Theatreathon TBR

Hello! In my August 2021 Wrap Up, I spoke about how I was beginning to get a bit nervous about hitting my reading goal for the year. As I was writing up the first draft of the post, I took a little break and scrolled through some other blogs and that was when I stumbled upon a post by Saima @ Stories with Saima that was a readathon announcement.

I started looking into the readathon a little more and that is The Theatreathon hosted by the lovely people at TeaTimeLit during September. It is a readathon inspired by the Tony Awards and a love for theatre and there are a lot of prompts. It sounds like a lot of fun, and it is the push I need to get to my reading goal.

So, I’m going to share a very tentative TBR for the month and see what happens. September is my birthday month, so I have quite a lot of plans for the whole months, so this is probably the worst time for me to commit to taking part in a readathon, but we love pressure. I am also going to aim for my best reading month ever. My current record is 13 books which I did in January 2019, so if I complete most of these prompts, I will beat my record! Anyway, let’s get into the prompts and my TBR.

Best Musical – A Classic or a Retelling of a Classic

For this prompt I am going to go for These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong which is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I have been meaning to get to this one for a long time, so this is the perfect time to finally read it.

Best Revival of a Musical – A Reread of a Favourite

I have reread the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series last month, so for this prompt I am going to continue with the series and reread the sixth book: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical – A Book with Your Favourite Male Character

It isn’t a favourite male character, because I haven’t read the book yet, but I am going to go with Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. This is another one that I have had my eye on since it came out, but never got round to it so I am really excited to get to this one.

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical – A Book with a Strong Female Character

I haven’t read this one yet so I can’t say for certain that there is a strong female character, however from what I have heard the main character is a strong female character, so for this prompt I am choosing Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco.

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical – A Book with More than One Point of View

I believe that Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart is told from two perspectives, but I am unsure! Either way it is one of my most anticipated books for the year, so I am really looking forward to reading this one.

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical – A Book by Two or More Authors

I am already thinking ahead for Blogmas this year, and I never got to read and review In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren last year. Christina Lauren are a romance author duo, and I have read Autoboyography by them and enjoyed that so hopefully I will enjoy the Christmas book too!

Best Book of a Musical – A Popular Book you Haven’t Read

I know I just spoke about Christmas, but I am also feeling spooky books right now, so I think Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs would be the perfect book for me to choose for this prompt.

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for Theatre – A Book with Beautiful Prose

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint is the book I am going to choose for this prompt. I have actually already started this one – I am only 4 chapters in so I don’t count it as cheating. But the prose in the first 4 chapters was absolutely stunning, so I thought this was the perfect choice.

Best Scenic Design of a Musical – A Book That Takes Place in a Country Outside of Your Own

So many books on my TBR take place outside of the UK, so this one could possibly change, but for now I am going to say Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. This is yet another book that I have had my eye on since it came out and just never got round to it!

Best Costume Design of a Musical – A Book with a Gorgeous Cover

I have so many books on my TBR with beautiful covers! This one will be hard to choose, for now I will select Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal but again, this could change.

Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Read a Dark/Scary Book

I recently got approved for an e-arc of The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino, so I think that is perfect for this prompt!

Best Direction of a Musical – A Character Driven Book

I am going to tentatively put Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson as this prompt. I haven’t been in the mood for YA contemporary novels, so I will see how I get on with this one.

Best Choreography – A Book About Performing Arts

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis is set on Broadway I believe, so this is perfect for this prompt. It is also a Romeo and Juliet story!

Best Orchestrations – A Book Written in Verse

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo is one that I have been wanting to get to for a long time, ever since reading Poet X by the author, so I am excited to get to it.

Best Sound Design of a Musical – Read an Audiobook

I am going to leave this one open for now, because I read so many audiobooks as it is, so I will really just choose this one at random!

Special Tonys

Next are the Special Tonys which I am seeing as like bonus prompts, so I am not going to choose any books for these prompts just yet, but hopefully I can get a couple of them completed!

  • Tony Hours for Excellence in Theatre – Free Space
  • Isabelle Stevenson Award – A Book over 450 Pages
  • Special Tony Award (Lifetime) – A Non-Fiction Book
  • Best Newcomer – A 2021 Debut
  • Best Author – A Book Written by Your Favourite Author
  • Best Special Theatrical Event – A Book with an Adaptation

I am really looking forward to reading these books, hopefully this month! I am definitely nervous that I won’t get to all of them but I think it is fun to have this challenge. I also think that some of the books I have chosen for the prompts could change, but I shall update you at the end of the month!

Are you taking part in The Theatreathon? Let me know!

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