The very lovely Jamieson @jamishelves has recently announced her new and amazing read-a-thon called the Marvel-A-Thon: a month long reading challenge based upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Umm… hell yeah!! I obviously had to join, being a massive Marvel fan. Also, I have been looking for a read-a-thon to join for ages now, so shout out to Jamieson for creating such a cool one!
- The Marvel-A-Thon will run from midnight June 1st and end June 30th, midnight, in your time zone.
- The read-a-thon is split into three stages: each stage focussed on the three phases of the MCU, with one reading challenge per movie from that phase.
- The goal: to read a book for every single movie – 21 movies!!
- Everyone starts in Phase One and you can only move onto the next phase until you’ve completed each challenge in that phase.
- The aim of this challenge is to read as many books as you can, and to finish the challenge you reach the final movie in the MCU phase three (Avengers 4)
- You can read books in any order WITHIN phases, but need to complete the phase to move onto the next one.
- We’ve all skipped watching a Marvel movie here and there, which means you’re allowed two skips per phase, and skips can be rolled over into the next phase if they’re not used. So in total you have 6 skips to play with.
- You can’t use one book for multiple challenges; one book per category must be read.
- Books can be ANYTHING and any length. Audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, comics, fanfics and anything else you can think of.
Iron Man: Iron Man started the MCU timeline. Read the first book in a series: Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner #1) by Lynn Flewelling
Hulk: Bruce Banner is famous for his green alter-ego. Read a book with a green cover: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Iron Man 2: Iron Man 2 is one of Marvel’s most unpopular movies. Read a book that’s unpopular: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Thor: The Thor movies are based on Norse Mythology. Read a book that involved myth or mythology: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Captain America: Captain America is set during WW2. Read a book set or written in World War Two: Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Lepetys
The Avengers: The Avengers is the first time we see the MCU heroes together. Read a book with multiple perspectives: Abroad: Book Two by Liz Jacobs
Iron Man 3: Tony Stark has to make some hard decisions in this movie. Read a book that will challenge you: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Dark World: In The Dark World, Thor has to team up with Loki to win. Read a book that involves siblings: Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Winter Soldier: In The Winter Soldier, a character returns as a villain. Read a book where the main character is a villain or anti-hero: Black Iris by Elliot Wake
Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of the Galaxy is well known for it’s soundtrack. Read a book set in, written in, or involving the 80’s: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (reread)
Age of Ultron: The villain of Age Of Ultron is a robot created by Tony Stark. Read a book involving an AI in some way: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Ant-Man: In Ant-Man, Scott involuntarily gets caught up in a heist. Read a book involving a heist or thieves: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Civil War: The Avengers split into two teams after disagreements. Read a book about a rivalry or enemies: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
Doctor Strange: Stephen Strange was a doctor before he was a hero. Read a book that involves medicine in some way: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
GOTG: Volume 2: Volume Two shows even more epic space battles. Read a book set in or involving space: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Spider-Man: Peter Parker has to hide his superhero identity at school. Read a YA book involving secrets in some way: The Awakening of Ren Crown by Anne Zoelle
Thor: Ragnarok: Thor: Ragnarok is one of Marvel’s most popular movies. Read a popular book: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Infinity War: “the most ambitious crossover event in history”. Read a book that fulfils multiple challenges: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Hulk, Dark World, Captain Marvel)
Black Panther: Black Panther features Marvel’s first black superhero. Read an ownvoices book with a black main character: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Captain Marvel: This movie will feature Marvel’s first female hero as the main character. Read a book with a female mc: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Avengers 4: Details of this movie including it’s title are still a secret. Read a book you don’t know anything about: Jade City by Fonda Lee