Welcome to my post, today I want to tell you about Studio Ghibli, an August readathon, and the books I’m planning to read for it!
What is the Studio Ghibli Readathon?
The Studio Ghibli readathon is of course inspired by Studio Ghibli, a Japanese film studio which produces animated films like My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away. There are 8 hosts who are assigned to 8 different Studio Ghibli films, which have 3 prompts each. You can choose to focus on one film, or try and get a bingo, or just complete as many prompts as possible! Here are the prompts per film:
And here is the bingo board:
If you’re interested in finding out more, here is one of the hosts’ announcement video and here is the link to the discord server.
My Plan and TBR
I haven’t participated fully in a readathon for a long time and because I haven’t been reading as much lately I’m hoping that it will motivate me to read more. Unfortunately, most of the hosts are American or Canadian, so I won’t be able to participate in a lot of the sprints on YouTube but I think I’ll just watch them back instead. For this readathon, I want to complete one prompt from each film, although I will definitely have to double up on some prompts to achieve that. So, here are the books I’m planning to read:
➸ Princess Mononoke: myth retelling
➸ Arrietty: short book
A very ARC-filled month again! I’m currently reading Elektra and enjoying it, so hopefully the first book with be a success!
The Very Secret Society of Witches
➸ Whisper of the Heart: different format than usual
➸ Porco royyo: found family
I have an audiobook ARC for this book so it’s definitely a different format than usual for me. It sounds pretty wholesome so I hope it will be a quick and easy read.
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
➸ Grave of the fireflies: historical fiction
➸ Nausicaa: sci-fi
I’m so excited to read this ARC. I’ve rated 2 of Moreno-Garcia’s books 5 stars and 1 was 3 stars, so I’m hoping it’s another favourite!
I have two more prompts left to fill and I would like to get to at least one of these books because I’ve been putting them all off for too long! For underrated/less known (Only Yesterday), Conjure Women would definitely fit, as I haven’t heard anyone talk about it. City of Brass and Plain Bad Heroines would both work for features a location away from home (When Marnie Meets the Sea). Conjure Women could also work for strong female protagonist (When Marnie Meets the Sea) as it’s a generational story centred around women. We’ll see what happens but 4 or more books would be a better reading month for me either way.
Thank you for reading! What are your favourite Studio Ghibli films?