I haven’t done a bingo event for what seems like forever so I couldn’t resist the lure of Foxes and Fairytale’s #mythothon for November, especially given my love for Greek mythology! As the end of the year is hurtling towards us at rapid speed the #mythothon bingo card also gives me the perfect opportunity to work out which books have been sadly sidelined this year and try to finish them before the end of the year. Which leads me onto the other thing happening this month, Remember November, a challenge to help you meet those pesky 2018 goals we set at the beginning of the year! Reading more owned books was one of my main goals for the year, so the mythothon and Remember November tie in perfectly for me.
As always, the lovely Kathy at Books & Munches has us covered with another great monthly challenge. It’s a useful way for us to look back on the goals we wanted to achieve for this blog year and do a last minute catch up on anything we’ve been slacking on! So, where am I at with my 2018 goals?
Turns out I’ve been doing a pretty good job at keeping up with my goals even though they lay in my sadly forgotten bullet journal in my desk box. Goals that I have definitely been smashing include read what I want, read 50 books (I’m currently on #74), treat myself to more books, be more adventurous with my reading, using the library, blogging more consistently, and using the internet less so I can read more!
However, there are a few things that I’ve really slacked on this year that I had been wanting to work on. Firstly, taking the time to do more blog hopping to discover new blogs and secondly, balancing ARCs, new releases and backlist reads. I haven’t done too badly with blog hopping but would like to do more in the last 2 months. As for balancing books… I have done pretty badly. I got way too distracted with library books and ARCs which resulted in my evergrowing book hoard suffering. Which leads me to…
Although I’ve included a handful of ARCs that I really want to read this month, the majority of the books I’ve chosen are books that I own – some of which I got this year and others which have been waiting forever to be read. Here’s what I’m planning to read this month!
Zeus. King of the Gods. God of the Sky. Read a book at least 400 pages long.
→ Children of Time ←
Hera. Queen of the Gods. Goddess of Marriage, Mothers and Families. Read a book about royalty.
→ Beyond a Darkened Shore ←
Hebe. Goddess of Eternal Youth. Read a Middle Grade or Young Adult book.
→ The Princess Diaries ←
Poseidon. God of the Sea. Read a book which features the sea – mermaids, pirates, surfers etc.
→ A Spy in the Deep ←
Hermes. God of Travellers and Thieves. Read a book set in a country not your own.
→ Everfair ←
Aphrodite. Goddess of Love and Beauty. Read a book with a beautiful cover.
→ The Last Namsara ←
The Hydra. Multiheaded Serpent. Read a book with more than one POV.
→ Lagoon ←
Iris. Goddess of the Rainbow. Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover or in the title.
→ I’ll Give You the Sun ←
Ancient Greece. Read a book set in the past.
→ Last of the Wine ←
Hestia. Goddess of the Hearth. Read the first book in a series.
→ Red Rising ←
Dionysus. God of Wine. Celebrate this year by reading a 2018 release.
→ Record of a Spaceborn Few ←
Achilles and Patroclus. Read a book with an LGBT+ protagonist.
→ Tone of Voice ←
Homer. Read a retelling (of a myth, fairy tale, classic novel etc.)
→ The Boneless Mercies ←
Hephaestus. God of Fire and Smiths. Read a book with a disabled character.
→ Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? ←
Ares. God of War. Read a book with a compelling antagonist or a written from the villain’s POV.
→ ??? ←
Echidna. Mother of Monsters. Read a book about monsters – dragons, zombies, serial killers etc.
→ The Extinction Trials ←
Heracles. Read a popular book (define ‘popular’ as you wish).
→ A Court of Mist and Fury ←
Gaia. Primordial Earth Goddess. Read a book which was published at least 5 years ago.
→ Yaqui Delgado Wants To Kick Your Ass ←
Artemis. Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt. Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title.
→ Ariadnis ←
Athena. Goddess of Wisdom, Strategy and Crafts. Read a book that’s not the first in the series.
→ City of Ashes ←
Persephone. Goddess of the Underworld and Springtime. Read a book which is less than 200 pages.
→ Why Look At Animals? ←
Apollo. God of Prophesy, Plague and Poetry. Read a collection of poetry or short stories.
→ The Young Explorers Adventure Guide Volume 5 ←
Hades. God of the Underworld and Riches. Read a book which you got for free (library, from a friend, ARC, Kindle offer etc.)
→ Free Chocolate ←
Demeter. Goddess of Agriculture. Read a book with a nature word in the title – e.g. leaf, wind, flower etc.
→ The Poppy War ←
I’d love to hear what you all have planned for November. Oh, and if you have any recommendations for the book I can use for the Ares square then let me know!