Lalathon is basically a read-a-thon running from November 1st – November 9th, which I believe stemmed from Lala wanting to re-read her favourite books, and snowballed into a read-a-thon where we all read her favourite books! She explains it better in her video.
I’m really excited to participate in this read-a-thon because I have similar reading tastes to Lala, and going through what she considers her favourite books gave me a push to finally pick up these few books that I’ve had my eye on for a while.
1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
This book is, from what I can gather, written in verse and follows a young Afro-Latina girl called Xiomara Batista, who discovers slam poetry as a way of combating the various obstacles in her life. I think it’s a book about frustration, adolescence, religion, and finding your voice, which honestly sounds incredible. I’m going to try and find the audiobook for this one because I’ve heard good things!
2. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
I received this book in this month’s Fairyloot (my last ever box!) and not only is it the most visually stunning book I’ve ever laid eyes on, but it sounds absolutely fantastic. When I saw it was in the box, I screamed. I’m trying to avoid synopses at the moment but in the basic sense, the book is set in a world where the King chooses eight ‘paper girls’ to be his concubines, but Lei (our MC) is chosen as a ninth, and she is a girl made of fire. I’m not sure what this means but I’ve only heard brilliant things about this story. It also features an Asian MC and an f/f relationship. So, you know, in case you needed even more of an incentive!
I’ve heard there are trigger warnings for rape with this one, so be aware of that if you pick it up!
3. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
My library finally got the audiobook for the third in the Wayward Children series, the first two being two of my favourite books. I absolutely loved the second one, so I have high hopes the series will just keep getting better. The gist of this series is an exploration of the aftermath of children who return from portal fantasy worlds, e.g. Narnia, Oz. I know the second book was a prequel exploring one of these worlds, and I’m not sure where this third book falls in the timeline, but I’m here for it! It’s also a smaller book perfect for a read-a-thon!
4. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
I just keep hearing more and more amazing things about this book and I can’t hold off any longer. This book follows a group of girls on an island where girls have been disappearing for decades, and is pitched as being about the relationships between the girls, being creepy as hell, and a thriller with heart. It’s also apparently queer? Again, I’m down. It’ll be my first Clare Legrand book too!
Are you participating in Lalathon? Or have you read any of the books on this TBR? Let me know and we can chat!