Hello and welcome to the second edition of our Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon! This will take place from July 10-18, but today is all about introductions. We want to know who you are, what you’ll be reading, and what it is about fantasy that you love! Make sure you add your introduction post to the link-up below so the other participants can find your post easily. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Also, if you’d like to join our challenges, you can find all the details here.
Who are you?
Inge: Hello! My name is Inge, I am 23 years old, and I am a reader, a blogger, and a writer. To add more titles to that: Angophile, pluviophile, bibliophile. I permanently live in pyjamas and surround myself with steaming cups of tea, a furry feline companion, and a good book.
Aly: Top of the morning to you! I’m Aly, 22, and I’m a permanently exhausted pigeon who loves to read, write and blog. I’m obsessed with sloths, want Baymax tattooed somewhere on my body, and Alice in Wonderland gives me life.
Why are you joining the read-a-thon?
Inge: When Olivia asked us to host the read-a-thon with her again, I didn’t hesitate for a second. I had so much fun doing all the challenges and reading Harry Potter last year! This year, it seems we’ll have even more people joining us, so I think it’s going to be marvellous.
Aly: To put it simply: It’s my first time taking part! Inge told me how much she enjoyed taking part last year, so when Olivia asked us to take part again this year, I couldn’t say no. Plus, nine days of reading fantasy? As if I could turn an opportunity like that down!
Which books do you intend to read?
Inge: I’ll probably be reading Winter by Marissa Meyer and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. These are both pretty big books which I have yet to read, so it’ll be nice to get them out of the way. Big books kind of intimidate me. If I manage to read these and still have time left, I’ll join in with my Percy Jackson mates and re-read The Lightning Thief.
Aly: I’m going to be rereading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, mostly because Empire of Storms comes out soon, but really only because I’ve missed the worlds and characters far too much. If I manage to finish that and have time left over, I’m going to peruse my fantasy TBR and try something else, too!
How many pages do you think you’ll manage?
Inge: Oh, let’s see, we’ll have 9 days… let’s go for 900 pages. Let’s just do it!
Aly: Oh. Um. Ah… I’m going to aim for 100 a day, like Inge, but my aim is to finish at least one book every two days. It should be easier, considering this will be my… fourth time rereading the series. Oops!
What’s your favourite thing about the fantasy genre?
Inge: Everything. I love disappearing into new and enchanting worlds. I love the fact that everything is possible. I love the richness of these stories and the adventures they go on and the character that make my heart flutter.
Aly: There’s nothing like reading fantasy to get yourself away from the trials of daily life. Reading fantasy has always been a creature comfort of mine, but it also fills me with adrenaline whenever I open a fantasy book. Battles, magic, dragons — what more could you want from your read?
Which fantasy books do you always recommend?
Inge: I will always recommend Croak by Gina Damico, and you should also read the Black Mage series by Rachel E. Carter. A magic boarding school, a dashing prince, and blood magic. What more do you need?
Aly: My top fantasy books are anything by Sarah J Maas, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. My heart!
Which fantasy books are you dying to read?
Aly: I’m pumped to continue by Percy Jackson binge (thanks, Inge!), Heartless by Marrissa Meyer, and Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.
If you could travel to one fantasy world, which one would it be? (I know it’s hard, but try not to say Hogwarts.)
Inge: Aside from the obvious Hogwarts, Wonderland and Neverland sound pretty good. I mean, Panem? Nope. Westeros? I’M GOOD. I would love to see Camp Half-Blood and Red, White, and Black London from A Darker Shade of Magic.
Aly: Probably not the wisest of choices, but I would love to travel to the Night Court from A Court of Mist and Fury, Adarlan from Throne of Glass and, of course, Wonderland!
So there are our answers, and we’re looking forward to yours! Happy reading!