Hello, everyone! Today, I’m coming to you with another readathon TBR. As a new semester of university draws closer, I’d like to knock many books off my TBR as is possible.
The Pokémon Indigo League Read-a-thon is hosted by the lovely Aentee @ Read at Midnight. The read-a-thon takes place from August 14th to September 4th, and your goal is to read 8 books to ‘earn’ 8 Pokémon-themed badges. Aentee has a ton of fun bonuses that make the read-a-thon all the more compelling, so do check out her sign up and information post to get all the details. I know I’m two days late- I hadn’t planned on participating, since I haven’t been reading much, but this readathon is too fun to pass up. Also, the hype has seriously sucked me in, ha.
And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White | 475 pages | Potential: +47CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.”
This book has some crazy hype going for it, and ever since I heard that it has tons of political intrigue, I knew I had to pick it up. Books with complicated politics are some of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to this.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara | 720 pages | Potential: +72CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.”
I’m such a huge fan of dark, thought-provoking, heartbreaking stories, and I have heard from multiple people that this fits all those definitions perfectly. I’ll make sure I have a bunch of tissues on hand when I start this. Also, what a massive tome.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | 517 pages | Potential: +51CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?”
Just like with all of Morgan Matson’s books, the Unexpected Everything has been getting unprecedented levels of hype. I’ve enjoyed her other books in the past, but have yet to be blown away by them. But considering this book has strong familial relationships and a vanilla core, I’m interested to see what it has to offer.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour | 312 pages | Potential: +31CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.”
I have been trying to diversify my reading lately, so I’m so glad that this category exists in this readathon. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, and I don’t think I’ve read many books with F/F pairings. I’m excited!
The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renée Ahdieh | 416 pages | Potential: +41CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.”
Guys, I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. Honestly. I loved the Wrath & the Dawn, and I’ve just been putting this off for the longest freaking time. I’m glad I’ve made the decision to pick it up during this readathon! Khalid and Shazi’s romance is swooooon-worthy.
The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson | 688 pages | Potential: +68CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous – what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.”
I’m surprised by just how much I’m excited to read this book. I thought the first book in the series was alright, but the second one definitely stepped it up a notch. The conclusion is freaking massive, and it’s been getting fantastic reviews! I can’t wait to read it – it might be the first book I pick up.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch | 342 pages | Potential: +34CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
I have a copy of this book. I received it for free in exchange for an honest review, so I was already hoping to get to it this month. This readathon is the perfect opportunity to do so!
World After (Penryn and the End of Days) by Susan Ee | 320 pages | Potential: +32CP
Goodreads Synopsis: “When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?”