the buzzword readathon…

It surprised no one who knows me that I’ve decided to take part in readathons over the next two weeks, one running from May 7th-13th and one running from May 14th-20th. (The second one is Bout of Books 22, and I’ll make a separate master post for it closer to kickoff time.)

But first up is the inaugural running of the Buzzword Readathon, hosted by Books and Lala on BookTube. For this edition, the word she has chosen is “Girl.” And the idea is to read books with “girl” (or any variation of the word, such as girls, girlfriend, etc.) in the title. “Girl” truly does seems to be in the title of every fifth book out there these days, hence the inspiration for this whole readathon idea. Despite this fact, when I first saw her readathon announcement, I wasn’t sure if I had any books on my shelves that would work. Bwaaaahahahaha! I had Rich help me scan my shelves, and before I knew it we had a pile of nearly 30 books (and that’s if you count all Batgirl volumes as one book). When I looked in my saved audiobook list on Scribd, I found another six. So yeah. I still don’t know which books exactly I will choose to read. I did put a handful of these in my May tbr pool, so if I’m smart I’ll just with those. I’m not generally smart.

My entire list of possibles without even leaving my house:


  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. (The only one I’m pretty sure I’ll read, because I started it during Dewey’s Readathon, but only got about 75 pages in. No idea why I haven’t picked it up since then because I’m really loving it!)
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
  • The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
  • Short Girls by Rich Minh Nguyen
  • The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
  • The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Girls by Lori Lansens
  • Girls by Frederick Busch
  • Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen
  • Batgirl Volumes 1-5 by Gail Simone (though technically the first three volumes would be rereads, but I think I *need* to reread them before reading volumes 4 and 5)
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange


  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • Bachelor Girl by Betsy Israel
  • Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman
  • Monkey Girl by Edward Humes
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

audiobooks from Scribd (some fiction, some non-fiction):

  • Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • The Girl With Seven Names by David John
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

If you have any opinions of books I should really try to get to, or books that I shouldn’t bother with, please do tell!


2 thoughts on “the buzzword readathon…

  1. What a clever idea! The options are going to be tremendous given how popular the word girl has been in titles lately. Have fun, and I hope you read some winners!


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