If you’ve been around the blog for any amount of time, you know I’m not one for monthly TBRs. I’m a mood reader (when I haven’t overbooked myself on blog tours 😅) and rarely stick to a reading plan throughout the month. The exception to this rule is when I’m participating in a readathon, which is brings us to the reason for this post. Today, I’ll be sharing my TBR for the Trope-ical Readathon! I participated in this last year and had such a great time! This will be occurring throughout the month of March and I’m so excited to participate again 💖
The Trope-ical Readathon was created by the awesome Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner, Rob. It’s focused around reading books that fit into certain bookish tropes. This is also a team-based challenge, where you chose a side and earn points to try and bring your team out on top! The five teams you can chose from are:
- Team Romance
- Team Science Fiction/Fantasy
- Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller (the best team *coughcough*)
- Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction
- Team Non-Fiction/Poetry
Each team has a team book and team challenges and there are general challenges, as well. For all the relevant information, check out the Trope-ical Readathon info page!
As mentioned above, there are five teams that you can chose to join when you register. I have stuck with my choice from last time and will be reading for Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller. The team books and challenges for the winning team *wink* are:
Note: All the challenge images were created by Jenny @ JenJenReviews.
Team Challenge 1: Read a book with the “Haunted House” trope
Team Challenge 2: Read a book with the “Whodunit” trope
New Team Book: The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Old Team Book: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
To add to the individual team challenges, there are also 13 general challenges that you can read for extra points. The common challenges are:
- Absent/Dead Parent(s) 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. Alternatively, read a book that has more than one “parent” (i.e. multiple authors).
- War Setting Trope: Read a book centered around the theme of war. This works for real wars (like WWII) or for other types of wars (like ones you find in fantasy). Alternatively, read a book that you can use as a weapon. I.e. a book that is over 500 pages.
- Small Town Trope: Read a book that takes place in a small town. Alternatively, read a book with a small (i.e. one-word) title.
- Coming-of-Age Trope: Read a book where the protagonist goes through a process of self-discovery. Alternatively, (re)read a book that shaped who you are as a person/reader.
- Dystopia Trope: Read a book that takes place in a dystopia. Alternatively, read a book that someone else has chosen for you.
- Blast from the Past Trope: Read a book where the MC encounters someone from their past. Alternatively, read a book written before the year 2000.
- Mixed Media Trope: Read a book that includes letters, texts, emails, etc. Alternatively, listen to an audiobook.
- Artificial Intelligence Trope: Read a book that features an AI. Alternatively, read an ebook.
- Boarding School Trope: Read a book that takes place in a boarding school. Alternatively, read a buddy-read with your friend(s).
- Enemies to Lovers/Enemies to Friends Trope: Read a book that involves enemies learning to love/like each other. This includes hate-to-love/like as well. Alternatively, read a book that you previously DNFed.
- Multiple POVs Trope: Read a book told through multiple points-of-view. Alternatively, read a book with multiple characters of color.
- The New Kid in Town Trope: Read a book where the MC(s) have just moved to a new place. Alternatively, read a genre you don’t usually read.
- Retelling Trope: Read a book that is a retelling. Alternatively, read a book that has been adapted to a TV show and/or film.
Now, I know myself and I know there is NO WAY that I’m going to read over 13 books in March. It just ain’t happening 😅😂 So I’m focusing on my team challenges and I have a couple of the common challenges that I chose to focus on. I have picked out some books for the other common challenges, as well, but they aren’t officially on the TBR. We’ll be lucky if I get through the five books that I’ve chosen! So let’s go through what I’ll be reading.
Thriller Team Book
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Team Challenge #1:
Haunted House Trope
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Team Challenge #2:
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Small Town Trope
Alternatively: Small Title
Nightbooks by J.A. White
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
(Jane Eyre retelling)
The other possibilities:
- Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope: Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
- War Setting Trope: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan
- Coming-of-Age Trope: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
- Dystopia Trope: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
- Blast from the Past Trope (Alternatively, read a book written before the year 2000): American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Mixed Media Trope: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Artificial Intelligence Trope: Artifical Condition by Martha Wells
- Boarding School Trope: Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
- Enemies to Lovers/Enemies to Friends Trope: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
- Multiple POVs Trope: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
- The New Kid in Town Trope: Horrid by Katrina Leno
There you have it! I’m excited to get to all of these books and I’m ready to help bring Team M/H/T a win! Will you be participating in the Trope-ical Readathon? Did you post your own TBR? If so, drop me a link in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!