Hello beautiful people!
I am so excited to be participating in another readathon and this one caught my attention immediately. Honestly it took me so long to pick what books to read because I had a lot of options, but at the same time I felt they didn’t fit the prompts.
I am not sure I’ll be able to read all of these books, but I will try my best. I also don’t know if I’ll stick to this list, but knowing myself, I’ll probably end up changing a few books because mood reader.
Basically, this readathon is about tropes. There are 5 teams based on different genres, each team has 2 challenges and a book team, but there are other 13 common challenges. In total, that’s 15 challenges per person, plus the book team. I suck at explaining things, so I will leave the link here to the announcement post and all the important information, in case you’re interested to know more.
But enough of me making this introduction way longer than necessary, let’s get to my August TBR.
I’m starting with the common challenges and after that I’ll tell you which team I’m in and my book choices for the team challenges.
Absent/dead parent trope: read a book where the MC’s parents are either absent throughout the book or have passed away prior to the start of the book.
For this prompt I chose Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I read the synopsis and there’s no mention of a parent lol I hope my deduction skills are not playing me wrong.
Strange names trope: read a book where a character has a weird name.
This one was hard because there are a lot of books where the characters’s names are weird or I have no idea how to pronounce. I chose Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This book has been on my TBR for so long so I thought this readathon was the perfect moment for me to finally read it!
Outbreak/pandemic trope: read a book featuring an outbreak or a pandemic.
Once again I was letting my deduction skills help me pick a book, then I remembered a friend has read this book and I asked her so now I know for sure the book truly fits this prompt. I’m talking about Pestilence by Laura Thalassa.
Forbidden romance trope: read a book involving a forbidden or off-limits romance.
I chose The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. I’m hoping the synopsis is not deceitful because from the sound of it, it seems like the romance is considered forbidden.
Dystopia trope: read a book that takes place in a dystopia.
I had a few options for this one, but I decided to go for a book I’ve had in my TBR for so, so long. That’s The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. I just hope I still like dystopias because it’s been so long since I last read one.
Blast from the past trope: read a book where the MC encounters someone from their past.
For this one I’m doing the alternative prompt which is to read a book written before the year 2000. This only means one thing, I have to pick a classic and what classic did I choose? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read it at school a very long time ago, I thought I reread was necessary.
Mixed media trope: read a book that includes letters, texts, emails, etc.
Suddenly it was so hard to find a book that includes letters or texts or things like that. Then I remembered Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. I’ve seen a few people on the book community recommending this book so I hope it includes letters and I hope I like it too.
Artifical Intelligence trope: read a book that features an AI.
Once again, I’m reading the alternative for this prompt which is to read an ebook. Honestly any book I’ve mentioned so far can fit this prompt because I’ve been doing all my reading on my kindle. However, I decided to pick a book anyway and I chose Warcross by Marie Lu. I’ve had it for so long in my TBR and I’ve been in the mood to read it lately so yeah.
Amnesia trope: read a book where one of the characters doesn’t remember who they are.
Once again I chose the alternative prompt, read a book that you forgot about on your TBR or bookshelf. I chose The Summer of Chasing Mermairds by Sarah Ockler because well, I always forget I have in my list until I look at it.
Enemies to lovers/enemies to friends trope: read a book that involves enemies learning to love/like each other.
This is one of my favorite tropes so I had a few options but I narrowed it down to two, Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren or The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller. It’ll be so funny if I end up reading a completely different book from these two lol.
Chosen one trope: read a book where the MC is “The Chosen One”.
I’m reading the alternative which is to read a book that someone else has chosen (or recommended) for you. My brother chose for me here, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.
The new kid in town trope: read a book where the MC(s) have just moved to a new place.
Again, I chose the alternative which is to read a genre you don’t usually read. I don’t usually read thrillers so I picked One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.
Retelling trope: read a book that is a retelling.
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao is dark retelling of Anastasia, or at least that’s what people have said about it.
We’re almost done. I was torn between the romance team and the sci-fi/fantasy team because those are my favorite genres, but I liked more the team book for the romance team. My two challenges are to read a book with the fake dating trope, I picked The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang; and to read a book with the anonymous messaging trope, I picked Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter.
And finally the team book is One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London.
I know this was long, but I hope you enjoyed reading my choices for this readathon. If you’re interested in it, make sure to check out their Twitter for more info or updates. I think August is going to be a super cool and fun reading month.
Until the next post!
Happy reading 💙