- https://getinformed.carrd.co/ This is an incredible carrd with information and resources about many of the issues the world is going through right now!
- I find Twitter an extremely useful tool in finding information about these injustices and ways to help. As well as Change.org for petitions!
Happy New Year! 🎉 I wish you all happiness and a better time in 2021 ♥
The Buzzword Readathon is a monthly readathon that was created by BooksandLala on YouTube. I will link Kayla’s video here as she goes through everything and the Goodreads details are in the description box. For 2021, the prompts were chosen by her audience and will run for the entire year. They will occur in the first week of each month, or this can just be used as a year-long reading challenge or in a way that works best for you.
I’m going to use the #buzzwordathon as a challenge to complete throughout the year and I would prefer reading my owned books – EDIT: sadly, for most of the prompts I will have to either use my library (Overdrive), potentially buy them or ask for them as birthday presents (or at least the ones that are already published – some of them don’t come out until the middle of the year).
The Mythic Dream; Eds. Dominik Parisien + Navah Wolfe
Madeleine L’Engle once said, “When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe.” The Mythic Dream gathers together eighteen stories that reclaim the myths that shaped our collective past, and use them to explore our present and future.Goodreads
It’s so on brand that I preface by wanting to read my owned books and the first one I talk about is one I don’t actually own 😅 I love an anthology, but I’ve only read a few. This looks so interesting, as it’s retellings of myths from all over the world from a wide variety of cultures. And from what I can tell the authorship is equally diverse!
Red Sister; Mark Lawrence
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers… Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…goodreads
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book – especially from watching BookswithEmilyFox. For some reason I love the juxtaposition of religion and assassins or military elements (and I think it also comes from my interest in religion and our real historical context). I’m also here for badass nuns ♥
A Stitch in Time; Kelley Armstrong
Thorne Manor has always been haunted…and it has always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt’s house, where she visited William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, the house was shuttered and Bronwyn was convinced that William existed only in her imagination… Now, twenty years later Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor. And when she returns, William is waiting.Goodreads
I didn’t know that Kelley Armstrong had a new book in 2019, and this looks to be interesting! I don’t tend to read a lot of Gothic style books so I’m excited. I also like the time travel elements and I’m looking forward to seeing how these two timelines fit together and how Bronwyn traverses them with her present day knowledge.
Love: Beyond Body, Space & Time; Ed. Hope Nicholson
Love Beyond, Body, Space, and Time” is a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman trying an experimental transition medication to young lovers separated through decades and meeting far in their own future. These are stories of machines and magic, love, and self-love.Goodreads
Another anthology! This sounds wonderful in every single way. I’ve never read any indigenous works (I believe these stories are from indigenous Americans). I’m very excited for this one, despite not really reading sci-fi type stories.
The House in the Cerulean Sea; T.J. Klune
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.Goodreads
I have only heard good things about this book! I’ve read several reviews and this book sounds so heart-warming and fantastic. It’s definitely one I want to own and think would be such a comfort read for the continuing stress of life 😂
Melmoth; Sarah Perry
It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore… To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy. But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears.Goodreads
I really enjoyed Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, so when I saw this book in Poundland I thought why not? The reviews on Goodreads are a mixed bag, but I’m still interested in the concept. I’m aware that this is a retelling of Melmoth the Wanderer by 19th Century Irish author and clergyman Charles Maturin. Hopefully, the fact I’ve not read the latter doesn’t impact my understanding.
One Last Stop; Casey McQuiston
From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that puts a queer spin on Kate & Leopold.
A 23-year-old realises her subway crush is displaced from 1970’s Brooklyn, and she must do everything in her power to help her – and try not to fall in love with the girl lost in time – before it’s too late…Goodreads
I don’t tend to read contempories, but I’m interested in the sci-fi/time travel aspect of the plot. I didn’t read McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue despite all it’s hype. I was never interested in the plot and I find it weird that a character is called Prince Henry and we technically have one of those 😂 This book is a lot more interesting, both in the relationship and plot which makes me excited.
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The Night Watch; Sergei Lukyanenko
The “Night Watch,” first book in the “Night Watch” trilogy, follows Anton, a young Other owing allegiance to the Light. As a Night Watch agent he must patrol the streets and metro of the city, protecting ordinary people from the vampires and magicians of the Dark. When he comes across Svetlana, a young woman under a powerful curse, and saves an unfledged Other, Egor, from vampires, he becomes involved in events that threaten the uneasy truce, and the whole city…Goodreads
This has been on my shelves for so long. One of my friends from secondary school recommended them and I’m always down for vampires!
Three Dark Crowns; Kendare Blake
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic…But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.Goodreads
Again, this book has been sitting on my shelves for a while. I have no reason why I haven’t picked it up yet because it sounds very interesting. 2021 will see me getting it read!
City of Heavenly Fire; Cassandra Clare
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!Goodreads
I just need to get this done. I’ve read 9 books in this world and it’s frustrating to see it on my shelves staring back at me – the book is huge and I can’t hide it 😂
Lost in the Never Woods; Aiden Thomas
When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.Goodreads
I don’t like the original J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, but I love dark retellings of that classic story. I’m so excited for the aging up of Wendy and the mystery of the wood’s and the circumstances around these children going missing. Very excited for this!
Seasons of War; Derek Landy
War is coming. To avert catastrophe, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are sent on a secret mission that takes them away from everything they know, to a forsaken land of magic and grim, unrelenting terror.Goodreads
I’ve basically disliked all books in this Phase 2 of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, but why do I keep buying and reading them?! Someone help me 😂
I don’t have high hopes for this book, mostly because I tried to read the first chapter and I… it was bad… But it’s happening in 2021!
Are you taking part in the Buzzwordathon? Let me know what you’re reading! Or let me know your thoughts on my picks and if you would choose something else!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥