There are two month-long readathons happening in June and, because I can’t resist a month-long readathon, I’ve decided to challenge myself to take part in both of them!
The #MakeYourMythTaker Readathon is a readathon based around fantasy fiction where you pick a type of character (e.g. monarch, pirate, witch etc.) and read four books to reach that goal.
You can find all the info right here:
Initially I was going to follow the witch path, but I decided to do something a little different this time and follow the path to become a jester.
Or rather, a Jesster.
To be a honest a life spent winding up rich people with terrible puns sounds like a great way to spend my time, so I’m not mad!
To become a jester, this is the path I need to follow:
Read a fun Middle Grade
Read a book with royal colours (red, purple or gold) on the cover
I’m so excited for The Empire of Gold, the final book in The Daevabad Trilogy, which is being released in June. It just so happens to have purple and gold on the cover, and features a royal family, so I think it’s a fitting choice!
Read a book about books
I received a copy of Emily Henry’s Beach Read from NetGalley, and it sounds like such a fun summer romance novel. Two authors, a man who writes literary fiction and a woman who writes romance, live in neighbouring beach houses for the summer and decide to challenge each other to write a novel in each other’s genre. I’m looking forward to this one!
Read a book with performance elements
I recently treated myself to the kindle edition of Virginia Boecker’s An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason, a YA historical fiction novel that takes place in the Tudor era. The two protagonists are cast opposite one another in one of Shakespeare’s plays and I’m looking forward to reading it!
I’ve never read the Percy Jackson series, but thankfully I don’t need to be familiar with the series to take part in the Olympic Games Readathon!
You join a team based around one of the gods or goddesses from Greek myth for this readathon and read books that fit prompts for each deity. Once again, you can find all the info right here:
I took the quiz Ishi mentions in the video above and wasn’t too surprised to discover I’m on Team Athena! As a Ravenclaw I’ve always had a soft spot for the goddess of wisdom—even though she’s often not a very good feminist, and she owes both Medusa and Arachne an apology.
Each god or goddess has a set of prompts, as well as some extra prompts if we want to give them a go, so let’s have a look at mine…
Athena favours those who seek knowledge beyond all. Read a book that is out of your comfort zone.
Horror is a genre I’m still exploring and still learning what I like, so it’s still out of my comfort zone, and I received a copy of The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones from NetGalley so it’d be good to cross it off my TBR!
Read a book that features a school
I really want to cross The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang off my TBR and it just so happens to follow a girl who wins a place at a military school.
Read the longest book on your TBR
So I’m going to cheat a little here and read the longest book on my summer TBR (I’ll be sharing that on 16 June for Top Ten Tuesday!) which is Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. It’s over 800 pages long, so it definitely is one of the longest books on my general TBR, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Athena is a favourite among gods and mortals alike. Read a book by your favourite author.
I’d love to read Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia but, sadly, it’s not out until the very end of June, so instead I’m going to read the one other book of hers I’ve yet to read: Love & Other Poisons.
After he betrayed her trust, Athena branded Daedalus with a mark that looked like a partridge. Read a book with a bird on the cover.
Such Big Teeth by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch has a bird on the cover, so I might as well (if you’ll pardon the pun) kill two birds with one stone!
The following prompts are some extras we can tackle if we have time, or if we want to, but I might as well give myself a TBR for them just in case I do have the time…
Sword & Shield
Read a book featuring a character whom you would not get along with
Isabel Greenberg’s Glass Town is a graphic novel about the childhood of the Brontë siblings and I don’t think I’d’ve got on very well with Charlotte Brontë—I’ve always been annoyed with her for not reprinting The Tenant of Wildfell Hall after Anne’s death.
Read a book published within the last 5 years
Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand is another book that’s on my summer TBR and I’ve heard so many good things about it that I need to cross it off my TBR asap!
Read a book featuring magical creatures
I need some more centaurs in my life (and I think they suit a Greek myth-inspired readathon) so I’m going to pick up Kate Klimo’s Daughter of the Centaurs.
Capture the Flag
Read one of your most anticipated books