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Merlin Readathon TBR

@merlinreadathon is running from the 1st to the 15th August.

I used to love all the cheesy BBC fantasy show campness this show had, so I just had to join in. If I get around to it, I might even rewatch a few of the episodes, although most of the ones I recall best are from the earlier ‘Monster of the Week’ seasons. Did you have a favourite episode?

Since, if I had magic, I’d definitely be using it to it’s full potential all over the place (and probably getting spotted just as often as Merlin does), of course I’ll be aiming to become a fully fledged Mage on my magical quest.

There’s a goblin in the castle! Protect yourself against their foul stench, read a book with green on the cover.

I’ll be starting with Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc. I don’t read much (read: barely any) non-fiction, but this one interests me so I’ll probably work on it over the course of the fortnight. Plus, it’s on Scribd, and I really need to use my subscription more.

Gwen has been kidnapped and held for ransom. Help Elyan pay for her release, read a book with gold foil.

For this prompt, I’m going to try Desperate Measures by Katee Robert. I’m not completely sure this book is my sort of thing, but I’ve see a lot of people talking about this series lately so I figure I’ll at least give it a try.

You’ve been suspected of using magic and must escape your execution. Knock out the guards, read a book that packs an emotional punch.

Oh no!

Well for this prompt I think I’ll use The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper. This one I bought without knowing too much about. This is about a woman forced into a brothel and trying to find her freedom, so I think it’ll fit well.

You have found the sword in the stone! To claim it and finish your quest, read a five star prediction.

For my final magical challenge I’ll be reading Black Water Sister by Zen Cho. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while and already own a copy. Described as “a stressed lesbian medium fights gods, ghosts, gangsters, and grandmas in 21st century Penang”, this sounds pretty five-star to me!

Unrelated to the prompts — although I could change the first one to the ‘Read an Arthurian retelling’ and the rest of the TBR would be unchanged — I’d also like to read Half Sick of Shadows
by Laura Sebastian which is a reimagining of The Lady of Shalott. I need to see when and if I get myself a copy though, so this is an optional, thematically pleasing extra.

Are you taking part in this readathon? Are you a BBC Merlin fan? Let me know!

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