Reading Challenges / Readathons

Hodderscape Reading Challenge 2022

As mentioned in my January wrap up post, I’ve decided to attempt the Hodderscape Reading Challenge over on Storygraph. I did try this last year, but didn’t manage to complete it, so hopefully this will be the year I can complete all 12 prompts!

So, without further ado, the prompts are as follows:

A book with a queer love story:

I read a A Marvellous Light by Freya Markse. I really enjoyed this and it turned out to be the right book at the right time for me. This was also my first 5 ⭐️ read of the year.

A book with a curse or prophecy:

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven – Juno Dawson

I first heard about this on Twitter (I think) and it sounds really intriguing. It’s out this summer, so I’m looking forward to getting a copy and reading it.

A book by a BIPOC author:

The Faithless – C.L Clark

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be released this year – I really enjoyed The Unbroken (it was one of my favourite books of 2021, along with the other two books in the sapphic trifecta), and The Faithless is definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2022.

A book set in a castle:

Midnight in Everwood – M.A Kuzniar

To be fair, I picked this one because I saw the words “fairy tale retelling” and I love a good retelling. It’s also one from my Kindle backlog, so it’s a win-win.

A book with multiple POVs:

The Oleander Sword – Tasha Suri

Sequel to The Jasmine Throne, I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this. The Jasmine Throne was another favourite of mine from 2021 and I can’t wait to see what’s in store in book 2. Also, I love the cover art for this book – Orbit have had some amazing covers recently and I’m in awe of their art department.

A book featuring time travel – PROMPT COMPLETE:

I read Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and I really enjoyed it.

A book set in or inspired by the past:

What Souls Are Made Of – Tasha Suri

While I had originally planned to have different authors for every prompt, (I wanted to avoid having multiple books by the same author on this list) I didn’t really have anything else that fit this one. What Souls Are Made Of is a YA re-imagining of Wuthering Heights and since I’ve never read Wuthering Heights before, I’m really intrigued. It’s also part of the Remixed Classics series, so I do want to read the others at some point.

A “Tik Tok made me do it” book – PROMPT COMPLETE:

These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong

As someone that doesn’t have Tik Tok, I *may* have had to Google which books people are talking about. As luck would have it, I already had one of Tik Tok’s popular books on my Kindle. While Romeo and Juliet isn’t my favourite Shakespeare play, I became curious after seeing a couple of people buddy reading the sequel.

I have finished this and I’m still trying to process my thoughts at the time of posting this!

A book about revenge:

Medusa Uploaded – Emily Davenport

I’ve chosen a brand-new-to-me author for this prompt. I didn’t have anything else on my TBR that fit this prompt, so I found Medusa Uploaded via Google. I’m curious to see how this one goes.

A debut sci-fi or fantasy book:

Kaikeyi – Vaishnavi Patel

This was the first book that sprang to mind for this prompt. Kaikeyi has to be my most anticipated book of this year and one I cannot wait to read.

A book set on a ship or spaceship:

The Bone Ships – R.J Barker

I’ve chosen another one from my Kindle backlog. I’ve heard good things about this series, so the prompt feels like a good nudge to finally pick it up.

A book featuring your favourite trope:

Hold Fast Through The Fire – K.B Wagers

I love a good found family trope and K.B Wagers’ Neo-G series definitely has that. I read the first book, A Pale Light in the Black, back in 2020, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the crew get up to next!

So, that’s my Hodderscape Reading Challenge TBR. I’ll probably do another update in a couple months to see how much (if any!) progress I’ve made.

If anyone is doing a similar reading challenge though, I’m cheering you on from the sidelines!

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