February is over and March has begun. We all know what that means, right? Of course we do! It’s time for another round of the Trope-ical Readathon! This super fun readathon happens once or twice in the year and is usually the only time I actually bother with a TBR, haha.
What is the Trope-ical Readathon, you ask? Well, it’s a month-long readathon created and run by Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner, @BookRob, that centers around reading books that feature specific “tropes”. Think stuff like “found family” and the ever contested “love triangle”. There are thirteen general prompts geared towards thirteen different tropes, so there’s bound to be at least a couple you love!
It’s also a team based challenge, so all the points you gain from reading during March go towards whatever team you choose. There are quite a few teams, so you are spoiled for choice! After many rounds on Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller, I have stabbed them in the back and abandoned them for my one true love… Team Fantasy! Each team also has two challenges and a choice to read an “old” or “new” team book.
I’m sure you might have more questions about this awesome readathon as I’m crap at explaining things, so if you want all the relevant information straight from the source, head over to the Trope-ical Readathon Information page.
For now, though, let me share with you what books I’ve picked to read this round!
Team Fantasy Challenges
Team Book (New)
The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman
I received this book in an OwlCrate box and have been wanting to pick it up ever since! First of all, the cover is stunning. Second of all, it sounds absolutely incredible. This book may have been the reason I switched sides, ngl. Of course, you can read any of the team books, but I’m a slow reader… I know I’m only gonna get to one and that had better be my team book.
Team Challenge #1: The Woods
The Shadows by Alex North
I had no idea what I was going to do for this challenge at first. I’m trying to stick with mostly books I own to help #BeatTheBacklog, but I couldn’t think of anything that heavily featured the woods or a forest! That’s where the handy Recommendations page helped out. This book was mentioned and it’s definitely on my owned TBR. Win-win!
Team Challenge #2: Quest
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
That’s right, y’all, I’m going to finally read The Fifth Season! I always try to focus on my team challenges during this readathon, so this book is definitely getting read. I’m so excited to finally be picking it! And it definitely involves a quest as our main character is in search of her kidnapped daughter. I might have to start with this one first!
Now, as mentioned above, I’m a slower reader, so I’m only going to feature three general challenges that I think I’ll be able to complete during March. I’ve picked books for all of the challenges, but that is definitely a stretch goal, lol.
Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Edward Durham
I figured I would focus on some of my favorite tropes and this is in the top five! And the book I’ve chosen features a group of friends that discover the setting for their favorite childhood book is real. Real… but a bit twisted. The author sent me a copy for a review and now seems like the perfect time to tackle it.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Found family is another of my top-tier tropes. I love a bunch of lonely, broken people finding each other and helping each other to find a home. I’ve heard the found family in this book is on point, so I’m pumped to give it a read! What’s one more series to add to the stack of series I’m currently reading, hahahaha… ha…
A Psalm of Storms & Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
This isn’t necessarily a favorite trope, but I have noticed an exorbitant amount of books I read and enjoy have this in them. Is it because I read a lot of YA? Probably. Anyways, this gives me a chance to complete a series since I’ll be starting a few this month! I’m eager to see how Karina and Malik’s stories end.
- Love Triangle/Have your followers or friends choose between two books: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Platonic Partnership/Read a book with a buddy (or buddies): Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid
- Food Theme/Read a “meaty” book (over 500 pages long): The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
- Blast from the Past/Read a book written before the year 2000: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
- Mixed Media/Listen to an audiobook or read an ebook: Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow
- (Post) Apocalyptic/Read a comfort read: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Morally Grey Protagonist/Read a book you previously DNFed: Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist
- Multiple POVs/Read a book with multiple characters of color: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
- The New Kid in Town/Read a genre you don’t usually read: Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
- Retelling/Read a book that has been adapted (TV/film): The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
There we have it! All the books I plan to read for the Trope-ical Readathon! And quite a few maybes because I know my limits, heh. Who knows, maybe I’ll actually get to my entire TBR this time. Probs not, but it’s nice to shoot for the stars 😂
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!