Pondathon: Intro Post

Pondathon II: The Quiet Pond’s Story-Driven Readathon. A small spade and watering can are crossed with vines wrapped around it frame the words Pondathon II. Three little forest sprites - one with a leaf on its head, another with twigs on its head like antlers, and a mushroom on the other’s head - sit on the words ‘Pondathon’.

New Year, New Challenges! While I’ve done several challenges that lasted from a month to a quarter, my previous attempts at year round challenges… well, they fizzled out by February, usually. As soon as a shiny new challenge popped up, bam, I was off to do that one. And, honestly, a challenge that only lasts a month or two is a lot easier to commit to! But I watched Pondathon last year with a lot of fascination, so this year I’m going to jump right in myself!

What is the Pondathon?

Pondathon II is a story-driven and gardening-themed readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon II readathon is to read books to earn plants and decorate your own little garden so that we can restore the forest together. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  • You can sign-up to the Pondathon II readathon here. The readathon starts on January 10th 2022 and ends on December 11th 2022; sign-ups are open across the duration of the readathon.
  • You also get to create your own Pond animal character for the Pondathon, and create your own character card!
  • If you’d like, create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#PondathonII’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  • Link back to this post so that new friends can find the readathon and join in as well.

My Pond Character

Character card

This is my Pondathon character! I patterned her after my own derpdog, who has similar markings. My character likes helping out the flowers in the forest, though hopefully she’s a bit less derpy than her namesake!

My Pondathon TBR

The challenge runs for an entire year, so obviously I’m not going to list out every single book I’m hoping to read, but here’s a few selected ones that are currently on my list that are coming out this year. Of course, I’m hoping to tackle some things on my existing TBR, as well!

Love & Other Disasters


January 18: Love & Other Disasters – Anita Kelly

February 1: Hunt the Stars – Jessie Mihalik

March 8:  Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments – T.L. Huchu

Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments

April 26: Book Boyfriend – Kris Ripper

May 31:  The Fae Keeper – H.E. Edgmon

June 21: A Taste of Gold and Iron – Alexandra Rowland

July 5: The Charmed List – Julie Abe

August 16: The Oleander Sword – Tasha Suri

The Oleander Sword September 6: Monsters Born & Made – Tanvi Berwah

October: The Luminaries – Susan Dennard

November 8: A Tempest of Tea – Hafsah Faizal

December 1: Well, That Was Unexpected – Jesse Q. Sutanto

And there you have it – twelve books, one for each month of 2022! This list was pretty hard to narrow down, but I tried to give a good mix of the range of genres and age groups I read. Oh, and pretty covers, of course!

…And You?

Are there any challenges you’re looking forward to trying out this year? Do you prefer shorter or longer challenges?




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