Flanor Summer Readathon 2022: Recommendations

Hello dear people,

It’s us again! For every reading challenge, we collected a list with book recommendations you could read for the challenges. Of course, you don’t have to stick to this list and read something entirely different that also fits the challenges, but for those who are a bit lost, here are some ideas. Check out the rules to make sure your book counts. Most books on this list count for multiple challenges!

See what others added on our Storygraph for more inspiration. 

1. that makes you happy

Nicole: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Rosina: A Little Mischief by Cat Sebestian
Iris: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2. with a celestial body in the title

Examples: moon, sun, star, planet, comet, meteor, asteroids

  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse 
  • Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller 
  • Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
  • Hopeless (in Dutch: Sterrenhemel) by Colleen Hoover
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Phobos by Victor Dixen
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. with a beach, sea, lake or river on the cover

  • Bewaar de zomer van Alma Mathijsen
  • Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • De grenzeloze rivier van Mathijs Deen 
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry 

4. with less than 150 pages

  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  • Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells 
  • The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
  • De kolonisatie van de toekomst van David van Reybrouck

5. that takes place outside of Europe and North America

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo
  • If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
  • Song for the Missing by Pierre Jarawan 
  • Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park
  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

6. by a Flanor guest

  • Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Haynes
  • Buitenleven by Nina Polak
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  • Het Perenlied by Joost Oomen
  • Joe Speedboot by Tommy Wieringa 

7. a Flanor reading group is currently reading

  • Al Dante: Inferno (Dante)
  • Egel en Haas: Kinderen van Moeder Aarde (Thea Beckman)
  • Electric Sheep: The Fifth Season (NK Jemisin)
  • Go Lyttle Booke: The Mabinogion
  • LEES!: The Bell Yar (Sylvia Plath)
  • Leesbare Leeslijst: Joe Speedboot (Tommy Wieringa)
  • Let's Get Educated: The Cost of Sugar (Cynthia McLeod)
  • Magisch Afvoerputje: The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker)
  • Midnight Dreary: Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  • Romance Junkies: The Love Hypothesis (Ali Hazelwood)
  • Shakespeare & Co.: Romeo & Juliet (William Shakespeare)
  • Speechbubble: Unflattening (Nick Sousanis)
  • Stoelendans: A Feast for Crows (George R.R. Martin)
  • The ... & the ... : The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Nghi Vo)
  • YA: Warcross (Marie Lu)
  • Liberetto: Utrecht Early Music Festival 

8. recommended by a Flanorian

Everything on this list counts and any of the books shown on our social media. Also the recommendations from the previous readathons and books added to our Storygraph Reading Challenge

9. we will discuss in the live stream on Sunday 

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer 

Find a webpage with the story here and a link to the audio here. There is also a Dutch translation of the story ‘Kattenfoto’s, alsjeblieft’ that can be found here and the audio here.

10. participate in a Flanor activity 

We will have drinks on Tuesday and read together. Keep your eyes on the Whatsapp Groups for more times/dates. 

11. Graphic Novel

  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  • Ik ben mijn muze van Loes Faber
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
  • They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  • Lore Olympus by Rachel Smyte
  • Zestig Lentes by Aimée de Jongh

12. Short Story

For more ideas, look at short fiction podcasts and magazines. Examples: Strange Horizons (speculative fiction), Apex Magazine (genre fiction), Tales to Terrify (horror), The Writer’s Voice: Fiction from the Magazine (literary fiction), Escape Pod (science fiction) and Cast of Wonders (YA) (all of these have audio available)

13. with a BIPOC main character

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Ascension by Jacqueline Koyangi
  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

14. by a LGBTQIA+ author

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

15. by a new to you author

16. about travel

All kinds of travel are allowed! Think of time travel, fantasy quests, space travel, vacations, pilgrimages, interdimensional travel, etc. 

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  
  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Days of Sand (Dagen van zand van Aimée de Jongh)
  • Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter


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