Hello bookish friends!
Next month I am so very excited to be participating in the month-long Marvel Readathon created by Jamieson over at Jamishelves. You can read the full Readathon announcement post here.
This readathon is centred around the Marvel Cinematic Universe where you have to read one book for each MCU film (21 included in total). You are allowed a few skips (which I think I might end up needing!) and it’s set into phases like the films. Sounds cool, right!? This is the game board (which is also super cool):
I am just so happy that this is a month-long readathon. I might actually be able to complete it (or at least one or two of the three phases!). With week-long readathons, I usually tend to have too much going on in my life to manage to read a whole seven books so 21 books (or 6 or 12) over the span of an entire month is so much more doable!
Also, not to be dramatic, but I think this might be favourite TBR I’ve created in a while. It’s also the longest so make yourself a cup of tea for this one! Here’s what I’m hoping to read for this readathon:
1. Iron Man: Iron Man started the MCU timeline – Read the first book in a series
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
This is the first book in a new mythology-inspired MG quartet that revolves around Hindu mythology. It follows Aru who lives in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture with her mum who accidentally-on-purpose touches a lamp and unleashes a demon. I’m really obsessed with mythology in books so I’m very excited to be kicking off this readathon with this book. I haven’t read anything of Chokshi’s before, but if I enjoy this I think I’ll definitely give her other series a go!
2. Hulk: Bruce Banner is famous for his green alter-ego. Read a book with a green cover
The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
This cover is such a beautiful shade of green. This book follows Grace, an autistic girl (own voices rep), who falls for Gabe and it’s described as a kind of slice-of-life type of story. I’m really in the mood for a super cutesy YA contemporary and it’s a UKYA which I tend to prefer since I find them a lot more relatable!
3. Iron Man 2: Iron Man 2 is one of Marvel’s most unpopular movies. Read a book that’s unpopular
Peter Darling by Austin Chant
I took this prompt as ‘having less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads’ mostly because I just really wanted to read this one. It’s a Peter Pan retelling where Peter is trans (own voices rep) and returns to Neverland as an adult, only to find himself falling for Captain Hook. I’ve heard it’s a hate-to-love angsty romance which I am so in the mood for. Also, given that it just arrived in the post this morning, I am dying to pick it up!
4. Thor: The Thor movies are based on Norse Mythology. Read a book that involved myth or mythology
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
Obviously I had to pick a Rick Riordan book for this one! This is the one I’m most likely to pick up next, after having read The Red Pyramid this month. If not this one, I’ll pick up the next book in the Trials of Apollo series.
5. Captain America: Captain America is set during WW2. Read a book set or written in World War Two
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
I’ve been meaning to pick this graphic novel up for the past few years now, so I’m glad this readathon is giving me the motivation to do so. It’s set in Hitler’s Europe and tells a story of fear and survival and the affect that has on the children of survivors. I didn’t realise before looking at the Goodreads page that this was a graphic memoir, which makes this story feel even more significant and heart-wrenching.
6. The Avengers: The Avengers is the first time we see the MCU heroes together. Read a book with multiple perspectives
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
This is the only Alice Oseman book I have left to read now. I’ve devoured her previous two novels and her webcomic so I’m incredibly excited to pick this one up too. It deals with fan culture and is told in dual perspectives. It follows Angel, a Muslim girl whose passion in life is pop-rock trio The Ark, who travels to London for the first time to meet up with her online friend to see said favourite band. It also follows Jimmy, a trans boy who is the frontman of The Ark. I’ve heard it has lots of different queer rep too, which I am SO happy about. One thing I love especially about Alice’s books is that rep always feels natural and effortless and completely normalised and I really wish all authors did this. This might be the book I’m most excited to read for this TBR. I just love Alice’s books so so much.
7. Iron Man 3: Tony Stark has to make some hard decisions in this movie. Read a book that will challenge you
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
I’ve had this on my TBR for a while now, mostly because I don’t tend to read a lot of non-fiction cover to cover. I’ll dip in and out and read a few chapters every now and again but I very rarely will read an entire non-fiction in one go. So, for me, given the genre (and probably the content) this will be quite a challenging read, but one I am quite looking forward to.
8. Dark World: In The Dark World, Thor has to team up with Loki to win. Read a book that involves siblings
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
I adored Every Heart A Doorway back in January and I have no doubts that I will love this instalment just as much. This particular one follows siblings Jack and Jill in their portal world which is kind of described as the Moors and has mad scientists and a gothic feel to it. Jack was one of my favourite characters from EHAD (as well as Kade <3) and I remember tabbing most of her lines, they were just so brilliant.
9. Winter Soldier: In The Winter Soldier a character returns as a villain. Read a book where the main character is a villain or anti-hero
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
This is the very first book that came to mind for this prompt. I don’t actually know too much about it except for the fact that it follows two anti-heroes (I think?). I thoroughly enjoyed the Shades of Magic trilogy and love Schwab’s writing so I’m interested to see how I feel about this one, too.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of the Galaxy is well known for it’s soundtrack. Read a book set in, written in, or involving the 80’s
The Witches by Roald Dahl
I think I might actually end up skipping this challenge. I don’t really want to read The Witches – Roald Dahl was the only author I could think of that published books in the 80’s to be honest! We’ll see how I feel when I get to this challenge.
11. Age of Ultron: The villain of Age Of Ultron is a robot created by Tony Stark. Read a book involving an AI in some way
Wires and Nerve #1 by Marissa Meyer & Douglas Holgate
This graphic novel spin-off series features Iko from The Lunar Chronicles, aka, everyone’s favourite android. The art style looks adorable and the Rampion crew members make appearances in this. I miss the crew a lot so I’m really looking forward to getting back into this world.
12. Ant-Man: In Ant-Man, Scott involuntarily gets caught up in a heist. Read a book involving a heist or thieves.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
My Mum came up with this one so thanks Mum! It’s one of the stories from The Thousand and One Nights collection and it’s only 27 pages long which is the perfect readathon length, considering the only other book I could think of was The Lies of Locke Lamora which is over 500 pages long! I’ve read the first story in this collection and hated it so I’m just planning to skim-read this and read it as quickly as possible.
13. Civil War: The Avengers split into two teams after disagreements. Read a book about a rivalry or enemies
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
I’m not entirely sure if this comic does contain rivalry or enemies but I just really wanted to read it and it’s about a superhero so I’m sure there’s an enemy somewhere! This comic series follows Kamala Khan, the first Muslim Pakistani-American superhero, as she comes into her new-found abilities. (Note: the writer is also Muslim, but not Pakistani-American).
14. Doctor Strange: Stephen Strange was a doctor before he was a hero. Read a book that involves medicine in some way
George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
My Mum came up with this one too (thanks!) but I’m also not too fussed about this one either. I remember loving it as a kid and I got the coloured-pictures version out from the library so it could be fun to read again if I fancy something quick!
15. GOTG: Volume 2: Volume Two shows even more epic space battles. Read a book set in or involving space
Afar by Leila del Duca & Kit Seaton
I’m not too sure what this one is about. I came across it in the library and loved the cover, so I picked it up. It’s a graphic novel and it looks as though it’s set in space. That’s all I know!
16. Spider-Man: Peter Parker has to hide his superhero identity at school. Read a YA book involving secrets in some way
All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell
Given that this queer anthology contains stories from queer authors about queer characters from different periods in time, I’m assuming that secrets are involved in some way, maybe? Not gonna lie, this one came through the post this morning too and I just really wanted to read it asap!!
17. Thor: Ragnarok: Thor: Ragnarok is one of Marvel’s most popular movies. Read a popular book
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I think I’m probably going to pick this one up. I’ve wanted to read a Gaiman novel for a while now and this was his shortest book that I already had out from the library, so might as well give this one a go finally. It’s about a boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts. Which sounds pretty cool.
18. Black Panther: Black Panther features Marvel’s first black superhero. Read an ownvoices book with a black main character
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
I’m actually quite in the mood for a contemporary YA which is so weird for me. I’ve heard a few mixed things about this one, namely the instalove but I’m still excited to read it. And, honestly, I’m not too fussed it it’s done well. It follows a Jamaican, science-loving girl who finds out she is being deported who ends up meeting a South Korean-American boy who loves poetry and believes in fate, and follows their story which takes place all in one day. I haven’t read a fluffy, cute YA romance for a while so I’m really looking forward to this one and the discussions about science and fate.
19. Infinity War: “the most ambitious crossover event in history”. Read a book that fulfils multiple challenges
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
This one fits: female m/c, siblings and the first book in a series. This is an f/f (own voices rep) fantasy romance about a princess who is betrothed to her neighbouring kingdom’s crowned prince, but ends up falling for the prince’s sister. A cute f/f romance is exactly what I need right now and, although I’ve heard mixed things about this, I have a feeling I’m going to fall a little bit in love with it.
20. Captain Marvel: This movie will feature Marvel’s first female hero as the main character. Read a book with a female mc
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
This follows an Indian-American Muslim (own voices rep) girl who feels trapped between what her parents want for her future and what she wants. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when a suicide bomber attacks and happens to share the same last-name as her. I really can’t wait to get to this one, not only because it will be an important read but also because I’m really excited to read about the m/c’s passion for filmaking.
21. The Avengers 4: Details of this movie including it’s title are still a secret. Read a book you don’t know anything about
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
All I know about this one is that it’s a MG book that has had amazing reviews. That’s it!
I know 21 books is quite a lot to read but I really want to get around to all of them, except maybe the Roald Dahl books and Afar. All in all, I will be attempting to read 5,343 pages over a month. I’m feeling hopeful since it’s just work and my dissertation (which I can write from home) I have going on right now. Also, I’ll be posting weekly updates of my reading progress during the readathon, just to keep me motivated!
Is anyone else participating in the Marvel Readathon? Please let me know what books you’re reading for what challenges!