I have had a busy couple of months and there have been a lot of changes going on in my life and that has meant that I’ve had to put a couple projects on the back burner for a bit. But I’m all moved into a new place, enrolled to start back up at school in a few weeks, and I finally have some time to come back to this lovely little space here!! It’s also now officially spooky season, which is my absolute favourite time of year, so keep an eye out for lots of cozy and spooky reads headed your way in the next little while!
I’m so excited to be back, and I thought that there was no better way to jump in than to share my TBR for teatimelit’s theatreathon! I am definitely going to cheat a little bit and I picked some books that cover multiple categories, but I will reevaluate after I have finished my TBR and see if I can add a couple of extras!
Fresh by Margot Wood
Best Musical: A Classic or a Retelling of a Classic
I’ve been hearing so many great things about Fresh, especially from Jenn (@perilouspages on instagram) so I’m super excited to give it a read! When I saw that it was a retelling of Emma, I knew that it would be perfect for this prompt!
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
Best Revival of a Musical: A reread of a favourite
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical: A book with your favourite male character
Best Author: A book written by your favourite author
Down Comes the night is one of my absolute all-time favourites and I have been working on rereading/annotating a copy for the lovely Cossette from teatimereads. I am hoping to finish this month so that I can send it out to her! I also had to pick this one for Best Revival of a Musical because of Hal Cavendish by beloved.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: A strong female character
Best Direction of a Musical: A character-driven book
Dial A for Aunties has been on my TBR for SO LONG and I’m so excited to read it this month! I actually started it earlier in the year, but I wasn’t able to finish it before I had to return the loan. This time I will get all the way through!
This Place: 150 Years Retold
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: A book by two or more authors
This Place: 150 Years Retold is a gorgeous graphic-novel anthology by Indigenous authors that includes non-fiction, science-fiction, and magical realism to reframe the last 150 years of history from an Indigenous perspective.
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: A book with more than one POV
Best Book of a Musical: A popular book you haven’t read
Isabelle Stevenson Award: A book over 450 Pages
I have been nervous to pick up The Poppy War because they are all so long and that’s a little intimidating. However, I have heard so many incredible things about the trilogy and I just have to go for it. Also, after reading Priory of the Orange Tree in June, this will be a piece of cake! I’m also glad that I have some lighter (content-wise) books on my TBR, so I can take breaks if I need to, as I’ve heard that The Poppy War has some pretty dark content.
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: A book that takes place in a country outside of your own
This is the second teatimereads book club‘s two September Picks, so it’s a bit of a two-birds-one-stone pick, but I have been so incredibly excited to read this one, especially after hearing how much Mary from teatimereads enjoyed it!
Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for Theatre: A Book with Beautiful Prose
I am a little late on reading this ARC so I want to make sure that I can sneak it in! Lemony Snicket has such a wonderfully fun and beautiful writing style and I can’t wait to read Poison for Breakfast! This may or may not also spark a Series of Unfortunate Events reread… we shall see.
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Best Costume Design of a Musical: A book with a gorgeous cover
This cover!!!! I am obsessed. Ashley Mackenzie, the illustrator did a phenomenal job (here is a link to the full wraparound cover on her website). I keep hearing such incredible things about this book and I can’t wait to see it for myself.
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Best Choreography: A book about performing arts
I do have a special place in my heart for fluffy YA contemporaries, and I think that Kate in Waiting will definitely fit the bill. Two best friends both in love with the same person, school musical shenanigans; I think this one fits the readathon and prompt vibes perfectly.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevado
Best Orchestrations: A book written in verse
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Read an audiobook
I listened to With the Fire on High this time last year, which is also narrated by Elizabeth Acevado and I really enjoyed it. Both her writing and her voice is absolutely gorgeous and so I thought that The Poet X would be a perfect book to read for these prompts. It’s also a relatively short audiobook, which is perfect for listening to while I drive around, as is my preferred audiobook listening time.
Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed
Special Tony Award (lifetime): A Non-Fiction book centred around a subject you’re passionate about
I read a chapter of Living a Feminist Life for a class in my undergrad and I have often found myself thinking back to Sara Ahmed’s writing. Since then I have read some excerpts from her books, and some articles she has written, but I have never read any of her books cover to cover.
Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
Best Newcomer: A 2021 debut
This is the second teatimereads book club‘s September Pick, so I also thought that it would be fitting! Fat Chance, Charlie Vega has also been on my bookshelf for far too long for me to not have read it yet! So I’m excited to finally read this gorgeous book!
Fear Street: The Beginning by R. L. Stine
Best Special Theatrical Event: A Book with an Adaptation
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Read a Dark/Scary Book
I still haven’t gotten around to watching the new Fear Street films, so I want to give the book(s) a read again before I do! A perfect spooky season read!
So there we have it! This is the goal, however, I am notoriously bad at following TBRs so we shall just have to check-in at the end of the month and see how I did!
Are you participating in the theatrethon? What is your TBR or what are you most looking forwards to reading this month? Let me know down below!