So, y’all know that I’m a huge fantasy fan, right? Well, the wonderful Aimal of Bookshelves & Paperbacks is hosting an adult fantasy readathon for the month of July. I love all of Aimal’s content, so much so that I hired her to design my header and logo! This readathon sounded right up my alley (plus the theme is A Song of Ice and Fire, a series which I loved), so of course I had to try and join in!
So, before I get into what I want to read and everything, y’all have to know the details. Basically, like I said before, the IronTomeAThon is an adult fantasy readathon with a points system and teams. The teams are divided into Game of Thrones houses, and I, completely randomly, chose House Baratheon. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this house while reading, but I also wanted to try something different. (Plus, a lot of other people were going for House Stark and Martell, my top choices).
As for the points, the points are based off the number of pages. If a book has 435 pages, you’ll get 435 points. Each point you earn gets added into the team’s total, and the team that wins will win the Iron Throne! To help you choose your TBR, there are a number of challenges/prompts to give you some options!
I’m not going into all the details, so if you want to know more (and possibly join yourself), check out Aimal’s post here.
And without further ado, here’s my TBR!
Challenge 1: Castle Black: Read the group book.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since it came out, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. I have an audiobook sitting in my library, just waiting to be started, and I think I’m finally ready to take this one on. Also, the second book will be coming out soon, so in case this one ends on a bad note, the second one won’t be too far behind. (544 pages/points)
Challenge 2: Winterfell: Read a book set (partially or fully) in a cold environment.
Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys OR The Witch of the Winter Wood by Foxglove Lee OR Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
This one was really hard for me to figure out. Most of the winter-set adult fantasy books that I knew about were ones that I’d already read or weren’t that interested in. So, I set up a few that I could decide on when I finally got to this challenge. I don’t know if Winter Tide is actually set in winter, but it sounds so good. The Witch of the Winter Wood has a bunch of negative reviews, but it sounds interesting and it fits the “cold environment” prerequiste. Lastly, Spinning Silver is my last choice, mainly because, while I do have access to it and it is set in the winter/cold environment, I’m not that interested in reading it. (366 pages/points)
Challenge 3: King’s Landing: Read a book about or involving royalty, politics, or government.
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Similar to The Poppy War, I’ve been meaning to read The City of Brass before it even came out. Also since so many people I follow over on Twitter loved this book, I still can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. It sounds so good, and right up my alley when it comes to high fantasy, so I really can’t wait to dive into this book when July comes around. (576 pages/points)
Challenge 4: Sunspear: Read a book inspired by a non-Western setting OR by an author of color or indigenous author.
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
I’ve had these books sitting on my shelf and TBR since before they were released (seems to be a theme on this list…). I’ve actually read part of this book, so if I have time I’m hoping to continue this series. I was originally attracted to this series because it’s known to have non-binary representation, and it’s an amazingly well-written novella (from what I read). I can’t wait to continue it. (236 pages/points)
Challenge 5: Oldtown: Read a book about or involving an institution of knowledge or training.
Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant
I don’t know much about this book other than that it takes place in a school for magic. A close friend of mine was talking about this series and I ended up getting the ebook to read it before I realized he hadn’t actually read the book, only that he followed someone on Tumblr who liked it (lol). Either way, it sounds good and I have access to it (plus my friend keeps bugging me to read it), so I figured this was the perfect opportunity! (310 pages/points)
Challenge 6: Valyria: Read a book involving dragons.
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
I’ve been a big fan of Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy since an old friend of mine pushed me into reading it. I’ve been meaning to continue the Realm of the Elderlings series since I finished that first trilogy, but it’s such a long series (16 books in total, with 4 trilogies and 1 quartet) that I hadn’t gotten the chance to continue it. Dragons were introduced at the end of the first trilogy, so I’m hoping to see more of these mythical creatures in this one. They’re different from your standard dragon, so I’m excited to see them again. (809 pages/points)
Challenge 7: Asshai: Read a dark/grimdark fantasy book OR read an urban fantasy.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Ever since the show came out for this book, I’ve been eyeing it’s spot on my shelf. It sounds like a funny book, and I’d been hearing about it even before the show was released, so I’m glad to finally have a reason to read it. I just hope its as good as everyone says the show is, because even seeing what I’ve seen (gifs/jokes/previews), it looks amazing. I’m not the biggest fan of angels/demons/etc, but hopefully this will at least be a fun read. (412 pages/points)
My goal for points will be 3,253 pages/points for the month of July. I’m also working during the time, but if I’m able to find audiobooks of some of these then I’m sure they’ll go fast.
Thank you Aimal for hosting this readathon! I’m really excited to start this one, and hopefully I’ll be back here at the end of the month with a wrap-up post!