Flanor Winter Readathon 2024: Recommendations

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Dear Flanorians, 

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

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

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


16. with a genre that’s out of your comfort zone


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