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Reading challenge: The Quiet Pond’s Pondathon

This blog is a bit different to my usual posts, I’ve decided to take part in a readathon and I wanted to share it. If you also love books, read on!

I discovered the Pondathan on Reader Voracious‘s blog and as it combines nature, reading, adorable wild creatures and a co-operative RPG style story-telling, I couldn’t resist! It is a readathon, a reading challenge set over a time period where you try to achieve specific reading goals.

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.

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.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! 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.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character

wendelin character card

My Pond Character is called Wendelin the Warrior Moth! She has spent all her life in the forest reading stories about heroes having great adventures and protecting others. She was shocked and saddened to hear about the dark threat to the forest and the pond. Inspired by her favourite heroes from stories, she wants to fight back and protect her friends who live in the pond.


My Pondathon TBR

There are a few books I’m determined to read this year, mostly ones I somehow haven’t got round to yet. So I thought I’d aim to read those for this readathon. Here they are!


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The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I am currently reading this, however, I’ve been battling with it for months inbetween reading other books. It’s long with quite a slowly developing story set in dark world of kill or be killed. The main character is Maniye, daughter of both Wolf and Tiger tribes. This means she can turn into both a wolf and a tiger. She must decide which one she wants to be. It’s intense so I have had breaks from it but I am enjoying it. I’m determined to commit and finally finish it.


The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 

I adored the first book in this series, The Cruel Prince, a brilliant fantasy about the Fae who live hidden in a secret world beneath our feet. They are ruthless magical creatures fighting for power and fame. Despite the Fae having been done to death, the Fae feel fresh and original in The Cruel Prince. The main character is a human girl who wants to carve out her own place in a savage society that looks down on her. Somehow I just haven’t got round to reading the next two and I need to resolve that!


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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

As a huge fan of both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, it’s pretty embarassing I have yet to read this book. And now the TV show is out (with my favourite actor David Tennant) I’m keen to watch it. But I have to read the book first!


Champion by Marie Lu

Another trilogy I haven’t got round to finishing despite loving the first two books. The second book also finished on a heartbreaking cliffhanger. I’m desperate to finally find out what happens to the main characters, June and Day, and the dystopian world they are trying to rebuild.

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Yep, another Adrian Tchaikovsky book is on the list. I adored the first book in this series, Children of Time. It’s the best sci-fi I have ever read (though I haven’t read much). You know a book is good if it can make me love spiders! I actually wonder if I prefer his sci-fi stuff to his fantasy books despite being a renowned fantasy writer. I will see!

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