Bookemon Badgathon


Readathon Creator’s Announcement

This will be where I update my progress on Bookemon Badgathon for my own record keeping.

The Creative Badge – Art / Music
The Memory Badge – Biography / Memoir
The Exemplary Badge – Classics

The Pictorial Badge – Comic / Graphic Novel / Manga
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
While I understand the hardship and horror Marji went through, she was a spoiled rich girl and it showed throughout her story. Se doesn’t seem to realize how much freedom she was given because of her family’s money. I found the history lessons interesting and I liked reading about the parts when Marji was in Iran. I appreciate her honesty and showing the darkest parts of her life.

The Amour Badge – Romance / Contemporary
Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza
I thought the long distance relationship was realistically portrayed. The angsty goodbyes and the constant texts about anything and everything brought me right back to when my husband and I were dating and whenever he’s deployed or on TDY. My full review.

The Chiller Badge – Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Suspense
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Wow. Such a unique and mystical way to tell a story! I checked it out of my library through Overdrive, started reading, and by the time I put it down it was morning. Pessl found such a unique and mystical way to tell a story, I had to know how it ended. My full review.

The Fantastical Badge – Fantasy
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
My initial thoughts: I finished this in one sitting so it was definitely an engaging read. But I wish the world building was a little better done and the characters more developed. I loved all the Asian culture woven into the story. I’m greedy and I want more of it added in! I’m curious to see where this story goes.

The Scientific Badge – Science Fiction
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
I’m pretty sure I’m in love with Abel and Noemi. I found myself rooting for both of them as individuals and as a team. I really liked the side characters too. I hope Virginia pops up more in the second book. She was so fun!

The Rainbow Badge – LGBTQIIA+ Rep
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Such a charming and beautiful graphic novel. Can Frances please make me a dress!? I loved the artwork. I didn’t realize how long the book was until I logged my page count. I was so into the story, I didn’t realize how many pages had gone by. I also thought it was really fun to see the author’s process at the end.

The Archival Badge – Historical Fiction
The Panic! Badge – Horror
The Jester Badge – Humor / Comedy
The Know It All Badge – Non-Fiction
The Prose Badge – Poetry

The Diversity Badge – POC Main Character or AOC
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I didn’t relate to Kiko on every level, but the parts I did hit me hard. I loved reading about a half-Japanese character! I understood her insecurities and experiences surrounding her race. I really connected with Kiko over her social anxiety. I handle it better outwardly than she does, but her inner dialogue and her feelings of awkwardness may as well be taken straight from my brain.


Asian Book Month

Asian Readathon and Asian Lit Bingo are going on this month and I didn’t really have a set TBR list for either. I actually just found out about Asian Lit Bingo so I haven’t even looked over all the categories yet.

I figure my strategy for both will to just read a bunch of own-voices Asian authors and see what sticks at the end. I’ll be updating my progress here on this blog post for my own record keeping.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Malaysian author/intersectional Asian character/queer romance
My initial thoughts: I finished this in one sitting so it was definitely an engaging read. But I wish the world building was a little better done and the characters more developed. I loved all the Asian culture woven into the story. I’m greedy and I want more of it added in! I’m curious to see where this story goes.

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Iranian author/graphic novel/auto-biography
While I understand the hardship and horror Marji went through, she was a spoiled rich girl and it showed throughout her story. Se doesn’t seem to realize how much freedom she was given because of her family’s money. I found the history lessons interesting and I liked reading about the parts when Marji was in Iran. I appreciate her honesty and showing the darkest parts of her life.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Japanese author/intersectional Asian character/contemporary w Asian MC
I wish I had this book in high school or middle school. I didn’t relate to Kiko on every level, but the parts I did hit me hard. I loved reading about a half-Japanese character! I understood her insecurities and experiences surrounding her race. I really connected with Kiko over her social anxiety. I handle it better outwardly than she does, but her inner dialogue and her feelings of awkwardness may as well be taken straight from my brain.

Fantasy AdventureAThon TBR

I was browsing through Twitter and came across the Fantasy AdventureAThon. I loved the idea of a choose your own adventure challenge and it’s been a while since I’ve read fantasy so this sounded like fun!

I came up with my path and team fairly quickly.


My TBR took more time because all my books are still packed in boxes. I dug through them to find as many of my fantasy books as I could without taking every single book out. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but the only books I’m buying are graphic novels to complete collections. Everything I read is either books I already own or books I borrow.

I was hoping more of my holds at the library would come through, but they didn’t. I picked some popular books and new releases, so they were long shots. But I still have a week so fingers crossed.

If you want to join, it’s not too late! Go here for the details.