The Five-Star Readathon: A Week-Long Readathon I’m Co-Hosting Focused on Reading 5-star Predicted Books!!

I am extremely excited to announce: I’m co-hosting a readathon!!

And I’m co-hosting it with two of my closest friends in the book community. And it’s all about reading books you think you’ll enjoy. And I’m planning on reading books that I’ve been wanting to read forever. And I’m just REALLY EXCITED.

This is basically just an introduction/announcement post about what it is, when it’s happening, who it’s hosted by, what the challenges are, and what my TBR for it is!! I can’t wait for it to start, and I would love if any of you could join us!

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The Five-Star Readathon (aka fivestarathon) is a readathon focused on reading books you think will be five stars, or books you think that you’ll love! Often times in the book community, a lot of focus is put on reading all the newest releases and staying with the hype (and especially with ARCs).

I know that I’ve definitely done a lot of that before, and though trying books I’m not sure I’ll like is good, reading books I’m 99% sure I’ll like is good too! Like I’ve said, if you don’t WANT to read books you enjoy, why read in the first place?

I hope that with this readathon, we can encourage people to pick up books that they truly want to read and think they’ll enjoy, at least for one week!

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This readathon will run from 12 am, Monday, October 1st, to 11:59 pm, Sunday, October 7th. (Basically, it’ll be a week long!)

I’ll be hosting it with my amazing friends Elise @ The Bookish Actress (the original creator of this!), and Julianna @ Paper Blots! I know it’s a bit last minute to announce this, but anyone is welcome to join, though no obligation of course!

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There are also some challenges you can try out, though they’re optional. The whole purpose is to read books you think you’ll love, and if the challenges don’t fit with those books, then don’t do them!

  1. Read a next book in a series you like
  2. Read a book by a favorite author
  3. Read a book you were anticipating and never got around to reading
  4. Read a book over 500 pages
  5. Read five books

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Even though I’m putting five books on my TBR, it’s very unrealistic that I’ll actually be able to read them all, because 1) next week is Major Assessment Week right before we get a week-long break from school, 2) I have a book fest to go to next Saturday! and 3) I’m just a… slow reader.

BUT!! Though I know I’m going to fail, I will still try!!! Like the fool I am!!

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The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)For this challenge, I’m planning on reading The Burning Maze, which is the third book in the Trials of Apollo series! I’ve been meaning to read this for some time, and I’m 100% sure I’ll at least 4-star it, since I love all of Rick Riordan’s books.

I’m also glad that this book is on my TBR because MG books (especially ones with a lot of humor in them) are easier for me to read so hopefully I won’t take too long with this one!)

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CirceOkay, so, Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors, and he’s the only FAVORITE favorite author in my TBR so… I guess The Burning Maze could count for both??

But I’m going to cheat a little here and put Circe for this challenge, because I read Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles earlier this year and… god. I loved it so much. I didn’t rate it 5 stars but I truly adored it and I’m so so excited to read this one. (And LOOK AT THAT COVER.)

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Literally four of the books on this TBR fit this one??? But I’ll go with just two: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Final Draft.

Final DraftFirst of all, I’ve been super excited about FOATL ever since it came out (even though the original cover makes my eyes scream. in a bad way). Second of all, I’m HOPING to meet the author this Saturday so I wanna read her book by then!!

And as for Final Draft, I’ve heard so many amazing things about it and I definitely think I’m going to love it!! (HI IT’S AN F/F ROMANCE.) Also it’s skinny and I need short books.

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I skipped this one, to read two books for the above challenge!

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Odd One OutAnd finally, for my fifth book, I’m going with Odd One Out, which is a book I’m super excited to read! I love Nic Stone and her debut Dear Martin, and I have such a strong feeling that I’m going to absolutely adore this book.

(Even though I kinda sorta REALLY hate the cover.)

Also, it’s an ARC (releases October 9) so it’d be great to get this read by then!!

shall we chat

are you interested in this readathon? do you think you’ll participate?? (again, no pressure, but we’d love it!!) what books do you think you’ll love when you get around to them?

p.s. maybe you guys are happy about this?? but I’m sorry that my posts have been on the shorter side lately, and that I haven’t been replying to comments/commenting like I said I would this month! if you’ve seen me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been struggling a lot with mental health this week/month, so thanks for bearing with me a little longer <33

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60 thoughts on “The Five-Star Readathon: A Week-Long Readathon I’m Co-Hosting Focused on Reading 5-star Predicted Books!!

  1. This sounds SO COOL I definitely want to participate!! Also, I still haven’t read the Dark Prophecy and that makes me sad because I ADORE RICK RIORDAN SO MUCH!!! Anyways, I hope these books are all actually five stars reads!

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        1. No problem, we’re here for all your questions! The point of the readathon is to read books you think you’ll enjoy, so for me rereads would kind of defeat the purpose because when I reread, I reread books that I know I loved? But you can choose to do whatever you want! 💖


  2. I hope you have fun! I’d love to participate but I am not organised at all at the moment, and should probably get some things together before diving into a readathon 😬😝

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  3. this sounds so fun! I’d really like to participate but I’m going to a bat mitzvah this weekend so I may not have much time for reading, unfortunately 😦 Maybe I’ll try to read at least 2 books…what a great idea!

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  4. This sounds like such a fun readathon. I really wish I could participate, but I don’t know if I can and most likely I would only be able to read one single book anyway, soooooo that seems a bit sad haha.
    I LOVE your TBR though – I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Final Draft especially, I loved that one SO much! Happy reading!!! 😀

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    1. Aahh, Marie, thank you so much!! And that’s totally fine (I think I’ll end up reading like two books but shhh 😂) And yes, I’m so excited to read Final Draft especially hearing so much about how much you loved it! I definitely think I’m going to like it!

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  5. YOU BETTER BELIEVE IM JOINING THIS READATHON AS MY FIRST READATHON AND AM EXCITED!!! I hope your TBR really is awesome and you rate them 5 stars (tho not sure if you’d like FOTAL, idk why (i haven’t even read it) but i hope you do!)
    I’m gonna be reading:

    Read a next book in a series you like – For this I’m gonna finish Cress or if by the readathon starts I’ve finished that, I’m gonna read Winter (part of the Lunar Chronicles)
    Read a book by a favorite author- Vicious by V.E Schwab!!
    Read a book you were anticipating and never got around to reading – Oh there are so manyyy for this but Wild Beauty!!
    Read a book over 500 pages – Are we All Lemmings and Snowflakes (is that 500 pages, I think it’s really close.)
    Read five books – ugh idk? The Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Wild Beauty, Mariam Sharma Hits The Road or Furyborn?!?!

    I really hope I can complete my TBR, and I hope you finish yours too. This is such a great idea. Also take care of yourself. x

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    1. YAY I’M SO HAPPY ILSA I LOVE U!!!! and omg I have this intuition that I will NOT like FOATL but I also just really wanna like it

      OH WOW I forgot you haven’t read Vicious!! and wait I thought you were already reading Wild Beauty ?? (my dude WB is not the Anna-Marie book for you it has to be When the Moon Was Ours) and oh 🙂 good luck with 🙂 Furyborn 🙂

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  6. Oh this sounds like a brilliant readathon May, and actually I’m definitely thinking about participating myself because I’ve been wanting to try and readathon all year and this one seems like a great one to try for my very first one! 😀
    For the sequel I’ll probably go for Wildcard, because it is next on my TBR list and despite the mixed review I do think it’s one I’ll love, I’m not sure about the others so I’ll have to do a quick look over my TBR list and see which ones fit.
    I really hope you enjoy all the books you’ve got May, Circe is incredible and I really enjoyed Forest of a Thousand Lanterns so I hope you do too.
    Great post, and good luck with this readathon. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Aaahh, Beth, that makes me so happy to hear!! This is my second readathon (but the first one was a twenty-four hour one that I did horribly at 😂) though it’s my first time hosting one! And ooh I’m so excited to hear your thoughts on Wildcard! I’ve been hearing more positive thoughts now that the book has come out but still… I’m nervous to read it!

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  7. Aaahh this readathon sounds fun!! And I really want to participate in it. But school!!! First exams and now school uggh I can’t wait for the holidays.

    Anyway, I really hope you enjoy all the books you’re going to read!! Also I really need to catch up. I haven’t read a Riordian book since 2016!!


  8. Oh, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Can I post a post about it??? I think I will, hehe. This is just such a fantastic idea and I’m going to read so much! (we will see. School and work and my brain might have other ideas)
    Also, always rooting for you, May! I know mental health has been hard lately, sending you positive vibes 💕💕💕

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    1. I SAW YOUR TBR POST IN MY FEED and I’m so excited to read it!!! (And same I’m telling myself I can read about a book a day while juggling twice as much school work 😅)

      And thank you so so much, Elizabeth, you always have the best words of support 💗💓


  9. This is such a great readathon, May!! ❤️ I’d love to join, but I don’t have time bc of school. 😩
    I absolutely loved The Song of Achilles too, and I’m so excited to read Circe, since I’m in love with Madeline Miller’s beautiful writing. 😍 And omg I really need to catch up with The Trials of Apollo series, haha. (Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors too!) I hope you’ll enjoy (and five-star) all the books you read in this readathon!!

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    1. I totally feel you!! School is really hard on me especially this week but…I’ll blindly try anyways? 😅

      And yesss I’m so hyped to read Circe! Pretty much all my friends have loved it and I’m so excited to join them. And I think after The Burning Maze I’ll have been caught up with all his newer series!

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  10. Ahh, this is such an amazing idea! Sadly, this week is a stressful one for me with a lot of school stuff going on, but maybe sometime on a random week I’ll just participate in this all by myself, haha.

    I hope you have been doing better lately, sending you all the love.❤️❤️

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  11. the cover of Odd One Out keeps leaving me CONFLICTED i love the cover models but it looks oddly photoshopped on the page??? ?? ?? ?? ? ?? ? ?? ?? ?? ?

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  12. i already commented this to elise but i’m SO MAD YOU GUYS DIDN’T TELL ME ABOUT THIS!!! you’re 2/3 of my kik inbox and you’re not notifying me about major things you’re doing!!! an unparalleled betrayal.

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