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Pondathon: It’s Time to Party

For this challenge for the Pondathon, we had to talk about a diverse book, even though this one doesn’t come out till September I’m excited about it because I loved the first novel by author Kelly Yang, Front Desk 

Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel)

Amazon: Three Keys Pre-Order

Mia Tang is excited to have the best year ever.

After a whole lot of drama, she and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel. Mia even gets to run the front desk with her best friend Lupe. Her writing is also finally getting somewhere.

But sixth grade gives her a dose of reality when:

  1. Mia’s new teacher doesn’t like her writing all that much and her whole class finds out about her living situation. 
  2. The motel is struggling and Mia has to answer to many worried investors.
  3. And with a new immigration law looming, it threatens everyone and everything in Mia’s life.

But if anyone has the key to getting through this it’s Mia and her friends, Mia may not have the best year ever but she’s still ready to face life’s challenges and come out a winner. 

So go ahead and pre-order Three Keys, because anything by Kelly Yang is sure to be a winner! 

 

Posted in Monthly Reads, Pondathon, Reviews

Review: The Dark and Deep Blue

My first graphic novel of the year and boy is it a good one. The Deep and Dark Blue is one of my favorite pieces of fiction. Period. Of the last few years. Why?

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith

The Deep & Dark Blue

Below are spoilers for the book

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Synopsis

Twins Hawke and Grayson are part of a noble house, their grandfather is about to name their cousin the new head of the house. When a political coup happens and another family member takes over, the two boys have to flee.

The hide where no one would expect them, in an order of women, called the Communion of the Blue an order of magical women. Within the Communion, they are Grayce and Hanna, but while Grayce seems to take to the order like a fish to water, Hanna has a hard time. Grayce has never been comfortable being seen as a boy, and being in the Communion of the Blue feels like coming home for her. She learns how to spin the magical blue wool that controls the different elements in their world and finally finds her place.

Meanwhile, Hawke is having a tough time settling in, he meets an old friend who recognizes him from when they were children. She notes he needs to shave if he wants to keep up his disguise and she informs him that the family member who is responsible for the coup is coming for a blessing from the Communion of the Blue. Before they are officially made head of the noble house.

The twins know that the family member is really after a magical tapestry which shows the real heir of each noble house. The Communion of the Blue has a copy of the tapestry burned during the coup. Through this tapestry, they learned their cousin may be alive and hatch a rescue to take back their house and their family. Grayce though is reluctant to go back.

Their friend from childhood points out that Hawke hasn’t realized the change in Grayce, how she’s finally happy with who she is, the way she never was back when she was thought of as a boy.

Hawke apologizes to Grayce, and Grayce despite her reluctance goes with Hawke to help him find their cousin and help him take back his place as heir. But things are more complicated as they seem, and the Communion of the Blue may be involved.

When it comes down to proving who is the rightful heir before their relative is crowned, Grayce’s new skills she learned in the Communion of the Blue will prove to be the key to saving everything.

Review:

Literally so SWEET. The Communion of the Blue is where Grayce flourishes and the way it was described made me want to join. A sisterhood of magical women dying and spinning yarn that can cause magic in the world. Sign me up! But I think my favorite thing is the fact that Sister Marta the leader of the order is accepting of Grayce even after she is outed as being born male. The magical tapestry even changes to reflect who Grayce truly is, its so wonderful.

Five Favorite Things:

  1. Sister Marta provides a great representation of a woman of color in power. In fact, the sisters of the Communion of the Blue are very diverse and Grayce and Hawke’s friend from childhood is also a person of color.
  2. Grayce’s whole character. She’s so genuine.
  3. The information about what the Communion of the Blue does, I love a well explained magical system.
  4. The magical tapestry acknowledging Grayce’s gender.
  5. The fact that Grayce gets to be the hero at one point.

Overall this is a great book with trans and POC representation and my favorite book of February so far.

Amazon: The Dark and Deep Blue

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New Side Quest Available – Aunty Buaya is Here!

The Pondathon has fallen a bit by the wayside as I’ve just been rereading, but the prompt for this blog seemed fairly easy so I thought I’d go ahead and try it. You have to talk about the longest book you’ve ever read.

Pondathon: Readathon side-quest available!

If you do you are helping the tank character called Aunty Buaya

Aunty Buaya, an old crocodile, wearing paladin armour and holding up a saw tooth sword.

She’s a retired paladin who is coming out of retirement to help the pond characters fight the darkness that is taking over the pond.

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The Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy

Legacy

This is the newest book in The Keeper of the Lost Cities series. It clocks in at 789 pages so I’m not sure it’s the longest in the series but it’s one of the longest. It’s the eight book in Shannon Messenger’s New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

The series focuses on Sophie Foster and her friends. This book specifically has Sophie and her friends reeling after one of their group is taken by the enemy, The Neverseen. In the book Sophie and her friends are finally seen as equals by the Elvin council after years of strife but what does all that responsibility mean, and will Sophie and her friends be able to stop the enemy’s plans and save their friend in the process.

Sophie wants to know who her biological parents are, but the Black Swan, who created her won’t tell her and it’s essential to the match, where elves are given lists of who they can marry, so its essential information if she wants to be with Fitz. But Mr. Forkle doesn’t seem to think so. He sees staying single for centuries as a solution which is why Sophie starts to investigate the issue on her own, with Keefe’s help.

Just when she’s about to start working on it, the Council offers her a unique position in the nobility, she will be a Regent and a leader of a team of her friends, and Stina Heks, her frienemy. They will be responsible for helping the council with some of the same concerns that The Black Swan has about the dwarves and their missing friend Tam’s ability as a Shade being used against them.

But Sophie isn’t the only one with blank spots in her past, Keefe’s mother, Lady Gisela the leader of the Neverseen, erased some of his memories and wants him to face up to something called his ‘legacy’. When their friend Tam warns he’s been ordered to kill Keefe, Sophie must do everything she can to keep Keefe out of the line of fire. But Keefe may be a part of something much bigger than Sophie can even imagine so keeping him out of the line of fire may be impossible.

Sophie is also trying to put together a plan to face the dwarves and figure out how to be the leader of her new team called Team Valiant. All while Keefe is throwing mind-bending ideas about who her biological parents might be and she is trying to be Fitz’s girlfriend.

Keeping everything in balance seems impossible especially when Mr. Forkle throws her new information about the fact that one of her abilities may be malfunctioning and she may have to risk her life to get it to reset, again.

But none of them can stop the showdown that is coming with the enemy, and Keefe’s legacy is coming for him whether he likes it or not, will Sophie be able to keep Keefe, herself, and her friends safe, or will everything fall apart?

This book may be long but it’s also one of my favorites and I can’t wait till book 8.5 comes out in November!

Amazon: Legacy

 

 

 

Posted in Pondathon, Reviews

Review: The Girl with the Dragon Heart

This is the second in a loosely connected trilogy be Stephaine Burgis. The universe is the same, but the characters that the book focuses on are different with each book.

The Girl with the Dragon Heart

The Girl with the Dragon Heart is about Silke, Aventurine‘s best friend who helped her find her way as a human in the first book. Aventurine also shows up in this book though mostly as a background character. The Girl with the Dragon Heart focuses on Silke’s search for a place to call home. Silke thinks she’s found a home at The Chocolate Heart, but after being a refugee to the kingdom and an orphan, she’s grown to distrust anything that isn’t permanent and The Chocolate Heart could shut down any day.

Instead, Silke is looking for somewhere safe, that will stand the test of time, so when The Crown Princess of the kingdom offers her a position that will earn her a place in the palace permanently Silke is eager to accept. The crown princess is looking for someone who can be a spy on some visiting royalty, someone who knows how to spin a story and get people talking. Exactly what Silke is good at.

It doesn’t matter that the position is dangerous, Silke will be a spy on the fairy royalty from Elfenwald, who have come out from underground for the first time in a hundred years to broker a treaty with the kingdom. Silke tries not to let her own history with the fairies get away from accomplishing her mission. But she still plans to find out about some of the mysteries from her own past that involve the fairies

The fairies seem to be offering an alliance, with riches untold and magical protection for the kingdom. But Silke knows there is more to what the fairies are doing and has a secret mission of her own, find out what happened to her parents who disappeared when her refugee caravan was traveling through Elfenwald six years earlier.

But soon Silke learns the fairies are after the dragons and vows to protect Aventurine who is in the castle helping make chocolate for the visit. But dragons are stubborn and tough to protect and soon Silke and Aventurine find themselves in a world of trouble with the faries threatening to take them back underground along with their unlikely companion the crown princesses younger sister, Sofia. 

The trio finds their way out of the fairies grip, but must find a way to rescue their friends and family, Silke has always been a good storyteller, but will she be able to talk her way out of this mess and save everyone she loves in the process and will she truly find the home she’s been looking for? 

Review

This was A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year for 2019, and I can see why filled with female friendship unlikely families and strong heroines, it is one of my favorite books of 2020, so far along with The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart.

Five favorite things: 

  1. Silke and Aventurine’s friendship.
  2. The role of The Chocolate Heart owners Marina and Horst in Silke’s life.
  3. The fairies were cool villains.
  4. Silke’s complicated history with her brother Dieter and the resolution to their conflicts.
  5. More page time for Princess Sofia, the main character in the next book The Princess Who Flew with Dragons. 

Overall, this book was a solid 4.5 stars and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Amazon: The Girl With the Dragon Heart

Photo by Kristina Paukshtite from Pexels

 

 

Posted in Monthly Reads, Pondathon, Reviews

Review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

I finished the book I was reading for the side quest on the Pondathon, it turned out to be one of my favorites so far this year.

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Now I love books about magic and cooking. Somehow magical cooking always seems to result in a cute book. Aventurine is a dragon, who feels confined to the caves where her family lives, she can’t explore the outside world yet because her scales haven’t thickened up and she could be hurt by humans or other creatures.

Her mother tells her to find something she likes to do to help the years while her scales harden pass. For example, her brother Jasper likes human philosophy. Nothing seems to catch her attention though.

Aventurine just has to explore so one day she sneaks out and files around, only to encounter a human who is cooking something. This is where Aventurine finds what she’s truly interested in because the human is making chocolate. She knows she has to have some, so the human lets her try it.

Ooops, only it turns out to be enchanted chocolate that turns her into a human girl. The human was a food mage in disguise and refuses to turn Aventurine back, or give her more chocolate, instead, he suggested she find a livelihood at one of the chocolate houses in a nearby town.

Intrigued by the idea of a chocolate house, thinking its a house made of chocolate, Aventurine ventures to a nearby town, on the way she’s almost taken in by a greedy woman who wants her to be her maid for free, but she manages to get away and start for the nearest chocolate house. There she learns things about humans, such money, and their silly need for references to get work at a chocolate house.

Still, she’s finally found the thing that she loves, so she isn’t going to give up and eventually ends up at the worse rated chocolate house in town, where the chef has just thrown her apprentice out on the street. She manages to talk herself into a job with the cranky chef and sets out to learning chocolate secrets.

When Aventurine learns that her chocolate house is having business trouble she enlists her friend Silke to help drum up business. This ends up going too well when the chocolate house gets a visit from the king and princesses. Aventurine has to face making chocolate for them on her own after her bosses have a fight.

Due to some slander from the mayor who is trying to shut down The Chocolate Heart, the king and princesses leave without trying the chocolate and Aventurine runs away thinking she’s failed her new family.

Falling back into the clutches of the woman who tried to make her a maid at the beginning, Aventurine tries to forget her failure, but her new family isn’t ready to give up on her yet.

After a talk with her boss, Marina, Aventurine learns that failure is a part of life, and Marina convinces her to give chocolate making another shot, just in time too, Aventurine’s dragon family is headed towards to the city.

With the help of her new family Aventurine comes up with a plan to save her dragon family from the king’s army and her new home from her family’s dragonfire, but will it work?

To save all the things she loves it will take help from her new family, chocolate, and a little luck to make things right in the end.

Favorite things

  1. Aventurine’s views on things, it’s fun to hear her dragonish perspective on human society.
  2. Marina, Aventurine’s cranky boss.
  3. Silke, Aventurine’s friend who teaches her about human society.
  4. The Chocolate Heart is super charming, you can feel the love that everyone has for the chocolate house throughout the book.
  5. How Aventurine is a mix of girl and dragon.

Stephanie Burgis is also the author of many other cute middle-grade fantasy books such as The Girl with the Dragon Heart and The Princess who Flew with Dragons.

Again cooking +magic=cute! So if you’re a fan of middle-grade fantasy you should give this book a chance. It’s definitely one of my favorite books of the year so far.

Photo by freestocks.org from Pexels

Posted in Monthly Reads, Pondathon, TBR

Mental Health Books TBR

This TBR will go across a couple months, but I’m trying to focus more on books where mental health is represented, and these are some of the ones I want to start with, I’m especially looking for books with female-identified or gender non-conforming narrators because the story on many conditions (especially autism) is overwhelmingly male.

1)Give and Take

Elly Swartz did such a good job with Finding Perfect, I want to see her take on another mental health issue, hoarding. When Maggie’s parents become temporary guardians to a baby from foster care, Maggie’s need to hoard spirals out of control. I’m interested to see how this compares to Finding Perfect.

To see my review of Finding Perfect look here: Finding Perfect Review

Amazon: Give and Take

2)The Someday Birds

The Someday Birds

Another book about mental health, this one about OCD and autism, both of which I have so I’ll be happy to do another #ownvoices review. Twelve-year-old Charlie, who is autistic and has OCD has to travel cross country with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit his father who is about to have brain surgery.

I hope this will be another good take on OCD, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this author deals with an autistic narrator. I have high hopes but low expectations because I’ve yet to see an author deal with autism properly. Which I suppose means I need to read more #ownvoices autistic authors.

Amazon: The Someday Birds

3)On the Edge of Gone

On the Edge of Gone

Sixteen-year-old Denise, who is autistic must survive the end of the world with her neglectful mother and try to find her missing sister as they find space upon a generational ship where they aren’t supposed to be. Deals with the issues of who deserves to be saved at the end of the world. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book so I’m hopeful.

Amazon: On The Edge Of Gone

4)Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

This book has two narrators, Jesse, who is autistic and her friend Springer, the two are trying to solve a mystery related after Springer’s father is accused of stealing. It also happens during post-tornado cleanup efforts. The autistic narrator is female and has what I believe is an emotional support animal her pomeranian.

Amazon: Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse

5)The Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

I’m going to give this book a chance, but I’m not super happy with the ableist language in the description where the narrator is described as ’emotionally crippled’ by his OCD. I’m not saying OCD can’t be debilitating, however, it doesn’t bode well for the viewpoint of the book. The plot revolves around teenage Matthew who rarely leaves his room due to his condition, yet may be the key to solving a mystery of a missing neighbor due to his people watching.

Amazon: The Goldfish Boy

I also have to point out that the protagonists as far as I know for all the novels are white, it doesn’t surprise me but there is a definite representation problem within the disability community.

If anyone has more diverse picks containing mental health issues please shoot them my way.

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

Posted in Pondathon, TBR, YARC, Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

February TBR

My goal is to read 4 books this month. I read three in January so it isn’t so much of a stretch, I’d love to read five to catch up to my yearly goal, but I’ll be happy with three or four.

1)Give and Take

Elly Swartz did such a good job with Finding Perfect, I want to see her take on another mental health issue, hoarding. When Maggie’s parents become temporary guardians to a baby from foster care, Maggie’s need to hoard spirals out of control. I’m interested to see how this compares to Finding Perfect.

To see my review of Finding Perfect look here: Finding Perfect Review

Amazon: Give and Take

2)On the Edge of Gone

On the Edge of Gone

Sixteen-year-old Denise, who is autistic must survive the end of the world with her neglectful mother and try to find her missing sister as they find space upon a generational ship where they aren’t supposed to be. Deals with the issues of who deserves to be saved at the end of the world. I’ve heard lots of good things about this book so I’m hopeful.

Amazon: On The Edge Of Gone

3)The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

I’m already about a third of the way through this book but I’m going to count it on my February TBR since I’m probably not going to finish it in the next few days. A very cute story about a dragon who gets turned into a human after drinking enchanted hot chocolate then finds work at a chocolate house.

Amazon: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

4) The Girl King

The Girl King

When Lu’s father names a male cousin to replace him on the throne Lu must go on the run to reclaim her birthright. Meanwhile, her sister Min must discover her own hidden power. Also happy to add to my YARC goals.

Amazon: The Girl King

5)Peasprout Chen

Peasprout Chen

I didn’t finish this in January but it’s super cute, its about a girl from a rural country who goes to a famous school to learn how to do, wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating. I’m already a few chapters in and the narrative reads more like poetry, so it took a little getting used to but I like it.

Amazon: Peasprout Chen

What’s on your February TBR list?

 

Posted in Pondathon, TBR

Pondathon Update-Cuddle’s Conundrum!

The Pondathon is having special side quests to help the different animals do magic. It’s seriously the cutest thing and one of the things that help me fight off depression. I really appreciate The Quiet Pond and CW (@artfromafriend) for the work she is doing. So please consider joining us or supporting her. The Pondathon goes on until March so you have plenty of time to join up and help fight evil!

Pondathon: Readathon side-quest available!

For this quest, we’re helping Cuddle Cuddle giving you the thumbs up and holding up a list of things she needs.the shy sea-otter from the pond with her mushroom soup. To help out with this quest you can do several things.

  • For every 10 pages that you read, you gain 2 points – and you successfully collect firewood to keep the cooking pots going! [Repeatable]
  • Post (blog post, tweet, or Instagram post; using the #Pondathon hashtag and tagging @artfromafriend [so she can keep track!]) or tweet about your current read for the Pondathon. You gain 5 points – and successfully add love and kindness to Cuddle’s mushroom soup.
  • Bonus: Do something kind for one person who is not yourself AND do something kind for yourself to earn the quest reward item: Recipe for Compassion!

So I’m going to talk about my current read for the Pondathon: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Now I love books about magic and cooking. Somehow magical cooking always seems to result in a cute book, and its the perfect book for this quest. Aventurine is a dragon, who feels confined to the caves where her family lives, she can’t explore the outside world yet because her scales haven’t thickened up and she could be hurt by humans or other creatures.

Her mother tells her to find something she likes to do to help the years while her scales harden pass. For example, her brother Jasper likes human philosophy. Nothing seems to catch her attention though.

Aventurine just has to explore so one day she sneaks out and files around, only to encounter a human who is cooking something. This is where Aventurine finds what she’s truly interested in because the human is making chocolate. She knows she has to have some, so the human lets her try it.

Ooops, only it turns out to be enchanted chocolate that turns her into a human girl. The human was a food mage in disguise and refuses to turn Aventurine back, or give her more chocolate, instead, he suggested she find a livelihood at one of the chocolate houses in a nearby town.

Intrigued by the idea of a chocolate house, thinking its a house made of chocolate, Aventurine ventures to a nearby town, she learns things about humans, such money, and their silly need for references to get work at a chocolate house.

Still, she’s finally found the thing that she loves, so she isn’t going to give up and eventually ends up at the worse rated chocolate house in town, where the chef has just thrown her apprentice out on the street. She manages to talk herself into a job with the cranky chef and sets out to learning chocolate secrets.

I’m about halfway through the book and I can’t wait to see what other adventures are in store for Aventurine. I really love her dragonish observations about human ways and the friend she makes at the market who shows her about human ways.

Stephanie Burgis is also the author of many other cute middle-grade fantasy books such as The Girl with the Dragon Heart and The Princess who Flew with Dragons.

Again cooking +magic=cute! So if you’re a fan of middle-grade fantasy you should give this book a chance.

 

 

Posted in Monthly Reads, Pondathon, Year of the Asian Reading Challenge

Monthly Review

So January just flew by, but I managed to get a good bit done despite my mental health not being the greatest.

Books

I managed to finish three books this month, which puts me right near my goal. I wanted to finish 4 but I’ll take 3. I finished a lot of books I wanted to finish last year so I’m happy with that.

I loved this book even if I didn’t think it was as spooky as the first. My review of it will be up early next month.

A sweet retelling of Little Women by Hena Khan. This was the first book I finished this year and I loved it. I hope to see more like this from Hena Khan. You can find my review here.

More to The Story Review

A great middle-grade story about a girl with OCD. I gave my #ownvoices review and you can find it below. Overall I thought it was good, and approachable for the age group it was targeted at.

Finding Perfect Review

Readathons

I signed up for two readathons this month.

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I attempted this Readathon in 2019, but it just kind of fell by the wayside. So I’m happy to give it another shot in 2020.

As CW at The Quiet Pond explains it “The aim of this challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can! These books can be backlist titles (i.e. released in 2019 or earlier), new releases, and ARCs. We welcome books of any genre, any format, and any length.”

You can find more information about it and how to join at the link below.

YARC Signup Post

Also by the Quiet Pond, I signed up for The Pondathon, a very cute story-driven readathon where you create a character, mine is below. You sign up for a team, I’m Team Xiaolong, and gain points in various ways such as simply reading, posting about diverse books, or buddy reading.

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Here is my character for the readathon:

Pondathon Character

You can find the signup for the Pondathon here. Please consider supporting CW (@artfromafriend). they are doing a LOT of work for this readathon.

The Quiet Pond: Pondathon

Gaming

I’m still playing Pokemon Shield and I just beat Opal’s gym after like three times. Now I’m headed for the ice gym.

a Dynamax Eevee in an arena in Pokemon Sword/Shield

I’m also really looking forward to Animal Crossing for the Switch coming out in a couple of months. Do you play any games? If so what system? I’ve also got a PS4 but I don’t use it as often.

Mental Health

I haven’t been feeling great mentally, so any pictures of kittens and adorable floofs are much appreciated. However, blogging and reading help. I hope you all are doing well mentally and that if you aren’t things improve for you.

I also became a Patreon for The Latest Kate, if you don’t know the name you might recognize her art. Her art always helps me feel better so I wanted to support her. Below is an example of some of her art, please consider supporting via the link below.

The Latest Kate: Patreon

Overall

Overall January was a productive month for reading, gaming, and life in general. Even if my mental health wasn’t the greatest I had some good days, and I’m hoping to work from there. I can’t wait to read more in February and hope to read more books next month and help with both my readathons.

Photo by Bich Tran from Pexels

 

 

 

 

Posted in Challenges, Pondathon, TBR, Uncategorized

Pondathon Readathon

I’m taking part in another challenge, one that is super unique and fun. It’s by the lovely CW @ artfromafriend and their fellow bloggers at The Quiet Pond.

Pondathon is a story-driven readathon. Now you might be asking how a story-driven readathon works.  Basically, your reading books give you points for the number of pages read or other conditions depending on which team you pick. Your reading helps certain characters in the story fight against a dark force that has invaded their home.

CW has lots of options for teams, for example, there are teams for blogging, reading, buddy reading and more. You also get to create your own character. It’s super amazing.

I decided to be on Team Xiaolong, where you earn points by reading  For every 10 pages/15 minutes (of the total time on the audiobook) that you read, you gain 1 point. You also get points for the books you finish.

team xiaolong full

Here is more information below.

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character

Pondathon Character

Asna has dreamed since she was a little girl about becoming an archer. At first she was too shy to even try it, especially since some other creatures told her she needed hands to hold a bow.

She spent most of her childhood reading and playing games about archery, and she picked up on a lot of old stories and lore during her reading.

One day she decided to face her fears and tried to find a teacher to help her with her dream, but when no one would teach her she decided to teach herself. Now she an amazing archer who teaches little fish with big dreams. 

She never gave up on her love of reading through and can usually be found with a bow in one hand and a book in the other.


My Pondathon TBR


Frostfire

Frostfire by Jamie Smith

A story of a girl who must face a mountain.  Sabira is chosen to climb the mountain that’s important to her village and get a piece of a glacier that will supposedly grant her magical powers. But when an avalanche traps her on the glacier she must use her wits to face the mountain’s secrets. I loved this cover and wanted to read another book about winter. I’ve borrowed this from my local library.


The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.

After drinking some enchanted hot chocolate a dragon becomes a girl who wants to learn about chocolate making. This book just sounded so cute I had to put it on my list. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while and decided this challenge would be a good time. I’ve borrowed this book from my local library.


Crown of Coral and Pearl by [Rutherford, Mara]

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Stepping outside my middle-grade comfort zone and reading at least one YA for the challenge. May or may not get through it, depends on the content. But I’ve started reading it and like the premise so far, its about twin girls who are waiting to see who is going to be chosen for the next princess of the land that rules their island. But things get more complicated, lots of court intrigue, and plots I’m thinking.   I’ve borrowed this digitally from my local library.


Crown of Feathers

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Pheonix riders and fierce queens, this is a YA I’ve heard a lot of buzz about. Sisterhood seems to be another big theme in this one so that’s pretty interesting too. It looks like two sets of sisters come up in the plot, so I’m really interested to see how those connections play out and form the plot. I’ve borrowed this from my local library.

The sequel Heart of Flames is coming out coming February 11, 2020, from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster.


Give and Take by Elly Swartz

Maggie is a successful trapshooter, but when a family member dies, Maggie begins to fill the hole that has been left in her heart with things. After reading Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz and seeing what a good job she did with writing a character with OCD, I want to read her other work.

These aren’t all the books I’m looking forward to taking on for the Pondathon, this however is a good start. And thanks again to @artfromafriend for hosting this lovely readathon.