2021 · Readathons

Wayward-a-Thon – TBR

Who does not love Supernatural?!?

I have yet to watch the last season (clears throat, maybe the last four seasons?) but still this is one of my all time favourite shows. I didn’t even care about the prompts or challenges in this readathon before deciding to do it.

This is a monthlong readathon and it’s brand new. It’s based on the first season of Supernatural the TV show. Every bingo prompt has the name of an episode. Maybe the next round will be the following season? That would mean a total of 15 rounds 🙂 yay!

There are 25 prompts on the bingo board and based on the books I have I’ll try and focus on a few lines. I don’t want the TBR to be set but more as a guide. You never know when the perfect books comes along or if you have selected the wrong books for a prompt. Also I think some of the books I have to read in February which will be on my February TBR will fit some of these prompts too but I don’t know before I’ve read them.

So this TBR has 6 books on it which fits two different line of prompts. I’ll keep my options open but these would be my main focus.

The readathon is mostly over on Twitter @ waywardreading

Reading Challenges

Books I Think I’ll Read

Shadowglass (Bone Witch #3) by Rin Cupeco

Prompt: Friends to enemies trop, set in mountains (I think)

Pages: 449p

Synopsis of book 1 “The Bone Witch”:

In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series, Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price. When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Prompt: Indigenous author, creepy feeling

Pages: 310p

Synopsis:

A tale of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.

Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. Tracked by an entity bent on revenge, these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent, vengeful way. 

Ruin and Rising (Grishaverse #3) by Leigh Bardugo

Prompt: Not so sure about,

Pages: 422p (audio)

Synopsis of book 1

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Prompt: vampire, paranormal,

Pages: 353p

Synopsis

This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.

Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires–a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.

Originally begun as a short story, the book took off as Anne wrote it, spinning the tragic and triumphant life experiences of a soul. As well as the struggles of its characters, Interview captures the political and social changes of two continents. The novel also introduces Lestat, Anne’s most enduring character, a heady mixture of attraction and revulsion. The book, full of lush description, centers on the themes of immortality, change, loss, sexuality, and power.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Prompt: emontional read, paranormal

Pages: 400p

Synopsis

Vern, a Black woman with albinism, is hunted after escaping a religious compound, then she discovers that her body is changing and that she is developing extra-sensory powers.

Alone in the woods, she gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong – not with them, but with her own body. It’s itching, it’s stronger, it’s… not normal.

To understand her body’s metamorphosis, Vern must investigate not just the secluded religious compound she fled but the violent history of dehumanisation, medical experimentation, and genocide that produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren’t just individuals, but entire histories, systems, and nations.

Witherward (Witherward #1) by Hannah Mathewson

Prompt: first in a series, paranormal

Pages: 400p

Synopsis

Welcome to the Witherward, and to a London that is not quite like our own. Here, it’s summertime in February, the Underground is a cavern of wonders and magic fills the streets. But this London is a city divided, split between six rival magical factions, each with their own extraordinary talents – and the alpha of the Changelings, Gedeon Ravenswood, has gone rogue, threatening the fragile accords that have held London together for decades.

Ilsa is a shapeshifting Changeling who has spent the first 17 years of her life marooned in the wrong London, where real magic is reviled as the devil’s work. Abandoned at birth, she has scratched out a living first as a pickpocket and then as a stage magician’s assistant, dazzling audiences by secretly using her Changeling talents to perform impossible illusions. When she’s dragged through a portal into the Witherward, Ilsa finally feels like she belongs.

But her new home is on the brink of civil war, and Ilsa is pulled into the fray. The only way to save London is to track down Gedeon, and he just so happens to be Ilsa’s long-lost brother, one of the last surviving members of the family who stranded her in the wrong world. Beset by enemies on all sides, surrounded by supposed Changeling allies wearing faces that may not be their own, Ilsa must use all the tricks up her sleeve simply to stay alive.

Anyone else participating in this readathon? Or maybe haver read these books?

4 thoughts on “Wayward-a-Thon – TBR

  1. This looks fun! I wish you luck with it, Ivy. I see a couple of great books on your list. I love Interview! I was actually thinking the other day that maybe I’d like to reread all the Vampire Chronicles. 🙂 Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you! I tried to make a varied selection this time. Also I really need to finish the Grishavers trilogy before Shadow and Bone TV show comes out. and the last book fitted nicely into the prompts 🙂 I’ve never read the Vampire Chronicles so it will be interesting to see what I think about it. If you a thinking or re-reading then it must be good 🙂

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