Hello lovely reader! In today’s blog post I will be sharing my July TBR with you. I honestly just can’t believe it’s July already, where did the past couple of months go? However, I’m not complaining because July means summer holidays for me! In July I will be participating in 2, possibly 3, readathons. So let’s get into the books I’ll (hopfully) be reading in July!
The first readathon I’ll be participating in is the Fuckathon by Noria from Noria Reads. There are nine prompts and you can basically pick whichever prompt(s) you’ll be fulfulling, and you can double up as much as you like as well! The readathon will take place troughout the entirety of July, so it’s never too late to enter!
I picked three prompts I want to fulfill in July, but if I find any of the ‘fuck themes’ in any other book I read, I’ll also tick those off of the bingo board. The prompts & books I picked are:
1) Fuck ableism: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I’ve been wanting to read this books for years now, and I hardly ever see anyone talk about it so I can’t wait to see what I think!
2) Fuck theological fundamentalism: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
I fell head over heals in love with The Bear and the Nightingale when I read it in April of this year, and I’ve been wanting to continue on with the series since then, but due to other readthons I couldn’t, so I’m super happy this one had a prompt that fits for the book!
3) Fuck white supremacy: King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
I think it’s very important to educate yourself on racism, colonialism & slavery. However, I find that we often times get bombarded with information from the US & the UK. But I think it’s so much more important to know your own country’s history, and since my histroy classes never taught me a lot about ‘our’ king Leopold II of Belgium and what kind of horrible things he did in Congo, I’ll be reading this book to finally learn that.
And then there is of course also my own readathon happening in July, the Read More Diversely readathon! You can find more information on that readathon here. The readathon runs from July 10th until July 24th.
1) Read a book by a black author: A Phoenix First Must Burn (edited) by Patrice Caldwell
This is a fantasy & scifi short story collection and all of the stories are written by black authors, so I definitely hope to find some great authors through this collection!
2) Read a book by an Asian author: Parachutes by Kelly Yang
I absolutely adored Anna K. by Jenny Lee and this book gives me some similar vibes so I can’t wait to listen to this audiobook!
3) Read a book that doesn’t take place in the US or the UK: A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy
This book gives me Three Dark Crowns vibes, which is one of my favourite series, but even darker, so I mean I have to read it!
4) Read a book by an LGBTQ+ author: They/them/their by Eris Young
This is a non-fiction book all about being non-binary and since that’s not something I know a lot about, I wanted to extend my knowledge on it! The author is also a part of the trans* community.
5) Read a book with disability rep: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I thought why not double up on readathons, because else I’ll have way too many books on my tbr and I’ll get intimidated…
That’s it for the readathons I’ll definitely be participating in. I also really want to participate in Becca’s Bookoplathon, however I don’t have my work schedule yet, so I can’t say with certainty that I will be participating, since it’s a 48 hour readathon. In case I do participate my first prompt will be the supernatural/scifi one from the 2019 board and I’ll read A Phoenix First Must Burn (edited) by Patrice Caldwell for that. So yes, once again doubling up!
And then I have two more books I have to get to in July and those are We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu, which is one of my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2020 and I received an arc for it! So I’ll probably start July off with this book. And the second book I ‘have’ to read is The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, I’m super excited to read it and it sounds amazing. Plus the audiobook is only like 4 hours long or something, so I think I’ll fly through that!
And if I then by some miracle still have time left to read a book, I’ll be picking up Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, because I really want to read more classics!
And that’s it! It seems like I have a lot of books on my July TBR since this post is such a mess,, but there are actually ‘only’ 10 books on here, and during summer holidays I usually read around 12 books a month, so this should be very doable!
What books will you be reading in July? Are you participating in any readathons?