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Merlin Readathon TBR: My Quest

How to get out of a reading slump?

In my case, by signing up for a readathon — and I’m really excited about this one!

Merlin Readathon is a fun quest I’ll be taking from 1 to 15 august 2021. You can find more about the quest below and decide if you want to take part too. If you’re up to it, let me know what are the books you’ll be reading! Can’t wait to see everyone else’s picks.

The Quest

Our awesome guides Kat (Merlin), Emily (Arthur), Ro (Gwen), Tazmyn (Gaius) and Kay (Morgana) created this super creative prompt sheet for us. Basically the idea is to make our path through the different levels of wizardry, from Magician to Mage!

Will I get to be a Mage? This will all depend on how many books I’ll be able to read in this short amount of time!

My Path aka My TBR

Based on the prompts, I carved my my own path, though my fate is still unclear… *mystery vibes song playing*

Without further ado, check out my TBR for Merlin Readathon!

The path I’ve chosen.
The choices I’m making, aka my TBR

1. Gaius has asked you to research the history of Camelot, read an Arthurian retelling.

My pick #1: The Guinevere’s Deception by Kiersten White


I love a good Arthurian retelling! I was looking for something I hadn’t read before, ideally a type of retelling done differently. In the end, I ended up purchasing The Guinevere’s Deception for my Kindle. Let’s see what awaits me.

The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising Trilogy Book 1) by [Kiersten White]


Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name— and her true identity — is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land.

2. To win the tournament you must deafeat a cheating opponent, read a book with a snake on the cover.

My pick #2: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


I had already a couple of books by Leigh Bardugo on my TBR list and I thought it would be the perfect chance to read this one. Also look at that beautiful cover with a snake!


Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

3. You come across a spell written in ancient runes. To discover its true meaning, read a book that has been translated.

My pick #3: South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami


When I think about translated books I think of one of my favorite authors, Haruki Murakami. I have this book on my shelf but I haven’t read it yet. Plus, it’s a short novel, so it’s doable for a readathon!

South of the Border, West of the Sun


Growing up in the suburbs of post-war Japan, it seemed to Hajime that everyone but him had brothers and sisters. His sole companion was Shimamoto, also an only child. Together they spent long afternoons listening to her father’s record collection. But when his family moved away, the two lost touch.

Now Hajime is in his thirties. After a decade of drifting he has found happiness with his loving wife and two daughters, and success running a jazz bar. Then Shimamoto reappears. She is beautiful, intense, enveloped in mystery. Hajime is catapulted into the past, putting at risk all he has in the present. 

4. You have found the sword in the stone! To claim it and finish your quest, read a five star prediction.

My pick #4: Tomorrow by Chris Beckett


I received an advanced reader copy of Tomorrow via NetGalley, which I was really excited about. Basically the whole concept is fascinating and I can’t wait to read it! Perfect fit for this quest.

Tomorrow by [Chris Beckett]


The fascinating new novel from Chris Beckett, the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author.
‘Tomorrow I’m going to begin my novel…’

A would-be author has taken time out from life in the city to live in a cabin by a river and write a novel.And not just any novel. A novel that will avoid all the pitfalls and limitations of other novels, a novel that will include everything.

At first these new surroundings are so idyllic that it’s hard to find the motivation to get started. And then, in all its brutality, the outside world intervenes… Ranging constantly backwards and forwards in time and space, Tomorrow becomes a restless search for meaning in a precarious and elusive world.

Wish me luck!

Are you participating in Merlin Readathon? If not, which readathons or fun reading stuff are you doing this Summer? Let me know!

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