The One Readathon to Rule them all is back with a new creative incarnation. The readathon was created by Don’t have a degree in Reading and is an all fantasy readathon! It Is a two week readathon from
17th November to 1st December
which overlaps with Tome Topple meaning there is the opportunity to get those big fantasy off the TBR list! Things are a bit different in this round. The Ultimate goal is to get the ring to Mordor with a reading challenge for every stop along your way. Books can count for multiple challenges!
Goal: You must travel Middle Earth to get the Ring to Mordor!
You may choose from 4 routes to get the Ring to Mordor:
Route 1: Speedy Voyager Challenges to complete: Mordor
Route 2: Tourist Special Challenges to complete: The Shire, Rivendell and Mordor
Route 3: Ultimate Backpacker Challenges to complete: Bree, Moria, Rohan, Minas Tirith and Mordor
Route 4: Nomadic Traveler Challenges to complete- You may pick as many (or as little) of the challenges from below as you want. You are charge of this route but remember…you must get the Ring to Mordor!
The Shire: Reread a favorite fantasy book
Bree: Read a fantasy book set in a non-European influenced setting
Fangorn: Forest Read a fantasy book with magical/supernatural creatures
Rivendell: Read a fantasy book with LGBTQIA+ rep (author/MC/POV)
Moria: Read a grimdark fantasy book or a fantasy book w/ spooky elements.
Lorien: Read a fantasy book published by an indie press (Not the Big 5: Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin Books, Random House, or Simon & Schuster)
Isengard: Read a fantasy book with a villain MC/POV (morally grey MC/POV is acceptable!)
Helm’s Deep: Read a fantasy book that is a standalone
Rohan: Read a fantasy book w/ a female MC
Gondor: Read a fantasy book w/ POC rep (author/MC/POV)
Minas Tirith: Read a fantasy book
Mordor: Read the conclusion to a fantasy series (standalone books count) or the most recent instalment of a series.
I am opting for Route 4 and wandering like a Ranger around middle earth till the fellowship call me into their quest to get the ring to Mordor. As I am both working and reading big books for Tome Topple I am keeping my TBR fairly loose and I have put a couple of options for each stop and we will see how many stops I can make throughout middle earth!
The Shire: As I am keen to dive into Lies Sleeping the latest in Ben Arronovich’s rivers of London series I have decided I will use my reread to brush up on where the story left off. I will either re-read Detective stories – the latest graphic novel – or The Furthest station:
Bree: It seems to be the winter of Asian inspired fantasy and this is a perfect opportunity to dive into a couple my choices are The Poppy war by R.F. Kuang, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan or Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. The Poppy War is one of my Tome topple reads so it will most likely be this one!
Fangorn: Again I have a good few books on my various TBRs I have chosen either Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness or His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik.
Rivendell: Another one of my Tome Topple reads can count for this challenge, it is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, if i don’t finish this Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan would also count in this challenge.
Moria: I could double up on this one with The Poppy war by R.F. Kuang or finally get to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.
Lorien: I have had this one sitting on my Kindle for a while now and it should be an easy read to dive into (originally published by 47 North) The Master Magician by Charlie M. Holmburg.
Isengard: I am assuming as the lead character is a con-artist that this one will count. The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty
Helm’s Deep: Another Tome topple read, and a surprise that it is a standalone. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.
Rohan: A number of the above reads could count for this challenge. The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty, The Master Magician by Charlie M. Holmburg, The Poppy war by R.F. Kuang, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan …
Gondor: Most likely this will be The Poppy war by R.F. Kuang as it is one of my Tome topple books but The City of Brass by S.A Chakraborty, and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan could also count.
Minas Tirith: Any of the above books could count for this one.
Mordor: Finally I will be reading my most anticipated read of the year. Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovich.
Are you participating in this readathon? Whats on your TBR? What route would you take?
Have you read any of the books? I would love to discuss them. You can find me here in the comments, on twitter and Instagram.
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