We’re already a week into March, but when I discovered ‘Tis the Damn Readathon I couldn’t resist taking part. I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since around 2008 and I’m so glad to finally see her in a happy place after the years she spent ridiculed by the media for daring to be a young woman who goes on dates. Her songwriting is phenomenal and her voice keeps getting better with age.
This readathon has been created by Emma @ Drinking By My Shelf and a bunch of other booktubers and bookstagrammers, and you can find all the info right here. Essentially each of Taylor’s albums has two reading prompts but you only need to do one to achieve that album. I know I won’t be getting to all of the albums, but I’ve given myself some choice!
Read a book about music
I am very, very behind on quite a few books I received through NetGalley, and I’m ashamed to say Gone by Min Kym is one I still haven’t read. This one can actually fit either of the prompts for Taylor’s first album, as it’s also a memoir, but it’s the memoir of a violinist and it sounds so interesting.
Read a book you’re intimidated by
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is the one classic I would love to conquer, but my edition is 1,200 pages long. I’ve borrowed the audiobook from my library so I’m hoping I can finally cross it off my TBR over the course of the month! Especially as I’ve been very into audiobooks lately.
Read a book that’s in a trilogy or the third book in a series
I received a copy of A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer in a Fairyloot box and I keep meaning to give it a try; I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s a very quick read, so it seems like the ideal book to try and fit into a readathon.
Read a book with red on the cover
I’m already in the middle of Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova, which I’m enjoying, so I might as well make it count towards a prompt!
Read a book with a number in the title
Read a book that is romance within a separate genre
I picked up a copy of Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell after Natalie recommended it to me—meaning it’s another book that fits either of the prompts for this album—and it’s a queer sci-fi romance I’m excited to try.
Read a five star prediction
Read a book based on mythology, folk tales, or a retelling
I’ve been itching to pick up A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes recently. I feel like I’m going to love it.
Read a thriller
YA thrillers are my favourite and I’m so excited to have finally found the audiobook of Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson on BorrowBox. I’ve been meaning to try this novel for ages. Thank goodness for libraries!
I won’t be reading all of these but, as I mentioned, I wanted to give myself an option for each prompt so I have plenty of choice. I’ll definitely be getting to Incendiary and Jade City, but I’d also like to get to A Thousand Ships, Truly Devious and The Count of Monte Cristo if I can!