I’ve been following Mercedes Mills from MercysBookishMusings on Youtube for a while. And a few days ago she uploaded a video explaining the prompts for her Autumn Readathon that will take place from Sunday 22nd of October until Saturday 28th of October. An entire week of autumnal books. The perfect thing for someone like me who loves autumn almost as much as Christmas.
Her challenge consists of 4-6 prompts, depending on how much time you have and how many books you’d like to read during the readathon. I love the flexibility. Because like many others, I’ll be working during the day and won’t have too much time for reading. So a challenge of reading a large amount of books just wouldn’t be feasible for me.
This Autumn Readathon will be the first one I’ve ever participated in. I’m really looking forward to next week and all the fabulous books.
- 1. Read a spooky or gothic book.
- 2. Read a non-fiction book that feels autumnal.
- 3. Read a novel set in a cold location.
- 4. Read a historical fiction novel.
- 5. Read a short story collection.
- 6. Read an adult novel about a young female protagonist.
The last two prompts are “optional” as they don’t really have anything to do with autumn and are just types of books that Mercy enjoys reading.
If you want a more in-depth explanation of what exactly is meant with each category, head over to Mercy’s youtube channel and check out her Autumn Readathon video yourself.
My Autumn Readathon TBR
Given that I won’t have that much time, I will focus on the first four prompts and save the last two for some other time.
Apart from prompt 3, I am not really familiar with any books that could fit the categories. I hate to be scared, so spooky and gothic books aren’t things I usually pick up. Same goes for historical fiction and non-fiction books. The selection in my bookshelves is probably non-existent. So finding fitting books was a bit of a challenge. But it made me widen my book-horizon and I think that I have found four great books.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre is one of the books that I had to read for my studies at university. And I feel quite embarrassed to say that to this day I’m not sure whether I’ve ever actually read the book. And I own about three copies of it. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy and actually read it.
Jane Eyre will be my gothic novel and one that I will certainly enjoy reading.
The Little Book of Hygge by Mike Wiking
Now, this might be cheating a bit, but I’ve decided to read The Little Book of Hygge as my autumnal non-fiction book. It might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s a little book that I’ve wanted to read anyway and I already know that I’m going to need something light to read in between.
Hygge is the danish way to a happy life and since it is all about being cozy and enjoying the little things, I think it does fit. At least somehow. 🙂
The Snow Child By Eowyn Ivey
Since some of the prompts are foreign territory to me, I had to browse Twitter for inspiration. There are many other book lovers who are participating in the #AutumnReadathon so thank you to all of you and your TBRs!
The book is about this couple that homesteads in Alaska (hence the cold place). They aren’t very happy and are lost in their own grief. One day, on a whim, they build a snow child. But the next day it is gone. Instead they increasingly see a little girl roaming the forest.
It sounds like an interesting and emotional read and I really hope that it will keep my attention and make me read it in one go.
The Muse by Jessie Burton
I think I came across this book on Youtube. But I’m not 100% sure anymore. Doesn’t really matter, tough. I put it on my Goodreads TBR list and just now thought that it would perfectly fit the fourth prompt for a historical novel.
I don’t know much about the book, just that the cover looks really pretty and that it is about a painting and its history/origin. 🙂 I’ll let you know what I thought when I’m done with it.
The Museum of You by Bray Carys
Now. I know I said that I will only focus on the first four prompts. But. Browsing Youtube and Twitter for #AutumnReadathon inspiration, I found The Museum of You by Bray Carys. And it sounds lovely.
It tells the story of a little girl who wants to find the answers to questions concerning her mother and her past. Not wanting to ask her father, she sets out on the journey along and I’m really curious to see what she finds.
I don’t know if I’ll have the time to read The Museum of You as well. But if I do, I will read it as adult novel with a young protagonist and let you know what I thought.
Well. That’s my TBR list for the Autumn Readathon. If you are participating as well, I would love for you to send your TBR lists my way. This whole readathon world is new to me, but I’m really excited.