Trope-ical Readathon TBR: March 2022

Hello, reader!

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!

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Trope-ical Readathon TBR: Round Five

Hello, reader!

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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!

Team Book

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!

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Trope-ical Readathon TBR

Hello, reader!

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed a distinct lack in a pretty popular post among book bloggers: TBR posts. That’s because I am someone who is very much a mood reader. When I’m not reading books for review or for blog tours, I choose ones simply based on what sounds good to me at the moment. For that reason, I don’t tend to make monthly TBRs because it’s likely to change at the drop of a hat.

The one exception to this rule, of course, is when I participate in month-long readathons. And I just so happen to be doing so in August. The Trope-ical Readathon sounded like too much fun to pass up! It’s a competitive readathon created by Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner, Rob. The prompts are based off of popular bookish tropes and it runs through the entire month of August. If you’d like more information or want to register yourself, follow this link.

Now, it’s time to take a look at what I’ll be reading!

A Team Challenge

So I mentioned that this readathon is competitive, right? What does any competition need? Teams, of course! There are five teams to choose from that are genre-based:

  • Team Romance
  • Team Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller
  • Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction
  • Team Non-Fiction/Poetry

Now, the idea is to choose the team that represents your favorite genre, but there are approximately eleventy billion people on Team Science Fiction/Fantasy, so I thought I’d try to even the playing field a little. That’s why I chose Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller!

Those are definitely my second favorite genres, after all. And it helps that I’m dying to read the team book!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was โ€œborn of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.โ€

With Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday, this week’s TTT is all about love! You would think it would be easy to come up with a topic centering around love and books, right? Not so much for me this week. I’ve been training in a new section at work and my brain has been mush by the time I get home. I can barely focus on reading, let alone being creative!

But I finally settled on a topic! I’m going to talk about the top themes or tropes I love in books! You may remember me mentioning that I’m still learning what I love in books, though, so this is list is going to stop way before ten, heh. I’ve got five things that, when done well, make me fall for a book every time. So, without further ado, here are my…

Top Five Book Tropes/Themes I Love

#1. Books about books

I mean, this one is probably pretty obvious because I’ve mentioned it quite a few times, but I love a good book about books! Or a book within a book! Unf, give me all of those. I think I connect with this theme so much because, usually, there is a character in the book that loves books just as much as I do. It’s amazing to be able to connect to character that shares a similar passion and hear them describe their love with far prettier words than I’m ever able to conjure. I feel very seen.

Some examples: The Starless Sea, The Great Library series, The Thirteenth Tale

#2. A game/puzzle aspect

If a book contains some type of game or puzzle aspect, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to read it. My enjoyment of the book depends on how fleshed out the game/puzzle becomes throughout the story. I don’t like when it’s just there for flash, but when it becomes an integral part of the story, it’s just… *chef’s kiss* Can’t get enough of it!

Some examples: Ready Player One, The Westing Game, SLAY


I mean, who doesn’t love a good adventure? I love when someone (or, better yet, a group of someones who may or may not get along) has to go on a journey to find the thing/save the village/murder the big baddie. I get so invested in their quest and have a burning need to know how it ends! Because, at my core, I’m a big softie who loves a happy ending. Not to say that I’m going to hate a book with death and mayhem and no happily ever after. I just like when there’s at least hope after a long journey and I love following our questing protagonist to that point.

Some examples: Spin the Dawn, The Merciful Crow, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

#4. Magic and whimsy!

Seriously, I adore a book with a bit (or a lot) of magical or whimsical elements. I typically read books as a way to unwind at the end of the day and I feel like, the more fantastical, the easier it is for me to feel transported. I find myself falling into these worlds and pulling them around me like the warmest, comfiest blanket. I love getting lost in books that play with the world as we know it. Perhaps it is because it let’s me imagine that magic truly exists, if only for a little while.

Some examples: The Night Circus, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, In an Absent Dream

#5. Found family

You know when a group of misfits are shoved together for Reasons and they have to learn to work together and eventually come to think of each other as family?

Yeah… that’s that good sh*t.

I am fortunate to have grown up with a very loving family, but the found family trope still calls to me. I think it’s the concept that, even if you have no blood family or they treat you like crap, there are still people out there that can love you. Reading about someone finding their people just gives me all the feels and I can’t get enough of it.

Some examples: A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Six of Crows, the Harry Potter series

There you have it; a short list of a few things I love in books! I’m sure with as much as I’ve been reading lately, this list will eventually be much longer.

In the meantime, why don’t you tell me about some tropes or themes that you love in books? Are any of these on your list? Talk to me in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!