Hello friends! As you can see from the title, I’m here with something a little different today – I’m going to be sharing my Swift-a-thon TBR! This readathon revolves around Taylor Swift’s Lover album, aka one of my favorite albums ever.
That said, it’s not my favorite by Taylor – 1989 and Reputation would both score higher for me.
I’m excited for this chance to (1) challenge myself in a fun way, (2) give my reading a boost right at the beginning of the year, and (3) celebrate Lover for a whole month.
Before we get into the post, two thins:
- The swiftathon account hasn’t tweeted since the end of December, so is it still happening? I have no idea, but I worked hours on this post + I like how it looks, so you’re getting it nonetheless. 🙅♀️
- CW @ The Quiet Pond is hosting Pond-a-thon during January and February, and all signs point to me doing that one as well, even though I most likely won’t be able to do a formal post for it. You should 1000% follow me on twitter, however, to see my updates for that. (Click here, or look up @VVeronika96)
1) I FORGOT THAT YOU EXISTED
a backlist book on your tbr/a book on your tbr for ages
I won The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre in a giveaway hosted by the author, and I‘m so ashamed I haven’t yet gotten around to it. I don’t know much about the plot, but I’m 99% sure a central theme of it is the characters leaving cute post it notes for each other, which is 1000% my brand. Basically, I’m ready to be impressed.
2) CRUEL SUMMER
a book that takes place in summer
It took me the longest time to find a book that fits this prompt, but then I finally recalled that Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar takes place during a summer. It’s also quite possibly the saddest summer novel I could have found, but at least it’s short… right?
a contemporary romance
I’ve heard incredible things about Kristina Forest’s I Wanna Be Where You Are, most importantly that it is bound to make me smile so much my face will hurt. I love cute books, particularly cute enemies to lovers, roadtrip novels; and the cherry on top of this one is that the hero has a dog, who goes on the roadtrip with them! I mean, if that doesn’t make you scream “gimmie” we can’t be friends.
4) THE MAN
a feminist book/ a book with a strong female character
Honestly, I don’t know much about Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, besides the (quite obvious) fact that it is a feminist retelling of Cinderella that tells the story of one of the stepsisters. I’ve seen a lot of love for this novel, and I’m definitely intrigued – I’m a huge fan of retellings, but I feel like they are becoming less and less popular, so I’m glad this book exists.
5) THE ARCHER
an epic or high fantasy
I borrowed Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson from a friend weeks ago, and it’s high time I finally get to it, especially because I have every reason to hope it’ll live up to my expectations. I adored the Mistborn trilogy by Sanderson, and the third book remains the only book that has ever made me cry for real.
6) I THINK HE KNOWS
a book with a slow burn romance
Crier’s War by Nina Varela has an f/f slow-burn enemies to lovers romance, and I really don’t need to know more than that to want to read it pronto.
7) MISS AMERICANA AND THE HEARTBREAK PRINCE
a book that takes place in (high) school
I’m not the biggest fan of books that take place in high school, but I just know I need to make an exception for Tell Me How You Really Feel by Amina Mae Safi. Sana is a cheerleader and a straigh-A student who asked Rachel, a would-be-director, out in the past; in fact, Rachel was the first girl she’s eve asked out. However, Rachel thought Sana was playing a cruel prank on her, and has detested Sana ever since. Y’all… this is the enemies to lovers book of my dreams, and I can’t wait to read it.
8) PAPER RINGS
a book with the friends to lovers trope
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure Emma by Jane Austen has the friends to lovers trope? Clare and I have agreed on buddy reading all six of Jane Austen’s novels this year, so I’m going to be reading this 1000%.
9) CORNELIA STREET
a book you’ve been putting off reading because you’re afraid to let go
I adored the first book in the series, A Wicked Kind of Husband, and I badly want to read this sequel, A Beastly Kind of Earl. The reason why I’m, so to say, reluctant is that I’ve been having trouble finding outstanding historical romances, and I trust Mia Vincy to deliver one, so I’ve been saving this one.
10) DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS
a book about a break up/a book set post-breakup
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios is about an abusive relationship and, if I’m correct, it’s also about how the heroine leaves this relationship. I’ve wanted to read it for ages and ages, but I don’t do well with sad books, and by all accounts, Bad Romance qualifies as a sad book.
11) LONDON BOY
a book that takes place in London/the UK
I read Mimi Matthews’ Christmas novella, A Holiday by Gaslight, and I loved every single moment of it. It was cute and engaging, and I’ve wanted to read something else by Matthews ever since, this I bought The Matrimonial Advertisement, and man, I’m EXCITED for it!
12) SOON YOU’LL GET BETTER
a book that will make you sad/cry
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour seems like a pretty good choice for this prompt – I’ve heard amazing things about her novels and I’ve wanted to give her a chance for the longest time… But I’ve also heard that they are sad and gloomy, which is intimidating.
13) FALSE GOD
a book with smutty/sexy content in it
I feel like Eva Leigh’s name is pretty well-known in romance-circles, and I’ve wanted to try her books for the longest time. My Fake Rake is about Lady Grace Wyatt, who has been content as a wallflower. That is, until a celebrated naturalists returns to London, and Grace, for once desires to be noticed. Enter Sebastian, Grace’s colleague and her fake rake, aka a guy who agrees to let her transform him into a charming rake, who will play at being besotted with Grace. This is like, the cutest premise!? I can’t wait.
14) YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN
an lgbtq+ book
I read Julian Winters’ debut novel, Running With Lions, and while it wasn’t perfect, I definitely enjoyed it. His sophomore novel, How to Be Remy Cameron looks even better. It follows Remy, a gay guy who is out and confident, and who goes on a journey to reconcile to labels people attach to him and find who he really is.
give a book/an author a second chance
I had my fair share of problems with Autoboyography and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, but seeing all the love for The Unhoneymooners, I know I need to give this author duo another chance.
a book picked by you
I decided not to choose anything for this prompt, and instead leave it open for any book I randomly decide to read during the readathon.
17) IT’S NICE TO HAVE A FRIEND
a book about friendship
I’m like, 99% sure Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is about friendship (and romance, I guess), but I’m mostly looking forward to this for the friendship.
reread a favorite
Another prompt I’m leaving blank for now, because I reread my favorites pretty frequently, so I’m just going to grab whatever I’m in the mood for at that moment.
Are you participating in the Swift-a-thon? How about the Pond-A-Thon? Or any other read-a-thons during these months? Have you read any of these novels? What did you think of them?