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So many readathons… TBRs and round-up

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I love readathons. I get so much more reading done when I have targets to meet (I’m one of those sad ‘likes-ticking-things-off’ people) and it helps me narrow down my — frankly ridiculous — TBR pile (~600 on goodreads).

I think this year I’ve managed at least one per month? Over this summer though, there’s been some really great (and incredibly challenging) ones: the OWLs Readathon in April and MarvelAThon last month. I’ve just finished a weeklong Retellathon, so I’ve been planning my TBR for this month’s LGBT-a-thon and Biannual Bibliothon, and the NEWTS readathon for next month.

Retellathon Round-Up

1. Love A First Sight: a favourite fairy tale
Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher
2. True Love’s Twist: gender-flipped or queer
The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher
3. Faraway Kingdom: inspired by your heritage (Scotland – Tam Lin)
The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson
I just could not get into this one. I DNF’ed at 40%. I decided to replace it with The Falconer by Elizabeth May but I don’t think I’ll finish it before the readathon ends today.

4. The Group Book: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – I’d already read this one, you can see my review here.
5. Unhappily Ever After: dark: Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie (ed.)

LGBT-A-thon

L – The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer

G – They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

B – The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

T – Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

Q – Pantomime by Laura Lam

Biannual Bibliothon

1. Group Book – The Wicked Deep

2. Someone else’s TBR (sarah.and.her.books) and 5. Predicted 5 star – They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

3. Try a Chapter – Either Pantomime by Laura Lam, Gilded Cage by Vic James or Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

4. On TBR for more than a year and 6. Ownvoices – Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

7. Most Recently Bought – The Witch Sea by Sarah Diemer

NEWTS Readathon 2018 TBR

I put up a TBR on Twitter when this readathon was announced (check out BookRoast’s video on YouTube) but now we’re a bit closer I thought I’d make a few changes and share it with you guys. There’s potentially 36 prompts so I’ve picked out 21 (7 subjects). I don’t think I’ll manage them all (I managed 21 for MarvelAThon but my writing time suffered a lot for it and I’m trying to balance this better) but having a few more to choose from will be good when I inevitably hit something I’m not in the mood for.

Are you taking part in the NEWTs Readathon next month? What do you think of my TBR?

ASTRONOMY

🔭 STARS ON THE COVER – The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – This is on the Biannual Bibliothon too, but I’m not sure I’m in the mood for it now. I’m leaving it here, but if I do read it in July I’ll pick something else for this prompt.
🔭 ‘SKY’ IN THE TITLE – Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
🔭 SET ON A DIFFERENT PLANET – Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

CHARMS

WITH MAGIC – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
COVER WHICH CHARMED YOU – The Magician Murders by Josh Lanyon
WILL LEAVE A MARK – Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

POTIONS

🍸 COLOR IN TITLE – Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
🍸 MALE MC – The Monet Murders by Josh Lanyon
🍸 350+ PAGES – Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

DIVINATION

🔮 SET IN THE FUTURE – Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee
🔮 UNDER 200 PAGES – The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
🔮 MYTHOLOGY – The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

MUGGLE STUDIES

📺 A FAVE AUTHOR – The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher
📺 BIOGRAPHY – Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee
📺 RETELLING – This one will depend on which retelling gets picked for the monthly Second Star Retelling Challenge on Goodreads.

TRANSFIGURATION

🐱 GRAY COVER – Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
🐱 NEW-TO-ME-AUTHOR – Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault
🐱 ROYALTY – The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin

HERBOLOGY

🌸 GREEN COVER – Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao or The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox (my ARC cover is green)
🌸 ILLUSTRATIONS – The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
🌸 LIGHT, SUN, AIR OR WATER – The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards

10 thoughts on “So many readathons… TBRs and round-up”

  1. Oh my gosh, you’ve done so many readathons it’s WILD! congratulations! 😁💪📖 Also, all the books you’ve read look SOOO good they’re all going to have to go on my TBR too haha. I loooove fairytale inspired YA especially when it’s dark and has LGBT rep. I’ve read the Tea Master and the Detective actually, I highly recommend it! And I absolutely love Austin Chant 😍

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    1. I loved Peter Darling so I’m super excited to read Coffee Boy soon. And it feels like The Tea Master and the Detective has been on my TBR for ages too so I’m really go in to try and prioritise it 😊
      LGBT Fairy tale inspired stories are my absolute jam too 😄 I’d definetly rec The Raven and the Reindeer — it’s a FF Snow Queen retelling.

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  2. Me too!!!! Seriously, readathons help me read so much (and in a way, logging things on Goodreads help as well) because ticking things off and seeing my progress and reaching a goal motivates me. And I agree that prompts help narrow down the TBR as well.

    We participated in a lot of the same ones, too 😀 You know I did MarvelAThon, I’m almost done with my OWLs this month.

    I really, really want to read The Raven and the Reindeer, but there’s so many books I want to read so it’s not a priority right now. I’m not even sure what I’d read for “inspired by your heritage”… there really aren’t many books inspired by Hungarian myths, and most of them aren’t in English. There is one author who wrote a popular series based on Hungarian mythology and I’ve been meaning to read his books, but it’s not a retelling.

    My NEWTs TBR is still very open, but I’m planning to finish at least 5 subjects, and maybe get Acceptable in everything else. (That would be… 15+7 books if I counted well? Not impossible, and August is my last month where I can focus on reading full-time so I want to get a lot done.)

    I’m super excited about Beneath the Sugar Sky, but I haven’t managed to read it because even the ebook is super expensive :/ Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one I’ve been meaning to read as well. Not Your Villain is on my OWLs TBR, so I’ll be reading that soon!

    The “fave author” prompt is difficult because I’ve read most books by my fave authors that I was interested in. I suppose I could re-read something?

    READ BAKER THIEF AND THE QUEEN OF IEFLARIA. BOTH SO GOOD. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is great as well, although I have some beef with it (involving tragic queers and bury your gays).

    I wish you luck with all of your future readathons!!

    Wow this was a long comment. But this is such a good post and I have a lot to say. Readathons are great.

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    1. How’re you getting on with your OWLs? Do you have a target in mind?

      “inspired by your heritage” was so hard. The only thing I could come up with was to use retellings of Tam Lin, and I really struggled to find anything that appealed to me. Eventually I grabbed The Mirk and Midnight Hour from audible, but I just couldn’t get any further… I was seriously tempted to cheat and use non-blood relatives just for the better choices XD I think you could use the Hungarian mythology book even though it’s not a retelling. I was flailing for an alternative and the organisers said The Falconer was okay, and its only inspired by “Scottish lore”.

      22 books is such a good goal! That’s just too many for me to attempt in any month. Not to mention I’ve got a weekend break/ convention in August so I’ll probably try for 3 Os and the other 4 as As. That’s 13, I think?

      I totally agree with you! Fave author is super tricky because I’ve read all the books my favourite authors have put out. I’m not keen on rereads during readathons. I’m not sure why… I think maybe it just feels like a waste of time when I’m trying to squeeze so much in? I just picked T Kingfisher because I really liked the 2 of her books I’ve read recently. So maybe more like “a potentially fave author”?

      Hah! Okay Queen of Ieflaria and Baker Thief will be jumping up the priority list. If I make Transfiguration a O subject I should get to both XD If not, I’ll definitely move them to September’s TBR. Although to be honest, I might just do that with everything I don’t get to during the NEWTS anyway. I’m looking forward to Sugar Sky more than Sticks and Bones, but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by McGuire/ Grant, so I’ll have to see how I get on (actually could have used her for “a potentially fave author” too…) Thanks for the heads up though, that’s good to know in advance. Tragic queers are a bug-bear of mine.

      Good luck to you too! I’m looking forward to seeing your updates!

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      1. I only have two books left to finish all 12 prompts, actually. I filled some with short stories and graphic novels, but I also have at least three that are 4-500 pages, so it balances out.

        Yeah, idk what the prompt-makers were thinking there – I’m pretty sure there are more cultures that don’t have retellings than ones that do :/ Inspired by mythology is slightly easier, but it can still be very difficult, and not the same as a retelling anyway.

        I’ll be working in August as well (babysitting) so I don’t want to get /too/ ambitious, but also I read half of Six of Crows while the kid was watching TV, so maybe it won’t affect my reading that much?

        I agree that rereading often feels like a waste – which is a sad thought, but I have more than 400 books on my owned TBR, which would take years to get through even if I never added anything else… so if I kept re-reading things I’d never reach the end.

        “Fave authors” are tricky anyway because I don’t really like someone a favourite if I’ve only read a few of their books, even if I really loved those books. E.g. I enjoyed one specific series by both Seanan McGuire and Martha Wells, but I’ve never read any of their (many) other books, so I don’t want to call the authors themselves favourites, only the specific books I read.

        I definitely could have used the warning. I get that it’s a horror story, but that doesn’t automatically mean you need to go ahead and brutally kill one of your only two queer characters (in this book).

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        1. I used to love babysitting because I got so much done once they were in bed. It’s tough work though so, much respect.
          With fave authors, I feel like it’s something that I have to develop over time? Like, even if I loved 5 of their books this year I wouldn’t feel they were a fave until I’d picked them up over a longer term? I dunno.
          The heritage one was definetly someone with an easy one — like French or German — who just didn’t think it through. XD

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