hey y’all, long time no see!

it’s no secret that i’m in a huge reading slump right now, and have been for more or less the whole year. it really sucks, bc there are so many books i really want to read, but i always have to force myself to actually pick them up and when i do sit down to read i get really easily distracted and can rarely keep at it for more than a half hour at a time. usually i can still read an okay amount of books, i just do it audiobook form, but for the past 7 or so months i’ve been slowly working my way through the hunge backlog of episodes of the podcast my brother, my brother and me so that’s taken up my audiobook time. (it’s been paying off though! i only have about 40 out of 430 episodes left!)

where do i want to come with this? well. there’s a readathon coming up that sounded really fun to me, so i’m going to participate in the hopes that it’ll force me to get back into reading – at least for a while. the readathon in question is mythothon, hosted by louise over at foxes and fairytales. as you can probably tell by the name, it’s a mythology based readathon. more specifically, it’s greek mythology based. i love mythology so much, so of course i had to give this a shot.

the mythothon is happening during all of november, and is bingo board based, with 24 greek mythology inspired prompts and one free space. i have picked out books for all 24 prompts, but obviously i’m not going to manage to read them all in 30 days. i’ll be happy if i get through five books and get a bingo.

here is my full tbr:

Zeus. King of the Gods. God of the Sky. Read a book at least 400 pages long – FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

Hera. Queen of the Gods. Goddess of Marriage, Mothers and Families. Read a book about royalty – MIRAGE

Hebe. Goddess of Eternal Youth. Read a Middle Grade or Young Adult book – THE HIDDEN ORACLE

Poseidon. God of the Sea. Read a book which features the sea – mermaids, pirates, surfers etc – SEAFIRE

Hermes. God of Travellers and Thieves. Read a book set in a country not your own – NOT YOUR VILLAIN

Aphrodite. Goddess of Love and Beauty. Read a book with a beautiful cover – THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS

The Hydra. Multiheaded Serpent. Read a book with more than one POV – CHAINBREAKER

Iris. Goddess of the Rainbow. Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover or in the title – LABYRINTH LOST

Ancient Greece. Read a book set in the past – THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING

Hestia. Goddess of the Hearth. Read the first book in a series – THE READER

Dionysus. God of Wine. Celebrate this year by reading a 2018 release – THE NIGHT MASQUERADE

Achilles and Patroclus. Read a book with an LGBT+ protagonist – DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

Homer. Read a retelling (of a myth, fairy tale, classic novel etc.) – THE DARK DESCENT OF ELIZABETH FRANKENSTEIN

Hephaestus. God of Fire and Smiths. Read a book with a disabled character – STAKE SAUCE ACT 1

Ares. God of War. Read a book with a compelling antagonist or a written from the villain’s POV – WILDCARD

Echidna. Mother of Monsters. Read a book about monsters – dragons, zombies, serial killers etc. – CITY OF GHOSTS

Herakles. Read a popular book (define ‘popular’ as you wish) – THE POPPY WAR

Gaia. Primordial Earth Goddess. Read a book which was published at least 5 years ago – PANTOMIME

Artemis. Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt. Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title – ONE DARK THRONE

Athena. Goddess of Wisdom, Strategy and Crafts. Read a book that’s not the first in the series – RUIN OF STARS

Persephone. Goddess of the Underworld and Springtime. Read a book which is less than 200 pages – MAPPING THE INTERIOR

Apollo. God of Prophesy, Plague and Poetry. Read a collection of poetry or short stories – TO MAKE MONSTERS OUT OF GIRLS

Hades. God of the Underworld and Riches. Read a book which you got for free (library, from a friend, ARC, Kindle offer etc.) – THE FOXHOLE COURT

Demeter. Goddess of Agriculture. Read a book with a nature word in the title – e.g. leaf, wind, flower etc. – TRAIL OF LIGHTNING

as of right now i’m not sure which books i’m going to go for. i might do the bottom horizontal row just because that one has the shortest books so my chance of finishing it is bigger lol. luckily i still have two days to decide.

i’m going to be tweeting my process over at my twitter account using the hashtag #myhtothon, but i’m also intending to write update posts on here. at first i was going to do one every week, but after thinking about it a bit more i might just do one after two weeks, and then of course the wrap-up at the end. that way i’ll have time to write other posts in between so this blog isn’t only readathon updates for a full month.

you can find the sign-up post here, with all the info and rules. please let me know if you’re participating too, so we can help pump each other up!

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