft by Riley Redgate and The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones because I might want something that is contemporary or contemporary-set. Another book that fits this challenge and that I already own is Mirage by Somaiya Daoud.
Read a book over 500 pages
Jade City by Fonda Lee is the most likely choice (yes, it’s 498 pages. I don’t care) but if I’m in the mood for them and feel like I could love them if I read them in that moment, I could choose Furyborn by Claire Legrand or Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I could also cheat some more and read In the Night Garden for this, it’s 480 pages and I like approximation.
Read five books
Some other books I could choose: What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli (I got an ARC!), one of the books by Natasha Pulley because I feel like I’m going to love them, or The Girl King because I own and ARC and can’t wait.
Since the first week of October will be all about books I want to read according to my mood, I want to write down some bookish goals for October. I don’t do monthly TBRs because there’s no way I’ll stick to them (I usually do for a week. Then I ignore them.) but I can try this.
Before the end of October, I want to read:
- my ARC of The Phoenix Empress by K Arsenault Rivera, my only ARC for October
- at least other two ARCs
- at least one of these books: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves, Moonshine by Jasmine Gower, Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke.
And I’ll probably fail anyway because I have no idea how to balance reading with university, but we’ll see!