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#Hamilthon TBR

How to cope with not having time to read for fun because you have so many articles to read for university? By putting together a TBR for the next month, of course.

In March, I’ll try my best to participate in #Hamilthon, a readathon based on the songs of the musical.

Note: Some of these are on my February TBR as well, but we’ll see if I have time to read them.

What’d I Miss? — Read a book 5+ years old.

Blueeyedboy

Wait For it — Read a book you’ve been waiting for (a new release, a library hold, or just one you’ve been excited to read).

Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)

My Shot — Read a standalone book.

Bleeding Earth

Burn — Read a book with a fire-related title or cover.

Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers, #1)

Satisfied — Read the last book in a series.

Washington on Your Side — A book featuring a devious plot or cunning scheme.

An Artificial Night (October Daye, #3)

Your Obedient Servant — Read a book with more than one POV.

Helpless — Read a a book featuring a romance or a marriage.

The Kiss Quotient

The Schuyler Sisters — Read a book that’s part of a trilogy.

The Election of 1800 — Read a book set in the past.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)

The World Was Wide Enough — Read a book set in a country (or originally written in a language) not your own.

Beyond the Veil

Take a Break — Finish a book in a day.

Cora and the Nurse Dragon

Who Tells Your Story — Read a book written by a marginalised author.

Like Nobody's Watching

The Reynolds Pamphlet — Read something short (novella, graphic novel etc.)

Herland

Alexander Hamilton — Read a book with a name in the title

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1)

 

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · TBR

My Ambitious July Plans: In Which I Do Like Four Challenges

For July, I’m actually taking part in four different Readathons – pretty ambitious, right? Thankfully, two of those Readathons are “easy” – there isn’t really a minimum requirement, and there are no specific prompts: you’re “just” supposed to read as many books of a certain genre as you can. This way, I’m hoping there will be a lot of overlap between the challenges to make them easier.

First: I’m participating in Sci-Fi July by Kathy, where the main goal is to read as many Sci-Fi books as you can. You can check out my TBR here.

Second: I’m also participating in a Graphic Novel readathon in the Books and Tea book club run by Lauren. Again, the goal is to read as many graphic novels as you can. I won’t post a separate TBR for this one, but I have tons of graphic novels thanks to Humble Bundle’s Summer Reading List, so I’ll try to finish the ones I still have left.

Third: I’m also starting a reading challenge that is not only for one month: Candybook Land! This one involves rolling a dice and playing like you’d play a boardgame, only every square/colour means reading one book. Since I’m doing so many other challenges, I don’t think I’ll set a time limit for this one, just roll another dice whenever I’m done with the previous book for the challenge.

First roll: 5 (square: 5)
Orange – read a book with a romance, where one of the characters is an artist or has an orange cover.

Fourth: Finally, I’m resitting my OWL exam! I first heard about the OWL Readathon by Book Roast in April, and I attempted to complete it then, but I admit that I gave up pretty early. So, technically I’m a troll?

However, I saw on Twitter that in August, Book Roast is hosting a NEWT reading challenge (which is incredibly challenging and I’m so afraid) and some people are taking this opportunity to complete the OWLs challenge in July if they haven’t yet. One of them is me. Wish me luck so I can actually complete it this time!

For the OWLs, there are three fail grades and three pass grades. Since I intend to pass this time, I’ll only list the passing grades here:

  • Acceptable – Complete two subjects
  • Exceeded Expectations – Complete three subjects
  • Outstanding – Complete five subjects
  • Bonus – Complete all twelve subjects

Obviously, I would be very happy if I managed to complete all twelve (and reading twelve books a month isn’t that far-fetched), but I’d like to do five at the very least to get that Outstanding mark.

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And here’s my current plan! As you can see, the subjects in yellow are the ones I definitely want to complete (because those are my favourite subjects, duh. Also, the ones that are most… Hufflepuff-y?)

Ancient Runes: The Dry Season (The Lost Fields 0.5) by Cassidy Taylor
Artihmancy: Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth (SF)
Astronomy: Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka (SF) (GN)
Care of Magical Creatures: The Better to Kiss You With by Michelle Osgood
Charms: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
DADA: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Divination: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Herbology: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire OR For Whom The Roses Grow by Rebekah Blackmore
History of Magic: Moving Pictures by Kathryn Immonen (GN)
Muggle Studies: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
Potions: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Transfiguration: Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee (SF)

I kinda wish there was more overlap with my other two challenges, but maybe I can rework this TBR later. For now, these are the books I found that fit the given prompts.

Are you participating in any readathons or challenges in July?

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo

Marvel-A-Thon TBR

I’m not sure whether it’s obvious or not, but I actually love doing readathons and challenges. I’m involved in two year-long challenges: Around the Year in 52 books, as well as the Lesbian Book Bingo. I’ve looked into some other year-long challenges as well, but I found that there were many repetitions or just topics I’m simply not interested in.

That doesn’t mean I can’t do month-long challenges, though. In March, I participated in IndieAthon, and the need to fill my entire bingo square motivated me so much that it was my most popular reading month so far this year. So of course, I can’t pass up the chance to participate in a month-long reading challenge that is centered around Marvel movies.

Marvel-A-Thon is being organised by Jamieson over at Jamieshelves, and it has categories based on Marvel movies, divided into the three Phases. You’re supposed to complete one Phase before moving on to the next, although you are allowed two skips per Phase. The goal is, of course, to complete as many challenges as you can and proceed to the last Phase.

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Since I have plenty of ARCs that I’m behind on, as well as books I’ve been waiting to read for months, I tried to fit those into the categories instead of picking up new books. Let’s see how well I succeeded. Of course, these are just plans, so I might end up reading completely different books for a given challenge.

PHASE ONE

🌟 Iron Man: First book in a series

  • I’ve had more trouble with this than expected, because apparently I read more standalones lately. Eden Wakes by C. S. Harte fits the bill, and I have an ARC of it.

🌟 Hulk: Book with a green cover

  • This could be either Into the Mystic Volume 3, or The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan.

🌟 Iron Man 2: Unpopular book

  • I chose to interpret “unpopular” as having few ratings on Goodreads, and not necessarily bad ratings. Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth has 22 ratings, so it works.

🌟 Thor: Book involving mythology

  • I really should catch up on both Magnus’s and Apollo’s adventures, so this will be either The Ship of the Dead or The Dark Prophecy. It could also be Outrun the Wind, but that one is only published in November so it’s a little early for it.

🌟 Captain America: Book set in World War II

  • This is going to be a cliché answer, but I still haven’t read The Book Thief and I’ve been planning it for a while. Alternatively, All The Light We Cannot See could work too.

🌟 The Avengers: A book with multiple perspectives

  • I think The Art of Escaping has this? Honestly, I can’t think of any books off the top of my head that have multiple perspectives, because that’s something you can’t really know unless somebody tells you, or you pick up the book. So, if I read something with multiple perspectives, I’ll put it here.

PHASE TWO

🌟 Iron Man 3: A book that will challenge you

  • Around the Year in 52 books has a similar prompt (a book that intimidates you), and the ones I planned to read for it are either Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, or Watership Down. Reading either of those would be two birds with one stone.

🌟 Thor: Dark World: A book with siblings

  • I’m accepting recommendations for this one, because I suddenly have no idea. The MC of Baker Thief definitely has a twin, but I’m not sure how important the sibling relationship is.

🌟 Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Main character is a villain or anti-hero

  • Reading Not Your Villain for this would be an interesting subversion of the prompt, so I might just do that. Ignite the Stars has a criminal MC, so that could also work.

🌟 Guardians of the Galaxy: Set, written in or involving the 80s

  • So what I did is that I went on my Goodreads TBR, set it to sort books based on publishing date, and scrolled to the 80s. I’ve been really curious about Octavia E. Butler’s work, so Wild Seed could be a good pick. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson is another one I’ve been planning to read — and Briar Rose by Jane Yolen, a book I picked up solely because it was so cheap, was apparently also written in the 80s?

🌟 Age of Ultron: A book involving AI

  • I’m pretty sure the Murderbot Diaries have AIs somewhere, so if I was accepted for Rogue Protocol on NetGalley, that would be great. Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising is a companion book to Mass Effect: Andromeda where the SAM AIs are quite important, but I don’t think they’re involved in the book itself… The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet apparently has AIs, maybe? And Boots for the Gentleman and The Cyberiad are also on a Goodreads list featuring AIs.

🌟 Ant Man: A book involving a heist or thieves

  • Six of Crows would be an obvious for this one, but The Palace Job is another one I’ve been dying to read. Baker Thief is also an obvious choice, although then I’m not sure what I’d put in the sibling category.

PHASE THREE

🌟 Civil War: A book about rivalry or enemies

  • I’m drawing a blank on this one. A lot of books have some kind of enemies, but I can’t think of one where there’s a significant central rivalry. I don’t know much about City of Strife and City of Betrayal, but from the titles, maybe they would fit?

🌟 Doctor Strange: A book that involves medicine

  • The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone is a medical f/f romance that I’ve been meaning to read for the Lesbian Book Bingo.

🌟 GOTG: Vol 2: A book set in space

  • The Humans Wanted anthology is something I’ve been meaning to read.

🌟 Spider-Man: YA book involving secrets

  • I’m pretty sure The Nowhere Girls involves secrets in some way.

🌟 Thor: Ragnarok: A popular book

  • When Dimple Met Rishi or American Panda are both popular.

🌟 Infinity War: A book that fulfills multiple challenges

  • Anything I mentioned twice could work, so I’ll see which book I listed but didn’t read for the other categories. This is in Phase three, so it will take a while to get here anyway.

🌟 Black Panther: #ownvoices book with a black main character

  • The obvious choice is Let’s Talk About Love or maybe Akata Witch, but I’m sure I have more if I look around.

🌟 Captain Marvel: A book with a female MC

  • Most books I read have female MCs, so this could be almost anything, including a lot of the titles I already listed above. Basically a freebie. But maybe Sadie or Not Her Daughter?

🌟 Avengers 4: A book you don’t know anything about

  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus is certainly a book I know nothing about, but with that title, how could I not pick it up?

Are you planning to participate in this Readathon? Or maybe not this one, but do you like Readathons in general? Feel free to recommend me some, especially month-long ones.

~ Alexa