I’ve been participating in so many readathons lately, it’s kind of ridiculous. However, I might actually need the push in June. I didn’t read that much in May, and fell into a mini reading slump. I need to nip that slump in the butt, because there’s just too much I want to read this year. I stumbled upon the sims-a-thon through Aprilius Maximus’ YouTube channel, when she posted her TBR for the readathon last week, and thought it looked fun. I don’t even play The Sims, yet I want to take part in this readathon so badly!
Here’s the basic information. The readathon takes place throughout the entire month of June, and is based on The Sims. You can find all the information in this video, and this Google Drive folder. There are the basic challenges to build your sim/household, there are live mode challenges, and career challenges. I don’t exactly know which of the latter two I’ll be doing because there are so many options and I’m a mood reader, but here are some of the challenges I might try to tackle!
Choose a household
> Read a late book in a series
> Fullmetal Alchemist volume 4 by Hiromu Arakawa
> I’m going easy on myself by picking some manga for this readathon already. They’re pretty quick reads, and tend to break me out of a reading slump immediately. I’ve been loving the FMA manga, so I’m excited to continue!
Build a house
> Read something set in another world
> The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
> The Goblin Emperor has been on my shelves for quite a while now, and it’s time for me to pick it up. I’ve read so many positive reviews on it
> Read a book with a pretty cover
> The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman
> I absolutely love the cover of this book! I recently requested this Israeli fantasy novel from Netgalley, and got approved – which hasn’t happened in a long time. I can’t wait to get to this novel. It’s got sorcerers, empaths, killers, religious extremists, and love. Sounds epic to me!
> Book featuring nature in cover/title/theme
> Walk on Earth a Stranger (Goldseer #1) by Rae Carson
> Earth is in the title, and that counts, right? Once again, this book has been on my shelf for absolute years. I loved the author’s Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, and wanted to read everything else she has written. Now, it’s been years and I still haven’t picked up another book by Rae Carson.
LIVE MODE CHALLENGES
(I will talk about the “get a job” live mode challenge later, when I talk about the chosen career.)
Get a promotion
> Read a 5-star prediction
> Age of Myth (Legend of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
> I’m sure you’re all sick and tired of seeing this book on my to-read lists. I’m sorry! I know I should have picked this up ages ago, but I didn’t. I really need to change that soon, especially since this is one of my 5-star predictions.
Eat a cookie
> Read a book under 200 pages
> Blue Exorcist volume 1 by Kazue Kato
> I picked up the first two volumes of Blue Exorcist in a secondhand book haul a little while ago. The first volume is 200 pages long according to Goodreads, which still counts for this challenge in my opinion. Do I have any idea what this manga is about? No, absolutely not. What else is new.
> Read your most recent purchase
> Black Butler volume 3 by Yana Toboso
> I bought a whole lot of manga in one haul, so I could pick quite a few for this topic. I will probably go with Black Butler though, since I recently read the previous volume.
Burn down the kitchen
> Book with flames on the cover
> Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory
> I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages, but haven’t picked it up because I haven’t really heard the most positive things about the novel. It’s really short, though, so I can’t unhaul it without giving it a try.
Gain a fishing skill
> Randomize your TBR
> Longbourn by Jo Baker
> I was actually supposed to read this in May. Oops. This is a Pride and Prejudice retelling told from the perspective of the Bennet’s servant!
Take a bubble bath
> Read a book over 400 pages
> The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani
> While this novel is more than 400 pages long, it is middle grade. Usually, MG books are pretty quick and captivating reads, which is perfect for a readathon.
Become a ghost
> Read a spooky book
> There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
> I’ve had an ARC copy of this book since 2017 and still haven’t read it…
Fall in love
> Read a book with a romance element
> We Were There volume 1 by Yuki Obata
> Another manga I picked up in a used book haul! I’ve never really heard anyone talk about We Were There, but the synopsis caught my attention. It’s about first love, grief, and is set in high school. Since the entire manga is about a girl falling for a guy whose girlfriend passed away the year before, I’d say this fits for reading a book with a romance element.
Have your birthday
> Read an adult book
> The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
> I received an e-ARC for The Bride Test (release date in June – UK), and I can’t wait to read it! I absolutely adored The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang’s previous book, and have high hopes for this one as well.
Get a job > business
> Read a book with a number in the title
> Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Thousand Names
> Thousand seems to be a really popular number, doesn’t it? I have all of these on my shelves at home, unread, but don’t know which one I’ll feel like reading in June. Let me know if you have read one of these!
Obviously, I won’t get to all of these but I’ll pick and choose during the month of June. I’m a mood reader, so I need options! Have you read any of these books? Are you participating in the sims-a-thon?