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My Marvelathon TBR

“Many people long to tell a story.”

First line in The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

I’m participating in a readathon! As soon as I saw that Lisa from Lisa does Life was hosting a month-long Marvel-based readathon, I knew I had no choice but to take part. The readathon runs throughout the whole month of June and the best part? It’s competitive! Yes, there are teams and it’s about winning. It has all the ingredients to help me read more in June.

There are five teams, each based on a Marvel hero, and I’m on Team Scarlet Witch whose team captain is Chloe @Persistent Bookworm. I will get points for the general prompts, but for being on Team Scarlet Witch I also get points for reading books that feature witches and/or heartbreak. I don’t have that many books on my TBR about witches so I’ll be reading them all in June (it’s two books), but heartbreak should be more doable although I can’t really know that before I read the books. So here is a list of the books I’ll be reading in June along with the prompts (I hope) they cover.

Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle #1) by C. L. Polk

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans’ hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

Prompts:

✅ Witches (50 points)
✅ Dysfunctional family (25 points)
✅ LGBTQ+ rep (10 points)
❓ Heartbreak (possibly 50 points)

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming promise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of an oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of difficult decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Prompts:

✅ A 5-star prediction (25 points)
✅ Feature team color (red) on the cover (10 points)
❓ Heartbreak (possibly 50 points)
❓ Female protagonist (possibly 25 points)

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

In a bleak, far-northern land, a wandering storyteller is arrested on charges of witchcraft. Though Chant protests his innocence, he is condemned not only as a witch but as a spy. His only chance to save himself rests with the skills he has honed for decades – tell a good story, catch and hold their attention, or die.

But the attention he catches is that of the five elected rulers of the country, and Chant finds himself caught in a tangled, corrupt political game which began long before he ever arrived here. As he’s snatched from one Queen’s grasp to another’s, he realizes that he could either be a pawn for one of them… or a player in his own right. After all, he knows better than anyone how powerful the right story can be: Powerful enough to save a life, certainly. Perhaps even powerful enough to bring a nation to its knees.

Prompts:

✅ Witches (50 points)
✅ A book over 500 pages (10 points)
✅ LGBTQ+ rep (10 points)
❓ (If I can’t check any other prompts, I might decide that the cover is more red than brown…)

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

The Lost Boys say that Peter Pan went back to England because of Wendy Darling, but Wendy is just an old life he left behind. Neverland is his real home. So when Peter returns to it after ten years in the real world, he’s surprised to find a Neverland that no longer seems to need him.

The only person who truly missed Peter is Captain James Hook, who is delighted to have his old rival back. But when a new war ignites between the Lost Boys and Hook’s pirates, the ensuing bloodshed becomes all too real – and Peter’s rivalry with Hook starts to blur into something far more complicated, sensual, and deadly.

Prompts:

✅ Dysfunctional/found family (25 points)
✅ LGBTQ+ rep (10 points)
❓ Heartbreak (possibly 50 points)

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…

– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.


When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.

Prompts:

✅ A book that intimidates you (25 points)
✅ LGBTQ+ rep (10 points)
❓ Witches (possibly 50 points)(Does “magical academicians” count as witches?)

Finally, I can get some points for reading a book picked through a poll, so now I’m counting on you guys to tell me what to read. The books you can choose from are:

  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – A classic about time travel and race
  • The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer – Two boys alone in a spaceship
  • Loveless by Alice Oseman – What’s a girl to do when she’s never had a crush?
  • In Deeper Waters by F. T. Lukens – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pirates of the Caribbean

I do hope to read more than this, but a couple of these books are the first in a series, so I can also pick up a sequel or maybe get inspiration from my teammates. Have you read any of these books? Please let me know what you thought of them!

4 thoughts on “My Marvelathon TBR

  1. You posting this on a Monday is just evil, Line – I almost missed it!! 😂 Though I guess I’m getting a taste of my own medicine, since Friday mornings aren’t exactly compatible with regular work schedules, either… And despite you posting this on my busiest day of the week, you ARE giving us an extra post, so I guess I definitely shouldn’t be complaing 🤔🤗

    Particularly since this post, in contrast to your previous one, actually includes books I am excited about!! The Atlas Six and pretty much every Ruta Sepetys book except Salt to the Sea (which I already own) have been on my own wishlist for quite a while now – I’m just waiting for my family to catch on because I’ve been so good at sticking to my book buying ban and don’t want to cave in now by buying those books myself! And while I haven’t read any of the other non-poll books, they sound very intriguing, too, so I’ll be eagerly awaiting your thoughts to see if I should maybe check them out myself 😁 (And, just so you know, I definitely think you can get away with claiming A Conspiracy of Truths has a red cover 😉)

    As for that poll – how can you do this to me??? I CAN’T DECIDE!! I want your books on Kindred, The Darkness Outside Us and Loveless equally badly because I love all of them! 🥰😫 Although I think your favorite of the bunch might be Kindred – it’s slower than the other two, has a lot of character focus, and you could kind of say it has a dysfunctional family? 😅 However, I am currently still beyond obsessed with The Darkness Outside Us and need someone to talk about it with, so maybe I want you to read it even more? 🤔 As for Loveless, I’m kinda worried it might be too Alice Osemany-happy for your tastes – and I don’t know if I am emotionally prepared for you to maybe not like a book that means so much to me 😅 But then again, I do really want you (and everyone else) to read it!! So I guess my advice would be to simply read all the books 😇

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    1. Yeah, well I didn’t want it to be the Saturday post because that would be a bit boring and so my options were kind of limited 😄 I’m glad you found it anyway!

      And The Atlas Six one was a bit of a last-minute thing. I’ve been waiting for my library to give it to me for three months now so it obviously came in at the most unfortunate time so now I’m kinda just hoping for there to be some heartbreak in it 😅
      I’m also so relieved you can see the A Conspiracy of Truth cover as red. I’ve been looking at it so much and changed my opinion constantly, worrying if I was actually colorblind or something 😅

      You know, I was so sure I had made that poll easy for you so I’m sorry 😂 I didn’t know you wanted me to read Kindred and Loveless that much. If it makes you feel better, I do plan on reading all the non-picked poll books very soon. I’m more excited about some than others (not saying which at this point) and those will definitely be read in July if they aren’t picked. As for Loveless, well, I AM using that as a sort of last chance for Oseman but I will try to spare your feelings if I don’t end up loving it 🙃

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      1. At least your library has a copy of The Atlas Six! I’ve been trying to get hold of that book for months now (I mean, it’s dark academia 🤗), but I don’t think I have a chance unless I buy it myself 😫

        And, to be fair, I think from a selfish perspective, I do want you to read The Darkness Outside Us the most 🤣 That one is definitely my favorite of the three, and I also think it paves the way for more interesting discussions! But since your weird aversion to spacey sci-fi might get in the way, I’m not sure if it’d be your top pick as well – which means I have to be a bit less enthusiastic to keep your expectations realistic 😜 And speaking of realistic expectations, I also docked a star from Loveless despite loving it, so I guess I can’t be too hard on you if you don’t like it… 😂

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