I’m so excited to share today’s post with you all! As I mentioned in my 2022 bookish goals post, I plan to participate in CW’s Pondathon II this year. All week, I’ve been looking forward to making my character card and TBR.
what is the pondathon?
Pondathon II is a story-driven and gardening-themed readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon II readathon is to read books to earn plants and decorate your own little garden so that we can restore the forest together. More information about the readathon can be found here.
information about joining the pondathon
- You can sign-up to the Pondathon II readathon here. The readathon starts on January 10th 2022 and ends on December 11th 2022; sign-ups are open across the duration of the readathon.
- You also get to create your own Pond animal character for the Pondathon, and create your own character card!
- If you’d like, create a blog post, bookstagram post, booktube video, Twitter thread, or whatever medium you wish, with ‘#PondathonII’ in the title or your tweet. Share the character you have created and your character card!
- Link back to this post so that new friends can find the readathon and join in as well.
my pond character
Xiaobai, Tender of the Cabbages
My Pond Character is Xiaobai (like dàbáitù but xiǎobáitù), and he is the Tender of the Cabbages! Xiaobai is a white rabbit who loves to spend time in the garden. He visits the cabbages everyday to make sure they are content!
my pondathon tbr
I have several books on my TBR for 2022, and these are just a few of them!
1. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Firekeeper’s Daughter is a YA thriller that follows a biracial, Native teen. I’ve read very few thrillers, let alone YA thrillers, so I’m excited to read this book! Also, I go to university on Ojibwe land (the protagonist of the novel, Daunis, is an Ojibwe woman) so I want to learn more about people whose land I’m settled on.
2. Kindred by Octavia Butler
I’ve never read an Octavia Butler novel before so this is at the top of my TBR. I’ve heard so much about both Kindred and Butler’s writing in general, so I’m really anticipating this read!
3. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
I first learned about Honorée Fanonne Jeffers in an English class, where we read The Age of Phillis. I love Jeffers’ writing so I’ve been looking forward to reading this novel ever since it came out. Also, T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is one of my favorite poems. I’m interested in seeing how Jeffers engages with Eliot. It’s a hefty tome, but I can’t wait to dive into its pages!
4. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
I’ve already started reading this book and it’s just as captivating as everyone said it would be! I love reading Kimmerer’s prose and seeing how she ties together Indigenous teachings, Western science, life lessons, botany, and the observations she makes about the Earth.
5. Win Me Something by Kyle Lucia Wu
I first heard about this book when it was chosen as an Asian American Girl Club book club pick. I was excited about the premise because similarly to the protagonist, Willa, I also identify as a Chinese American from the Tri-State Area. Besides that, I’m also interested in reading about Willa’s coming-of-age and seeing how Wu explores class differences!
Are you participating in Pondathon II? Let me know what’s on your TBR and link me to your sign-up post so I can check out your character!
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