How’s everyone? Hope everything’s going well for you.
This time, I’m writing to spread the word about a wonderful readathon I’ll be helping with, Sherlockathon! I mean, who wouldn’t like to participate in a reading event based on Benedict Cumberbatch. Oh, sorry! I meant Sherlock Holmes.
Our host is Flik, an amazing -and very organised- human being. She created a stunning website you can check here: https://www.sherlockathon.com/ and you can also find all the readathon information here https://twitter.com/sherlockathon.
After this introduction, I wanted to try to help choosing reading options for all the prompts. You don’t have to do all of them, just in case. So, here they are!
The Retelling: read a diverse retelling by an own voices author:
For this prompt, I would recommend Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, a magical middle grade story in which our MC lies to gain the favour of her peers and ends up building a whimsical journey after a stunning discovery about herself in previous lives. Side plus, The cover is gorgeous!
The Stout: Inspector Bradstreet. Read a book with more than 500 pages.
Well, I think we can all think of many, but my favourite book comes into play, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This one is massive, but tells the story of Edmond Dantes, a man with a noble heart who is thrown in prison having done nothing but fight injustice. So he’ll seek vengeance in the most brilliant way possible.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is the first book from an amazing middle grade trilogy called Inkworld. Who doesn’t love a book about books? This is one of my favourite series. In it, a family has the ability to get you into the stories they read aloud, which takes them into a journey full of perils, villains, love and adventure. A late middle grade that kept me needing to know more.
The Sedentary: Mycroft Holmes. Read any book only in one room.
You could basically choose anything for this prompt, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is a children’s story of hope that shows the keys of live are love, never losing hope and doing things for the appropriate reasons. You could read it in one sitting.
The Capable: Inspector Gregson. Read a book you hope to learn something from.
Although I believe you can learn something from any book, there’s one I read this year that taught me loads about living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a non-fiction named Why Does Daddy Always Look So Sad? by Jude Morrow. Jude is autistic and tells his own story since he was a little child in order to explain how becoming a father changed his perspective about his autism, how to face it, his view of how his loved ones felt about his behaviour and how to accept there were many ways in which he could become a better father for his son by accepting help.
The Woman: Irene Adler. Read a book by a woman.
Well, I know, there are so many great female authors, it seems impossible to choose. However, Circe by Madeline Miller is one of my most recent reads. This is a retelling of the story of the goddess told in first person. A wonderful book that brings Greek mythology closer than I had ever felt it. I was instantly thrown into her skin. A story about female independence totally worth the try.
Other authors I’ve read from that I highly recommend are Jessica Townsend (middle grade), Angie Thomas (THUG), Sarah J. Maas (the ACOTAR series, to start with), Tahereh Mafi (middle grade), Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse), Elizabeth Acevedo (no way of being wrong with her), Jane Austen, Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles), Roxane Gay (non-fiction), Akwaeke Emezi (PET!), and many others.
The Nemesis: Professor James Moriarty. Read a book with enemies.
What can I say? I love Tolkien! The Lord of the Ring series by J.R.R. Tolkien are not for everyone, but they introduced me into the unending world of fantasy. Yes, I got into fantasy reading epic fantasy. I was one of these readers who thought fantasy was not good because it didn’t show you any real events or people. It was through these books that I understood fantasy is an amazingly creative way to depict reality. Thanks to the author, I’ve come to think of fantasy as my favourite genre.
The Scot: Mrs. Hudson. Read a book by a Scottish author or set in Scotland.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a contemporary about a woman who suffers from anxiety and TOC due to a PTSD after shocking events that took place during her childhood. There’s romance, perfect depiction of her mental health, trauma and the beginning to the road towards recovery.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie had always come to my mind when thinking of children’s books, but the real story is dark and so interesting I didn’t want to put it down. I do not believe this was meant as a book for the little ones. Absolutely loved this!
Lastly, I cannot stop myself from recommending any book by the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Plagiarist: Inspector Lestrade. Read a book that is ghost written or written under a pen name.
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain is an engaging story about two children who swap places in life for a while and try to make everyone else believe each one is the other. However, the morals are that no matter how much you desire to be someone else, the lie will be caught and you’ll end up missing what you had before.
The Narrator: Doctor John Watson. A book with a narrator.
One of the most surprising plot twists I’ve read lately belongs to The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides. A thriller that leaves you open-mouthed not only because of this, but also making you believe you’re predicting events while diverting your attention.
The Consulting Detective: Sherlock Holmes. A book with a detective.
Aside from the obvious, I’d recommend any book from the Poirot series by Agatha Christie. My favourite is Murder on the Orient Express. I believe it needs no introduction, but Hercule Poirot is a Belgian peculiar detective who solves any crime. There’s nobody like Agatha and Connan Doyle to depict detectives.
The remaining book is the group book: The Hound of the Baskervilles, my absolute favourite of all Sherlock Holmes’s stories.
Hope this post helps you choose a book you end up enjoying as much as I did!
Thank you for reading.
Hope to see you around and don’t hesitate to comment.