A fundamental fact about me is that I love themed readathons. Something about them just gets me excited in a way I can’t explain. That is how I ended up doing 3 month-long readathons in July.
The three I’m participating in are the DND Readathon hosted by my friend Sam, the Iron Tome-A-Thon hosted by Aimal, and the Book Junkie Trials hosted by Racheal!
I decided to let some of the challenges overlap, so I was struggling to figure out how to format this in a way where I wasn’t listing the same book multiple times. This is what I came up with so hopefully it’s clear enough.
First, let’s talk about the actual readathons!
The DND Readathon doesn’t have teams, instead you are aiming to complete challenges to acquire various fantasy races and each race has 3 challenges. I’m going for 4 races, which makes a total of 12 challenges! The ones I’m going for are as follows:
- Read a book that involves dragons
- Read a book that was recommended by a parent/guardian/mentor
- Buddy-read a book
- Read a book with foil on the cover
- Read a classic
- Read a book you acquired because of the cover
- Read a translated book
- Read a book with only one POV
- Read a book set in a country you’ve never been to
- Read a banned book
- Read a book that follows a humanoid (but not fully human) character
- Read a book recommended to you by someone you trust
For this bad boy we have a total of 7 challenges (including a group book). This readathon is based on Game of Thrones so instead of teams we have houses, which really are just for fun as opposed to for competition.
I’m personally choosing House Baratheon because my favourite character is Renly and we have the coolest house words! They’re my blog title on Tumblr for a reason.
CASTLE BLACK: Read the group book
WINTERFELL: Read a book set in a cold climate
KING’S LANDING: Read a book about or involving royalty, politics or government
SUNSPEAR: Read a book by an author of color or an indigenous author
OLDTOWN: Read a book about or involving an institution of knowledge or training
VALYRIA: Read a book about or involving dragons
ASSHAI: Read a dark/grimdark fantasy or read an urban fantasy.
The Book Junkie Trials
The most competitive of my July readathons, this one is also the one where your team actually plays a part in your challenges, as well as gives you an ability and a weakness! I am Team Bard, which means I get the ability to DNF one book, and count it as read, and the weakness that one book has to include music/poetry.
I can tell you from the get-go that I’ll be using my ability on the group book, because I just really have no interest in reading it, and I really don’t just DNF books anyway.
THE ELVEN GUARD: Read a book with War, Military or Political Themes.
HALLOW ISLE: Read an atmospheric or horror book.
EMPTY BARREL INN: Enjoy an indulgent read.
GIANT SQUID: Read a book that intimidates you.
THE BOOKIE GRAIL: Read the group book.
Challenges: Castle Black, The Elven Guard
Technically the group book for the Iron Tome-A-Thon is The Poppy War. However, I’ve already read that and I’m not a huge reread person as of late. So I decided to read The Dragon Republic instead since it’s the sequel! Plus it fits perfectly with the Elven Guard challenge, since it focuses heavily on war and the military.
Challenges: Dwarf, Hallow Isle
All the reviews of this book that I’ve seen have described it as atmospheric, and Rogerson’s debut novel An Enchantment of Ravensmost definitely also falls into that category. I also just got my preorder in the mail yesterday as of writing this post and the foil on it is very pretty, so it fit well with the Dwarf challenge.
Challenges: Dwarf, Empty Barrel Inn
I’m not a classics reader by any means. I tried a copy of A Tale of Two Cities 3 years ago and my bookmark is still sitting in it at 69 pages. I do love Shakespeare though, and I’ve been meaning to read Hamlet for a while. Since I won’t be writing a review for it, and I know it’ll be fun to read, I decided to also count it for my Empty Barrel Inn challenge. I’m also counting this as my poetry/music book, since verse is a type of poetry.
Challenges: King’s Landing, Giant Squid
My copy of The Way of Kings weighs in at a hefty 1258 pages so to say I’m intimidated is the understatement of the century. I have the mass market paperback edition which is a mistake and I need to buy the hardcover because it only accentuates how long it is and I don’t need to be reminded that I’m about to sell my soul to a 1.2k beast of a book.
Challenges: Winterfell, Half-elf
I’ve been meaning to read this book for over a year. In fact, I’ve had my personal copy for a year as of July 29th so hopefully I read this before then. This book is set in 14th century Russia, and I haven’t quite made it there during my travels yet so it counts for the “country I haven’t been to” challenge.
Challenges: Oldtown, Dragonborn
Nevernight is set (at least partly) at an assassin school, which sounds badass. I’m also probably stretching the rules just a little when I use it for the parent/mentor recommendation challenge, since my mother only reads romance books which aren’t my cup of tea. For the purposes of that prompt I’m counting Victoria Schwab as my mentor, which sorta works because she is one of the authors I look up to the most, she just doesn’t know she’s my mentor.
Challenges: Valyria, Dragonborn
Both of these are “read a book with a dragon in it” challenges and, well… Is there a more hot ticket dragon book on the market right now? I actually got this 800+ page behemoth on sale at a whopping 39% off. Seriously, why am I determined to read so many big books this month.
I marked this as reading over a month ago and then promptly did not pick up my ereader once. I’m honestly very excited for this, it sounds like it’s going to be dark and twisted, a politically complex novel that’s been compared to stuff like A Game of Thrones. Once again it’s not exactly a small book, but it’s by no means the largest on this list.
The sequel to this comes out soon-ish, so I want to be on the train when it hits that station. To be honest, I had no idea what this was about until I saw people talking about it on Twitter (mostly CW from The Quiet Pond but it really seems like something that is right up my alley.
Half this list is just Books Sage Should Have Read Sooner and this one is no exception. This challenge is actually supposed to be “read a book you bought for the cover” but I don’t do that, so instead I decided to pick a book with a cover I really love. I adore both the art style and the cover palette of the Descendant of the Crane cover, so I picked it for this one!
If you’ve been around for a while you might recognize this from my Asian Readathon TBR. Unfortunately I didn’t get to read all that much during May, and by that I mean I only read 4 books which is a staggeringly low number for me. However, it’s back, because I really want to read this book.
I bought the tie-in paperback edition of The Darkest Minds from Wal-Mart shortly before the movie came out, intending to read it before I watched the film in theatres. It’s a year later almost and I have not read the book nor seen the movie. Thankfully someone suggested it to me as a book with only 1 POV, so I got to use it for this challenge and hopefully read it before I have to blow off the dust like Slughorn handing Harry his potions textbook in The Half-Blood Prince.
I’m a big fan of buddy reads so I was super excited about this challenge, despite the fact that I had no idea who I was going to do aforementioned buddy read with. I ended up piggybacking on two of my friends pre-planned buddy read. We decided to go with this book because it was one we were all interested in, but I have absolutely no idea what to expect.
I read this book once when I was 12 years old as part of my 7th grade english curriculum. I remember exactly 1 thing from this book and it’s something about an apple. I knew it had been banned, and I’d been thinking about rereading it anyway. Plus it’s short which is a rare thing on this TBR.
Kagawa has actually been in the YA community for a very long time, and this was her first series. I read the first of these books back in /*mumbles behind hand/* January 2018, so I’m not sure how much I actually remember. I also have the first book in her *Talon* series and her most recent release, *Shadow of the Fox* so hopefully I can get to those soon.
We’re coming to the end of this terribly long TBR and we’re finishing off with the one book I didn’t pick myself. This challenge is to have someone you trust rec a book and I asked a few people but I really wasn’t feeling what they were giving me, so I went to the one person I knew would absolutely give me a book I felt like reading, and they gave me this.