The Summer Biannual Bibliothon is coming up, and I’m excited to say that this is my third time participating! (Goes from July 23-29.)
You know what’s even better about this year?
There are blog challenges!!
Of course, these challenges are just for fun, but no matter. *does happy dance*
Or how about a cutesier dance, reminiscent of the good ol’ Tom and Jerry days?
Now, all we have to do is wait for these challenges to be revealed. *sits and waits impatiently*
I used to think I’d read seven books to complete all seven challenges (hahaha—who was I kidding?), but I now know that isn’t happening because I failed to do so the past two times I participated in this reading challenge.
So, this time I’m being realistic (it’s a new thing I’m trying) and have chosen just four books. 👍
1. Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel (Read From a Host’s Favorite Genre)
This relates indirectly to my current obsession with all things French. You see, I have given up slightly (only slightly—I’m still searching, so if anyone’s got any suggestions…) on finding books set in Paris (or other parts of France), so I have expanded my horizons to Europe.
And that’s when I remembered this book. I’d been perusing the shelves of my library one day when this book drew my attention (I mean, it’s called Palace of Spies), but I’d never gotten to actually reading it.
Now I’ve got the chance since I know it’s set in England, most likely Victorian England. (There was a time when I was obsessed with this too, though I still love books set there—if it isn’t a genre, it should be. There are so many historical fiction books set in this time period.)
Oops, that reminds me, almost forgot to add—this book pertains to Caz’s favorite genre. You guessed it: historical fiction!
2. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (Read a Book That Has Been Banned)
I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere (that’s a thing people say, yes?), and it intrigued me.
I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, so reading a book about the Islamic Revolution by a person who actually lived through it (made more interesting because she was a child at the time—a kid’s perspective makes everything better) would be a great option.
Also, there might be the fact that this book is technically both a memoir and a graphic novel.
What? Graphic novels are perfect for read-a-thons! *knows some of you are silently judging, but doesn’t care*
3. The Witches by Roald Dahl (Throwback Challenge)
As I’ve mentioned before, Roald Dahl’s books were my childhood. My childhood. *holds hand over heart*
So, I’ve chosen the “read a childhood book,” or something along those words, challenge, and what better book to pick than The Witches?
Now that I think about it, that book must’ve been pretty scary to some children… (I know I was a bit creeped out when I first read it). They probably started believing witches existed. Do they? *looks around nervously*
4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (LGBTQIA+)
*squeals very loudly*
This book might have been my most anticipated read of this year. Now that it’s been released, I cannot wait to read it.
In fact, I’m just itching to pick it up right now… *slaps own hand* Stop it! Must. Have. Self-control. *struggles*
*gasps* And I have just read a review of the book and it mentions the book takes place in Paris at some point!
Oh, book, you and I were meant to be. (Okay, okay, enough drama 😂.)
Alright, that’s my TBR!
Are you participating in the biannual bibliothon? If so, is this your first time participating? What books are you planning on reading?
Let me know in the comments below! (Just realized that rhymes.)
Thanks for reading! 👋