Hello my loves! I’m here with a fun announcement – I’m taking part in my first ever readathon! The Women’s History Month Readathon, to be exact. It’s hosted by Margaret @ Weird Zeal, and you can read all about it in the announcement post here. The idea is to read books by female authors throughout the month of March – there’s even a helpful bingo board with different prompts!
My Women’s History Month Readathon TBR
There’s a lovely list of prompts to help inspire your reading, and – my favourite part – you can use one book for multiple prompts! I had fun going through my TBR and seeing how many books I could match up.
- “Girl” or “woman” in the title
- Pink cover (the text is huge and pink, I’m counting it)
- Set outside your home country
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put in quarantine. The Tox turned the students strange and savage, the teachers died off one by one. Cut off from the mainland, the girls don’t dare wander past the school’s fence where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure as the Tox takes; their bodies becoming sick and foreign, things bursting out of them, bits missing.Synopsis Excerpt
I’ve been saving this gruesome and gritty read and this seems like the perfect time to break it out. It follows students at an all girls school – could it get more female-led? –
- Reread of an old favourite
If you’ve seen any of my recent posts you’ll know I’m in the middle of a reread of my favourite ever fantasy series – The Chronicles of Ixia. This book is the next in that. I find it particularly fitting to highlight a fantasy book on this list, as it’s so unfortunately rare to see female names on fantasy book covers. This series means a lot to me and features some of the most amazingly strong female protagonsits I’ve ever read about. I hold them dear to my heart.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Set over 100 years ago (1911)
- Published before you were born (1911 – way, waaaaaay before I was born)
- Has a movie/TV adaptation
Now we’re on a childhood favourite. Fun fact: this book is pretty much the exact opposite of the “set outside your home country” prompt for me – it couldn’t be set much closer to where I live! The good ol’ county of Yorkshire.
Now, I realise that isn’t a massive TBR, but I didn’t want to stress myself too much, and I feel like it’s a decent number that I can cope with. Better to make realistic goals I’m sure I’ll smash, right? While I’m happy with the number of books I’ve picked, I do have a lot more books by female authors I want to shout about, so I thought I’d add an extra section to this where I recommend books to you that fit some of the prompts!
Click on the titles for a link to my mini review of each book.
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Lauria Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll
- Pink cover (like, seriously pink cover)
- Two or more female authors (technically author and illustrator, but I think it counts)
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Woman of colour on the cover
The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
- Biography or memoir
Alice by Christina Henry
- Female villain (technically in the sequel, Red Queen, but it is seriously hard to find female villains!)
Are you excited for Women’s History Month? Will you be joining the Readthon? Let me know in the comments!