January 26, 2020

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

I'm sure you all know that I love readathons... and if not then hi, I'm Caz and I love participating in readathons. I try to join them every opportunity I can and I am so excited about the Pondathon, which is now underway!

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

To participate, you must join one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect pointscreate your own animal character (see below for my Pondathon character) and sign up here! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete 'side quests' during the readathon to collect extra points.

The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here. It's not too late to sign up if you'd like to join!

My Pond Character

Meet my Pond Character: Pip, Master Librarian & Protector of Knowledge. She will do whatever is necessary to protect the library and all friends of the Pond.

Pip is joining Team Xialong and is prepared to fight!
Team Xiaolong

Join Xiaolong, Keeper of the Pond, at the front lines! Use reading-magic to help fight off the forces of evil to protect our friends. They are depending on us!

Progression: No tricks or gimmicks! Join Team Xiaolong and gain points by reading – it’s as simple as that! For every 10 pages/15 minutes (of the total time on the audiobook) that you read, you gain 1 point.

Xiaolong team bonus: For every book you finish, Xiaolong’s team fights with more spirit and hope. Give yourself an extra 15 points!

My Pondathon TBR

I will be sharing my full February TBR shortly! I will come back and edit this post with all of the books I'm planning on reading for the Pondathon (as well as the To Be Continued Readathon).

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


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