Category: readingchallenge

Readathons: #unsolvedathon, #hamilthon, #fantasyadventureathon and #OWLsReadathon2019

Hamilthon Update


Who Tells Your Story — The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson.

The World Was Wide Enough — Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

Helpless — Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole & Rose Lerner.

My Shot — The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale.

The Election of 1800 — The True Queen (Sorcerer Royal #2) by Zen Cho.

What’d I Miss? — An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) by Seanan McGuire.

The Reynolds Pamphlet — Galatea by Madeline Miller.

Take a Break — Reaper Man (Discworld #11) by Terry Pratchett.

Burn — Wyrd Sisters (Discworld #6) by Terry Pratchett.



My #Hamilthon TBR


For the announcement and sign-up post for the Hamilthon Readathon — where you can find out all the details about how it works and the full list of prompts — click here.

I’ve not decided which of the five paths I’m going to take yet, so I’ve picked something out for each prompt anyway. I think I’m going to go for Alexander and possibly Jefferson though.

Are you taking part in this readathon?

Have you decided what you’ll be reading for it?

Have you read any of my choices? What did you think of them?


#Hamilthon: Readathon Announcement and Sign Up


Welcome to #Hamilthon, a readathon inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical.

The challenge with run throughout the entire month of March — 01 March to 31st March 2019 in your own timezone.

Please feel free to follow the Twitter account (@hamilthon_read) for updates throughout the month and use the hashtag (#hamilthon) so we can follow and RT your progress.

There’s also an Instagram account (@hamilthon_read) you can follow and tag for the photo prompts mentioned later on.

Sign-up by posting a TBR which links back to this post, and add it to the link-up at the very bottom of this post.


Books to Read if You Love Hamilton


If you’re a fan of Hamilton: An American Musical — or even if you’re not — I’ve got a readathon coming up that’s going to be perfect for you!

#Hamilthon will be running throughout the entire month of March, and I’ll have all the information and a sign-up post going up next week on February 11th. So please come back for that!

For the readathon, the prompts will be inspired by the musical, but you can read any book that you think fits: it doesn’t need to be Hamilton-related in any way e.g. one prompt will be “Read a book with a name in the title” so you could read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Jane Eyre or From Twinkle, With Love.

But if you did want to include some really Hamilton-related books into your #Hamilthon TBR — or your TBR in general — I’ve found some pretty interesting ones which you could try. I’ve only read two of these (Hamilton: The Revolution and Burr) so I’d love to hear your thoughts and any other suggestions.


Does the Goodreads Challenge Stress Us Out?

Goodreads Challenge Banner 2019

It’s that time of year again: resolutions, new goals and reading challenges.

Personally, I love reading challenges, readalongs and readathons of all types. They motivate me to read more, meet new fellow readers, dig the depths of my TBR, and try books I otherwise wouldn’t.

Last year I took part in (at least) a readathon of some sort almost every month. This year I’ve already signed up for several year-long challenges (Beat the Backlist, Retelling Bingo, A Daye A Month and PopSugar) along with setting some solo targets of my own (check them all out here). I’ve also got my eye on plenty of week/month long events such as the Magical Readathon and the two I’ll be hosting: Hamilthon (March) and Mythothon #2 (September).

But seeing so many “2019 Goals” posts go up this month has got me thinking: are we putting too much pressure on ourselves?


I think the Goodreads Challenge is the most obvious offender for this. I saw loads of tweets in December looking for short reads, or fanatically trying to cram in a few more books. I hit my Goodreads goal comfortably last year, and I’ve lowered it even further for 2019 to an even 100 books. But to be honest, it’s not Goodreads which gets to me. With all my readathons etc. I clocked up enough books this year that I didn’t even really pay attention to it.

It’s the shorter challenges where my personal problems lie. I love them, but I also really like ticking things off and marking them as done. It’s why I love bullet journaling so much! And, instead of being selective and setting reasonable goals within a challenge I just want to read all the things! To be honest, there were a few times last year when I was so keen to squeeze more books in, I don’t think I really appreciated what I was reading. And, while I hit my yearly numerical target, I think I played things too safe on a monthly basis: avoiding longer, or more challenging books — even those I’m desperate to read — because I knew they’d slow me down.

So, this year I’ve lowered my Goodreads goal. I’ve also decided to be a lot more selective about the challenges I take part in, and to use them to guide my TBRs instead of controlling them. I’m focusing on the longer challenges and some ‘one a month’ groups to space things out more.

Hopefully this way I’ll be able to pick up what I’m in the mood for a bit more often, remove some completely unnecessary stress and have a really enjoyable reading year.


What do you think about setting yourself reading goals?

Do you do it, and if so what are they?

Do you ever feel pressure to meet your targets?

Let me know.

Retellings Reading Challenge Ideas and Suggestions

If you’ve had a look at my 2019 Reading Goals post, you might have noticed that I’ve signed up to take part in Cornerfolds’ Retellings Reading Challenge this year. I saw the challenge, and with how much I adore retellings, I knew I had to join in but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to read. My TBRs are always way off during monthly readathons, so I knew a year-long TBR would be impractical. Instead, I’ve put together all my ideas for each prompt, along with some recommendations of books I’ve enjoyed and think might fit.

Obviously, these could all change. Plus, the Goodreads group is going to have monthly group reads to vote on. So for those 12 books (whatever they end up being), I might just go with the group choice if I’m interested enough.

I hope that, if you’re tempted by this challenge, these might help you fill some of your prompts, and if you’re not doing the challenge, you might just spot some interesting looking retellings to try anyway.

## signifies a book I’ve already read. If I’ve reviewed it, this will link to the review. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just ones I’ve read or am considering reading. Any questions, let me know! If you’ve read any of the ones I haven’t – or have any other ideas – please let me know that too! There were a couple of prompts I really struggled to find a lot for – especially Native American and Egyptian Mythology. I think I have something picked for both, but I’d love more suggestions.

The book I’m leaning towards for each prompt — knowing that my TBRs never stay remotely on track — are in bold.


My 2019 Reading Goals and Challenges


These are my reading goals and challenges for the year as a whole. I’ve decided not to set a Goodreads goal for this year and focus on some more specific challenges I want to join or have set for myself. I’d also like to see if I can find an IRL bookclub in my area (that reads things I might actually like), so I might being doing that too. Some of these will overlap and some will overlap with the Devour Your TBR Group or shorter readathons.

I’ve no idea if this is realistic or possible since I’d like to write more too, but I figure January is the best time for over-inflated expectations.