Hello, readers! It is officially March, which is a little bit scary considering how chaotic last March was. I usually don’t make monthly tbrs because I’m a mood reader so I never stick with them. However, I have decided to participate in the ‘Tis the Damn Readathon, which is a Taylor Swift-themed read-a-thon, which is hosted by a lot of people. Here is the Twitter page and the carrd page for more details.
‘Tis the Damn Readathon is a month-long read-a-thon where you read books inspired by Taylor’s nine albums. There is a bingo-board in the shape of the house in the “Lover” music video, and you can get a bingo in any way. Each album has three different prompts to go with them, and one of the prompts in each is a non-reading activity like dancing or listening to an audiobook. All you have to do to collect an album is to fulfill one of the prompts or replace the prompt with one of the three blank space prompts. Because I am extra, I’m going to try and collect all the albums, and I’m not going to read any blank space prompts for them.
I am also reading a couple buddy reads with my friend this month so I will be working on sneaking them in throughout this month. If it gets too hectic and I struggle to read all these books, I will replace the buddy reads with other books.
As with all readathons, I’m not super strict about staying with my tbr or even completing them. Most of the books I’ve picked work for other prompts or I have multiple books that fit these prompts or the other ones I’m not listing in this post.
Our Song: Read a book about music
I am using Grown by Tiffany D Jackson for this prompt since I really want to read her work. I have heard fantastic things about her writing, and they sound like books that I would enjoy. This one is about a girl named Enchanted Jones who is an up-and-coming singer, and one day she wakes up bloody and her producer is dead, and it looks like she is the one who killed him. It is inspired by the R. Kelly scandal so it is one that I have been looking forward to for a while.
Fifteen: Read a YA book
This month, my friend and I are buddy reading Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, which as y’all know already, I have read already and I liked it very much. I definitely picked this prompt because I read a lot of YA so this is an easy free space for me, but this (or our other buddy read, Heartstopper Vol 1) will be the one I use for this prompt.
I will also possibly use The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand for this one since I am also trying to participate in Booksandlala’s Buzzwordathon reading challenge and this month’s theme is books with “time” in the title. This is the only book I have that fits it. Again, this is really just my free space option.
Speak Now: Listen to an audiobook
This one is prone to change because I will be reading some audiobooks for my buddy read, but I do want to get to Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my favorite books I read last year, and I heard that this one has a great audiobook so I am excited to read this one and get to it. It sounds like this is inspired by a band like Fleetwood Mac, which is one of my favorite bands so I think I will like it.
However, there is a high possibility that this will be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen since I do like to listen to classics on audiobook, and it is my friend and I’s official buddy read pick for the month. This is a reread for both of us, but it was inspired by my mission to read a classic a month. I can almost guarantee that Pride and Prejudice will be the pick actually, but let’s pretend it will be Daisy Jones.
Begin Again: Read a book you previously DNFd
I have lots of options because I dnfed a lot of books last fall because of my reading slump, but I picked The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake. I put this down because I knew it would get a high rating, but I couldn’t give it the attention and love it deserved at that moment. I have been thinking about this book quite a bit recently, and my slump is relatively lifted so I think it’s time.
However, if I do need to fit in a quick book since I have some rather hefty books on this list, I will read/listen to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which I did pick up and dnf twice in October and November because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it. Neil Gaiman narrates the audiobook for it so I will most likely listen to it and read it since there are pictures.
Bad Blood: Read a book with a morally grey character
It’s time that I finally read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Although I didn’t pick it because I knew I’d use it for this, this also fulfills the Lover prompt of reading the oldest unread book on my shelf. I included it in my list of books I want to read before the end of the year, and I will unhaul it if I don’t read it by the end of this year. This is a heist novel about six anti-heroes so this definitely fits that category.
Read a book that has romance, but is within another genre
The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by Victoria Schwab sounds like the perfect book for this category. It’s a historical fantasy about a woman who makes a deal with a devil-like dude to live life how she wants to live so he gives her a curse where she lives forever but nobody ever remembers her, which as a Type Four, that is literally my worst nightmare. I am very scared for this book because hyped books generally scare me because I am afraid of not loving them so we shall see.
Read a five star prediction
As we know, I don’t do five-star predictions because I feel like that creates a lot of pressure, and public opinion is really the most that I know about a book before I read it, but Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers sounds like the book I need right now.
Read a book based on mythology / a retelling
I actually have quite a few options on my shelf. I didn’t really think that I would have that many for this, but I do have quite a few retellings that I want to get to. There are some coming out this month that I have preordered, but I am going to attempt to read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. This is loosely inspired by Rumpelstiltskin and also Jewish folklore. My brain feels like I can only read this in Winter so that’s why I picked this.
No Body No Crime: Read a thriller/mystery
I’m going to read The Project by Courtney Summers for this. I’ve heard extremely mixed-to-negative reviews of this so I am incredibly nervous. I really liked Sadie so I am curious to delve into Courtney Summers’s other works. This is a thriller, and it’s about a cult, which I do find really fascinating.
Those are all the books I am planning on reading at the moment. We will see if I complete these books or even really read any of them at the end of the month.
What books are you planning on reading this month? Let me know down in the comments!