Hello, dear friends! It is I, Lila, and I’m at it again with the readathons.
So, I think it’s safe to say that The Reading Rush was a fail. But what’s a little failure when you’ve got an overabundance of ill-advised confidence, eh? Nothing, that’s what it is. Which is why I’ll be joining in on the fun with the Bookopolathon this September!
Bookopolathon is a month-long readathon created by Becca of the booktube channel Becca and The Books and based on her monthly TBR game, Bookopoly. Bookopoly is a boardgame, where you roll two di and read a book based on the category you land on, some of which involve pulling a card from the “community shelf” pile (which has cards with extra categories on them) or the “chance” pile (which has cards with specific books on them). You can find all of the info and links for the readathon in Becca’s announcement video here.
Today I’ll be sharing my chance card pile, my community shelf card pile, and, of course, my TBR. I’m a mood reader, so I decided to roll the di 15 times, so as to have plenty of options, but I guarantee I’m not going to read them all.
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COMMUNITY SHELF CARDS
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Foiled Cover // The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
- This is a book that I bought a good while ago and I honestly don’t know much about it. It has a kind of fairy tale feel and I believe it has to do with Jewish folklore, but I’m not 100% sure? I also think I remember seeing that it had a lot of mixed reviews so we’ll have to see how it turns out for me if I end up picking it up.
Poll Pick // Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
- As you can see, Kingdom of Souls won this category by a landslide! I’ve been hearing a lot of great things aout it lately, so I’m excited to maybe get to it. Apparently it innvolves necromancy and has African undertones? Which is, like, so cool haha! I honestly can’t wait!
Standalone // Witches of Ash And Ruin by E. Latimer
- This is a witch-y book that I believe is based around Celtic mythology? Which is not only rare in my experience but also pretty awesome! I think it’s also sapphic, if I remember correctly, which makes it even more awesome! Also, I’m 95% sure it’s a standalone, so I’m hoping to slam dunk this challenge with Witches of Ash and Ruin.
Set in the Present // A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
- A Song Below Water is set in the present day Pacific Northwest, in an America that not only vilifies being Black, but also being a siren. Which is tough, because one of the main characters of the book happens to be both. I’ve already read the first few chapters and from what I know, this book is a fantasy which draws a powerful parallel to real life racism and misogynoir, so I’m so eager to read it!
Most Recent Purchase // Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
- Trail of Lightning is an own voices Navajo Adult post apocalyptic fantasy and that pitch alone has me screaming “HELL TO THE YES!” Everyone who I’ve seen read this one has given it rave reviews as well, so I’m that much more excited to get my greedy little book gremlin hands on it. I have no doubt that I’m going to love it!
Translated // A Winter’s Promise by Chrystelle Dabos
- This is a translated French YA fantasy aaaaaaand that’s about all I know about it. Oh! And it has a gorgeous cover! Fingers crossed the inside is just as amazing haha!
Light Cover // Havenfall by Sara Holland
- Havenfall has a relatively light cover for a fantasy book, right? I’m not hearing any objections, so we’re gonna go with it 😉 Anyhoo, apparently Havenfall is a fantasy/murder mystery mashup involving a hotel that’s the gateway to a magical multiverse? Which? I don’t know about you but that premise sounds just to die for to me!
Community Shelf – Rolled 4 – A Book With A Setting You Wish You Could Visit // A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
- This is a companion to The Star-Touched Queen, which I read years ago. I actually didn’t love that book, but I did love the world building in it and A Crown of Wishes seems much more to my taste, so we’ll see how it goes.
First In A Series // Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
- I’m actually surprised I haven’t read Forest of Souls yet because it honestly looks absolutely amazing! This book is own voices and I believe it’s an East Asian inspired dark fantasy, so it sounds super cool and right up my alley!
5 Star Prediction // Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
- Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m already 50% through this one. But to be fair, I do think it’ll end up being 5 stars, so technically it counts, okay?!
Chance – Rolled 6 // Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
- I landed on a “Chance” space and rolled a 6, so I picked the sixth book on my list of “Chance” card choices. And that book happened to be Seasons of the Storm. I haven’t heard anything about this book, but I read the first chapter a while back and was surprised to find that it’s a fantasy that’s set in the modern age (like, within the past 35 to 40 years)? Which is unusual for fantasies. Regardless, I’m intrigued and excited to possibly get to Seasons of the Storm.
Small Book (<300) // Bombshells Vol. 2 (DC Comics)
- I loved the first volume of DC Comics’ Bombshells and yet somehow I never read the second one? Well the time has some and the moment is here, friends! That’s right: I’m gonna read Bombshells Vol. 2! Maybe…If I get around to it and am in the mood. Hey, don’t look at me like that, I can’t help that I’m a mood reader!
TBR Game // Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo
- For this one, I watched Ashley at the booktube channel A Frolic Through Fiction during her video for bookopolathon and one of the books she chose was Daughters of Nri, which I happen to own. It looks like an intriguing book, so I’m interested to get to it.
Becca Rec // House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
- Becca loves Sarah J. Maas and her latest work, House of Earth and Blood, which is a perfect coincidence as I happen to have already read (and enjoyed) half of the book! So, I figured, now’s the perfect opportunity to finish the book!
5 Star Prediction // Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- I landed on 5 star prediction again, so this time I chose Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I’ve been hearing such amazing things about this book for literal years and the premise and themes seem right up my alley, so I cannot wait to pick this one up and I feel certain that I’ll love it.
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So that’s it for today, dear friends. Wish me luck as I embark on this treacherous journey haha! Until next time, friends…
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SPILL THE BEANS, FRIENDS!
- Are you joining Becca’s Bookopolathon?
- What’s on your TBR for the upcoming month?