It’s June and I happen to have some extra reading time to spare, so I was beyond excited when I saw Lauren share her TBR for the Marvel-a-thon readathon, I got excited and decided to join in. It’s exactly what I needed.
I love readathons like this. I think them so creative! The Marvel-a-thon was created by Jamieson of Jamishelves. It’s a month-long readathon (June 1 to July 1) based on the Marvel cinematic universe. Here are the details as posted by Jamieson:
This readathon is focused around Marvel movies in the cinematic universe, each of the movies have been split into their phases and there is one challenge per movie.
The goal is to read a book for EVERY SINGLE MOVIE (that’s 21 movies, by the way). Everyone starts in Phase One, and you can’t move on to the next phase until you’ve completed all the challenges. Here is the game board:
Visit Jamieson’s post for more details on the rules. By the way, we are allowed to skip 2 categories per phase. I’ll indicate below the ones I might skip. Since this is a lot of books to read, and since it doesn’t seem to be a big deal whether we read a book or comic book, I’ve mostly chosen comic books so I can hit all the categories. I’ve also thrown in a few rereads for series I want to complete.
The challenges and my books:
Iron Man: Iron Man started the MCU timeline. Read the first book in a series.
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Others I might consider: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly; Motor Crush, Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr
Hulk: Bruce Banner is famous for his green alter-ego. Read a book with a green cover.
Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, illus. by Will Staehle
Others I might consider: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett; Language by Xiaolu Guo
Iron Man 2: Iron Man 2 is one of Marvel’s most unpopular movies. Read a book that’s unpopular.
Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom by Marcelo D’Salete (illus.)
Others I might consider: The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla; The Templeton Twins Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner, illus. Jeremy Holmes; Oddly Normal, Vol. 1 by Otis Frampton
Thor: The Thor movies are based on Norse mythology. Read a book that involves mythology.
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel (illus.)
Others I might consider: Percy Jackson & the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan; Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Captain America: Captain America is set during WWII. Read a book set or written in World War II.
The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero
Others I might consider: The Midnight Front by David Mack
The Avengers: The Avengers is the first time we see the MCU heroes together. Read a book with multiple perspectives.
The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Iron Man 3: Tony Stark has to make some hard decisions in this movie. Read a book that will challenge you.
The Iliad by Homer, trans. by Robert Fagles
I don’t know which one yet.
I might skip this.
Dark World: In the Dark World, Thor has to team up with Loki to win. Read a book that involves siblings.
First Year by Rachel E. Carter
Others I might consider: The Templeton Twins Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner, illus. Jeremy Holmes; The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
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.
Curse Words, Vol. 1: The Devil’s Devil by Charles Soule, illus. by Ryan Browne
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.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Age of Ultron: The villain in Age of Ultron is a robot created by Tony Stark. Read a book involving an AI in some way.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Others I might consider: some Saga comics
Ant-Man: In Ant-Man, Scott involuntarily gets caught up in a heist. Read a book involving a heist or thieves.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Civil War: The Avengers split into two teams after disagreements. Read a book about a rivalry or enemies.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
Others I might consider: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory; Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, illus. by Brian Bolland
Doctor Strange: Stephen Strange was a doctor before he was a hero. Read a book that involves medicine in some way.
Hot Zone by Richard Preston
GOTG: Volume 2: Volume Two shows even more epic space battles. Read a book set in or involving space.
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Others I might consider: Saga comics
Spider-Man: Peter Parker has to hide his superhero identity at school. Read a YA book involving secrets in some way.
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
Others I might consider: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch; The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
Thor: Ragnarok: Thor: Ragnarok is one of Marvel’s most popular movies. Read a popular book.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (illus.)
Others I might consider: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden; Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Infinity War: “The most ambitious crossover event in history.” Read a book that fulfills multiple challenges.
Any one of the above books
Black Panther: Black Panther features Marvel’s first Black superhero. Read an #ownvoices book with a Black main character.
Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott
Others I might consider: March: Book 1 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illus. by Nate Powell
Captain Marvel: This movie will feature Marvel’s first female hero as the main character. Read a book with a female MC.
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Vol. 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew by Jeremy Whitley, illus. by Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt
Others I might consider: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley; Afar by Leila del Duca, illus. by Kit Seaton
The Avengers 4: Details of this movie including its title are still a secret. Read a book you don’t know anything about.
The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan, trans. by Yuri Machkasov
Others I might consider: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner