In my previous post about Make Your Myth Taker, I gave my TBR pile for readathon number one of June. But because I do love to overwhelm myself, I’m doing two. I know some book bloggers who are doing even more in June especially, but between reviews for publishers and authors, and taking care of a ten year old who is really quite fed up of lockdown now, I can only overwhelm myself too much.
The Olympic Games Readathon is themed around Percy Jackson, with each of the Olympian goddesses and gods having a series of prompts. The organizers even helpfully provided a quiz for which of the twelve should be your patron. I took the quiz twice, as I’m in the habit of doing, and ended up with Artemis and Athena once each. I have a soft spot for both goddesses, I must admit, so struggled to choose. In the end I went with Athena, and honestly it came down to preferring the prompts. So for team Athena:
- A book outside of your comfort zone
- A book that features a school
- The longest book on the TBR
- A book by your favourite author
- A book with a bird on the cover
Sword and Shield: Features a character you wouldn’t get along with
Capture the flag: An anticipated read
Monster fighting: Involves magical creatures
Pegasus riding: A book published in the last five years
Phew. So, just a couple of books, of course. Being Athena, it was never going to be easy (Yes, I might be too emotionally involved with the patron of my team, why do you ask?) but I’m excited. As I’ve reflected recently, I’m far better when I have the focus of a readathon to guide me, or I get easily distracted.
So here are my books! Starting from the bottom and working up to the top (because I didn’t want to balance all that weight on my Kindle!).
Out of your comfort zone: Before The Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Features a school: The Cheerleaders – Kara Thomas
Longest book on TBR: The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern
Favourite Author: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson
Bird on the cover: Daisy Cooper’s Rules For Living – Tamsin Keily
Sword and Shield: Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Capture The Flag: Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell
Monster Fighting: This Eternity of Masks and Shadows – Karsten Knight
Pegasus riding: The Bear and The Nightingale – Katherine Arden
Now, my first thing to say is that I don’t really have a favourite author, but as Holly Jackson has written two of my top books this year, I decided to reread A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder for that challenge. I was a bit stumped for what to do otherwise.
Where as Make Your Myth Taker has to be read in order (thems the rules, folks), these can be read in any, so I’ll probably start with the ‘mandatory’ reads before heading into the bonus ones.
It’s also worth mentioning that Daisy Cooper’s Rules For Living is a book I’m reviewing for a publisher at the beginning of this month, so you’ll hear more about that one fairly soon.
Oh, and did I mention I’ve never read a single Percy Jackson book? Yup. Probably should do that. I’m doing this one a) because it looked fun, b) I love a good readathon, and c) my son is Percy Jackson crazy, so it kind of had to happen.
Looking at this big stack of books is making me both nervous and excited, and with it now being June, the game is very much afoot! Wish me luck, and let me know which goddess or god you’ve pledged your loyalty to.