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Mythothon Round 4 – Announcement and Prompts

This theme is a little bit different from previous rounds. Instead of Greek, Norse or Celtic mythology, we’ll be looking at something a bit more specific. Mythothon Round 4 is inspired by Arthurian legend.

When?

Sign-ups are open now and will remain open throughout the readathon (latecomers are welcome!).

The readathon itself will run from 1st to the 30th April 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 

Follow and tag @mythothon for updates, info and retweets.

Any questions, just let me know!


Sign-ups.

Create a full or partial TBR on any platform that suits you — YouTube, Twitter, blog post, Goodreads etc. — and leave a link in the comments of this post to join up.

That’s it!

Optional: Use the official readathon spreadsheet to track your progress.


The Rules.

If it can be added on Goodreads, it counts. Novellas, graphic novels, audiobooks etc. are all fair game.

You can double up on prompts if you want.

Your TBR can change over the course of the readathon.

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 Arthurian retellings and mythology-inspired books into their TBR, I’ll have a list of suggestions for you to look out for in the coming weeks.


The Teams

You have the choice of three teams in this readathon — one of three magicians:

Morgan le Fay, Merlin or Nimue.

Each team has a group prompt of their own to read.

Morgan le Fay — Read a story about a villainous, misunderstood or morally grey character.

Merlin — Read a book with a witch or wizard.

Nimue, the Lady of the Lake — Read a book set at sea.


The Quest

Once you’ve decided on your magician (and therefore your team and first prompt) you can move onto your quest!

Gather together King Arthur and whichever knights of the Round Table you choose by reading the twelve prompts around the outer circle.

Once you have assembled your allies, save Camelot by reading the final prompt.

Track your progress and that of your team-mates using the readathon spreadsheet, here.

Mythothon Arthur

King Arthur — Read a book featuring royalty.

Sir Lancelot (Arthur’s greatest companion) — Read a book from a favourite author.

Sir Gawain (Known as the Green Knight) — Read a book with the colour green on the cover or in the title.

Sir Percival (the original hero in the quest for the Grail) — Read a book with a shiny cover.

Sir Bors (Arthur’s successor) — Read a sequel. 

Sir Lamorak (one of the best knights but overlooked in the chivalric romance genre) — Read a book you think is under-hyped.

Sir Kay (Arthur’s foster brother) — Read a book with a significant sibling relationship.

Sir Gareth (the youngest knight) — Read a recent addition to your TBR.

Sir Bedivere (returns Excalibur to Nimue) — Read a book with something pointy on the cover.

Sir Galahad (“the most perfect of all knights”) — Read a book with a title that starts with a “G”.

Sir Tristan (falls in love with Isolde) — Read a book with a romance that should be legendary.

Sir Gaheris (“the least well spoken of all his peers”) — Listen to an audiobook or read part of a story aloud. 

**   Camelot — Read a book set in a place you’ve never visited.   **


Group Book

Finally, we have a group book for this round. This is not compulsary — so please dont feel pressured if you can’t get a hold of the book or if it doesn’t appeal to you — but I thought it would be nice for us to have something in common and on-theme. There’s not going to be an official discussion or anything but, of course, you can use the #mythothon tag to share your thoughts.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This is a 2020 release. It’s a YA contemporary-fantasy retelling with Black and queer rep. It’s (currently) got a 4.5 star rating on Goodreads, which is incredible, so I’m very excited to read it with you all. As far as I’m aware, the audiobook is available through both Scribd and Audible but this might well vary by location.

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

If you have any other questions, please comment or contact me via twitter 🙂

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75 thoughts on “Mythothon Round 4 – Announcement and Prompts”

  1. Yay! I’m definitely playing along this time, and at a minimum I want to read the group book. (Hopefully lots more. But that is my minimum goal.) My TBR post will go up on Sunday, and I’ll hopefully remember to come back here and link it up.

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  2. Rough Draft of my TBR:
    TEAM NIMUE= The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
    Group book= Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (will be a reread for me could count for Percival and Tristan if I get swamped)
    King Arthur= Taliesin by Steven R. Lawhead
    Sir Lancelot= Queenslayer by Sebastian de Castell
    Sir Gawain=Hild by Nicola Griffith
    Sir Percival= Crave by Tracy Wolfe
    Sir Bors= Crownbreaker by Sebastian de Castell
    Sir Lamorak= Cold My Heart by Sarah Woodbury
    Sir Kay= The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
    Sir Gareth= King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by M.C. Hall
    Sir Bedivere= The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury
    Sir Galahad= Guinevere Forever by M. L. Bullock
    Sir Tristan= The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
    Sir Gaheris= Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
    Camelot= Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

    (By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar, Half a King by Joe Abercrombie, and Queen Mab by Kate Danley possible substitutes)

    @Visibletouch on Twitter

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      1. I’m actually slowly working my way through attempting my first novel for a fantasy series. The events of the first book take place in Arthurian England, so I’m counting most of my TBR as research. I enjoy seeing the things everyone takes as “truths” about Arthurian Legend vs. the things individuals make their own. Hild, though not Arthurian, is set a hundred to two hundred years later in the Medieval era so there will be some interesting things to compare and contrast historically. I hope they’re all interesting, but if nothing else my stack looks fun (not all for research obviously because I didn’t want to be too overwhelmed by differing lore).

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  3. Team Nimue
    Nimue: The Woman in Cabin 10 (Ruth Ware)
    King Arthur: Anatomy of a Scandal (Sarah Vaughan)
    Favorite Author: The Good Daughter (Karin Slaughter)
    Sir Gawain: The Obsession (Nora Roberts)
    Sir Percival: The Escape Room (Megan Goldin)
    Sir Bors: Freak (Jennifer Hillier)
    Sir Lamorak: If I Disappear (Eliza Jane Brazier)
    Sir Kay: The Family Upstairs (Lisa Jewell)
    Sir Gareth: Six Stories (Matt Wesolowski)
    Sir Bedivere: Siren (Jaimie Roberts)
    Sir Galahad: The Good Girl (Mary Kubica)
    Sir Tristan: The Girl in 6E (A.R. Torre)
    Sir Gaheris: Behind Closed Doors (B.A. Paris)
    Camelot: The Girls Weekend (Jody Gehrman)

    So far, I’ve managed to read only thrillers for all the readathons I’ve done this year. Let’s keep this winning streak going! I’ll probably only get to half these books, but some books are better than no books!

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      1. I just realized I lied a little bit, three times – but one was before it came out, I had an ARC 😂 then once right after it was published, and again in January for another readathon’s group book. It’s really a fabulous read!

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