As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not usually one to do a monthly TBR. One of the few exceptions to this rule is when I’m participating in a month-long readathon. And one of my favorite readathons happens to be having a round in August! That’s why today’s post is going to be all about my Trope-ical Readathon TBR!
So what is this readathon all about? As I’m sure you can probably guess from the name, it’s where you read books that feature certain tropes. Ya know, like “The Chosen One” or, one of my faves, “found family”. This is a competitive readathon, so the books you read count for a certain amount of points and there are different teams representing a variety of genres. I’m bad at describing the rules, so you can read all about them here!
I had a tough time choosing my team this round because I always tell myself I should rep my fave genre (Team Fantasy!), but I’ve been on the same team the last two times I participated in the Trope-ical Readathon (Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller!). I do love my fantasy, but, once again, I went with the spooky team, lol. Now, there are different challenges for each individual team as well as a group of general challenges for all to enjoy. As I’m not 100% sure I can get through over ten books in one month, I’ve chosen to focus on the team challenges and sprinkle in a couple of books for the general challenges. I have picked a book for each challenge, but we all know I’m not getting to all of them 😂
Alright, now it’s time to show what I’m actually planning to read!
Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller Challenges
As I mentioned, I’m mainly focusing on the challenges for my team. Here are the three books I’ll be reading to accomplish them!
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
I can’t express how much I’m excited to read this book! As soon as I saw it as one of the team book choices for Team M/H/T, I knew I was going to be participating this round, lol. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book and I’ve been craving some more horror in my life. I’ve also not really delved into YA horror, so I’m eager to give this one a go!
“Is It Supernatural?”
Wicked Little Deeds by Kat Ellis
This challenge is focusing on the trope of the characters (and the readers) not knowing if whatever is causing spooky happenings is an actual supernatural baddie or just a Scooby Doo villain. I’m not 100% sure this book counts, but the synopsis does say that our main character starts to wonder if “the local legends are true”, so I think that counts! I’m reading this book for a The Write Reads blog tour and I can’t wait!
“Locked Room Mystery”
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I’ve been wanting to read something by Lucy Foley for a long time, so I thought this was the perfect time! I suppose this is less of a “locked room” and more of a “stuck on island” mystery, but it counts. The premise makes me think of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, which is my favorite Christie, so I’m hoping to love it. And, if I do, I have a new mystery author to explore!
So I’ve picked a book for each of these prompts, but ya girl is not a fast reader, so I’ll be focusing on three! If I get to more of the rest, great! If not, I’ll still feel like I put in a good effort, lol. The three prompts/books I’ve decided to go with are:
Fireborn by Aisling Fowler
This is another tour book for The Write Reads. Look at me trying to be efficient 😉 This middle grade fantasy sounds like it’s going to be epic! I’ve been promised monsters and a protagonist seeking revenge and I am here for it! Also, the cover is doing lot for me. Here’s hoping it’s just as wonderful on the inside!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Finally, an excuse to bump this beauty up my TBR! Also, found family is one of my favorite tropes, so you know I was going to try and fit this one in. This book has been everywhere as of late and, from the sounds of it, I’m going to love it. I’m excited to pick this one up and learn what all the fuss is about!
New Kid in Town
The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara
And here we have yet another blog tour book, lol. This one can also work for the alternate prompt on this challenge as it’s definitely a genre (romance) I don’t usually read. Not saying that I don’t like romance! It’s just not what I gravitate towards. Still, this sounds like it’s going to be a fun ride (get it???) so I’m happy to get the chance to read it.
There ends my “official” TBR! Now let’s go over the books I’ve chosen for the other challenges. I think I’ll be able to get to a few of the shorter ones, and there are some buddy reads on here that I’m hoping to complete in August, so I’m sure I’ll get a few more of these done. But I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t get to all of them.
- Time Loop/A reread: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
- Coming-of-Age/Protagonist is same age as you: Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Food themed/Over 500 pages: The Blood of the Spear by Mark Timmony
- Blast from the Past/Published before 2000: Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
- Mixed Media/Audiobook or e-book: Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
- (Post)Apocalyptic/Fire on the Cover: Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
- Historical Figure/Published in 2021: Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
- Happens in 1 Day/Read in 24 hours: A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers
- Multiple POVs/Multiple POC characters: Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
- Retelling/TV or Movie Adaptation: Malice by Heather Walter
And there we have it! All the books that I plan and hope to read for the Trope-ical Readathon. I’m really loving this TBR and I’m really excited to get to quite a few books on this list. And, who knows? Maybe I’ll have my best reading month of 2021 and read all of the books I picked out! Fingers crossed for me, y’all.
Are you participating in the Trope-ical Readathon. Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!