If you’ve been paying attention, #MarvelAThon is a readathon organised by Jamishelves in the month of June, and the goal is to read one book based on every Marvel movie in the first three Phases. That means 21 books total.
Reading 21 books, of course, is super ambitious. Even with having basically nothing but free time, I usually read between 9 and 15 books a month. There are a few tricks/loopholes to help you with the readathon, e.g. you can use two skips per Phase, and if you read a book with a buddy, you get an extra book.
Unfortunately, I was never good at buddy reads – they require you and a friend to be interested in AND own a copy of the same book, and then you even have to read it at the same time? Given that my reading pace can be unpredictable, that sounds like torture.
I also want to challenge myself by not using any skips, so… my plan for getting through this 21 books is to fill as many prompts with graphic novels as possible. I’d like to say I’m doing pretty well so far.
Since this month is also Pride month, I do my best to read books with queer main characters – which is what I do most of the time anyway, but in this case, if I have several available options for a prompt, I go with the queer one.
Now, with all that out of the way, let’s look at how I completed Phase One (and how I didn’t follow my original TBR at all.)
IRON MAN – First book in a series
Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson
🏳️🌈 This was an adorable graphic novel with beautiful art style about a sapphic teenager who wants to be the in-house detective of the resort where she and her dad work at. I actually read the first two volumes and they were both great, and the romance is really cute.
HULK – A book with a green cover
Into the Mystic Vol. 3 by NineStar Press
🏳️🌈 Into the Mystic is a series of anthologies with F/F paranormal stories, and lesbian/bisexual protagonists in every story. This volume had nine paranormal stories, and my review of it will be posted on The Lesbrary on the 10th of June. I cheated a little because I actually started this book in May and finished it on the first day of June, but that counts as a June read for me.
IRON MAN 2 – An unpopular book
Free Chocolate by Amber Royer
This is my only non-queer read in this phase, but with that title, I simply had to read it. It turned out to be a fun space opera with lots of drama and tension. Nothing too remarkable, but a fun read regardless. My review of it will be posted soon on this blog.
THOR – A book involving mythology
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
🏳️🌈 As far as I know, this is the last book in the Magnus Chase trilogy (although correct me if I’m wrong, Riordan loves to go on and on). I still don’t like Norse mythology as much as Greek mythology, but this book had my beautiful genderfluid child, Alex Fierro, and my beautiful golden son, Magnus Chase, who is totally unfazed about kissing a guy.
CAPTAIN AMERICA – A book set in World War II
DC: Bombshells Vol. 1 – Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett
🏳️🌈 Maybe it’s ironic to read a DC comic for a Marvel readathon, but I think Captain America would be honored to fight with any of the Bombshells and kick some Nazi ass. Also, this volume was gloriously queer: it had two F/F couples + Wonder Woman, who we all know is bisexual even if it wasn’t clearly stated in this particular volume.
THE AVENGERS – A book with multiple perspectives
The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan
🏳️🌈 This book took some time to get into, but once I forced myself through the first part, I ended up genuinely enjoying the rest. My favourite character was Frankie, the 14-year-old genius kid whose every word was gold. The protagonist is Mattie, a straight girl who wants to be an escape artist, but there is a secondary POV character, Will, who is a gay boy.
And now, on to Phase Two! That one has six books as well, so maybe I can finish it soon.
Are you participating in MarvelAThon or any other readathon this month? How is it going?