Join me in the #Pondathon!

Pondathon: The Quiet Pond's story-driven readathon. Image: Two swords with vines wrapped around it frame the words 'Pondathon', with three little forest sprites sitting on top. One forest sprite has a leaf on its head, the middle has twigs for horns, and the right has a mushroom on its head.

What is the Pondathon?

The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest.

Have fun participating in the Pondathon readathon by joining one of five teams, each with a unique way to collect points and signing up! You can also follow the story of the Pondathon as it unfolds, and participants can also complete ‘side quests’ during the readathon to collect extra points. The readathon takes place from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020. More information about the readathon can be found here.

Information about Joining the Pondathon

  1. To join the Pondathon, simply sign up anytime between January 18th 2020 to March 5th 2020.
  2. Choose a team, create your own animal character for the Pondathon and create a character card!
  3. Create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#Pondathon’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
  4. Link back to this post so that others can find this readathon and join in.

Share your updates on your blog/bookstagram/booktube and social media. You are more than welcome to tag @thequietpond or @artfromafriend on Twitter or Instagram in all your updates! We’d love to see all of the beautiful and awesome characters that you create!

My Pond Character

Pondathon character

My side quest awards (shields at the bottom and on the right):
Mark of the Brave, Recipe for Compassion, Potion of Trust, Ballad of Friendship, A Moment of Your Time, Favor of the Knights of Strongjaw, Wings of Hope..

You notice one of my shields is missing. I didn’t try to get the A Dagger Named Valor.
To get it, I had to talk a “diverse” book, defined on the site as “a ‘diverse’ book as a book that is written by an author with a marginalised identity – this can include being a person of colour and/or indigenous, disabled, LGBTQIA+ and/or gender diverse, or intersections of these identities – about characters with marginalised identities“.
I am a reader, not a sociologist. What’s important to me is the writing. The color of the authors, their gender, or sex life is not relevant to what I am reading.
As far as reading is concerned, I think the diversity that matters is about the language the book was written in. There are still so many books written in a large variety of languages, that have never been translated into English. That’s what readers need to talk about, and push publishers to do, to get a more diverse access to literature.

My Pondathon TBR

I’ll be reading mostly from my Japanese list, and from my Classics List.

The challenge is over, here is what I have read/listened:

  1. And Then, by Natsume Soseki
  2. The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley (audio)
  3. The Gate, by Natsume Soseki
  4. Selected Poems, by Masaoka Shiki
  5. Le Charretier de la Providence, by Georges Simenon
  6. Second Sister, by Chan Ho-Kei
  7. Complot, by Nicolas Beuglet (audio)
  8. The Book of Ichigo Ichie, by Hector Garcia
  9. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
  10. The Essential Haiku, ed. by Robert Hass
  11. L’ile du diable, by Nicolas Beuglet (audio)
  12. Monsieur Gallet (Maigret #3), décédé, by Geroges Simenon
  13. The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino, by Hiromi Kawakami
  14. The Missing Sister, by Elle Marr
  15. Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien, (Maigret #4), by Georges Simenon
  16. Theological Territories, by David Bentley Hart – review upcoming

It was from January 24th 2020 to March 7th 2020, so I’m very happy


Please join me in the #Pondathon
The more the merrier!