Pokémon is taking over the world and though I haven’t hopped on the Pokémon Go bandwagon, I am taking advantage of as many of the Pokémon bookish festivities as I can because I enjoyed the Pokémon cartoons and I love books.
I discovered the #ReadThemAllThon, hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight, a week or so ago and decided to join in because this readathon is stretched over 3 weeks (Sunday, August 14, to Sunday, September 4). Though it requires us to read 8 books during those 3 weeks, the possibility that I’ll complete a book or two is higher with this readathon than the usual week-long readathons.
Aentee has created this readathon to match Ash’s quest in the first season of the Pokémon cartoons when he strives to compete in Kanto’s Indigo League competitions. But instead of fighting in gym battles, we will be reading books. However, Aentee has also structured this readathon to include Pokémons so that the amount of books we read as well as the extent to which we participate in other activities (tweeting, posting reviews, etc.) will determine how our chosen Pokémon will evolve. I think that’s awesome!
I doubt my Pokémon will evolve much, if at all, because I probably won’t do all the activities (i.e. tweeting. I’m not great at Twitter). I was considering to skip that part but I really want a Pokémon so I chose one. Here’s….
Jigglypuff is my favorite so I chose her. …Do Pokémons have gender? I don’t think I thought of that while watching the shows when I was a kid or maybe I thought the cute ones were girls (Pikachu) and the other ones were guys… Oh well.
Btw, I totally understand if you pass out while reading all this. It’s my Jigglypuff’s powers working on you. 🙂
And now to the books.
[Books are subjected to change according to the blogger’s moods.]
I choose The Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. It’s one of the books I told myself I must read this year so I’m using this readathon to do so.
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo will be a reread. I loved the story when I first read it, but I can’t recall if I teared up. Actually I’ve forgotten much of the story which is why I’d like to reread it. Maybe I’ll tear up.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard had a lot of hype earlier this year, which is why I bought it. I should have read it immediately after buying but I kept procrastinating so here again I’ll use the readathon to make me read a book.
I read the question to mean a book featuring a diverse cast of characters but decided to focus on the author rather the characters so I chose a novel written by an author of color: Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique. It seems to be a fantasy historical novel set in the Virgin Islands, which is where the author is from (**Big Up Caribbean Massive**).
I don’t read much romance but I really liked the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook so I’ll give the book a try. If I don’t read this or end up DNF’ing it (because I feel like I won’t like it), I’ll pick up Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park.
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is a middle-grade fantasy novel. I’ve always wanted to read it because the author is from Trinidad and I want to see how she spins her tale. My Trini friends are always telling me ’bout jumbies and soucouyants an’ ting. I hope this book isn’t too scary though. I’m in my twenties but if mi hear a whisper ’bout duppy (ghosts), mi get ‘fraid.
The second book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, Eldest, is due for a reread. I re-read Eragon last year, I think, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time.
Post-apocalypse is not my jam. This was a hard one. I chose Fahrenheit 451 but I might give up on it. I tried reading it a couple years ago but didn’t like the writing style. We’ll see how it goes.