Joining the TrekAThon!

June 14, 2021 Challenges 6

Louise at Foxes and Fairy Tales is hosting a Star Trek-themed readathon! No, you don’t have to read Star Trek books for the #TrekAThon (though you can.) Basically, there is a prompt associated with each character, and the idea is to “beam up the entire crew” by reading books for each prompt. You can read any genre and any format, so long as it’s on Goodreads. However, you can’t use the same book for more than one prompt, until you have satisfied the Scotty prompt; after that, you can count books toward two or more than one prompts.

There’s also a group book: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. It’s not required, but if you do read it, you can count it for any of the prompts.

The full list of rules and prompts is on this blog post at Foxes and Fairy Tales. The readathon starts July 1 and ends July 31. I can’t wait to get started!

Here are the prompts, plus some ideas of what I might read for them. I’m aiming for mostly fantasy and SF because I haven’t been reading enough of them recently. However, since I have some ARCs and overdue ARCs to read, I’ll be fitting in a few other genres as well. I may also substitute a few actual Star Trek novels for the fun of it, especially since rereads are allowed.

  • Captain Kirk (Commanding Officer) — Read a 5-Star prediction: ~ The Vanished Days (Susanna Kearsley, ARC)
  • Commander Spock (Executive Officer/ Science Officer) — Read a Science Fiction book: Possibly Chaos on CatNet (Naomi Kritzer) or Binti (Nnedi Okorafor). NOTE: these two are interchangeable with my picks for the Nurse Chapel prompt. Or, I might
  • Lieutenant Sulu (Helmsman) — Read a book with a weapon on the cover: Possibly A Dance with Fate (Juliet Marillier)or The Solstice Connection (Lisa Shearin) or Once and Future (Capetta and McCarthy)
  • Lieutenant Uhura (Communications Officer) — Read a book everyone’s talking about: ~ Probably The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (V. E. Schwab), or possibly Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir) or Winter’s Orbit (Everina Maxwell), if I can get my hands on one of them
  • Ensign Chekov (Navigator) — Read a YA or MG book: ~ Possibly The Girl With the Dragon Heart (Stephanie Burgis) or Thursday’s Child (Noel Streatfield, ARC) or Spin the Dawn (Elizabeth Lim)
  • Doctor McCoy (Chief Medical Officer) — Read a book featuring death or a character injury: Possibly The Conductors (Nicole Glover; ARC)
  • Yeoman Rand — Read a book with a red cover: Possibly A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab – hey, there’s a fair bit of red on it), or Bella at Midnight (Diane Stanley – I have been meaning to read it for years) Fireborne (Rosaria Munda), or the illustrated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (J. K. Rowling) or The Art of Winnie The Pooh (James Campbell)
  • Lieutenant Commander Scott (Chief Engineer) — Read a book either set somewhere you’ve never been or somewhere you’ve never read about: ~ Possibly Guild Boss (Jayne Castle – I’ve never been to Harmony) or A Dance with Fate (Juliet Marillier – I’ve never been to Ireland)
  • Nurse Chapel (Head Nurse) — Read a book with a face on the cover: ~ Possibly Chaos on CatNet (Naomi Kritzer) or Binti (Nnedi Okorafor). NOTE: these two are interchangeable with my picks for the Commander Spock prompt.

6 Responses to “Joining the TrekAThon!”

  1. Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales

    I really enjoyed The Conductors! I have the sequel to read soon.

    I’ve read a few DS9 novels but none set during TOS. Do you have any recommendations?

    I hope you enjoy the readathon!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I do! I love Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan. Diane Duane’s TOS books are terrific, particularly The Wounded Sky, My Enemy, My Ally, and The Romulan Way (written with Peter Morwood.) Spock’s World is also quite good, particularly if you like books that explore a particular culture or history. Finally, Barbara Hambly’s Ishmael is fun, particularly if you’re at all familiar with the 1960s TV show, Here Come The Brides. (I wasn’t, but I enjoyed the novel anyway.)

      I started to go into more detail on why I liked each book, and realized that I was, in effect, writing mini-reviews of the novels… so I’ll do that in a separate post, and let these recommendations stand on their own.

      • Louise

        That’s great, thanks! I’ve been meaning to read some Diane Duane anyway and Spock’s World sounds great too! I’ll definitely checkout the post with all your thoughts! 😊

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks! I liked your list very much, as well, and considered putting more of them in my list… but I was also thinking about at what I actually have on hand and haven’t read yet, and that seemed to be more fantasy (and other genres) than SF.