February TBR: Blackathon

Hello there! Happy February and happy Black history month!

February is the time for Blackathon! The readathon runs for the entire month, and the idea is to simply read books by Black authors. The challenge is hosted by the wonderful Jesse @ Bowties and Books and cohosted by Starlah @ starlahenjoys, Shane @ luxuriousblu, Fadwa @ wordwoonders, Arri @ boriqueerreads, Nina @ the_wandering_reader, Anna @ never_withouta_book, and Chanelle @ chanelletime. Check out the readathon Twitter here to get all the deets.

Blackathon banner that says "blackathon. A Black history month inspired readathon"
Picture by the organisers of blackathon. I don’t own this picture. Link here.

I’m really excited for this round of Blackathon, especially because there is also a competition aspect! Teams of different genres (lit/contemporary, thriller/horror, romance, and sff) compete over which group reads the most pages in their team’s genre. As a fantasy buff, I have predictably landed myself in the SFF group. Here are the SFF group challenges:

Picture of the Team SFF challenges. Text says: "Team sff, hosts: starlahenjoys & boriqueerreads 1. A book that explored the duality of loyalty/betrayal. 2. A book with Trans spectrum representation 3. Read a book between 312 and 387 pages 4. Group book: Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden
Picture of Team SFF challenge prompts. Image by the organisers of blackathon, I don’t own this image, link here.

In addition to teams, Blackathon will also host a 24 hour readathon on 12th-13th February, and the organisers also have a bunch of fun challenges, reading sprints and watchalongs planned!

Only books that are scifi or fantasy will be added to my group’s total page count, so I’ll try to prioritise reading sff — but I think I won’t be able to resist picking up some other ones too!

My TBR pile

My list will be much longer than what I’ll actually get to (I usually read about 5-7 books a month), but as a mood reader I have no idea what I’ll pick up and these are the ones that I’m most excited for at the moment!

cover of the haunting of tram car 015
cover of a master of djinn
cover of children of blood and bone
cover of kingdom of souls

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ‰ Fantasy

A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ‰ Fantasy

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ‰ Fantasy

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ‰ Fantasy

cover of the year of the witching
cover of the unbroken
cover of black sun
cover of son of the storm

Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ‘» Horror πŸ‰ Fantasy

The Unbroken by C.L. Clark. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ‰ Fantasy

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. ☁️ Paperback πŸ‰ Fantasy

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. ☁️ Paperback πŸ‰ Fantasy

cover of witches steeped in gold
cover of born a crime
cover of all boys arent blue
cover of when no one is watching

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart. πŸ“– Hardcover πŸ‰ Fantasy πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ Fairyloot copy

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. 🎧 Audiobook 🌍 Nonfiction

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. 🎧 Audiobook 🌍 Nonfiction

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole. πŸ“± Ebook 😱 Thriller πŸ“š Library copy

cover of dear martin
cover of the girl with the louding voice
the cover of the vanishing half
cover of queenie
cover of kindred

Dear Martin by Nic Stone. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ“ Contemporary πŸ“œ poetry

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare. πŸ“± Ebook 🌼 Literary fiction

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. πŸ“± Ebook 🌼 Literary fiction

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. πŸ“± Ebook πŸ“ Contemporary

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. πŸ“± Ebook πŸš€ scifi

Have you read any of these books? Let me know which ones you loved so that I can prioritise reading them asap! And are you taking part in Blackathon? What’s in your TBR? I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading!

- Pauliina

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