Readthon TBRs

Simsathon Readathon 2019 TBR

This month I will be participating in the Simsathon, which is hosted by Bianca Reads. You can find her announcement video here. There are a number of challenges you can complete that are related to the Sims and each of these challenges gives you a certain number of points. The aim is to earn as many points as possible within the month of June. There is a Google Drive document outlining all of the challenges that comes with a helpful spreadsheet here. I will just be picking twelve challenges for the purposes of this blog post, but I do have books prepared for all of the challenges in case I do better than expected. Let me know if you are doing this readathon or if you want/have any recommendations for any of the challenges. Good luck to everyone participating! 

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1. Create-a-sim (read a book that is first in a series)

I chose The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin for this challenge, because I bought the whole Broken Earth trilogy over a year ago and haven’t gotten to it yet. I think it’s definitely about time in June – I think starting off the readathon with a long fantasy/science fiction novel will really set me up for a good reading month. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

2. Build a house (read something set in another world) 

I bought the three books in the Wayfarers series in May and wanted to get to them as soon as possible. The simsathon challenges have allowed me to sneak them in, so I’m thrilled. They are five star predictions for me and count towards pride month, as does The Fifth Season, so I’m definitely excited. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

3. Perfect the layout (read a book with an interesting format) 

I’ve been reading roughly one volume of Blue Exorcist a month, and I’m keeping that going with this challenge. I’m now on volume five and I’m quite enjoying it, although volume four wasn’t as strong as the others for me. I’m hoping it picks up again for me in volume five. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

4. Interior design (read a book with a pretty cover) 

I chose The Vegetarian by Han Kang for this challenge, because the colours and foiling are stunning and I’ve been excited to read this since I read The White Book last year. I also wanted to fit in a couple of shorter reads to break up the longer fantasy and science fiction I will be reading. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

5. Landscaping (read a book featuring nature in the cover/title/theme) 

I wanted to choose at least one classic for this readathon, because I haven’t read any since February. The cover of my copy of Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh has lots of trees and grass on it, so I’m going to read that for this challenge. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback // Hardback

6. Get a job – astronaut (read a book set in space)

For this challenge, I will be reading the next installment in the Wayfarers series (I told you I was determined to fit them in!) 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

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7. Fall in love (read a book with a romance element) 

I’m not sure if the love in Thirst for Love is requited but there is definitely a romance element there, so I’m using it. I’m excited to read my first Yukio Mishima book, and hope I like it so I can continue with his bibliography. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

8. Have a baby (read a book that features a child) 

I’ve never read any Doris Lessing before, and The Fifth Child works for this challenge, so I decided to go for it. I think it’s horror, so I might have to read it during the daytime but I’m excited to get to it. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

9. Get a promotion (read a book you think will be five stars)

I’ve seen a tonne of people give Sweet Bean Paste five stars, and from the synopsis, I think I will be amongst them. This book (along with Thirst for Love) was in my top five TBR for Japanese literature, so it is good to tick it off the list. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

10. Reach the top of your career track (read a finale) 

Surprise surprise, we’re back to the Wayfarers series. I have nothing else to say about them at this point, but still excited! 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

11. Eat a cookie (read a book under 200 pages) 

For this one I’ve chosen a book of poetry, because I definitely don’t read enough of it. Kate Tempest has received a lot of praise, and I’ve recently been on a Greek myth retelling kick, so I’ve gone for Hold Your Own. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Paperback

12. Have your birthday/age up (read an adult book) 

I’ve gone for a short story collection for this challenge in Picnic in the Storm by Yukiko Motoya. I like to have lots of different genres/formats when I’m participating in a readathon because it breaks up my reading and allows me to gain momentum. 

Goodreads: Synopsis

Book Depository: Hardback

I do have choices for the other challenges, but these ones are my top priorities and the ones I think I can definitely get to if I knuckle down this month. Let me know what you will be reading, or if you have recommendations for other books I should read. Happy reading everyone! 

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