Hello friends! We are here today to talk about a Taylor Swift-themed readathon we’ll be participating in during the month of March! The readathon is hosted by Drinking By My Shelf, as well as a bunch of other people, all of whom you can find under the video linked above. The readathon is made to be accommodating and fun as opposed to super-difficult, so there are three prompts for each of Taylor’s albums, one of which is usually not a bookish one. Besides the albums, there are also three “Blank Space” prompts which seem really-really fun, too!
It is enough to complete one prompt per album to collect that album, so both of us selected a prompt for each album. On top of those, we also included the non-reading prompts, as many of them seem fun and low-effort. In case we don’t include all three prompts for each album but you want to know about them, I recommend visiting the video we linked above!
🌿 Read a memoir
Vera: For Taylor Swift, I decided go with the “read a memoir” prompt, even though I wasn’t completely sure if I’d even owned any memoirs, lol. I ended up choosing a really underrated memoir I own, Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang. The book has less than 1000 ratings on goodreads, but most of those are really positive, so I’m excited to read it.
🌿 Our Song: Read a book about music
Sabrina: So Infinite by Jodi Meadows isn’t necessarily about music, but I know the main two characters love music and talk about it a lot, so I’ve decided it counts. I have owned this book – the last in a trilogy – for such a long time and honestly I just really need to read it at this point.
🌿 Picture to Burn: Post about your book on Instagram (or the social platform of your choice!)
🌿 Read a book you’re intimidated by
Vera: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is one of the 21 books I *finally* want to get to in 2021, so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to read it in March. I find this book intimidating because with its 544 pages it is quite long, especially for a historical fiction / romance novel. In any case, I’ve heard really incredible things about this book and its author, so I’m hoping it won’t disappoint.
🌿 Fifteen: Read a YA book
Sabrina: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is yet another final book in a trilogy that I have owned for ages and simply have not yet read. Now is the time, especially since (and I feel like I have said this one million times) the tv show is supposed to be coming out on Netflix soon. Sometime in April, if I recall correctly!
🌿 Breathe: Do some meditation
🌿 Read a book in a trilogy / the third book in a series
Vera: I’m so bloody ashamed of myself for not having read When Villains Rise by Rebecca Scaeffer. It’s the conclusion to one of my all time favorite trilogies, and I’ve been impatiently waiting to read it since finishing the second book in the trilogy. I love how morally gray and villainous the characters in the series are, and I’m sure this novel won’t disappoint.
🌿 If This Was A Movie: Read a book that has a film adaptation
Sabrina: This is a little strange for me, because I have already watched (and loved) the movie, but haven’t read the book yet – the book being Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer! It’s a short little book by the looks of it, so it should be perfect for a readathon. Now I just have to hope I enjoy the reading experience as much as I enjoyed watching the movie.
🌿 Speak Now: Listen to an audiobook
🌿 Read a book with red on the cover
Vera: While The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan doesn’t have a lot of red on its cover, I’m choosing this as my pick for this prompt, even if the color red only appears on the model’s dress. I adore Courtney Milan and have read all of her novels, with the exception of this one obviously, and I can’t wait to read this book.
🌿 Begin Again: Read a book you previously DNFd
Sabrina: I didn’t technically DNF Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, but I did put it “on hold” three years ago after a buddy read fell through. The story was interesting though I remember thinking I’d guessed a couple of future twists. I’d love to get the chance to see if I was right, so I’m planning on picking this up again.
🌿 22: Take a dance break
🌿 Read a book with a number in the title
Vera: I’ve wanted to read Orwell’s 1984 for ages, as I loved Animal Farm. I feel like pairing 1984 with 1989 is perfect, because whenever I talk about the book, I nearly always say 1989, unless I carefully consider what the actual title of the book is. 💀 Anyhow, I feel like this is an important classic, so I’m looking forward to reading it.
🌿 Bad Blood: Read a book with a morally grey character
Sabrina: Yep, it’s my third Leigh Bardugo book for this TBR 😅 Six of Crows is, probably unsurprisingly at this point, another book I’ve owned for a long time and have not read. “You must read it before the tv show is released” also applies to this, and I have heard that it has a few morally grey characters, so hopefully it fits this prompt!
🌿 Shake It Off: Make a cocktail/mocktail
🌿 Read a book that has romance, but is within another genre
Vera: I’m really excited for The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, a historical fiction that, to my knowledge, also contains a romance. This is going to be my first book by the author, but likely not my last as I’m planning on ‘ranking’ her novels the same way I’ve done a few others’.
🌿 Look What You Made Me Do: Read a book that’s been recommended to you
Sabrina: Not only did my aunty recommend The Yield by Tara June Winch to me, but she lent me the book as well. It’s been sitting in my room for a couple of months now because I always struggle to pick up books that don’t have a strict time limit on them, so now will be the perfect time to read it.
🌿 Dress: Match a book to your outfit
🌿 Read a five star prediction
Sabrina: For this, I’ve gone with The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. I had such a good feeling about this book (ie. I liked the cover and title so much) that I bought it myself several years ago without having read it yet. And um…then proceeded to not read it. I haven’t let go of those high hopes, so I’m hoping I’ll get to it.
🌿 I Forgot That You Existed: Read the book you’ve owned the longest / has been on your TBR longest
Vera: For a while now, Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl has been the book I’ve had on my goodreads TBR for the longest time, so it’s high time I get to it. The reason it’s taken me so long is that I tend to avoid painful, difficult books and I know this is going to be one of those.
🌿 You Need to Calm Down: Do some calming self-care
🌿 Read a book based on mythology / a retelling
Sabrina: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi is going to fulfil so many of my goals by reading it now! It fits for the March prompt of the Buzzword Reading Challenge (“a book with TIME in the title”), is a middle grade novel (an age category I am reading for the Out of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge) and now will also work for this prompt in the readathon! I’m so excited to read this one and I hope it will be a lot of fun.
🌿 Exile: Read a book written by two authors
I’ve wanted to read Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore since I’d first heard about it, and the fact that Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books keeps mentioning it in her posts makes me even more excited. I love that the book is about a friendship being rekindled – I really enjoy books that focus on friendship.
🌿 Cardigan: Wear a cosy outfit / take a cosy picture
🌿 Surprise yourself with a book (pick it with your eyes closed, random number generator etc.)
Sabrina: I chose a stack of eight books, consisting of both books I own and some from the library, and then got my brother to pick one from the stack. Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May won! Which is actually pretty good for me because now I can read this book and tick off three prompts from the readathon if I’m struggling (because it’s written by two authors and has a number in the title). I’ve heard a few good things about this book so I’m excited to read it!
🌿 No Body No Crime: Read a thriller/mystery
I couldn’t help but choose the newest book of one of my favorite authors for this prompt: Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh. I love the Psy-Changeling series by Singh, and I was really satisfied with her mystery-thriller debut, as well, so I have high hopes for this title.
🌿 Marjorie: Post the best advice you’ve ever been given online
Vera: I’m absolutely going with the obvious choice here – I believe Taylor has mentioned Rebecca at least twice (once when talking about folklore in general, once when she mentioned it having inspired “tolerate it” on evermore.) On top of that, this is the group read and I love this book to pieces and have wanted to reread it for ages to see if it lives up to my memories. While this won’t be a priority, I’m hoping to get to it during March nonetheless.
Are you a Swiftie? Are you excited for the re-recordings? Are you participating in any reading challenges during March? Maybe even this one?