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March Madness: Round One

This year, rather than taking on any daunting reading challenge (who needs that when the world is dauntingly challenging enough, am I right?), I’ve been participating in the 5-4-3-2-1 challenge: where you choose five categories/genres, then read 5/4/3/2/1 books within each allocated one. (I didn’t create this; I just saw it making the rounds on Bookstagram and thought it’d be fun. If you know who did create it, please let me know so I can credit them!)

For me, the challenge looks like this: 5 books from my backlist (that I’ve owned for more than two years but are unread); 4 romances; 3 fantasies; and 2 classics (of my own loose definition). I’ve already read my 1 horror (Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo; gush here!). To make me accountable for making headway, and get into the spirit of March Madness in a way I can be interested in, I thought I’d do a version of March Madness: my followers choose my April TBR!

So, in April, I’ll read four books chosen by my blog and Instagram followers, each within a category of my challenge. Over the next three weeks, I’ll share the results and post the next round, and by the end of March, my April TBR will be chosen entirely by you. Exciting!

Without further ado, the categories:

On the Backlist

The Contenders:

Vampire Academy vs Unspoken; Eleanor and Park vs The Truth About Alice; Pretty Little Liars vs Graveminder; Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda vs People Like Us

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Romance

The Contenders

You Should See Me in a Crown vs Maybe in Another Life; Anna K. vs The Hating Game; Royals vs The Duke and I; Tweet Cute vs Landline

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Fantasy

The Contenders

Throne of Glass vs A Court of Thorns and Roses; Chain of Iron vs Red Queen; The Wicked Deep vs The Sookie Stackhouse Companion; The Belles vs Path of Night

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Classics

The Contenders:

Northanger Abbey vs Mansfield Park; Jane Eyre vs Wuthering Heights; Coriolanus vs Antony and Cleopatra; The Taming of the Shrew vs The Tempest

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Happy voting! (Look out for the results of round one, and voting for round two, coming next Friday!)

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