Hey guys! The wonderful Aentee over at Read at Midnight is hosting a great readathon over the next two weeks – the #DAReadAThon! Inspired by spells from Harry Potter and focusing on diversity, Aentee has put together 7 prompts – 1 book per spell!
I was meant to do this post back in December, and if you’d still link to join, just head to the sign up post on Aentee’s website (click on the image above!). Anyone can join in, and the readathon is from January 1 through to 15th January.
I’m really excited to take part – one of my goals this year is to read more diversely, and read out of my comfort zone. Because I’ve placed myself on a no-buy ban for the year, sourcing books for this challenge was a little difficult as I realised just how un-diverse my shelves are…something that definitely needs to be rectified! So I’m going to use the #DAReadAThon as an extra sort of way to find #OwnVoices and diverse reads that I need to add to my bookshelves!
Go Gryffindor! What House do you belong to? Without further ado, here are the spells, and the books I’ve chosen for each of them! Have you read any?
How It Feels to Fly has been on my TBR for a while now, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time. There’s a lot of themes here that resonate with me on a personal level, especially when I was a teenager. Once upon a time, I used to dance, and even though at the age of 11 my hopes of moving to White Lodge and joining the Royal Ballet became more of a whimsical fantasy, I did exams all the way up until I graduated high school. I did the eisteddfods and the competitions, even though I wasn’t in it competitively, but I suffered from performance anxiety on more than a few occasions. I was never slim enough, never pretty enough, never co-ordinated enough. I’ve seen how even though ballet is a beautiful thing, it can be detrimental to a person at the same time.
Anxiety, Panic Attacks/Disorder, Body Dismorphic Disorder
Let me be honest: I don’t read a lot of books featuring LGBT characters. It’s nothing personal, don’t misunderstand me, it’s just most books I pick up, LGBT characters are more…sidelined? Okay, time to definitely change that. What a great place to start, with some #LoveOzYA too! Add in family relationships and I’m really excited to read this novel.
LGBTQIA, F/F Relationships
I’ve heard so many good things about this book and its sequels! I loved the Summer series (I got kicked out of a Waterstones for reading the books once) and I’m sure this will be just as great. I chose Jenny Han for this prompt as I’m a firm believer in normalising diversity because it should be the norm. Bracketing it into a box is not the way to make sure that stories are inclusive of all backgrounds, genders, races…you get the point.
East Asian Main Character, #OwnVoices
I am so excited to finally have an excuse to read And I Darken! To be honest, I was sold at gender swapped Vlad the Impaler (yeah, that guy), but after reading all the reviews, And I Darken sounds like such an awesome read, just gimme gimme gimme. In the same vein that The Winner’s Trilogy is fantasy but with no magic, White is breaking down those barriers of no magic fantasy in YA based on the Ottoman Empire, which you don’t see a lot of in fiction especially YA. So there’s that. And I mean, I feel really, really bad that I’ve never read a White novel, especially considering she’s written one of my favourite literary quotes of all time.
Islam, Gay Main Character, Non-Western Fantasy
This gorgeous thing has been on my TBR since September last year, one of the many impulsive Edelweiss review copies I’m planning to get through in the next couple of months…so what a better time, right? What draws me in is the friendship aspect between Frances and Aled and that it’s got a really, really good rating on Goodreads right now (4.45 stars, that’s pretty fabtastic). I haven’t read Oseman’s debut novel (which I hear is also great), and I’m hoping the “readers who love Fangirl” part isn’t as bad as it sounds (was not a Fangirl fan).
Biracial Main Character, Anxiety/Depression, LGBTQIA
Fantasy, curses and mythology. What a neat little package of yes please I want to read this. I’ve heard good and bad things – it seems like a book that has people quite divided, but I’m ready to dive into a fantasy world that doesn’t have a Western setting, and I mean, that cover alone makes you want to pick it up and read straight away. Plus I hear the romance is pretty good????
South Asian Mythology, #OwnVoices, Non-Western Setting
Oh look, another book with a ballet setting. Wooo! Another book that I’ve heard really good things about, this one was recommended to me by Emily who has the most amazing recs, so please take her advice when she tells you to read a book! There seems to be a diverse range of characters in this, so I’m pretty excited to start reading.
Biracial Main Character/s, Intersectionality, #OwnVoices, Mental Health, Eating Disorders
Are you taking part in the #DAReadAThon? Feel free to connect with me, or on social media to keep up with me!