Trope-ical Readathon TBR: August 2022

Hello, reader!

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!

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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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August 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Guess who just had her best reading month (both in quantity and quality) in August?? Yup! This girl! Not only did I read a whopping 16 books (!!), but I read not one, not two, but four 5 star reads! Let’s take a moment to appreciate this because it won’t be happening again 😂 I have to give props to the Trope-ical Readathon and my competitive nature for bumping them numbers, lol. Though I didn’t finish all the books on my TBR, I read more prompts than I ever have before! After a kind of lackluster July, I’m happy that August really brought its A game. I read so many incredible books (and a couple of duds…) and found a couple of new favorites.

But enough chit-chat, let’s get to what I read in August!

Books Read

Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

Book: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: The Rivers of London readalong continues and, this time, I went with an audiobook! Which, I have to say, I really loved. The narrator was top-notch! This is a novella that I quite enjoyed, especially since we get to see a lot of Abigail. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in this series.

Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Rating: ★★

Thoughts: This one hurt, I have to say. This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. The adventure! The love story! I remember falling for this book so hard. And then I re-read it with TWR book club and yiiiiikes. The fatphobia! The sexism! It was just… not it. Nostalgia is the main reason this got a two star instead of a one. I think I’ll just stick with the movie 😅

Book: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Rating: ★★★★★

Thoughts: And then came my first five star read of the month! My goodness, this book was incredible! This is the first book in the Singing Hills Cycle and it completely captured my imagination. Nghi Vo has beautiful writing that pulls you into the story in the best way. I loved the cleric and their talking bird and I loved hearing Rabbit’s story. This book made me want to read everything Nghi Vo ever writes!

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First Lines Friday #18

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

Welcome to another First Lines Friday post. Today, I’m featuring a book that has been on my TBR for quite some time. I’ve been promised a book that is feel-good and has a lot of heart and I’m eager to get to it! It also happens to be on my Trope-ical Readathon TBR because it features one of my favorite tropes.

But, before I completely give it away, let’s get to the first few lines and see if they will capture our imaginations.

The Line(s):

“Oh dear,” Linus Baker said, wiping the sweat from his brow. “This is most unusual.”
That was an understatement. He watched in rapt wonder as an eleven-year-old girl named Daisy levitated blocks of wood high above her head. The blocks spun in slow, concentric circles. Daisy frowned in concentration, the tip of her tongue stuck out between her teeth. It went on for a good minute before the blocks slowly lowered to the floor. Her level of control was astounding.

The Hints:

This is an adult fiction that is probably one of the most hyped books on my TBR.

It features the found family trope, which is one of my faves!

And I’ve been told there’s a M/M romance that will hit you right in the feels.

The Reveal:

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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 😂

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 2021 TBR

Hello, reader!

If you’ve been around the blog for any amount of time, you know I’m not one for monthly TBRs. I’m a mood reader (when I haven’t overbooked myself on blog tours 😅) and rarely stick to a reading plan throughout the month. The exception to this rule is when I’m participating in a readathon, which is brings us to the reason for this post. Today, I’ll be sharing my TBR for the Trope-ical Readathon! I participated in this last year and had such a great time! This will be occurring throughout the month of March and I’m so excited to participate again 💖

The Trope-ical Readathon was created by the awesome Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner, Rob. It’s focused around reading books that fit into certain bookish tropes. This is also a team-based challenge, where you chose a side and earn points to try and bring your team out on top! The five teams you can chose from are:

  • Team Romance
  • Team Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller (the best team *coughcough*)
  • Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction
  • Team Non-Fiction/Poetry

Each team has a team book and team challenges and there are general challenges, as well. For all the relevant information, check out the Trope-ical Readathon info page!

The Challenges:

As mentioned above, there are five teams that you can chose to join when you register. I have stuck with my choice from last time and will be reading for Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller. The team books and challenges for the winning team *wink* are:

Note: All the challenge images were created by Jenny @ JenJenReviews.

Team Challenge 1: Read a book with the “Haunted House” trope
Team Challenge 2: Read a book with the “Whodunit” trope
New Team Book: The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Old Team Book: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

To add to the individual team challenges, there are also 13 general challenges that you can read for extra points. The common challenges are:

  • Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope: Read a book where the MC’s parents are either absent throughout the book or have passed away prior to the start of the book. Alternatively, read a book that has more than one “parent” (i.e. multiple authors).
  • War Setting Trope: Read a book centered around the theme of war. This works for real wars (like WWII) or for other types of wars (like ones you find in fantasy). Alternatively, read a book that you can use as a weapon. I.e. a book that is over 500 pages.
  • Small Town Trope: Read a book that takes place in a small town. Alternatively, read a book with a small (i.e. one-word) title.
  • Coming-of-Age Trope: Read a book where the protagonist goes through a process of self-discovery. Alternatively, (re)read a book that shaped who you are as a person/reader.
  • Dystopia Trope: Read a book that takes place in a dystopia. Alternatively, read a book that someone else has chosen for you.
  • Blast from the Past Trope: Read a book where the MC encounters someone from their past. Alternatively, read a book written before the year 2000.
  • Mixed Media Trope: Read a book that includes letters, texts, emails, etc. Alternatively, listen to an audiobook.
  • Artificial Intelligence Trope: Read a book that features an AI. Alternatively, read an ebook.
  • Boarding School Trope: Read a book that takes place in a boarding school. Alternatively, read a buddy-read with your friend(s).
  • Enemies to Lovers/Enemies to Friends Trope: Read a book that involves enemies learning to love/like each other. This includes hate-to-love/like as well. Alternatively, read a book that you previously DNFed.
  • Multiple POVs Trope: Read a book told through multiple points-of-view. Alternatively, read a book with multiple characters of color.
  • The New Kid in Town Trope: Read a book where the MC(s) have just moved to a new place. Alternatively, read a genre you don’t usually read.
  • Retelling Trope: Read a book that is a retelling. Alternatively, read a book that has been adapted to a TV show and/or film.
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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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