Flanor Winter Readathon 2024: Recommendations
The ReadCie is back! For every reading challenge, we compiled a list with book recommendations you could read for the challenges. Naturally, you can read whatever you want, 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! For more recommendations by fellow Flanorians check our Storygraph Challenge Page or ask for recommendations in the Readathon Whatsapp Group!
1. by a Flanor guest
Luister by Sacha Bronwasser
Jaguarman by Raoul de Jong
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Holland by Rodaan Al Galidi
Our february guest: Ongekende liefde by Vamba Sheriff
2. that a reading group is currently reading
If you want to be sure, join their Whatsapp Group and ask!
Cult of Dionysos — American Gods, Neil Gaiman
De Nieuwe Leeslijst — Jij Zegt Het, Connie Palmen
Electric Sheep- All Systems Red, Martha Wells & Too Like The Lightning, Ada Palmer
Egel en Haas — The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend
Expecto Patronum — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
LEES! — Identitti, Mithu Sanyal
Let’s Get Educated — The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett
Magisch Afvoerputje — Civilizations, Laurent Binet
Romance Junkies — Things We Never Got Over, Lucy Score
Sappho and Achilles — As We Fall, Anya Wildt
Shakespeare & Co — Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Shivering Spines - Horrorstör, Grady Hendrix
Speech Bubble — Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, Kanehito Yamada
These Adjective Nouns — Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yaros & A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
YA — What The River Knows, Isabel Ibañez
3. recommended by a Flanorian
Any of the books on this list count as do any of the books shown on our social media. Plus every book added the challenge on the Storygraph.
4. participate in a Flanor activity
Check our site and the Whatsapp Group for this week's activities! Attending a reading group but we also have some readathon specific activities, check them out.
5. the group short story
This time the short story will be A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman. You can read it here on his website for free. There are audio versions available on Youtube and the story read by Neil Gaiman is available on Storytel. (Check the Whatsapp Group for a referral link for a month of free Storytel)
6. that makes you happy
7. you got last year (2023)
8. with a new start (a new year, starting school, moving somewhere etc.)
The Left Hand of Dog by Si Clarke
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh; religion, war and homoeroticism
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith; if you enjoyed Saltburn
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The Switch by Beth O'Leary
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
9. with mental health representation
Either the main character or someone close to the main character. For example: someone dealing with grief, anxiety, an eating disorder or depression.
I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki by Baek Se-hee, memoir about depression and therapy, translated from Korean
Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau, the female main character deals with periods of depression.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, the main character deals with severe depression.
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun, one of the main characters deals with anxiety.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, the main character has clinical depression.
Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman, one of the main characters deals with an eating disorder.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim, the mother of the main character deals with mental illness.
Ever After Always by Chloe Liese, the male main character has general anxiety disorder.
10. by an author new to you
11. with scales (for example: dinosaur, dragon, reptile, fish)
Chlorine by Jade Song
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
diepdiepblauw by Nikki Dekker
Scales of Justice by Ngaio Marsh
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
12. a Queer book by a BIPOC author
The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
The Deep by Rivers Solomon
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by The Empress of Salt and Fortune
De bananengeneratie by Pete Wu
13. that has been adapted (movie, play etc.)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Dear White People by Justin Simien
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
14. with medieval vibes
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccacio; short stories told in 1348 to distract from the Black Plague
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott; Saxons versus Normans in what is the original ‘historical novel’
The Wife of Willesden by Zadie Smith; Chaucer’s Wife of Bath re-told in a modern, postcolonial coat
The Hobbit by JRR tolkien
That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming
15. with flowers on the cover
Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
Hen Fever by Olivia Waite
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen
Once Upon a Princess by Clare Lydon and Harper Bliss