TBR || Sbooktober 2019: Harvest Festival Readathon

Hello everyone! Fall is here which means Halloween is near and there’s no denying it’s the most wonderful time of the year! (at least for me) This season, I’ll be participating in a readathon for the very first time and I’m so excited! I chose Sbooktober 2019: Harvest Festival to be my first readathon which will run from the 25th-31st of October. There are 14 prompts to complete but I know I won’t be able to do them all so I’ll just pick a few and enjoy the festival with all of you.

I have 4 books on my TBR, I’ll be doubling them up so each book will cover 2 prompts. I’ve marked 8 prompts with a Jack-o’-lantern, these are the ones I wanted to complete by the end of this readathon.

Photo by: @Sbooktobernews

Reading list:

1. Circe by Madeline Miller

Prompts covered:
Sunflower Field: A book with a flower on the cover
Pumpkin Patch: A book with orange on the cover

  • Genre: Historical Fantasy, Mythology Retelling
  • Pages: 333
  • Edition: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback (April 2019)

Probably the only orange book that I have. I’m really excited to read this one because, ugh, mythology. And if you look closely there are tiny flowers on the cover, so. . . check!

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

[Published April 2018 | Source: Goodreads]

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Prompts covered:
Hay Ride:
A book with a journey or quest
Petting Zoo: A book with an animal in it

  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
  • Pages: 531
  • Edition: Macmillan Children’s Books, Paperback (March 2018)

Since the story is about a quest to bring magic back, I’m pretty sure they will be up for a lot of adventures along the way. The synopsis also mentioned snow leoponaires which is obviously an animal. I’m really excited to read this highly-praised book especially now that the sequel is coming out soon!

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers – and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

[Published March 2018 | Source: Goodreads]

3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Prompts covered:
Corn Maze:
A book you think will have twists and turns
Face Painting: A book that features transformations

  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
  • Pages: 513
  • Edition: HarperTeen, Hardcover (September 2019)

A witch and a witch hunter, married? Well, if that’s not one helluva twist, then I don’t know what is. And speaking of witches, I’m pretty sure there will be some transformations or at least someone at some point would have to be in disguise (the runaway witch), because that’s what smart fugitives do. I can’t wait to dive my nose into this book, this one seems to really fit my style.

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

[Published September 2019 | Source: Goodreads]

4. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

Prompts covered:
Haunted House:
A spooky book
Bonfire: Read a book while being warm and cozy

  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Fairytale Retelling
  • Pages: 363
  • Edition: Titan Books Ltd, Paperback (June 2019)

Reading the synopsis, I’m already set that I will like this book because I’m all for badass heroines who can fight if they must. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it couldn’t get any more spookier than that. So I better read this book with a thick blanket on and a smokin’ hot cup of coffee, while the girl in red fights for survival.

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a post-apocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”…about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.

It’s not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods…

[Published June 2019 | Source: Goodreads]

That concludes my TBR for the Sbooktober readathon 2019. Are you participating in any readathon this Halloween? What’s on your TBR list? ♥

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