The other day, as I was looking through my bookshelves to see if there were any more books I could unhaul and donate to a charity shop, I came across my copy of Beautiful Creatures. “I can unhaul this!” I said, and then, actually holding it in my hands, hesitated.
I read Beautiful Creatures like four years ago (ha ha oh god, how does time work) and, at the time, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t the best thing I’d ever read or anything, but right then I needed something that would completely distract me, and it really helped me out when I needed it. I’ve hung onto my copy since then mostly out of sentimental reasons but I really am trying to keep the numbers of books I own to a reasonable amount, and to only books that I really love, or want to reread. “I will reread this before making a decision!” said I, and put Beautiful Creatures back on the shelves.
The readathon runs from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September, and you can follow along using #ukrereadathon on Twitter.
Let’s get into it!
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: From what I remember, this is a YA fantasy set in a small town in the southern US about a town with secrets, magic, and general witchery. There’s a big house on a hill and a family no one talks about and some sort of star-crossed romance, and Emma Thompson was in the movie (which is why I read the book). Time to give this book a reread and see if I still want to keep my copy/carry on with the series!
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: I’ve just read the first five volumes of Lumberjanes, a graphic novel series also written by the super rad Noelle Stevenson, and the rereadathon seemed like a good time to pick her first graphic novel back up! This is about a shapeshifting girl called Nimona who likes being a shark and essentially apprentices herself to a villain as a sidekick. Said villain, Lord Blackheart, is on a mission to prove that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin (OH YES), renowned hero and Blackheart’s ex/it’s complicated, and the organisation he works for are not as good as they seem. It’s got DRAGONS and ADVENTURE and QUEER CHARACTERS and EMOTIONS and I’m looking forward to giving it a reread! (If you want to give it a try, you can read the first three chapters online for free.)
- The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles: MY BELOVED BOOK. KJ Charles is one of my favourite authors and this is one of my favourites of hers. Sort of a Holmes/Watson ghost-hunters story, this is a Victorian historical queer romance with GHOSTS and DETECTING and a really gorgeous romance between a ghost hunter and a journalist spanning decades. It’s all told, like, Holmes style, in that the journalist has been writing up their cases for the public, and it gets into what it’s like to be writing about your life and having to essentially write your relationship out of it (because: Victorian), as well as GHOSTS and LOVE and FOUND FAMILIES and VICTORIAN GOTHIC PULP. I’m cheating a bit by including this, because I’ve already started rereading it, but if I haven’t finished it by the weekend, I’m going to keep going with it then too!
Will you be taking part in #ukrereadathon? Do you like to reread books? Which book did you last reread? ❤
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