Today is an exciting day! Why? Because it’s the day to post my introduction post for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon! It’s hosted by the fantastic blog Of Wonderland and challenges you to read fantasy books between the 10th and the 18th of July.
I actually only heard about this yesterday, and then rushed to sign up because it sounded like so much fun. Also, it’s my first time taking a part in a read-a-thon, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Anyway, onto the introduction!
Who are you?
I’m Elen, a book blogger from Wales who loves reading, cross-stitching and playing board games. Oh, I’m also a university student studying mathematics which is obviously a lot of fun…
Why are you joining the read-a-thon?
Fantasy is one of my favourite genres and always has been, so spending over a week exclusively reading fantasy sounds like a dream!
Which books do you intend to read?
So I’ve already read Throne of Glass, the Grisha books, and Percy Jackson (the three series’ that are being focused on this year), so I’m not too sure I’m yet. I’m currently debating between rereading the Throne of Glass books in time for Empire of Storms, or diving deeper into Robin Hobb’s books.
How many pages do you think you’ll manage?
Hopefully 900, if I manage 100 pages a day. My last few days of the read-a-thon will probably be spent on a beach, so I’m hoping to get a lot of reading time in then.
What’s your favourite thing about the fantasy genre?
I really love those moments in fantasy books where the characters visit a new town/city/village and the author gives you this wonderful description of the sights and sounds and smells. Those moments really bring the book to life for me. Plus there are sometimes dragons and, as we all know, dragons are the best.
Which fantasy books do you always recommend?
Well I’ve pushing A Darker Shade of Magic on my friends for a while now because that is a fantastic series. But if someone wants something fun and light-hearted, then I’d always go Percy Jackson. Oh, and the Narnia books. I’m a big fan of those.
Which fantasy books are you dying to read?
Empire of Storms, A Conjuring of Light, the next ACOTAR book, just to name a few. There is a long list though, a very long list.
If you could travel to one fantasy world, which one would it be?
Narnia. Without a doubt. I’ve been hooked on Narnia ever since I was little, and combining that with watching the BBC adaptations as I grew up has definitely put Narnia at the top of my favourite fantasy worlds list. I will say though, the Londons in A Darker Shade of Magic do come close.
And now I totally recommend that you head over to Of Wonderland to join in with the read-a-thon, because it’s going to be a lot of fun!