YESS another 2017 challenge, another HARRY POTTER challenge (I’m getting along with 2017 so far). Aentee @ Read at Midnight created The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon. The#DAReadAThon focuses on diverse books and will run from 1st January – 15th January. Aentee has created prompts for the #DAReadAThon so those who aren’t clued in on the Potterverse can enjoy this challenge too. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge or if you’d like to take part, you can read about it and sign up here.
Like the #beatthebacklist challenge, this challenge also works with the Hogwarts house points system and readers can join in to win points for their house. Keeping score via house points is optional but it does make things a lot more fun. You can win points by reading a certain number of pages, completing a book, sharing what you’re reading for the challenge on social media, reviewing your #DAReadAThon books, and posting reviews on Amazon. As always, I will be competing as a Gryffindor. Read at Midnight will announce the House Champion for Diversity at the end of the challenge.
Update: I changed my ‘Expelliarmus’ book choice from Bad Boy by Elliot Wake to Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.
Hold Still sounds heartbreaking and I already know it’s going to make me tear up. I’m interested to see how the protagonist copes with the loss of her best friend (who committed suicide), and how Nina LaCour portrays Ingrid’s depression.
‘And I want to tell you about everything but I can’t because I couldn’t stand for you to have that look on your face all the time. I just need you to look at me and think that I’m normal. I just really need that from you.’ – Nina LaCour, Hold Still.
Every Heart a Doorway has a lot of rave reviews and I purchased it when it came out but never got around to reading it. I’ve heard that this book includes a lot of marginalised voices, which makes it perfect for this category (although no-one said which marginalised voices were included in the reviews I read). The lovely Fadwa @ Word Wonders tweeted about reviews failing to provide trigger warnings for this book, so I will also make sure my review makes note of all of these! You can read Fadwa’s tweets concerning trigger warnings here.
I think it was Katie @ Katie Vibes who recommended this book to me, or maybe I just heard her talking about it somewhere. There certainly has been quite a fuss over this book; a couple of my favourite reviewers have raved about it and the blurb sounds incredible. Plus, the quotes are deep.
‘He didn’t know if her desperate efforts to be understanding and considerate were a good or bad thing. Perhaps it was all down to him being self-centered and irresponsible. But right now he found his wife’s patience and desire to do the right thing stifling, which made him still more inclined to see it as a flaw in her character.’ – Han Kang, The Vegetarian.
I’ve always considered myself a feminist but I don’t tend to read many books on the subject matter (most of my research is based on journals and the internet in general). Sister Outsider has an amazing amount of 5-star reviews on Goodreads and it’s a quick read featuring just fifteen essays. The length should help me stay motivated as I tend to doze off when it comes to long non-fiction texts. I’m also going to take the time to read about Audre Lorde while I’m at it.
‘Your silence will not protect you.’ – Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider.
I really enjoyed the first book of this series, The Wrath and the Dawn (read my review here), and I had every intention of reading The Rose and the Dagger but I just never got around to it. I’m going to use this challenge as an excuse to get this book off my TBR pile.
For those new to The Wrath and the Dawn series by Renée Ahdieh, the YA fantasy novels are a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. The series has a Middle Eastern-esq setting (the culture bares a lot of similarities to Persian culture), and plenty of references to food that will make you super hungry.
The Sellout won many prizes this year and it’s been on my TBR for a little while now. I’ve already got the eBook, so I should probably get a move on with reading it. From what I understand, The Sellout begins with a black man facing the Supreme Court because he has been charged with attempting to return slavery amongst other things in his hometown, Dickens. It’s supposed to be a satirical read, I’ve read many reviews commending the author for his humour and wit, so I look forward to reading it.
‘That’s the problem with history, we like to think it’s a book—that we can turn the page and move the fuck on. But history isn’t the paper it’s printed on. It’s memory, and memory is time, emotions, and song. History is the things that stay with you.’ – Paul Beatty, The Sellout.
Alisha @ Reality’s a Bore gave An Ember in the Ashes a 5-star rating and her review made me want to read it. I have high hopes for this novel because Alisha stayed up at night to read it. I haven’t read any other books by Sabaa Tahir and it’s been a while since I last read a dystopian fantasy novel, but I think I might like this because the description makes it sound like my kind of tea. An Ember in the Ashes is also inspired by ancient Rome, something I don’t think I’ve come across before in a YA novel, the refreshing change in scenery makes this novel enticing.
‘All the beauty of the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly.’ – Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes.