The Femme FanTale Readathon is a new readathon set up by Jean @ Bookish Thoughts and Jill @ The Book Neuk. Running from 2-10 March, it’s a readathon devoted to fantasy written by women, which is something I’m all about as I’ve been gorging on fantasy over the past year!
I’ve been watching Jean’s channel for years now, I think for almost 6 years by this point, so I couldn’t resist taking part in her very first readathon. There’s a little bingo chart of prompts below, but as long as you’re reading fantasy written by a woman you’re already taking part!
You can overlap prompts during this readathon, which is for the best as there’s no way I’d read 12 books in 8 days, and today I thought I’d share my TBR with you for this readathon.
As always my TBR is likely to change depending on what mood I’m in, but these are some books I’d like to cross off my TBR. Even if I only read one book for the readathon, and it’s not even a book on my TBR, I’ll be satisfied.
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
Bingo: Adult; Fairy Tale Retelling; Historical Fantasy; Published Pre-2000; Romance
I’ve heard nothing but praise for Juliet Marillier over the past year, particularly from Jean @ Bookish Thoughts herself, and Daughter of the Forest seems to be her most beloved book. I don’t read enough books set in Ireland and this novel sounds enchanting, so I’d like to read it this spring!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Bingo: Queer; Romance; YA
I’m not going to say no to queer boy wizards – especially when J.K. Rowling claims Dumbledore is queer and yet never writes him as queer – and I’ve heard a lot of praise for this novel. I’m not the biggest fan of Rowell’s contemporary fiction, but I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this book more.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Bingo: Adult; Inspired by Myth; Standalone
Considering how much I loved The Song of Achilles I should have read this book by now! It made the shortlist for the Booktube SFF Awards this year, which I’m thrilled about, and I’d like to read all the shortlisted books I own copies of before the liveshow in the summer. As the readalong for Circe is running in March, I’d like to get to this one if I can!
Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis
Bingo: Historical Fantasy; Novella; Romance
I read Snowspelled in December and loved the alternate Regency world that Stephanie Burgis created. I want to read more of Burgis’s work this year, so I can’t wait to dive back in with the second novella in this series!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Bingo: BAME author; YA
Children of Blood and Bone has been on my TBR since last year and, like Circe, it’s also been shortlisted for the Booktube SFF Awards this year and the readalong is running in March, so I’d like to cross it off my TBR if I can!
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos; translated by Hildegarde Serle
Bingo: Translated fiction; YA
If anyone has any recommendations for other translated fantasy written by women, do let me know! I’d like to read more translated work this year and this novel has been doing so well in France that I want to know what all the fuss is about. It sounds enchanting.