June was not my best reading month at all. I just ran out of time to read, and then I didn’t feel like reading. But, I think it’s coming back. And one thing that sometimes helps with slumps is doing readathons! Luckily, my blogger friend Liv over at curlyhairbibliophile is hosting one this month called the Name-a-Thon. Basically, you read books that spell out your name (there aren’t really many rules, but click the link to see Liv’s original announcement post).
My name is nine letters, so this is a longer than usual TBR. Fortunately, I was able to fit in some books from future reading experiments so I don’t cry. Two of these books are for this month’s reading experiment, and two are for future posts. You’ll have to wait and see what they are!
Let’s spell out my name with books…
S – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
I won’t say too much about this one other than that it is for a project that I am already regretting. I have read this before, but it’s been a while. And it’ll be nice to dive back into some medieval literature.
T – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow
For some of the letters, I knew exactly what I wanted to pick. Others, I had difficulty finding a single book that worked (both for the readathon and for my schedule this month). But, for this one, I had trouble narrowing it down. So I read the first pages of a few books that started with the letter T, and this is the one that caught my attention the most. I wasn’t planning on reading it this year, but I have a good feeling about it.
E – Elastoe by Darcy Little Badger
I have been meaning to read this for months, so I knew it had to include it here. I’m pretty sure this is middle grade, so hopefully it will be a quick read. Have I mentioned there are like ten books on this list that I want to try and read this month? So a nice, middle grade fantasy is more than welcome!
P – Piranisi by Susanna Clarke
This one is short, mysterious, and mythology-inspired. Which makes it kind of perfect for when I’m trying to read way too many books. It also gives me summer vibes, so this was already on my summer reading list. There’s something with an ocean inside of a house. I don’t really know, but it sounds awesome.
H – The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Not that this is the only one on this list, but I’ve just really been in the mood for a good historical fiction novel. This one seems to have some thriller vibes – it involves a Nazi murderess – so I think this might be kind of fun. Also, this may or may not be on my list of books that need to be read this month, so I’ll be reading it either way. It does sound like something I’ll enjoy, though. So fingers crossed.
A – Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
I’m pretty sure this is the third time I’ve put this on a reading list so far this year. So if I don’t read it, you have my permission to yell at me. Romances are quick reads, and I will definitely need it this month. I’m a little salty that so many of my reading experiment books this month start with the letter L, and not a single one starts with A.
N – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
I had such a hard time finding a book for the letter N. Every single N book I could find, I’d either already read it, wasn’t interested, or am just not in the mood. So I decided to attempt a reread of one of my favorite classics. This one is short and entertaining and I know I’ll enjoy it. I might change my mind, but right now, this sounds like a good idea.
I – I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Over the past year or so, I’ve been delving into the topic of racism. I’ve learned so much exploring books from different points of view. I recently picked up a copy of this book, and was planning on reading it this month anyway, so I’m very glad it works for this readathon.
E – Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
This list was already overly long, but I needed to find a second E book, and was super happy when I remembered this one. It’s a little over a hundred pages and it sounds really good. It’s perfect for this month.
Hopefully I manage to read all of these books (plus everything else I’m planning on reading this month that didn’t work for this readathon. I’m actually feeling excited to read these (more than the ones not on this list).
What’s on your reading list for the month of July?
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