Trope-ical Readathon TBR: March 2023

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another round of the Trope-ical Readathon! I’ve been participating in this readathon for the last couple of years and it’s one of my favorites. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the only readathons I make a point to do every year! It’s a lot of fun and I always have my best reading months when I join in.

Before I tell you what I’m planning on reading this round, why don’t I tell you more about the actual readathon. The Trope-ical Readathon is a month-long, team-based readathon created and run by Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner, @BookRob. It 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!

There are also team-based challenges for each of the individual teams. You can click here to learn more about the teams and their challenges, but I’m going to focus on the team I picked for this round. I’m usually a Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller woman, but this March, I’ve decided to make a pivot. I’m joining up with Team Fantasy and it feels like coming home, haha.

All that said, let me share all the prompts and what I’m hoping to read for each one!

Team Fantasy Challenges

Team Book (New)

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi

I’m not gonna lie. This book is what cinched my team choice this year. I’m not a fast reader, so I always try to pick the team with a team book I’m interested in. I know you can read any and all of the team books, but that’s never gonna happen with me when there are already so many other prompts! After reading (and loving!) The Gilded Wolves, I’ve been wanting to pick up something else from this author. I’m excited to give it a read!

Team Challenge #1: Gods/Mythology Trope

Godkiller by Hannah Kaner

I was having a tough time coming up with a book for this prompt. Not that I don’t have a ton of books that would work for mythology (I have so many retellings, y’all), but none of them were piquing my interest. Then I remembered that I had recently received this book in an Illuimcrate box! It was kismet. I figured a book about a woman that kills gods for a living has to work, haha. Also it’s kind of gorgeous and I kind of can’t wait to read it.

Team Challenge #2: Gaslamp Fantasy

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

This was a tough prompt for which to find a book because I wasn’t 100% what counts as ‘gaslamp’. So I searched the genre on Goodreads and picked the first book I found listed that I owned 😂 Well… not the first book. That was Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell and there was no way I was reading that chonky boi this month. Besides, I’ve been wanting to give this book a read for a long time. It sounds like it would be right up my alley!

General Challenges

  • Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope/Read a book with multiple authors: Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal
  • Love Triangle Trope/Have your followers or friends choose between two books: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Boarding School Trope/Read a book with someone else (i.e. a buddy/group read: The Spite House by Johnny Compton
  • Dark Academia Trope/Read a borrowed book: Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo
  • Holiday Trope/Read a book that takes place in a country that is not your own: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
  • Blast from the Past Trope/Read a book written before the year 2000: Bloodlaced by Courtney Maguire
  • Mixed Media Trope/Listen to an audiobook or read an ebook: I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers 
  • (Post) Apocalyptic/Dystopia Trope/Read a book with 500+ pagesPlain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
  • Found Family Trope/Read a book that is part of a series: One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig
  • Coming-of-Age Trope/Read a self-published or indie book: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Multiple POVs Trope/Read a book with multiple characters of color: Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
  • Bookish Themes Trope/Read a book with a pun in the title: The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins
  • Retelling Trope/Read a book that has been adapted to a TV show and/or film: Alliana, Girl of Dragons by Julie Abe

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!

2 thoughts on “Trope-ical Readathon TBR: March 2023

  1. I always see so many people taking part in this readathon and I always get such FOMO but I have zero capacity to even consider joining this year. 😂 I hope you enjoy all these books and have fun with the readathon! Happy reading!

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