Do you want to chat about books with Athena? Would your TBR pile make even Hercules’ muscles ache? Do you have a competitive streak to make Achilles wince?
Why not join #mythothon, a month-long readathon inspired by Greek mythology!
Sign-ups are open from now until November and will remain open throughout the readthon (latecomers are welcome!).
The readthon itself will run from 1st to the 30th November in your own timezone.
Please feel free to post Twitter updates, reading sprints, Instagram photos or just generally share how you’re getting on with the readathon using the hashtag #mythothon
Create a full or partial TBR on any platform that suits you — YouTube, Twitter, blog post, Goodreads etc. — and use the link-up at the bottom of this page to join up. I’d really appreciate if you could also provide a link back to this information page in your post. You can share your link for everyone to check out at the bottom of this post.
If it can be added on Goodreads, it counts — novellas, graphic novels, audiobooks etc. are all fair game.
Each book only counts for one square — so choose wisely.
At the end of the month, on 1 December, I’ll put up a post for you to link up your wrap-ups (again, can be on your blog, Twitter, whatever) and select one winner via a random number generator. This will be open for one week.
For any overachievers who manage to fill their board, I’ll have a rafflecopter in the same post for an extra chance to win.
Each winner will be able to select a book of their choice from either Book Depository or Wordery. Winners will be announced on my Twitter account on December 8.
I’m also thinking of running a Twitter chat on the last Saturday of the month so that we can share our blogs, what we’ve been reading and fangirl over our favourite myths etc. (and probably add a lot of books to our TBRS!) If I do, it’d probably run at around 8:30pm GMT. If you’d be interested in this, please let me know.
The board above shows you how the prompts are laid out. It’s entirely up to you how you decide to tackle them. I have another version of the board with text only for reading clarity and easier printing available here, a version with just the symbols which you can fill with titles here, and a downloadable Word Doc checklist MYTHOTHON PROMPTS, for those who’d prefer to work in a more linear fashion.
To be clear, the books you choose DO NOT need to be mythology related to count, they just need to fit the prompt. For anyone who really wants to max their #mythothon game and work more retellings and mythology-inspired books into their TBR, I’ll have a list of suggestions for you on Friday.
Zeus. King of the Gods. God of the Sky. Read a book at least 400 pages long.
Hera. Queen of the Gods. Goddess of Marriage, Mothers and Families. Read a book about royalty.
Hebe. Goddess of Eternal Youth. Read a Middle Grade or Young Adult book.
Poseidon. God of the Sea. Read a book which features the sea – mermaids, pirates, surfers etc.
Hermes. God of Travellers and Thieves. Read a book set in a country not your own.
Aphrodite. Goddess of Love and Beauty. Read a book with a beautiful cover.
The Hydra. Multiheaded Serpent. Read a book with more than one POV.
Iris. Goddess of the Rainbow. Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover or in the title.
Ancient Greece. Read a book set in the past.
Hestia. Goddess of the Hearth. Read the first book in a series.
Dionysus. God of Wine. Celebrate this year by reading a 2018 release.
Achilles and Patroclus. Read a book with an LGBT+ protagonist.
Homer. Read a retelling (of a myth, fairy tale, classic novel etc.)
Hephaestus. God of Fire and Smiths. Read a book with a disabled character.
Ares. God of War. Read a book with a compelling antagonist or a written from the villain’s POV.
Echidna. Mother of Monsters. Read a book about monsters – dragons, zombies, serial killers etc.
Herakles. Read a popular book (define ‘popular’ as you wish).
Gaia. Primordial Earth Goddess. Read a book which was published at least 5 years ago.
Artemis. Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt. Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title.
Athena. Goddess of Wisdom, Strategy and Crafts. Read a book that’s not the first in the series.
Persephone. Goddess of the Underworld and Springtime. Read a book which is less than 200 pages.
Apollo. God of Prophesy, Plague and Poetry. Read a collection of poetry or short stories.
Hades. God of the Underworld and Riches. Read a book which you got for free (library, from a friend, ARC, Kindle offer etc.)
Demeter. Goddess of Agriculture. Read a book with a nature word in the title – e.g. leaf, wind, flower etc.
If you have any other questions, please comment or contact me via twitter 🙂
Link-up for TBRs.