I hope everyone is doing alright! February has been a slow month for me so far, but I already have my sights set on what to read for March. I’m co-hosting the Animal Crossing Readathon which is taking place March 1st-April 15th, so I’ve already thought very hard on what prompts I’m going with (and gone back and forth with it many times).
The main gist of the readathon is that it’s loosely inspired by the game Animal Crossing. You get to make a little passport like in the game, and choose villagers you want on your island.
Your villagers are basically your reading prompts, so you would choose a readathon prompt that corresponds to the villager type. [you can see here for more info.]
I decided to go for a variety of prompts because I wanted a mix of villagers!
Lazy — ★ Comic/Graphic Novel ★
Title: Check Please Vol. 2
Author: Ngozi Ukazu
Genre: contemporary, lgbt+ sports.
↠ short synopsis: ↠Eric “Bitty” Bittle is back and ready to start his junior year at Samwell college and another year on the hockey team. This year is shaping to be very different, with new teammates, new responsibilities, and a new boyfriend in tow. Bitty’s parents and teammates don’t know, and neither Bitty or Jack are sure if they want to keep this a secret…
why I want to read this: I read (or reread, technically) volume #1 last year, which is the first time I had revisited the series since the webcomic had finished, so I thought this would be the best time for me to finally finish off rereading the series and read the last volume.
Smug — ★ Translated work ★
Title: Before the Coffee Gets Cold:
Tales from the Café
Author: Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Translator: Geoffrey Trousselot
Genre: Sci-Fi, magical realism
↠ short synopsis: ↠In a small back alley in Tokyo sits a cafe that has been serving coffee for years – but one thing that stands out is that this place offers customers the chance to visit the past.
why I want to read this: I read the first book in this series last year, and I adored how cozy it is, and I’ve been meaning to finally read the sequel to the series and revisit this world.
sisterly — ★ mystery/thriller novel ★
Title: To Break A Covenant
Author: Alison Ames
Genre: thriller, horror, lgbt+
↠ short synopsis: ↠Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed 16 people, a disaster that made it impossible to live in town. Life in New Basin is just as fraught; the ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit.
The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. No matter how many ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the four girls – Clem, Nina, Lisey, and Piper, decide to enter the mine themselves.
why I want to read this: This has been on my to-read list from before it was even released, and I just… haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I’m not even sure why I’ve been putting it off because it sounds right up my alley – I mean, a haunted town, ghost hunters, and it’s sapphic too? I’m looking forward to finally reading this.
normal — ★ reread a favourite novel ★
Title: The Atlas Six
Author: Olivie Blake
↠ short synopsis: ↠The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians in the world. Each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation. This year, our six are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely – but, only five will be initiated, the other eliminated. As the year progresses, the six potential initiates fight to survive prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, while finding out that the elusive society is more than it seems.
why I want to read this: I just miss these characters so much. I recently got the paperback (once again, shoutout to Taylor for being a sweetheart and sending it to me) and have slowly started reading and annotating it. I hope I’m able to finish off this reread in March.
peppy — ★ read a fantasy novel ★
Title: Six Crimson Cranes
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
↠ short synopsis: ↠Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. Her punishment is being banished by her stepmother, who also turns her brothers into cranes, and the warning that Shiori that she must speak of it to no one.
When Shiori begins her search for ehr brothers, she discovers a terrible conspiracy – one that she can only set right by placing her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry, and finally embracing her magic.
why I want to read this: I’ve heard such good things about Six Crimson Cranes from the moment it was released, which makes me so intrigued about it. Good sibling relationships and a reluctant allies to lovers storyline? Count me in. I’ve also bought the audiobook so I can’t wait to start listening to it!
cranky — ★ read a historical fiction novel ★
Title: We Are Not Free
Author: Traci Chee
Genre: Historical Fiction
↠ short synopsis: ↠We Are Not Free is the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II. It follows fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco, whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.
why I want to read this: I’ve heard about this novel a lot, and everyone who I’m goodreads friends with have given it high ratings and said it made them cry. I don’t often read historical fiction novels so I think it will be refreshing to read, and it appears this has a huge cast of characters so I’m curious about all of them.
snooty — ★ read a novel released between 2020-2022 ★
Author: Claire Legrand
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, LGBT+
↠ short synopsis: ↠Today, she will become one of the four saints of Haven. The elders will mark her and place the red hood on her head. With her sisters, she will stand against the evil power that lives beneath the black mountain–an evil which has already killed nine of her village’s men.
Today she will be a saint of Haven. She will rid her family of her mother’s shame at last and save her people from destruction. She is not afraid. Are you?
why I want to read this: I adored Legrand’s novel Sawkill Girls, so I’m so eager to read another novel by her. Sawkill Girls was such a fantastic novel that was sapphic and mysterious and had amazing elements of horror, and looking at the summary for Extasia it seems like I’m going to get a dose of that too in this novel.
jock — ★ read a novel over 500 pages long ★
Title: Plain Bad Heroines
Author: Emily M. Danforth
Genre: historical fiction, horror, lgbt+
↠ short synopsis: ↠In 1902, at The Brookhants School for Girls, students Flo and Clara bond over their obsession with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous memoir. They establish their own private club and called The Plain Bad Heroine Society and meet in secret – one meeting ending with their their macabre deaths. Their bodies discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets.
Over a century later, the now abandoned Brookhants is back in the news when a book is published celebrating the history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded-Age institution. The bestselling book inspires a horror film adaptation starring Harper, playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite former child star Audrey Wells as Clara.
But as Brookhants opens its gates for filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves and Hollywood begins.
why I want to read this: Plain Bad Heroines has been on my radar for a while, and it sounds like it has all the elements I’m interested in for a book. A decades old mystery, a spooky old boarding school, and some celeb culture thrown in? It sounds like such a fascinating mix and I’m eager to see how this is explored in such a long novel.
And not at all scared about if I’ll actually be able to finish it.
Thank you for reading!
What are your reading plans for March?