It’s time for another round of one of my favorite readathons: the Trope-ical Readathon! This readathon is one of the only times I ever make a monthly TBR, haha. My mood-reader brain takes forever to try an build one that I a) won’t get bored with halfway through the month and b) is actually do-able. We’ll see next month whether or not I have achieved this goal.
What is the Trope-ical Readathon, you ask? Well, it’s a month-long, team-based 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!
As for my team this round, after turning traitor in the March round, I’ve decided to go back to my one, true team: Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller! As a fantasy lover, it never makes sense to me that I gravitate to this team, but here we are 😂
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 Mystery/Horror/Thriller Challenges
Team Book (Old)
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This is a book that has floated around my TBR for quite some time. A dark, mermaid tale? Sounds intriguing, but not entirely up my alley. When I saw it was the older team book for this round, though, I figured it was time to give it a go! I know I love Seanan McGuire’s (Mira Grant is a pseudonym) writing, so I’m hoping that I enjoy this one.
Team Challenge #1: Mysterious Invite
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
I couldn’t think of any books on my TBR that included this trope, so thank goodness for the recommendations page for the readathon! I recently finished a different thriller by this author and had a good time with it. The main character did kind of make me want to strangle her, but still a good read. Here’s hoping I like this one just as much or more!
Team Challenge #2: Undead
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
Once again, the recommendations page comes through! I don’t tend to read a lot of books featuring the undead. It’s not where I lean when it comes to horror. But I’ve been eager to read a book by Octavia E. Butler and this seems like the perfect time! I know next to nothing about this book, so fingers crossed that I have a good time with it. Then I’ll be even more hyped to read more from this author!
Now, I’m probably not going to read 16 books next month but, nevertheless, I’ve picked books for all thirteen of the general challenges. We’ll see how many I actually get to!
- Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope/Read a book with multiple authors: A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by
- Love Triangle Trope/Have your followers or friends choose between two books: The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- The New Kid in Town Trope/Read a genre you don’t usually read: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
- Dark Academia Trope/Read a borrowed book: Hide by Kiersten White
- Holiday Trope/Read a book that takes place in a country that is not your own: Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
- Blast from the Past Trope/Read a book written before the year 2000: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
- Mixed Media Trope/Listen to an audiobook or read an ebook: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- (Post) Apocalyptic/Dystopia Trope/Read a comfort read: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Found Family Trope/Read a book that is part of a series: Sword & Pen by Rachel Caine
- Celebrity Trope/Read a book that is celebrity-recommended: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
- Multiple POVs Trope/Read a book with multiple characters of color: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
- Bookish Themes Trope/Read a book with a pun in the title: Winterset Hollow by Jonathon Edward Durham
- Retelling Trope/Read a book that has been adapted to a TV show and/or film: Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar
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!