Hey guys! Yesterday I posted my #TheReadingQuest TBR, and I mentioned that I had decided to join the 7 in 7 read-a-thon last minute. I had heard of it before but wasn’t planning on joining until it was 2 am on the 11th and all of a sudden I was creating a TBR. Whoops?
If you don’t know, the 7 in 7 readathon is basically all about reading seven things in seven days. They don’t even have to be books! It can be books, short stories, anthologies, magazines, graphic novels, comics, anything, but the goal is to read seven of them. It’s hosted by Ashley @ Said the Story, and she’s enlisted 6 other BookTubers to host some Twitter sprints throughout the week as well! It’s extremely relaxed and it’s just meant to be fun and a great way to get those reading juices flowing!
Alright, let’s get into my TBR! I’ve picked seven (mostly short) books that I aim to read (obviously), but I have a few alternates that I may end up reading instead, depending on my mood! (Covers will be linked to their respective Goodreads pages!)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire-
I read Every Heart a Doorway last month and absolutely ADORED it. It was magical, unique, short (170 pages), and I’ve been recommending it left and right ever since. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a “prequel” of sorts to EHAD, and I’ve been looking for a chance to read it ever since I finished the first. This one is only 190 pages, and the last one went so quickly that I don’t think I’ll have a problem reading this in a day at all. (I’M SO EXCITED YOU HAVE NO IDEA)
Sweep: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan-
To be honest, I have no idea why I bought this book. I know I got it from Book Outlet, so it was probably cheap, but I mean… The Goodreads blurb is super short, none of my Goodreads friends have read it, and I know essentially nothing about it. On the plus side, it’s only 176 pages and my copy is this cute little paperback, so I do think I’ll be able to read it in a day! The blurb sounds vaguely interesting and… There is magic. That’s all I know. (AGH, BOOK OUTLET, WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME?)
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin-
This book is actually rated shockingly low on Goodreads. As in, there are more one-star ratings than five-star ratings. Yikes! However, it is under 200 pages (192 to be exact), and it’s written in verse, so I could definitely knock it out pretty quickly. I’m not sure whether I’ll like it, but I’ve had this on my TBR since before it came out (and, you know, everyone hated it), so I’m still rather curious about it. It’s not a Game of Thrones commitment or anything, so why not give it a go?
The Tower of Never There by Danny McAleese & David Kristoph-
I was sent a copy of this book for review a while ago and just haven’t managed to get around to it! However, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure book, which I really loved when I was younger (probably the reason I accepted it), and since it’s under 200 pages and I won’t necessarily be reading all of them anyway, I definitely think I can easily knock this out in a day! It seems like a super fun, cute read, which is perfect for this readathon!
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman-
I received an eARC of this book AGES ago from Netgalley, and I am currently feeling very guilty about it. It looks super interesting and I definitely need to read it ASAP, so I’m putting it on this list! At 350 pages, I believe it is the longest book on my TBR, so wish me luck with that! (I think I can, I think I can, says the choo-choo bookworm)
Firegirl by Tony Abbott-
My brother actually had a copy of this (I say had because I recently assimilated all of his books into my collection; they were sitting in a bin in a closet so I did him a favor), which I stole, because for whatever reason I always thought this was super popular when I was younger. Not that it wasn’t, I just thought it was something everyone had read for whatever reason. Anyway, it seems like a very touching and sad but important story, and as it’s only 147 pages, I think it’s a perfect one-sitting read.
The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass-
This is apparently some kind of religious cult thing??? That’s all I really know but it sounds CREEPY and Cait said it’s MESSED UP and I’M HERE FOR IT. Besides, it’s only 272 pages so it should be a quick read… Although hopefully not for too late at night. 😂 Here’s hoping it doesn’t terrify me too much!
That’s seven books, so right now that’s what I “plan” to read! However, since this is such a relaxed readathon, I have a few alternatives that I could just as easily read (honestly, I’m not expecting to follow my TBR exactly):
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
- The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
- Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
As I mentioned in my list of all the readathons I’m participating in this month, I am tentatively saying I’ll participate in the Back to Hogwarts Cramathon, which is a 24-hour readathon taking place on the 18th. Unfortunately, I start school on the 17th, so I will be in school that day and therefore unable to read quite as much as I would otherwise. However, I still think it’s a super fun concept, and if possible, I’d like to use the extra motivation to help me read my longest TBR book that day, Girl Out of Water. If I haven’t already taken them back to the library, I’ll also probably try to finish City of Bones (reread) and Curtsies and Conspiracies (audiobook) as well. We shall see, but currently, that is where I stand with that!
Whew, okay! I’m not sure how I’ll be able to do this week, but I’m really hoping that the short lengths of the books will make it a lot easier. Wish me luck! As I said, I posted my #TheReadingQuest TBR yesterday, and as of course I am trying to complete as many of those challenges as possible, I did my best to make these books fit into those challenges. However, there are a few that don’t, so if you’re interested in buddy reading Girl Out of Water, The Cresswell Plot, Sweep: Book of Shadows, or Out of Sight, Out of Time this week, please let me know! I won’t bite, and I love buddy reads! Don’t worry, if you’re not able to read the whole thing in a day, we can start at the beginning of the week and spread it out more. I’m open to options, just leave a comment down below!
Aaaaaaanyway, thank you all for reading! I’m super excited about this readathon, 2 a.m. idea or not, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Have you read/plan to read any of the books on my TBR? Are you participating? What’s on your TBR for the week? I’d love to hear from you all. 🙂