Weekend Reads: Grimdark & High Fantasies for the Iron-Tome-A-Thon!

Bula, Chums and happy Friday morning to you all! This week has been an emotional roller coaster for me as I’ve been dealing with gloomy bouts of loneliness, however, I think I’m doing far better today than the previous few days. Many wonderful people have helped me recognise the power in reaching out to others, even when my anxious instincts may be telling me otherwise. With that, I hope you’ve had a much better week than I, and if not, then hopefully your weekend shall be far kinder and gentler to you.

Today, I’m going to do my Weekend Reads post a little differently since I am participating in the Iron-Tome-A-Thon Adult Fantasy Readathon. I made an announcement for it here, which basically says I’m spending all of July reading solely adult fantasy novels! So, I’m going to briefly share my progress thus far and then show you the next two books on my hit list for this biblio-shindig.

#IronTomeAThon Progress:

Before I dive in, here is how the point system thing works: regular novels—regardless of them being audiobook, eBook, physical book—are worth one point per page read (1 page = 1 point), while comics and graphic novels are worth a flat 100 points with up to 500 max points possible (five comics or graphic novels maximum can go towards the readathon).

I kicked-off the readathon by reading two comics and acquired 200 points. Both of the comics were consumed on July 1st. The first one was something that I meant to read as soon as I received it, but as per usual, became distracted with other nonsense. The second was a re-read because I randomly fell into the mood of re-visiting it.

After the comics, I started my first novel, Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. I chose this as my first full-sized book because it was relatively short when compared to the rest of my stack and it was advertised as being a fast-paced, gritty experience. I finished it on July 3rd and I completely agree! I’m not sure why the book got so many low ratings because it was utterly fantastic! Half a King had 336 pages, which meant that my new tally of points for the readathon so far is up to 536.

My cousin asked me a couple of days ago if I had a target number of points that I wanted to try and reach by the readathon’s finale (July 31st, 23:59) and it kind of blew my mind because I hadn’t given it much thought. Now, I’m trying to decide if I want to play it safe and achievable or go all out and become ambitious as the Seven Hells. I think if I did go the ambitious route, I’d want to shoot for 5,000 total points. If I play it safe, then I’d go for 2,000 to 2,500. I’m also quite a lazy potato, and thus, ambitious reading goals may not be the wisest decision at the moment. But we shall see how things go. Here’s what I’ve completed so far:

Weekend Targets:

Storm Dragon (The Draconic Prophecies #1) by James Wyatt is a dark fantasy novel within the Eberron universe. Not having an Eberron title in my stack for this gig ended up being ridiculous to my brain, so I added it at the last minute. There’s a lot of doom and gloom in this book with ferociously badass dragons. Personally, I didn’t need to know more aside from that and the fact that it’s written by James motherfucking Wyatt. But if you’d like full deets and a snipper then click the pink link above.

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski is the grimdark, high fantasy novel that inspired the superhit video game series, The Witcher. I recently acquired all of the currently released volumes in this novel series, and this readathon is the perfect excuse to finally read through the damned things. It’s about a ruggedly dashing dude named Geralt who’s a badass assassin and sorcerer that is determined to murder all the evil things. But sometimes not everything that looks one way, or another are what they seem to be, and it’s a lesson Geralt may have to learn the hard way.

That sums up my weekend reading plans. I shall aim to finish Storm Dragon by Saturday Night and then have The Last Wish finished by Sunday or Monday night. Sir Besty did gift me with the new Tomb Raider game (thanks Steam Summer Sale), so if I don’t get too terribly distracted with that, staying on track may not be a problem.

With that I shall bid you adieu! Have a lovely weekend, my friends.

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6 thoughts on “Weekend Reads: Grimdark & High Fantasies for the Iron-Tome-A-Thon!

  1. I didn’t set a points goal either. I will be perfectly happy if I actually manage to read (or chose to DNF) all the books I picked up for this readathon. So I guess that is my goal – but if I’m not done by the end of July I’ll probably just continue reading until I do get through all of them. I will be pretty proud of myself if I do finish by end of July, though. Plus I get to read your reviews and probably add more to my TBR at the library…

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