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.
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.
🌟 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.
🌟 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.
🌟 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.