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!

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February 2023 TBR

Hello, reader!

I’m back with another monthly TBR! The fact that I’m continuing with this in February should let you know how well it worked out in January. Spoiler for my January wrap up, but I read everything but two of the books on that TBR and I’m pretty proud of it! I also picked up quite a few books that weren’t on my TBR, but I really think having a structured list to refer to helped keep my reading on track.

That being said, it’s time to keep this TBR train running and let you know what I’m planning to read in February!

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  • Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke (my 12 friends, 12 recommendations read of the month!)
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January 2023 TBR

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If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I don’t typically do TBRs. Mostly because I’m a mood reader and I had convinced myself that TBRs are not my thing. I discovered last year, though, that any month where I actually made a TBR (typically for a readathon) I not only read more, but I found it less daunting when deciding what to read next. So… dare I say that I might be jumping on the TBR train?

Well, clearly I am, else this post wouldn’t exist 😂

I’m excited to give TBRs a go in 2023 and see if it helps me to reach my bookish goals for the year. Now, I’m gonna say right now that there may be more books on this TBR than I’ll actually be able to get to in January, but I’m going to give it my best shot! And if I don’t manage to read them all, I’m not going to beat myself up about it.

All that being said, let’s get to what I’m hoping to read in January!

  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
  • What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
  • Slappy, Beware! by R.L. Stine (my 12 friends, 12 recommendations book of the month)
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