As I promised last week, I’m back with another bookish post. This time I’m going to be sharing the books I’ve chosen to read for the Olympic Games readathon in June!
What is the Olympic Games readathon? Well it’s a Percy Jackson inspired readathon run by Ishi from Ishi Time. Basically you declare yourself as part of one of the teams at Camp Half Blood and then complete the prompts for your god or goddess. Cool right? I’ve declared myself on Team Apollo – the god of healing.
Now onto the books – here’s what I’ve chosen to read for each of the compulsory prompts as well as the advanced challenges for Apollo!
Team Apollo Prompts
You know how we all buy books, don’t read them and then buy more? That’s me with my Audible account. I’m a collector of audiobooks so I had quite a few to choose from but ultimately I’ve gone with my most recent pick.
If you caught my tweets earlier this week, you might recall me mentioning a sample of a true crime audiobook where a murder had taken place. And the victim lived only a few roads away from where I currently sit writing this post. (I know, right?!) So I’ll be listening to They Walk Among Us by Benjamin and Rosanna Fitton. From what I gather it’s an extension of a podcast of the same name that I’ve never listened to. Should be interesting if only to find out what happened to our neighbour and live in a state of perpetual fear and anxiety about who else could be lurking nearby.
A book that will make you happy
“How do I know what book will make me happy if I haven’t even read it yet?”, I asked myself. So I went to Google and genuinely typed in happy books. Turns out I owned a few of the recommendations that came up – phew, what a relief. Ultimately I went with Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.
Predict a 5 star read
I’m not overly confident in my abilities to spot a 5 star read. Sure, 15 of the 36 books I’ve read this year have been given 5 stars but I normally find them in the most unlikeliest of places. The books I expect to be high usually get 3 or 4 stars instead. But I’m hopeful that Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple will be a good contender for 5 stars.
A book that Starts with “A”
Bizarrely I didn’t have that many titles beginning with an A so I had to pick out of like, three books. As such, I’ve chosen to read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
A Book Featuring an Animal
The fifth and final prompt was actually to choose one of the Artemis prompts and complete that. I decided to go for the animal prompt and I’ll be reading Aesop’s Fables. Reading Aesop’s Fables at primary school was one of my earliest fond reading memories but I can literally only remember the boy who cried wolf and the tortoise and the hare. So yeah, a re-read is definitely needed.
shorter than 200 pages
I’ve chosen to read Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling for my short read. I’ve got to admit I’m not feeling overly excited about this one? I didn’t enjoy Fantastic Beasts as much as I wanted to so I feel like this will probably get a low rating from me. But hey, it’ll be good to get it off my TBR pile after all these years.
Capture the Flag:
one of your most anticipated books
Easy prompt to pick a book for because the answer is obviously Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson. I only read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder a few months back but I loved it so much, I didn’t want it to end. So yeah, I’ve been eagerly anticipating reading the sequel!
Next in Series
Initially I panicked, thinking I wasn’t reading any series other than the Good Girl series. But hold up, I am! So for this prompt I’ll be taking on another YA mystery and reading One Of Us is Next by Karen McManus.
a book published within the last 5 years
For my final prompt, I’ll be reading The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda. I read All The Missing Girls earlier this year and it’s been one of my book highlights of the year, if not forever. So I guess you could say my expectations are a little high for this one. I’d prefer if it lacked the confusing structure of ATMG and instead went for something a bit more user-friendly but it’s not a deal breaker if it’s similar in that respect. I don’t know all that much about it, just going based off my previous enjoyment of Miranda’s work.
I’ll be back with a wrap-up at the start of June to fill you in on how I got on with the Olympic Games readathon and provide some mini reviews. In the meantime, keep an eye on my Twitter for real time progress updates!