Viperthon TBR

Happy Thursday! It is the start of a new month and the Viperthon readathon (if you’re not already on board, then please check out my post here, and those from my co-hosts Sarah, Steph, and Tsam and sign up). Today, I’m sharing my planned TBR for the readathon.

Despite being a huge over-achiever and wanting to read a different book for each of the thirteen prompts, I am trying to be slightly more realistic. So I have planned below for an option to use some books for 2 different prompts (this is completely allowed within the rules of the readathon!), but I am also giving myself an alternative for each of these so that I can still try to read a different book for each prompt if time allows.

Viper – A book with snake on the cover

Vulture by Bex Hogan. I have already read and had my heart destroyed by this one, but I need to read it again (because I enjoy torturing myself) so that I can write something vaguely approaching a real review. It is also the perfect book for both the readathon and the Viper prompt.

The First Isle: King’s Isle – a book that features royalty

For this, I am reading Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster. It features twins who have been denied their royal birthright, and one who is consumed with a obsession for power, which is my favourite kind of royalty story. I’ve also had it on my shelf a ridiculous amount of time and am glad to have a reason to pick it up this month.

The Second Isle: Fallow Isle – A story where a character has to ‘grow’ as a person

This is the first of my two-book prompts and for this I will either be reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds or The Stranding by Kate Sawyer. In Ghost, the main character has a lot to prove to himself and to overcome if he is going to make it as the best sprinter in the city. In The Stranding, the main character has to overcome climbing into a whale’s mouth and coming out into a whole new world.

The Third Isle: Black Isle – A book with a black cover

This is my second two-book prompt. I will either be reading Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering by Harriet Muncaster or The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert. Both have stunning (predominantly) black covers.

The Fourth Isle: Floral Isle – A character who has a floral name 

For this prompt, I am reading All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue. This is one of my most anticipated reads for this year and it features a character called Lily at the centre of the mystery. I can’t wait to read this one.

The Fifth Isle: Mist Isle – A book that involves a secret/something hidden

I will be reading Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn for this prompt. I loved the first book in this series. It is packed with secrets and the whole Battalion is hidden from the rest of society, so as not to get caught and killed. I am super excited to have my hands on this Netgalley proof and am really looking forward to reading it.

The Sixth Isle: Rock Isle – A character has to face something challenging

For this, I will either be reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds or Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall. In Ghost, our main character is facing up to his past and the challenge of becoming a brilliant track racer. In Who I Was With Her, the main character is struggling with her sexuality and with her girlfriend dying; it sounds heartbreaking and I hope I manage to squeeze it in this month.

The Seventh Isle: Shadow Isle – A book about fear/featuring one of your fears

I think it’s fair to say encountering the undead would be a fear for most people, and it’s definitely one of mine. I will be reading Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw for this one. It has some definite Buffy the Vampire vibes about it and I love that, although I fully expect to be terrified by this book.

The Eighth Isle: Snow Isle – A book set somewhere cold

Owl and the Lost Boy by Amy Wilson is my book set somewhere. It’s the sequel to A Girl Called Owl which I utterly adored and it features Jack Frost and a brilliant wintery landscape. I meant to read this one at Christmas but things didn’t quite pan out, but I am excited to be reading it this month.

The Ninth Isle: Blood Isle – A book about siblings or family

Both Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone and The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson feature family relationships. Jungledrop is the story of twins Fox and Fibber, and In The Incredible Record Smashers features a girl whose mum is very unhappy.

The Tenth Isle: Fire Isle – A book with fire on the cover/in the title

I am desperate to read Red Sky Burning by Teri Terry, so I am calling this fire on the cover, even though it could be something else red and angry. I won’t be taking any criticism at this time, thank you very much. I was floored by the ending of Dark Blue Rising, so I need to pick this sequel up really soon.

The Eleventh Isle: Song Isle – A book that strongly features music in some way (could be a character hobby, job etc) 

For this, I will be reading Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker in which the main character finds her place in the world and works out who she is and puts herself and her mental health first. It sounds brilliant and I am really looking forward to reading it.

The Twelfth Isle: The Jewel of the West –  book that features magic

For this final prompt I have two choices. Jungledrop by Abi Elphinstone and The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson both feature magic. These are two of my favourite Middle Grade authors and I hope to have enough time this month to read both of these books.

Will you be joining in the Viperthon readathon? What’s on your TBR?

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