When you’re an introvert like me and have no social life, you need something to fill your summer days aside from randomly napping and repeatedly watching your favorite funny YouTube series. Those are both great, but they won’t get me any closer to my goal of reading 50 books before school starts. (I’m at 24 now, if you’re wondering.)
What will help? Readathons! I’ve got a handful of them planned with my best friend Erika, but I’m also planning to participate in two week-long group readathons. The first one is Retellathon, which I discovered because one of my new favorite booktubers is co-hosting it. Follow the readathon’s Twitter for recommendations/updates/stuff. 😉
So, the gist of Retellathon is that it’s a readathon focused on any and all retellings. It goes from July 8-15, and there are five challenges. I planned my TBR accordingly.
- Love at first sight: read a retelling of your favorite fairytale
- True love’s twist: read a queer or gender-flipped retelling
- Faraway kingdom: read a retelling of a fairytale from your heritage
- Under a spell: read the group book, The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
- Unhappily ever after: read a retelling with a dark twist (e.g. with an unhappy ending or told from the villain’s perspective)
I won’t be able to read the group book because it’s not available at my library or my local bookstore, although it’s on my radar to read eventually. However, I was able to find books to fit the other four challenges on the shelf at my library.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik — love at first sight. My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast and apparently this is a BATB retelling. It’s been on my TBR forever, so honestly, perfect timing.
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro — true love’s twist. Another book that’s been on my TBR for ages, and one I didn’t even think about until I saw someone recommend it. I’ve never been a Sherlock Holmes fan, but this sounds promising.
- Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell — faraway kingdom and unhappily ever after. I’m part German and the Brothers Grimm are also German, so I can pick basically any popular fairytale, haha. This is a Sleeping Beauty retelling, as I’m sure you could tell by the cover, and the second in a very underrated series called A Twisted Tale. Each one takes a classic Disney story and changes something to make it darker and intriguing. There are five novels, the last one is out in September, and while technically they’re companions and could be read in any order, I’m going chronological. I loved the first one, A Whole New World, so I think this is the book I’m most excited to get to!
- Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George — no challenge. Funnily enough, this just happened to be on hold for me at the library when I went to pick up the other books. I requested it months ago and forgot about it until it showed up.
(Story of my life.)It’s a retelling of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing, and even though I’ve never read that and don’t really like Shakespeare’s work, I’m giving this a try. It could be good, right?! (And that’s why my TBR is at almost 650. The struggle is real.)
I don’t think reading these four books next week will be too difficult, considering they’re all fairly short and my schedule is definitely empty.
Tell me: are you taking part in Retellathon? What’s your favorite retelling? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’m off to read and then get distracted by YouTube, as per usual. I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…