Hello, again! I’m doing another reading challenge in August because it’s one of the few ways I can create structure for the monstrosity that is my TBR pile. (If you’re wondering when I’m actually going to post a book review again, rest assured that reviews will be coming in the following months as I’m scheduled for several blog tours for amazing books!) The reading challenge is called the Trope-ical Readathon and is co-hosted by Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner Rob. The page with the detailed readathon information is here.
Basically, there are 13 common challenges that every participant can do (each has an alternate prompt as well) and then 5 different teams divided up by genre you can join that each have their own assigned team book plus 2 more challenges. I’m joining Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction. The books you pick for any given challenge, including the team-specific ones, do not have to be of the genres associated with your team, so as a result my TBR is actually very SFF-heavy (which is not surprising if you’re familiar with my reading tastes, lol).
My Common Challenge Book Selections
Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope: The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
Strange Names Trope: The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (male protagonist is an alien named M0Rr1S)
Outbreak/Pandemic Trope: Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel Jose Older (I’m doing the alternate prompt, and this book is the third in a series)
Forbidden Romance Trope: Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
Dystopia Trope: Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
Blast from the Past Trope: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
Mixed Media Trope: The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
Artificial Intelligence Trope: The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
Amnesia Trope: The True Queen by Zen Cho
Enemies to Lovers/Enemies to Friends Trope: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Chosen One Trope: Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
The New Kid in Town Trope: A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
Retelling Trope: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (retelling of the Mahabharata)
My Team Challenge Book Selections
A Coming-of-Age Novel: Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
“War” Trope: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee (set in World War II)
This is a pretty ambitious TBR, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. 🙂
I’m perhaps a little too ambitious about my reading this month because I escaped my reading slump, so I’m participating in multiple reading challenges, LOL. This one is for Korean books and authors and is hosted by booktubers Monica (YouTube/Twitter) and Chloe (YouTube/Twitter). You can find more about the readathon on the official Twitter account @koreadathon.
Here’s what I’ve picked for each prompt!
Group Book (ok this wasn’t chosen by me): The Silence of Bones by June Hur – YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Book with a person on the cover: Rogue Heart by Axie Oh (companion to Rebel Seoul) – YA, Science Fiction
Book translated from Korean: Human Acts by Han Kang – Adult, Historical Fiction
Book featuring a diaspora Korean character: Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim – MG, Contemporary
Book featuring Korean mythology: The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh – MG, Fantasy (Note: this is a secondary world fantasy with worldbuilding that’s inspired by Korean mythology and folklore)