The reason I am joining this readathon is, at first, that I need to read a lot more of my owned physical books. The prompts on this bingo board help to choose and prioritise which ones. As I mentioned in my previous post, the list is mostly growing. It’s needs to THIN out a bit.
The second reason is, that the last couple of months have been and still are quite stressful. I need to prioritise my selfcare. There are many ways to do that, but using a bingo board just makes some of those things more fun. YOU GET TO CROSS OFF A THING, which of course gives you more happy hormones. Yay!
So what are my hopefuls to read for Readathin? And what prompt do they match?
I have ofcourse put too many books on my TBR for May. The majority is English, which isn’t my native language and sometimes my head needs a break from translating all the time. But you’ll never know, I might read them all! From top to bottom, my hopefuls are:
The Watcher, by Charlotte Link (in Dutch)
This book matches the prompt: RANDOMLY CHOOSE FROM YOUR OLDEST 5. I did choose this random, by using my TBR jar, but I don’t know if it’s indeed one of the oldest five. I have no clue about when most of the books enterend my TBR. So this ‘ll have to do. It also matches the prompt: BOOK FROM YOUR TBR. But all my chosen physical books will, so this is a freebee for extra happy hormones.
House of Many Ways, by Diane Wynne Jones
This book matches the prompt: PURPLE ON THE COVER. How? Well, let me explain. I don’t own any physical books with purple on the cover, and instead used a random color generator to give me a different color. Using a color generator is a lot of fun, so after remembering why I kept hitting that button (blue, blue, orange) I chose a book which has all of the returned colors. And ofcourse, this book also matches the prompt: BOOK FROM YOUR TBR.
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Are you ready? This book matches the prompts: GOES FOR ANOTHER READING CHALLENGE, because I participate in the 800daysaroundtheDisc; NEWEST ADDITION TO YOUR TBR, because I received it for my birtday; FAVORITE GENRE, because it’s Discworld and that on it’s own is for sure a favorite genre; DIVERSE BOOK, when you’ll read it you’ll know it; and last but not least it’s a BOOK FROM YOUR TBR.
the Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
Do you remember this one? I do. I started reading in February, but after a while, decided it wasn’t the right moment and put it on pause. It’s been lingering in my “currently reading” list since, and that is starting to annoy me quite a lot. So this one is chosen for the prompt: MEANT TO READ LAST MONTH. Besides that it also matches the prompts: GOES FOR ANOTHER READING CHALLENGE, for FNLC2023 to match their prompt WRITTEN OVER 100 YEARS AGO; THIN BOOK, because it’s under 300 pages; DIVERSE BOOK, this probably is no spoiler but it’s about male to male obsession with beauty; and here it is again a BOOK FROM YOUR TBR.
the Twisted Ones, by T. Kingfisher
I feel I cheated a bit with this one, but I just want to read it! This book matches the prompt: NEWEST ADDITION TO YOUR TBR, because I received it for my birthday, but also FAVORITE GENRE, because it’s a haunted house mystery. And with no surprise, is also matches being a BOOK FROM YOUR TBR.
the Pale Criminal, by Philip Kerr
This one is specifically chosen for the prompt: GIVE AN AUTHOR ANOTHER TRY, because I have read March Violets last year and still am not sure if I enjoyed it. I own the complete trilogy, so I am giving it another shot. Luckily, it also matches THIN BOOK, because it’s under 300 pages; and FAVORITE GENRE, because I usually very much enjoy these older detective novels, and… BOOK FROM YOUR TBR.
If you followed my list and reasons with the bingo board beside you, trying to get to a bingo and give yourself some of those promised happy hormones, you’ll notice I haven’t matched all of the prompts yet. For the last missing one I have chosen ebooks. I don’t own any physical copies that match. So for the prompt STARTS WITH THE LETTER R, I might read one of Stephen Kings the Regulators, the Running Man or Rage. They will also match GOES FOR ANOTHER READING CHALLENGE, because I am trying to read all of Stephen Kings’ books, including the Richard Bachman ones; and FAVORITE GENRE, because I love dark tense fast-paced books. Rage also matches THIN BOOK.
So this is what I hope to be reading in May. It’s a lot, so I already know it won’t happen, but it’s good to aim for something and every book off my list is a thinner TBR and possibly more room on my shelves!
What about you? Are you joining a readathon this month? Is it Readathin or a different one? Or will you just be enjoying whichever book you come across that interests you? Let me know in the comments!