In December, I’ll be participating in the Reindeer Readathon. This is the third year for this readathon and my second year participating. I had a great time last year and I’m excited to take part again. Here’s my TBR which is of course subject to change but I like to have a starting point.
The Reindeer Readathon is a competitive month-long readathon in December hosted by Breakeven Books. You can see the announcement video on YouTube or there is also a WordPress website this year with all of the information. There are five teams which are randomly assigned. This year I’m on Team Snowflake!
There are nine prompts named after the nine reindeer worth different amounts of points, plus 3 bonus point categories and if you finish those nine books, you can do the Sleighing It bonus by repeating one of the prompts.
I managed to finish all 10 books last year but this year, I’ve got a short trip planned in addition to the holiday so it might not go as well. I’m trying to keep the page count reasonable but also finding myself drawn to fantasy and sci-fi so I’ll see how it goes.
Dasher (10 Points) – A Short Story or Novella
For Dasher, I plan to read All Systems Red by Martha Wells. I’ve been planning to read this one for a while and this prompt was the perfect excuse to finally pick it up. I’ve heard great things and it fits the prompt perfectly.
Dancer (15 Points) – A Book By One of Your Favorite Authors (can be a reread)
I changed my mind on this one several times but I finally decided on Artemis by Andy Weir. The Martian and Project Hail Mary are two of my favorite reads this year so I think I can call Weir a favorite author. The reviews seem really mixed on Artemis so I’m a little scared but given how much I loved the other two, I feel like I need to give it a shot.
Prancer (20 Points) – A Book with a Travel Element in It (vacation, quest, etc.)
I’ve been working through the Wayward Children series this year and plan to pick up the next one, In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire, for this prompt. The children in this series travel through doors to different worlds so definitely fits the prompt. Plus it’s another novella so being nice to myself on page count too.
Vixen (20 Points) – A Book That Recently Caught Your Eye
I haven’t picked a book for this prompt yet. I plan to pair this with the Christmas Carols bonus points (15 Points) which is to read an audiobook. One day in December I have to drive 2 hours each way to work and then make the 4-5 hour drive to my mom’s so planning to listen to an audiobook, thinking something Christmas-y, maybe a romance. I’ll go through Overdrive and see what’s immediately available from my library and catches my eye. See, it works!
Comet (15 Points) – 5-Star Prediction
For Comet, I am planning to read Jade City by Fonda Lee. I’ve heard great things about this series and it sounds right up my alley so definite 5 star potential. This will also count for the Christmas Star bonus (25 Points) since it’s over 500 pages.
Cupid (25 Points) – Take a Shot at Reading a New Author
For Cupid, I plan to read Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. This is another fantasy that’s been on my radar and I’m excited to jump into it. I haven’t read from this author before but I’m really looking forward to trying him, he’s got another well loved series too.
Donner (20 Points) – Read a Book With Red or Green as the Primary Color on the Cover
I actually have a lot of books that would fit this prompt, some of them are even elsewhere on this TBR but I’ve decided to go with Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I don’t love this series as much as others seem to but I want to finish out the trilogy and try Six of Crows. Plus, these are quick reads so a good one for a readathon and to attempt to meet my goal of finishing series this year which I’m failing quite spectacularly at.
Blitzen (30 Points) – Choose 3 Books and Have One Chosen Randomly (roll dice, online poll, pet’s choice, etc.)
I knew as soon as I saw this prompt that I was going to let Bonnie choose. So after filling the other prompts, I took eight books that were on my shelf, put them in a grid on the floor and put a treat on each. She was up on a chair while I did this and then I called her down. She’s mostly blind so it took her a few minutes to realize what was happening but she eventually sniffed out a treat.
And she picked……
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong! This is another book I heard great things about and have been meaning to read but I just haven’t gotten to it. But Bonnie has chosen so definitely prioritizing this time!
Rudolph (15 Points) – A Standalone Book
Lastly, for Rudolph, I plan to read The Last She by H.J. Nelson. Assuming I read the book I’m supposed to next week, this is the only ARC I need to read in December. I’ve really been looking forward to this one but have forced myself to read my NetGalley shelf in order but I’m finally ready for it. This will also fulfill the bonus prompt Christmas Lights (15 Points) since it’s an eBook.
If I somehow finish all of these, I can then do the Sleighing It bonus. For that, I redo any of the regular reindeer prompts but it’s worth 50 points. I’ll do my best but whatever I manage to read, I know this readathon will be a ton of fun!