#Pondathon – Progress #teamcuddle

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

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My #pondathon friend is called Nudge, and she’s the Recommender of Romances! She’s excited that she can support that battle against the encroaching darkness by combining heart magic with friends. Nudge is ready with a hug and some encouraging words when you’re feeling weary – and here, why don’t you have a book, too? She has just the one…


  • Total books finished: 3
    • Buddy reads finished: 2
      • Mermaid Inn by Jenny Holiday with Ariel (@booksandsass #teamcuddle) finished 2/1
      • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey with Jennifer (@2many2read #teamvarian), Heidi (@heidwella), and Paige (@paigesquared #teamvarian) finished 2/1
    • Buddy reads in progress: 1
      • Emma by Jane Austen with Shakira (@shakiracummings #teamgen) started 2/1, targeted finish 2/23
      • Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid with Destiny (@howlinglibrary #teamvarian) started 2/3, targeted finish 2/10
  • Side quest badges earned
    • Mark of the Brave
    • Recipe for Compassion

My Pondathon TBR

This TBR is HIGHLY tentative, since the entire point of #teamcuddle is to buddy read! I’m also a romance reader in an online community that seems to lean heavily toward SciFi/Fantasy and YA, so I’m hoping to connect with some other romance readers. That being said, here are some books on my TBR, and I’m hoping you’ll buddy read one with me! 🙂

Link to my TBR on Goodreads

Short stories

  • Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui (9/3/19, Cultural fiction, short stories)
  • Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories (9/10/19, Horror, short stories)
  • The Future is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente (7/31/18, Adult sci-fi/fantasy, short stories)

Adult romance

  • Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (6/11/19, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Undercover Bromance by Lissa Kay Adams (3/10/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas by Jackie Lau (11/12/19, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau (1/7/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • A Big Surprise for Valentine’s Day by Jackie Lau (2/4/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Ivory by Lola Dodge (10/22/19 [orig 4/30/13], Adult romance, paranormal)
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan (11/14/16, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Idol by Kristen Callihan (6/7/16, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Ravished by Virginia Henley (11/5/02, Adult romance, historical-Regency)
  • Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue (11/8/19, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch (1/28/20, Adult romance, historical)
  • Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (2/18/20, Adult romance, historical-Regency)
  • Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton (1/28/20, Adult romance, historical-Regency)
  • House Rules by Ruby Lang (2/10/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid (2/3/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (1/14/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • The Kissing Game by Marie Harte (2/4/20, Adult romance, contemporary)
  • Coming Up For Air by Amanda Meuwissen (4/20/19, Adult romance, fantasy)
  • Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole (3/14/16, Adult romance, historical-1960s)
  • My Heart Did Fly by Augustine Lang (11/15/19, Adult romance, historical-Regency)
  • Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon (4/3/15, Adult romance, scifi/paranormal)
  • Grumpy Jake by Melissa Blue (11/8/19, Adult romance, contemporary)

Adult Fantasy

  • Kill the Farm Boy (7/17/18, Adult fantasy)

YA Romance

  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (1/21/20, YA romance, contemporary)
  • Just One of the Boys by Leah Rooper & Kate Rooper (10/2/17, YA romance, contemporary)
  • Hart & Seoul by Kristen Burnham (6/4/19, YA romance, contemporary)
  • Kissing Ezra Holtz by Brianna R. Shrum (6/4/19, YA romance, contemporary)

YA Fantasy

  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner (9/18/14, YA fantasy)
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (1/5/16, YA fantasy)
  • Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning (8/6/19, YA fantasy)
  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnely (5/14/19, YA fantasy)
  • Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell (1/29/19, YA fantasy/romance)
  • Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner (11/5/19, YA fantasy)
  • The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky (1/16/18, YA fantasy)

Please let me know if you’re participating in #Pondathon and want to buddy read any of these books (even if you’re not on #teamcuddle)!

team cuddle


  • Emma by Jane Austen
    • Reading with Shakira (@shakiracummings #teamgen)
    • Start 2/1, finish 2/23
      • Feb 9: Vol 1 (chapters 1-18)
      • Feb 16: Vol 2 (chapters 19-36)
      • Feb 23: Vol 3 (chapters 37-55)
  • Hearts on Hold by Charish Reid
    • Reading with Destiny (@howlinglibrary #teamvarian)
    • Start 2/3, 40 chapters at 5 chapters/day, finish 2/10
  • Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
    • Reading with Paige (@pagesquared #teamvarian)
    • Start TBD, schedule TBD


  • Possible other buddy reads with Jennifer Y (@2many2read)
    • Truthwitch
    • Stepsister
    • Just One of the Boys
    • Tweet Cute
    • The Kissing Game


2 thoughts on “#Pondathon – Progress #teamcuddle

  1. Ahh so glad you’re joining this readathon, I adore your character SO MUCH! ❤ and you have such a good TBR. I loved Tweet Cute so much and Natalie Tan was such a good read as well, I hope you'll love these 🙂 Happy reading! 🙂

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