Bee at BookishPisces created the SailorMoonAThon. It is a Sailor Moon themed readathon that runs from 1 May to 20 May 2019. There is a mandatory book that you have to read and you sign up for teams, based on the sailor scouts. Once allocated to a team, you can log your daily page count here . The mandatory book counts for a triple page score and our team book plus any books you read for the challenges also counts for a double page score.
I grew up watching Sailor Moon and I have a deep love for the characters. I loved the female friendships and the fact that girls got to be the ‘superheroes’ for once. I haven’t revisited the series in years nor have I read any of the manga, though I now have the urge to do so.
Combining an old childhood love of mine and reading, how could I say no to this readathon?
The Set Book
The set book for the readathon is Beds are for Flowers by R.K. Gold. R.K. Gold has a YouTube channel, mainly focusing on books, hence the term booktuber. It will be interesting to see what the book is like. It is pretty short and available in both physical and ebook forms. This book is the only mandatory read and counts as a triple page score.
From what I have read in the synopsis, it appears that a gateway between two worlds has been sealed off and the main characters have to go on an adventure to fix this.
This book would not have been on my radar if not for the SailorMoonAThon so I am happy it has been highlighted and that I get to support a booktuber.
I put my name down for the readathon and got to pick my top three sailor scouts and hence the team that I would be put on. I got Team Venus which I am happy to have been assigned. Sailor Venus, or Minako Aino, has star power and is considered the solider of love and beauty. She also has a cat named Artemis who, along with Luna, help guide the sailor scouts.
Also in the team are:
Ashley; Twitter: @ash_monahan93
Lauren; Twitter: @ethereal_mage
Rachel Ann; Twitter @ReadingInTrees
The Team Book
Each team has been assigned a book though it is not compulsory to read it or if you have already read it, you are welcome to pick another team’s book. Reading your team book counts for a double page score. The Team Venus book is The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, which has also been made into a movie. I was recommended the Sun is a Also Star a while ago by someone tailoring specific book recommendations to me so I am interested to read it and see what I think. I haven’t read anything else by Nicola Yoon but I did see the movie version of Everything, Everything. I am currently on hold for the ebook version at my library so I am hoping it comes in before the readathon is over!
While the challenges are not mandatory, if you read a book for the challenge, it counts as a double page score. I have a few series I am hoping to catch up on and some library books due back and most of them fit the challenges.
Reread a favourite book
I have been wanting to reread Melina Marchetta books for a long time. The Place on Dalhousie is her latest which I have already purchased but I want to reread both Saving Francesca and the Piper’s Son, to refresh myself on the characters before diving in. Saving Francesca is my favourite contemporary novel by Melina Marchetta and I was seriously considering picking that one but the urge to begin a reread of the Lumatere Chronicles won out. Finnikin of the Rock is the first book in the series and was the first series in a long time that convinced me to give fantasy a try when I was in university. I have not looked back since. The first book focuses on a cursed kingdom and a prophecy. I am actually excited that the SailorMoonaThon had this as a prompt so I would pick up and reread. Especially now since my library pile has shrunk in size. Also in my international round robin book group, this was the first book I sent out and I am curious to reread it with the comments from my book friends in mind.
Read a book that challenges you
I was originally going to pick a manga for this prompt as I haven’t read one before but then a colleague at work let me borrow their copy of Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. I read Gloria Steiem’s My Life on the Road and absolutely loved getting a glimpse at Gloria Steinem’s life. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, especially a lot of essays. I am hoping this book will challenge my views and if not, I will be interested in seeing what has changed (if anything) from when the book was first written until now. The copy I was given is a bit older but a brand new edition has just been released with new material by the author and a new foreword by Emma Watson. If I really like this book, I am going to treat myself to the brand new edition.
Read a book with a main character that has special abilities
I have chosen The Everlasting Rose for this prompt as I am trying to finish off series that I have started (or at least catch up to the latest published). I read the Belles last year for bookclub and thought it was ok. There were bits I really liked and bits I didn’t but the with the way it ended, I am hoping more happens in the sequel and more of the world is explored and the back stories of the main characters are further revealed. I need to reread the Belles as I don’r remember a lot of the plot threads and it fits for another challenge so this has all worked out well. I currently have the Everlasting Rose out from the library so I really do need to get to this series in May.
Read a Romance
I have started to read more romance books in the last year and I have been really enjoying exploring the genre. I love Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan for their historical romances and I loved reading the Hating Game by Sally Thorne and The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. In keeping up with the hyped romance titles as they have been working for me so far this year, I have picked up the Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. The Proposal is second book out in the trilogy and has also received a lot of buzz so I am looking forward to reading the Wedding Date and catching up on the rest of the series. As I mentioned before I am trying to catch up on series and that also includes any new books I read and that a part of a series. The Wedding Date is out from the library and I was planning on reading it soon so this has worked out quite well.
Read a Novella
Keeping up with my goal to read series that I start, I reread the Cruel Prince and read The Wicked King last month. I am now caught up and anxiously waiting to see what will happen in book three but have to wait another year. Luckily I discovered that there is novella out, the Lost Sisters, which apparently explores Jude’s twin sister Taryn’s point of view. I am interested in what her thought pattern is like after being given Jude’s point of view in the main series. I don’t agree with Taryn’s choices but I am interested in her justification for them. I wonder if I will grow to actually like Taryn or dislike her more? I downloaded the ebook version of this so it is waiting on my ereader for whenever I have time to get to it. I love using the library but sometimes it is nice not to be governed by return dates which has been my reading life for the past year or so. I am actually considering doing a month where I read only books I own but this is a complete side note…
Read a Book that Contains the element of fire in any way
I had a few to pick from for this prompt and it was a toss up between Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia. I own physical copies of both. Both have LGBTQIA2S+ themes with a female/female relationship and both have the word fire in the title. We Set the Dark on Fire just won out because it is the most recent purchase out of the two. That is the only reason. I have heard good things things about both. I may even change my mind, but for right now, the pick is We Set the Dark on Fire, about a main character being trained to be a perfect wife but may be the perfect spy for the resistance instead. Sounds like it is right in the middle of my wheelhouse.
Read a Book 400 Pages or More
As mentioned above for the Sailor Venus challenge, I want to reread the Belles before moving on to The Everlasting Rose. The Belles fits here for the challenge as my edition clocks in at 434 pages. I own the copy and I am looking forward to jumping back into the world before reading the sequel. Who knows? I may get something more out of it the second time around after knowing what is in the author’s note at the end. Also this book was a quick read, if my memory serves me correctly, especially considering I have already read it once and quick reads will help me get through my pile of books for the challenges.
Read a Standalone
There is a few books I own that I wanted to fit here like My Sister, the Serial Killer, Melmoth, Homegoing (at this stage I think I am the only person left that hasn’t read Homegoing) but in the end I decided to go with This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher. This Lie Will Kill You is a bookclub pick for the in real life bookclub I attend every month. We read three books a month and at the time of writing this post it is late Sunday night, with bookclub on Friday and I haven’t read anything. I am hoping to pick up Mansfield Park and read that before bookclub (we read one classic a month and two voted on picks - usually YA but it does vary). If I finish Mansfield Park in time, I will pick this one up (a library book) and try to finish before book club. It will be the first book I pick up in May and the first one to kick the readathon off with. All I know is it is a YA thriller and due to the nature of thrillers, I don’t want to know anything more.
Read a Book with a Gorgeous Cover
I am the type of person that loves a good font and illustration rather than a photo of an actual person on a book cover. At the library while picking up a hold, I was drawn to the cover of European Travels of Monstrous Gentlewomen. It was purple with a great font and colourful outlines arranged hazardously around the font. I borrowed it straightaway, not realising that it was the second book in the Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club (what an awesome name for a series!). I went out and bought the first book in the series immediately, the Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. While I still have the second book out from the library, it is a bit of a chunkster (708 pages) and because I haven’t yet read the first book, I am going with the Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter for this prompt, even though I like the cover a bit more for the second than the first. Though you have to admit, the cover on the first book is also really gorgeous in and of itself. At least I think so!
Read a Contemporary Novel
For this prompt, I am going with the Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. I have been wanting to pick this one up for so long and I just have had too many library books to get through. I own the physical copy and I am prioritising the book as one of the readathon challenges to ensure that I finally read it! It has won so many awards and so many people love it that I feel like I am the only one left yet to discover it.
Read a Dystopian Novel
It was a toss up between Red Clocks or Scribe but since I already had Scribe out from the library, it won. Scribe was another book on display at my library that I picked up when I was picking up a hold due to the book being a previous Belletrist book club pick. I have quite liked some of the books that have been Belletrist picks in the past so I thought I would give it a go. It is also a pretty short book as well. It is about a women surviving on the land after a civil war and contagious fevers. I don’t read a lot of dystopian novels so it was lucky that I had a few on my radar.
Do you like Sailor Moon? Have you read any of the books I have listed? I would love to know. Also as at the time of writing this blog, you still have a few day left to sign up. The twitter page @SailorMoonAThon is the best place to get further information and check out what is going on.