Trope-ical Readathon TBR – August 2022

It’s time! I’m so excited! I absolutely adore this readathon and this will be my 5th time participating. Hosted by jenjenreviews, there are several common prompts, team prompts and team books to complete.

This year, I’m going to be part of Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller!

Before, I’ve been part of this team twice, and one time each for teams Contemporary/Literary/Historical and Non-Fiction/Poetry. I don’t have a major preference, so I tend to go with one of these teams as they have team challenges I enjoy and I pick them based on whether I can get the team book cheaply/from the library.

I’m desperately trying to participate in #BeatTheBacklog this year, so all books on the list (except the team book) are from my hundreds of unread books at home or borrowed from the library. I’m 100% certain I won’t be able to read all the books here, but as I’m a nightmare with sticking to a TBR, I want to give myself plenty of scope!

Common Challenges

This Is How You Lose The Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope: Read a book where the main character’s parents are either absent throughout the book or have passed away prior to the start of the book. Alternatively, read a book with multiple authors.

Luster by Raven Leilani

Love Triangle Trope: Read a book that features a love triangleAlternatively, have your followers or friends choose between two books.

The Bromance Book Club

The New Kid in Town Trope: Read a book where the main character(s) have just moved to a new place. Alternatively, read a genre you don’t usually read.

The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier

(Post) Apocalyptic Trope: Read a book that occurs leading up to/during an apocalypse or in the aftermath of an apocalypse. Alternatively, read a comfort read.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Dark Academia Trope: Read a book that has an academic setting with a dark atmosphere. Alternatively, read a borrowed book (from the library or elsewhere).

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

Holiday Trope: Read a book where the character is on holiday (aka a vacation) or that takes place around a holiday (e.g. Christmas, Halloween, etc.). Alternatively, read a book that takes place in a country that is not your own.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Blast from the Past Trope: Read a book where the main character(s) encounters someone from their past. Alternatively, read a book written before the year 2000.

The Appeal by Janice Hallett

Mixed Media Trope: Read a book that includes letters, texts, emails, etc. Alternatively, listen to an audiobook or read an ebook.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Found Family Trope: Read a book where characters form a family dynamic, based on shared understanding of each other rather than blood ties. Alternatively, read a book that is part of a series.

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

Celebrity Trope: Read a book where the main character(s) is a celebrity or famous in some way. Alternatively, read a book that is celebrity-recommended (e.g. from Oprah’s Book Club, Obama’s Recommended Reading List, Reese’s Book Club, etc.).

The Sea of Tranquillity by Emily St John Mandel

Multiple POVs Trope: Read a book told through multiple points-of-viewAlternatively, read a book with multiple characters of colour.

Theroux The Keyhole by Louis Theroux

Bookish Themes Trope: Read a book with bookish themes (e.g. writer/reader main character(s), a book about a book, etc.). Alternatively, read a book with a pun in the title.

Team Challenges


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Phillip K. Dick

Team Science-Fiction Team Challenge 1: Read a book with the “Artificial Intelligence” trope

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller Team Challenge 1: Read a book featuring the “Mysterious Invite” trope

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction Team Challenge 1: Read a book with the “Recent Loss” trope


Humble Pi by Matt Parker

Team Non-Fiction Poetry Team Challenge 1: You Laugh, You Learn: Read a comedic but educational book

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Team Science Fiction Team Challenge 2: Read a book with the “Near-Future/Technothriller” trope

The Shining by Stephen King

Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller Team Challenge 2: Read a book featuring the “Undead” trope

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction Team Challenge 2: Read a multigenerational saga

Maybe I Don’t Belong Here by David Harewood

Team Non-Fiction Poetry Team Challenge 2: Read an Autobiography or Semi-autobiography

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