In addition to my monthly prompts, I’m hoping to participate in more readathons this year. I recently found out about the Read&Dathon, and thought it looked really interesting! I don’t play D&D myself, but the hosts made it clear that it’s not a prerequisite for participating in the readathon. You can learn more about the readathon here and here.
The #readdathon will take place during the first two weeks of February, from February 1st to the 14th. The aim is to create at least one character, but you can certainly do more than that. To create one character, you need to fulfill a prompt in the categories race, class, and alignment.
There are more fun rules and prompts, but I’ll only talk about the ones I’m hoping to fulfill. Here’s what I want to read!
The first character I chose is as follows.
Coincidentally, these all happen to have red covers…
> read a book with dragons
> His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik
> I’ve had a copy of this book for ages, and haven’t read it yet. If I’m not mistaken, this is set during the Napoleonic wars with the addition of dragons. It sounds absolutely epic, and a perfect fit for the race of dragonborn!
> read a book about something that angers you
> The Outsider by Stephen King
> I haven’t read much Stephen King – in fact, only one – but this novel really intrigues me. It follows a detective trying to solve the brutal killing of an eleven-year-old boy. If the murder of children doesn’t anger you, I don’t know what to say to you.
Alignment: lawful evil
> read a book with an oppressive government
> The Mime Order (Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
> I really need to continue this series! I started it years ago and absolutely loved it. Since it is sort of a dystopian novel, it has an oppressive government and thus a perfect fit for this prompt.
One of the additional (and optional) challenges of this readathon is to create a character by letting a random number generator pick the prompts for you. I’ve done that, and picked the prompt according to the number and official lists of the hosts. I might not get to all these, but we’ll see.
> read a non-fiction book
> The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking
> I received this as a present from Inge a while ago and still haven’t gotten to actually reading it. TIME TO CHANGE THAT!
> read a book featuring hunters
> I groaned when the random number generator picked this, because I genuinely have no idea what to read for this prompt. I’m not sure whether any of the books on my physical or digital TBR have any hunters in them. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
Alignment: true neutral
> read a book you know nothing about
> Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
> other than the fact that it is a science fiction novel, I couldn’t tell you a single fact about Leviathan Wakes. I guess I’ll have to figure it out in February!
If I’m incredibly lucky/productive, I might get to completing a third character. A second additional challenge is to create three characters without repeating any prompts. So I’ll aim to complete that challenge too!
> read a high fantasy book
> Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
> I should’ve read this book in 2016 and I’m incredibly embarrassed about it. I know I’ll most likely end up loving this, because I haven’t read a single book by this author I didn’t adore.
> read a book about assassins
> Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin
> I don’t know whether this technically counts as a book about assassins but we’re going with it. Technically, the main character was tasked with killing Hitler in the first book which is assassination…
Alignment: chaotic neutral
> read a book someone else chose for you
> Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton | Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys | Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho
> I asked some of my lovely friends to pick a book from my physical TBR shelf on Goodreads and of course, they came through. Alessandra chose Jurassic Park, Ely voted for Between Shades of Gray, and Annemieke picked Sorcerer to the Crown. Inge also chose a book (The Little Book of Lykke) but I decided to use that for the non-fiction prompt of a different character instead!
There you have it, my ambitious TBR for the two-week readathon! I know I most likely won’t be able to read all 9 books for the #readdathon but a girl can dream, right? I might replace some with shorter reads like manga too… Are you participating? Let me know!