TBR Takedown is a readathon running on twitter from 20-26th of June. The challenge? To read 6 books fitting into 6 different categories.
My book hauls in the last couple of weeks have been absolutely out of control. I will opt to blame my wanton indulgence on the fact that it’s my blogoversary month. With hauling comes the responsibility to read all of the books, so I’ve decided to partake in TBR Takedown this week in an attempt manage my pile.
I will mostly be trying to knock off library books this week. I am still extremely mortified about my previous set of fines and I cannot look at the local librarians in the eyes.
A Book Out Of My Comfort Zone: Gossip From The Forest by Sara Maitland
Non-fiction is something I rarely ever read, but this book sounded too excellent to pass up. Sara Maitland visits the woodlands of Britain, rediscovering their intrinsic links to fairy tales we love. For each forest she wanders through, she tells us of its natural and social history – as well as how aspects of the forests guided humanity’s imagination and oral storytelling traditions. She also concludes each story with a retelling of a well-known fairy tale.
I am about two-third of the way through this one, and it has been simultaneously enchanting and fascinating! However, I do find that it is a very personal indulgent piece of writing, the author often relying on conjectures and assumptions to get her message across.
A Sequel: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I read The Raven Boys as soon as the book came out years ago, but never followed up with the series. I am sort of awful at continuing series, but this is one I really want to read because Ronan was by far the most intriguing of the characters for me – and he is apparently the focus of this book? Yes!
On The TBR For Over A Year: Pinball by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami’s is one of my favourite writers, I just love the rhythm of his words. I bought this a while back, possibly 8 months ago – and still have not got around to reading it. I find that I love Murakami most on cold, rainy days – and there’s been plenty of those lately so here’s my chance! I am also cheating by only reading Pinball, as there’s another novella in this collection named Wind – but I work 38 hours this week so, a girl’s gotta get creative to finish this challenge.
The First Book In A Series: Book of the Phoenix of Nnedi Okorafor
This book is the prequel to her Who Fears Death series. I don’t know much about it aside from i) it features African myth and ii) genetic experiments and iii) a complex, flawed heroine who is a superhuman. Yup, I am sold. Plus, it’s only 230 pages so I should be able to finish this in a day!
From My Latest Book Haul: My Year of Meat by Ruth Ozeki
I fell in love with Ruth Ozeki after reading A Tale For The Time Being, which is one of the books of my heart. This particular book focuses on a half-Japanese documentary maker as she travels to Tokyo and learns about the meat industry. Along the way, she encounters a Japanese housewife, and knowing Ruth Ozeki, weirdness will ensue. I totally miss Japan at the moment and need my fix ASAP. Like many others on this list, I got this one from my trip to the library yesterday!
I will be doing a recap of my thoughts on these books at the end of the week, since I might not review them all individually 🙂
Have you read any of these titles? Have you done read-a-thons before? What are you reading right now?
Wish me luck for it!