Marvel-A-Thon is a read-a-thon hosted by Jamieson @jamishelves. It will run from midnight, June 1st to midnight July 1st and it’s based around the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These are the books I plan to read to complete the challenges (some parts may vary).
June will be a busy month for me – I will have the first part of the final Italian high school exam (I think in English it’s called “matura“), so I don’t know how much I’m actually going to read. I’m probably going to fail miserably but I don’t care, I’m going to try.
A Small Disclaimer
Which is, Acqua doesn’t know what she’s talking about in this post. I usually don’t watch films and superheroes aren’t my thing, so… I haven’t seen one of these. I don’t have opinions on them. I just think these prompts are really fun and so why not participate.
Prompts & Books
Iron Man: read the first book in a series
Many books could fit this challenge, but I’ll probably go with Witchmark by C.L. Polk. It’s the beginning of a new historical fantasy series with an m/m romance, and I have an ARC for June. It’s a book I would have read anyway and one I’m really looking forward to, so it’s perfect.
Hulk: read a book with a green cover
I just realized I don’t have many on my TBR. Which means that I’ll finally get to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid! (yes, this read-a-thon is a way to convince myself to read intimidating books.)
Iron Man 2: read an unpopular book
While Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns has a very low average rating on goodreads, I might not want to read it right so close to Ancillary Justice (which I’m reading right now). Another answer could be Moonshine by Jasmine Gower – it’s not unpopular because many people dislike it, it’s unpopular because no one knows it exists (less than 100 ratings on goodreads). The Summer Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente is also an option for the same reason.
Thor: read a book that involves myth or mythology
I have many options for this: Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, inspired by Nigerian mythology, just like Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (another possible pick), and The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (Indian mythology) if I haven’t read it by the time the read-a-thon begins.
Captain America: A book set or written during WW2
Skipping this one.
The Avengers: read a book with multiple perspectives
I don’t know about this one. Maybe I’ll reread River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey, maybe I’ll just use the sequel Taste of Marrow, maybe I’ll try The Wicker King, maybe I’ll want something lighter and read a multi-pov contemporary like Queens of Geek. We’ll see.
Iron Man 3: read a book that will challenge you
Any of the books from this post (Books You’re Intimidated By) could fit.
I’ll choose The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, because it sounds great but it also doesn’t look like an easy read at all. If I’m in the mood for apocalyptic stuff, I’ll finally give The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin a try. And of course, if I want something challenging but not too challenging, I’ll read History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.
Dark World: read a book that involves siblings
Definitely Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno. Magical realism about sisters, and there’s also a main f/f romance. I can’t wait.
Winter Soldier: read a book in which the main character is an antihero/villain
I think one of the Imperial Radch sequels can fit this one. I’ll have figured this out by the time the read-a-thon starts, but if they don’t, I have many antihero SFF books on my TBR to choose from.
Guardians of the Galaxy: read a book involving the 80s
…I have no books that fit this one on my TBR so yes, skipping it for sure.
Age of Ultron: read a book involving an AI in some way
Could be one of the Imperial Radch sequels, could be Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza. They’re both space operas and both of them have something to do with AIs. Barbary Station also does, if I haven’t read it yet.
Ant-Man: read a book involving a heist or thieves
If I haven’t already used it for another challenge, Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey would be perfect. If I have, I could either skip this challenge or read Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody.
Civil War: read a book about a rivalry or enemies
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore is about rival families, I think. I hope it is, because I really want to get to it.
Doctor Strange: read a book that involves medicine
I don’t have one and I’ll skip this challenge.
GotG 2: read a book set in space
One of the space operas I’ve mentioned previously. Or A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White, if I’ve already read all of them (unlikely. As unlikely as me getting to phase three, honestly)
Spider Man: read a YA book involving secrets in some way
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis is perfect for this: the main character is definitely hiding some secrets. Or maybe her family is hiding secrets from her. Maybe both. Anyway, you get what I mean and I have an ARC of this.
Thor: Ragnarok: read a popular book
I have many popular/hyped books on my TBR. Some likely choices are Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake and To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. The most likely one is that I won’t even get there.
Infinity War: read a book that fulfills multiple challenges
There are many challenges, so most books would fulfill more than one. I’m leaving this empty for now, but if I get here (which I won’t), then I’ll choose.
Black Panther: read an ownvoices book with a black main character
If I’m not in the mood for fantasy and I don’t want to read Beasts Made of Night and Children of Blood and Bone, or if I’ve already read them for other challenges, I’ll choose An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.
Captain Marvel: read a book with a female mc
So… most of them? I’ll do the same thing I did with Infinity War here – I’ll choose one if I get here. I have many.
The Avengers 4: read a book you don’t know anything about
Some possible picks: Furyborn by Claire Legrand (I only know it’s a polarizing fantasy book), The Summer Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente (short stories by an author I love, don’t know more), Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (I want to read it just because I’m obsessed with the title).
So this is the end of this overly ambitious TBR! Have you read any of these? Did you know that I’ll probably end up reading only three books and a novella in all of June?