The 7 in 7 Readathon was created by saidthestory on YouTube and the goal of the Readathon is to read seven things in seven days. There aren’t specific challenges you have to meet and graphic novels count, so it’s an excellent readathon for me to participate in right now!
I’m not good at sticking to TBRs, I think, BUT my TBR shelves are SO full and I already pulled off my seven books so now I have to read them because they can’t go back on the shelves. You know? So, fingers crossed. Hold me accountable to this list!!
1. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
This book is yet another Man Booker International Prize winner because I’m really trying to do this literary fiction thing right now, y’all. This book was translated to English in 2015 by Deborah Smith, but was originally written by Han Kang in 2007.
It’s about this woman, Yeong-hye, who started having nightmares that led her to denounce eating meat. This “small act of independence” disrupts her relationships with her family. It sounds really intriguing and very weird, so I’m excited to find out what this book is about.
2. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
This is an essay collection by Rebecca Solnit. My sister got it for me for Christmas and I still haven’t finished it because I stuck it in one of my purses that I don’t carry very often and forgot about it. I’m on chapter five already and since they’re unconnected essays I can just pick up where I left off, which is nice.
In case it’s not obvious from the title, this book is basically a collection of feminist essays that are based on events that happened to the author. I really enjoyed the title essay, so I’m excited to continue on in this book.
3. Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
I’m not the biggest fan of second chance romances, but I’m such a fan of Alisha Rai. Her writing is so fabulous and LOOK AT THIS COVER. Isn’t it gorgeous? Avon is killing the cover game lately. I’m such a fan. Basically, the plot of this book is that one night a year Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler get together for a night of sexy times. They limit themselves to one night a year because their families hate each other for reasons I do not know. But one night she doesn’t show up. And then she shows up in town, which is distracting. So forbidden love and maybe a little second chance happening? I’m not sure, but I AM SO EXCITED.
4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
I have heard so many things about Homegoing so I’m very excited to finally be getting to it. I’m hoping that it doesn’t send me into the same headspace The Underground Railroad did, but I cushioned it with romance novels so if it does, I’m prepared to fight it.
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two sisters and their descendants. These two half-sisters were born in different villages in Ghana. One of the sisters marries and Englishman and lives a life of comfort in the Cape Coast Castle, while the other sister is eventually sold into slavery. So, I’m very excited about this book, but also very nervous.
5. Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
I told you I cushioned Homegoing with romance novels and I was not kidding. I have another one planned for after this one. I’m a little less than half way through this book already, but I kept setting it down for some reason. Paranormal romance seems to be a thing I need to be in the mood for, which is annoying because I adored A Hunger Like No Other and was so excited to continue in the series (out of order). This book follows Lucia and Garreth, characters introduced in A Hunger Like No Other, and characters I was super excited to read more about. Lucia is a Valkyrie and Garreth is a Lykae Prince and the two races are basically enemies. Additionally, Lucia is celibate because of a deal she made with this goddess several centuries ago. Oh, and she’s Garreth’s mate. So, yes. All the drama.
6. The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
Another romance novel and another follow-up to a book I read and loved recently, The Spymaster’s Lady. Again, these are not being read in order, so fingers crossed it’s fine to read the series out of order because I definitely am. This book is about Adrian, who I love, and Justine DeCabrillac. I think they’re on opposite sides of the war? Adrian spies for the British and Justine spies for the French? I think. I’m not positive. Either way, I know it’s going to be good because Joanna Bourne is amazing.
7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I am beyond excited to finally get to When Dimple Met Rishi and so thankful to Jamie for including a copy in the box of books she sent me. This book is about Dimple and Rishi, who have their marriage arranged by their parents. But only Rishi knows about this arranged marriage, so when he encounters Dimple at this summer camp for app development, he is thrilled. Dimple is less so. While Rishi is a hopeless romantic, Dimple has a list of things she wants to accomplish and romance really isn’t on the list right now. I’ve heard amazing things about this book so I cannot wait to actually get started!
So that’s my TBR for this Readathon! Are you participating? Have you read any of these? Let me know!