How is it that we’re in July? This year is really something! After seemingly stretching on forever it now seems to be racing by. Today I have a fun TBR to share with you for an amazing readathon that is taking place this entire month.
I know that July is already going to be a hectic month for readathons, with a plethora of prompts and challenges. However, what I particularly like about the Totally Spiesathon (other than it being the one I committed to first right at the beginning of June) is that it is essentially a game. I loved the playfulness of it and the prompts are so broad and challenging that I couldn’t wait to give them a go. It has already got me turning towards books I might not have picked up before and revisiting books I fell in love with and swore to read, only to be forgotten on my shelves.
This readathon was designed by Noura over at The Perks of being Noura and requires a dice. Simply, you work your way around the game board, completing the prompts that you land on. I have signed up to be on Team Clover, who was my absolute icon whilst I obsessively watched the series as a child.
The aim of the game is to keep making your way through the board and completing the prompts you land on. I was tempted to just roll and pick as I go, but basically got so excited I got ahead of myself! So I have rolled for my first four reads and am planning on seeing where I go from there.
I’ll pop the prompts next to the books to give you some ideas if you’re stumbling.
Rolled 6: SPY GLADIATORS- try a book with Greek/ Roman Mythology or set in those times
For this prompt I picked A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes. Recently I have been on such a Greek retelling splurge and I am absolutely here for it. This is another Troy retelling and I can’t wait to dive straight in.
This was never the story of one woman, or two. It was the story of all of them…
In the middle of the night, Creusa wakes to find her beloved Troy engulfed in flames. Ten seemingly endless years of brutal conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans are over, and the Greeks are victorious. Over the next few hours, the only life she has ever known will turn to ash . . .
The devastating consequences of the fall of Troy stretch from Mount Olympus to Mount Ida, from the citadel of Troy to the distant Greek islands, and across oceans and sky in between. These are the stories of the women embroiled in that legendary war and its terrible aftermath, as well as the feud and the fatal decisions that started it all… – Good Reads
Rolled 5: A book that starts with C
For this prompt I picked up Crushed by Kate Hamer. I don’t know much about this other than I believe it is a YA retelling of Macbeth … maybe? Regardless, that cover is stunning!
Phoebe stands on Pulteney Bridge, tights gashed from toe to thigh. The shock of mangled metal and blood-stained walls flashes through her mind as she tries to cover her face so she won’t be recognised. It wouldn’t do to be spotted looking like this. She’s missing a shoe. She feels sick.
Phoebe thought murder and murder happened. Thoughts are just thoughts, they said. Now she knows they were wrong.
At home, Phoebe arranges the scissors and knives so they point toward her mother’s room. She is exhausted, making sure there’s no trace of herself – not a single hair, not even her scent – left anywhere in the house. She must not let her thoughts unravel, because if they do, there’s no telling who might be caught in the crossfire, and Phoebe will have to live with the consequences. – Good Reads
Rolled 2: Truth or Scare! Pick some books from your shelf that you haven’t read yet and randomise your next read.
For this I picked Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey. This is a feminist queer western and if that doesn’t make you want to read it I don’t know what will!
“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”
Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her–a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.
The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing. – Good Reads
Rolled 3 (taking me to round 2): Read a book by an Author of colour.
For this I picked a read that has been on my shelf for a while now, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Eravisto. I have heard so many wonderful things about this that I know it is going to be so illuminating and fantastic.
Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood
Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.
Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. – Good Reads
I can’t wait to get stuck in with this readathon and check out these amazing books. What reading plans do you have for this month?