Hi friends! The Winter Biannual Bibliothon is a week long readathon taking place on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and book blogs this week—January 20th-26th. It’s hosted by booktubers: Kelly, Brittni, Emma, Catriona, Momo, Red, & Dylan. There are all kinds of fun challenges going on this week, including seven reading challenges! This is my first bibliothon, so I might be a little ambitious with my TBR—especially since I’m working three twelve-hour shifts this week. But here goes nothing!
Challenge 1: Read the group book| Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Full of high stakes, thrillers, and fantastic twists and turns, fans of Ready Player One are sure to love this addictive read.” -BUZZFEED Welcome to real life 2.0. Are you ready to play? There are no screens. There are no controls. You don’t just see and hear it – you taste, smell, and touch it too. In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break. You can live your best life. It’s a game so addictive you’ll never want it to end. Until you realize that you’re the one being played. Step into Otherworld. Leave your body behind. The frightening future that Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller have imagined is not far away. Otherworld asks the question we’ll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?
Challenge 2: Read a Sequel| For challenge 7 (see below) I’m reading Half a King, published in 2014. So for this challenge I’ll be reading the sequel to that book, Half the World by Joe Abercrombie.
Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War.Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.
Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior.
She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.
Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon.
Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption.
And weapons are made for one purpose.
Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?
Challenge 3: Read a book you’ve never heard of| I’ve actually never heard of Otherworld before the bibliothon, so I’m going to combine challenge 1 & 2!
Challenge 4: Read a book about mental illness| Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
Challenge 5: Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/tv show/etc.| I’m saving this challenge for last, because I already think I’m being a bit too ambitious, but if I get to it I’ll be reading The Tales o Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for centuries. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain as captivating to young wizards today as they were when Beedle first put quill to parchment in the fifteenth century. There are five tales in all: ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ Harry Potter fans will know from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’, ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’, ‘The Wizard and the Hopping Pot’ and ‘Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump’ complete the collection. These narrative gems are accompanied by explanatory notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore (included by kind permission of the Hogwarts Headmaster’s archive). His illuminating thoughts reveal the stories to be much more than just simple moral tales, and are sure to make Babbitty Rabbitty and the slug-belching Hopping Pot as familiar to Muggles as Snow White and Cinderella.
This brand new edition of these much loved fairy tales from the wizarding world pairs J.K. Rowling’s original text with gorgeous jacket art by Jonny Duddle and line illustrations throughout by Tomislav Tomic.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of the Lumos (link to wearelumos.org), an international children’s charity (registered charity number 1112575) founded in 2005 by J.K Rowling.
Lumos is dedicated ending the institutionalisation of children, a harmful practice that affects the lives of up to eight million disadvantaged children around the world who live in institutions and orphanages, many placed there as a result of poverty, disability, disease, discrimination and conflict; very few are orphans. Lumos works to reunite children with their families, promote family-based care alternatives and help authorities to reform their systems and close down institutions and orphanages.
Challenge 6: Read a book under 200 pages| I’m saving this challenge for The Tales of Beedle the Bard as well.
Challenge 6: Read a backlist title| this is essentially to read a book published before 2017, and I will be reading Half a King by Joe Abercrombie, published in 2014.
“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
The deceived will become the deceiver.
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
The betrayed will become the betrayer.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
Will the usurped become the usurper?
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.
I’m going to go ahead and brew 18,000 pots of coffee right now in preparation for this—I should add that I’m also planning on doing some of the blog challenges. Apparently I don’t want to come out of this readathon alive. I’m excited though! Mostly to find out what in the world the title Turtles All the Way Down actually means—even Dakota’s confused! Happy reading & may the odds be ever in your favor!
Let me know what you’re reading for this year’s Winter Biannual Bibliothon!