Becca’s Bookoplathon, Space Opera September, Buzzwordathon & More

Posted 29. August, 2020 by Vildea in ReadATons, TBR Pile / 0 Comments

So I’ve decided that I want to join and participate in a couple of different readathons this month. Specifically Becca’s Bookoplathon and Space Opera September(this is the prompt video) (who are both month-long readathons) as well as Buzzwordathon

I sort of want to see if I can fit in any shorter readathons as well, but I think I’ll pick my books for the three I mentioned first and see if I can fit any around that.

That said, Becca’s Bookoplathon, in case you don’t know, requires you to roll a dice and move around a board (I’ve linked the video introducing the readathon above, so check that out for more details!) which will land you on different kinds of prompts. So you might roll to read a book with a dark cover, a young adult fantasy, a book with the lowest rating and so on.

Because of the random element of it, I’ve decided to first pick out some books for the other two readathons I mentioned and then roll for Becca’s Bookoplathon and see what, if anything, I can fit in.

However, since that might read a little weird in a blog post, the way this post will work is that I’ll pick my books for the two aforementioned readathons. Then once I’ve done that I’ll come back to this post and start rolling.

So this post will essentially be a live-reaction as I do my rolls and if any of the previously picked books works for a roll, I’ll add it and tell you. If it doesn’t I’ll tell you about it at the end and hopefully not end up with a TBR miles long.

Roll #1

I debated a little bit back and forth how many rolls I ought to do for this and in the end I decided to go for the “OG” number of 5. I can read that I’m pretty sure although I have three books and a novella to fit into that. Of course, this is also assuming that I won’t roll doubles…

Roll #1 - Six

Ah, a six which brings us to;

A Book With A Dark Cover

Well, this works out pretty well since it let’s me add one of the picks for the Buzzwordathon. Specifically The Night Swim by Megan Goldin. The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?

 

I’ve been reading some YA thrillers lately, and rather enjoyed the experience and decided that I sort of wanted to dip my toes into adult thrillers as well. Seeing how I tend to enjoy podcast element in any book (thrillers or not) and since quite a few people seem excited about this book and I like the premise it seems like there’s a good chance I’ll enjoy this one. Granted that’s assuming I don’t get scared and refuse to finish it… That, might have actually happened before so we’ll see!

 

 

Roll #2

A three! Which brings us to;

A Book With A Light Cover

I guess you can’t have Yin without Yang, huh? And apparently you can’t have one buzzword pick without getting another right after. Which works really well for me, so I’m happy with that! 

Technically I’ve been wanting to pick up some sequels rather than the first in a series, but I also really wanted to read this. I do own The 

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Winner’s Kiss, but I don’t want to wait to read this until I’ve started and finished that series so… I guess I’m reading The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski in September!

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Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

 

The synopsis of this one sounds really great and it features one of my favourite ways to describe a character: rakish, I realise that’s a strangely specific word to like, but I do and the use of it in this synopsis is partly why I really want to read it!

 

 

 

Roll #3

Seven! So far, so good. No doubles yet, having said that I’ve probably jinxed myself now.

Anyway, a roll of seven brings us to;

Read A Middle Grade Book

Oh, a Mid- wait… A middle grade? I have no hate for the genre, truly, but I don’t think I’ve read one in… Uh, a veeeery long time.

I don’t think I even own any middle grades. Which is fine because I have my library app and all, but… Um. 

I don’t really want to pick a classic that’s technically a middle grade because… Well, I don’t want to, that’s pretty much it. 

There’s like one book that I saw around a lot for awhile that I know is middle grade… So, I guess I’m reading Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend in September? 

I’m a little baffled, not going to lie, I don’t really read middle grade, like, ever so this is a first for me. But hey! I might like it! And it has a gigantic cat on the cover (true story, that’s essentially why I remember the book and cover!) so yeah. 

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A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world – but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

 

Roll #4

And the next roll is eight! Not going to lie, I’m sort of disappointed I haven’t gotten a double yet, but at the same time I’ve already been surprised once so far. That said, I might, maybe do some bonus rolls, we’ll see where this brings us first though so I don’t suddenly end up with 5000+ pages to read!

Anyway, a roll of eight brings us to;

Read A Sequel

Well… I did say I wanted to read more sequels earlier, didn’t I? So I guess Bookopoly heard me.

Hm. Now I just have to figure out which sequel. I, uh, do unfortunately have a lot to choose from because I keep starting series so…

Starsight by Brandon SandersonI guess I’m going to be reading Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I read the first book in the series, Skyward, in August and really enjoyed it and have pretty much been looking for an excuse to read the second book ever since so…

I suppose you can say that I just found one?

I quite like this series and the writing reads fast and I guess it could, sorta, work for Space Opera September? Maybe? It doesn’t technically work for any of the prompts being neither a novella, written by a woman/POC/LGBTQIA+/disabled, being over 500 pages or having been released before I was born.

BUT! It fits the theme, so we’re going with that.

I also just realised that neither of the two books I have lined up for Space Opera September have made it onto my TBR thus far so… That’s awesome.

Click for a summary on book one, Skyward
Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

 

Roll #5

An eight! And still no doubles. Still not sure if I’m going to roll another or not yet, kind of depends on where this roll brings me. Hopefully someplace decent at least.

So, a roll of eight takes us to;

Read A Book Set In The Present

Hm. Interesting. I guess I do want to read some contemporary as well. Sadly, none of the books for Space Opera September would be considered as being set in the present I don’t think… Let’s see what I have for that.

So… Remember how I said I wanted something contemporary? And to read sequels more? Uh… This pick fits neither of those categories.

It is set in the present, but, it’s paranormal. Hey! No one said it needed to be non-fantasy so… Yeah.

Anyway, I’m picking The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman for this one.

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Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.


After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

 

I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but it sort of sounds like it might be the kind of book that’s a quick and easy read. Not overly deep and complicated, but just, an easy read? At least that’s what I’m sort of hoping for here.

I did actually buy this book before I started on my TBR for September so it’ll be here sometime next week. So I guess at least I’m picking up a book and reading it pretty quickly after getting it in the house? So there’s that.

Anyway, I did mention something about bonus rolls and well, I am so close to having made it all the way around the board so I’m thinking I’ll try to get around the board/as close to the finish line as possible. There’s currently 6 spots that I could land on (7 in total, but with two dice there’s no way I’ll get less than two so, 6 it is) so depending on what I roll I might make it in one or in several. 

I don’t really want to roll too many times though, so I think I’ll limit it to 2 more rolls depending on how the next one goes.

Roll #6 (bonus roll)

Aaand my last roll is… A seven!

Which actually brings me to the final spot on the bord before “Go” and that brings us to;

Read The Highest Rated Book On Your TBR

So I decided to use my physical TBR for this one (I have a shelf on GoodReads with all my owned books) and I already knew which one it would be because I sorted it by highest rated not too long ago and I haven’t added anything since.

Technically there’s another book above it, Crooked Kingdom which is the second book in the Six of Crows series, and I could read Six of 

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Crows instead. But I only just finished Ruin and Rising and I’m not sure if I’m down to enter the Grishaverse again just yet. That said, should I run out of stuff to read (doubtful, but hey) Six of Crows will definitely be my backup book.

So the second book on that list, and the one I’ll be reading is Loveless by Alice Oseman.

I don’t think I’ve read any of Oseman’s other books thus far, but I’ve wanted to and when Loveless came out I pretty much bought it instantly because I really like the representation in it. And hey, if I’m going to try any of her novels, reading about a representation that matters to me might be as good of a place as any.

The synopsis of this one is eerily familiar to my own life and I’ve no idea how I’ll react to reading something where I might actually see myself, so I’m actually fairly nervous about this one.

At the same time, I’m also SO excited. So yeah. Not a bad final pick for my Bookoplathon TBR I think.

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It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.

 

Space Opera September Reads

So like I mentioned earlier, none of the books for Space Opera September made it onto my Bookoplathon TBR so in addition to the ones I mentioned above I’ll also be reading;

Read A Novella + Read A Book By A Woman

So I’m combining these two prompts because it works and well, if you’ve read this far you probably understand why I don’t really need to 

add any other books to my TBR. 

For this one I decided to pick a novella I’ve heard mentioned on and off since it was released, which is All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

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In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

 

I mean… The series is called The Murderbot Diaries… Which sounds like what AIDAN (the AI from the Illuminae files) might have called his diary. Or at least like an AI that AIDAN would’ve gotten along with splendidly.

I know… Very little about the actual premise. I know I included it above, but I haven’t actually read it yet because I’m apparently going in blind for this one. Which will probably be all sorts of fun.

Read A Book By A Woman + Read A Book By A LGBTQIA+ Author

Technically this is one and the same prompt, but well, for the sake of clarity I guess? 

A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky ChambersAnyway, I think I might be the last person on the planet not having read this, but, I’m getting there!

So the book I chose for this is The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

I’ve owned and had this on my TBR for… A pretty long time now, so it’s about time I get around to reading it.

I’m almost a little worried about reading it because so many people seem to love this and I’m worried I’ll be the odd duck who doesn’t… But, there’s really only one way to find out I guess.

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Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

 

The final book in this series was just announced, so I guess that’s sort of good timing? If I like it at least. 

 

Other Stuff

So this post is getting unwieldy long, so this is just a quick list of some books that I want to finish this month, but that I’ve already started and I’m a pretty good way into. 

I’m pretty much between 40-50% finished with all of these so I might even finish one of them before August is over. I didn’t want to add them to any TBR because it feels a little wrong when I’m already so far through them anyway.

They’re also books that I’m mostly mood reading, so if I’m not in the mood I won’t pick them up for awhile, which is fine.

Anyway!

That at long last is my September TBR!

If I decide to join any other readathons I’ll probably talk about it over on my twitter, although if I can remember/I actually prepare rather than come across a readathon the day before or the day of it actually starting, I might post about it here too.

Are you doing Bookoplathon, Space Opera September or Buzzwordathon? Or any other readathon?

 

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