Let the Games commence!
- https://getinformed.carrd.co/ This is an incredible carrd with information and resources about many of the issues the world is going through right now!
- I find Twitter an extremely useful tool in finding information about these injustices and ways to help.
I played along to a tbr game last month and it went really well, but this month I thought it would be fun to take part in a read-a-thon this time!
War Games read-a-thon was created by Aaron over at Booked and Busy. There are three paths with three different character archetypes and 5 prompts for each.
The Light Path is led by Allana from The Awkward Book Nerd. The Grey Path is led by Nicole from Nicole & Her Books and is the path I’ll be going down. And, last but not least, The Dark Path is led by Aaron. The Twitter for this read-a-thon is @wargamereads.
This read-a-thon is taking place from the 1st of March to the 31st and is based on Red Rising by Pierce Brown (which is also the group book… but I have never been interested in picking it up, so I won’t be). You must complete one archetype before moving onto the next. The prompts and concept sound fun, especially as points are based on star ratings; i.e. 5 stars = 50 points, 4 stars = 40 points etc.
I won’t be participating in that community aspect as I don’t really like doing that (I’m bad at making friends – anxiety be like that lol) and of course I’m changing it up to suit my own ends in making it easier for myself… ✌
So, instead of one month, I’m making it 2 months! And because I’ve been doing poorly in watching dramas from this post, I’m fitting a drama to each prompt as well. I’ll also be rewarding myself at the end of April if I get into the point bracket of 600-750.
The Grey Path
Archetype 1: The Thief
Read a Book That Feature an Orphan – The Dark Days Pact; Alison Goodman
The Dark Day’s Pact is the second book in the Lady Helen trilogy. Helen’s parents died when she was a child, so her upbringing is done by her aunt and uncle. In the first book, Helen gets thrown into a mystery when a maid goes missing and her life gets embroiled in demons and those who fight against them.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is He is Psychometric! (2019).
Lot’s of kdrama’s have an orphan main lead, it seems to be a popular trope. After Lee Ahn’s (Park Ji Young) parents die in a fire, he gets the power of being able to read a person’s or object’s past through touch. While learning how to control his new power, he joins together with his guardian, the latter’s colleague and a police officer to solve a crime that has affected them all.
Read a Standalone – The House in the Cerulean Sea; T. J. Klune
This book has been making it’s rounds through the book community and I have only heard good things! The House in the Cerulean Sea is about Linus Baker, a case worker, who is sent to a remote orphanage to check if the magical children who live there aren’t going to bring about the end of days. The quiet life of Linus is turned upside down.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Clean With Passion For Now (2018).
Most Korean dramas only have one series and I love that they are a compact and complete (in most instances) story. I only like crime or prosecutor dramas to have sequels. Clean With Passion For Now is a romantic-comedy drama that I’ve started before, but it fell to the wayside when I got into a slump and wasn’t watching K-dramas. It follows Gil Oh Sol (Kim Yoo Jung) who becomes the thorn in the side of her boss (Yoon Kyung Sang) who suffers from mysophobia.
Read a New to You Author – The Mythic Dream; Ed. Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
The Mythic Dream is an anthology of myth retellings. There are 18 authors and I’ve not read from any of them before.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is One Spring Night (2019).
The screenwriter for this drama is Kim Eun and from what I could tell she has only written this drama and Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food and I’ve not watched that yet. Lee Jung In (Han Ji Min) meets Yu Ji Ho (Jung Hae In) at his pharmacy in need of a hangover remedy. The pair form a friendship while both are trying to navigate the societal and familial pressures they’re facing.
Read a Middle Grade or Young Adult – Bleach Vols. 13-14-15 (bind-up 5); Tite Kubo
I’m working my way through the Bleach manga series and this is targeted towards older children/teenagers and young adults. These books follow Ichigo who is thrown into the world of Grim Reapers when he absorbs the power of Rukia and becomes one. With this new power, he must begrudgingly protect his city from Hollows and give them peace, while Rukia recuperates.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is The Heirs (2013).
The Heirs is a high school drama and I’m dreading it… but also ready for the mess of what I expect this to be and if all else fails, at least I can just stare at Min Ho and Woo Bin’s beautiful faces 😂 The Heirs follows the complicated lives of rich teens and how Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) is swept up in their world.
Read a Book With a Dark Cover – Melmoth; Sarah Perry
Melmoth has a beautiful dark blue cover. While working in Prague, Helen has made a home of sorts. This safety is threatened when her friend disappears after researching Melmoth the Wanderer, a dark legend that persuades people to join them in damnation.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Vampire Detective (2016).
A lot of these posters are surprisingly dark, but I went with Vampire Detective, with our mains in dark clothes and in a dimly lit room. Vampire Detective is a spinoff of sorts of the Vampire Prosecutor series (still upset about no series 3). It follows private detective Yoon San (Lee Joon) who unexpectedly becomes a vampire. While solving cases for his clients, Yoon San searches for answers as to what happened to him and trying to keep his identity secret.
Archetype 2: The Rebel
Read a Book Under 300 Pages – The Good Immigrant; Ed. Nikesh Shukla
The Good Immigrant is a collection of essays by 21 black, Asian and minority ethnic voices (BAME). It’s explores the experiences of why they chose to immigrate to the UK, why they stay and what they face. This was recommended to me by one of my best friends from secondary school.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is God’s Quiz S1 (2010).
God’s Quiz is an OCN crime drama, and they tend to make shorter dramas (most kdrama’s tend to have 16 episodes). This drama is a re-watch for me, it’s about the genius neurosurgeon/forensic doctor Han Jin Woo (Ru Deok Hwan) who, with his team, solves suspicious deaths that involve rare diseases.
Read a Book Featuring a Journey – Stolen; Kelley Armstrong
This is the second book in the Women of the Underworld series. It continues Elena’s story and follows her after she is kidnapped on a mission for her elite pack.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Life on Mars (2018).
I’ve wanted to watch this for ages as it’s a remake of the British tv programme of the same name (and I realise that it won’t be as explicit and creepy or with the same Brit humour, but I’m still really excited to see what the writer does). Crime investigation team leader Han Tae Joo (Jung Kyung Ho) has an accident while on the case of a serial killer. He wakes up in 1988 and finds himself in the position of detective in a small cities police station. Going back in time is a journey, right? I’m counting it 😂
Read a Graphic Novel or Manga – Bleach Vols. 16-17-18 (bind-up 6); Tite Kubo
Like I said previously, I’m working through the Bleach manga, so I’m going to be reading the next bind-up.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Extraordinary You (2019).
Extraordinary You is an adaptation of the webtoon series July Found by Chance by Moo Ryoo and this is probably the one I’m most excited to watch. Eun Dan Oh (Kim Hye Yoon) is a high school student with a heart condition who discovers that not only is she fictional, but she’s a side character. With this knowledge and the glimpses of the author’s story boards she is able to see, Dan Oh strives to divert the narrative and find true love.
Read a Book That’s Part of a Series – The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; Agatha Christie
This book is the 4th book in the Poirot series. In a peaceful English village Poirot is called upon to solve a complex case involving the deaths of a widow and her newfound fiancé.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Queen of Mystery S2 (2018).
I don’t have many Korean drama series (I’m counting dramas with at least 2 as being a series) I want to watch, but I thought it would be fun to finally watch the sequel to Queen of Mystery. Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Kang Hee) is a housewife who has always wanted to be a police officer. In series 1 she gets caught up in a crime and gets to know detective Ha Wan Seung (Kwon Sang Woo), the pair subsequently join forces to solve mysterious cases. I’m sure the second will be much of the same, and hopefully have the same comedy aspects thrown in as well.
Read a Book That Features a Found Family – City of Heavenly Fire; Cassandra Clare
This is daunting, but as I’ve been on a finishing series kick, I thought let’s use that and finally defeat this beast of a book. The New York Institute is a big found family and has grown through the series. The first book, City of Bones, introduces us to the world of Shadowhunters and demons. Clary finds that her past is intimately tied to this world as she gets drawn more and more into it.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Fight For My Way (2017).
I was torn between Fight For My Way and Itaewon Class, but I decided on going with the drama I’ve actually previously started (I mean either way Seo Joon will be on my screen). The former drama is about a group of 4 friends and how they’re trying to achieve their dreams without having the same advantages as those around them. I do remember that I was enjoying this, but for reason I stopped watching.
Archetype 3: The Lost Heir
Read a Sequel – The Dark Days Deceit; Alison Goodman
The Lady Helen books are a trilogy, so in March I plan to read book 2, so in April I intend to complete the story with the last book!
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Partners For Justice S2 (2019).
In December (I believe) I started Partners for Justice (aka Investigation Couple) again and finally completed it. I really enjoyed the cases and characters, so despite this drama not being on any of my lists to watch in 2021, I’m doing it anyway! This series continues to follow Prosecutor Eun Sol (Jung Yoo Mi) who teams up with grumpy forensic doctor Baek Beom (Jung Jae Young) to solve murders.
Read a Book That Starts With the First Letter of Your Last Name – Mortal Engines; Philip Reeve
For this I had to pull a book from a box of books I no longer want to read because I couldn’t find any others on my actual tbr that started with the same letter as my surname – that I hadn’t already chosen for previous prompts. I’ve had it for over 10 years and never picked it up. Hopefully, it’s like when I read Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist and loved it. Mortal Engines is a world where cities move and London is slinking out of the shadows. Within it’s walls, sinister events are happening.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Ms. Hammurabi (2018).
Park Cha Oh Reum (Go Ah Ra) is a newly appointed judge with a passion for uprooting injustice. In comparison Im Ba Reun (Kim Myung Soo) is cool headed and dislikes her overly sympathetic approach.
Read a Book Featuring Royalty; The Cruel Prince; Holly Black
This book has been on my shelves for ages and considering two prompts fit the first two books that I own, I thought there is no time like the present (or near future haha). The Cruel Prince follows Jude, a human – who with her sisters – live in the High Court of Faerie. Jude doesn’t feel like she belongs, despite having lived there for 10 years. She is given the chance at a place in court, but to claim it, she must first survive the ruthless treachery and political intrigues of the fae.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is 100 Days My Prince (2018).
Kyung Soo and Nam Ji Hyun as leads sounds like a wonderful pairing! Crown Prince Lee Yul (Kyung Soo) passes a law that all must wed before the age of 28. After an assassination attempt, Lee Yul finds himself under the care of the Hong household and with temporary amnesia. Due to Lee Yul’s law, Hong Shim (Nam Ji Hyun) – the oldest unmarried woman in the village – must find a husband or face the punishment. Lee Yul suggests they marry, but their growing closeness it threatened when his memory starts to fully come back.
Read a Book With a Royal Item on the Cover – The Wicked King; Holly Black
This is the sequel to The Cruel Prince and it also has a crown on the cover like the first book.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is The Crowned Clown (2019).
I’ve actually watched the 1st episode of this drama and at that time I wasn’t ready for such a complex and politically heavy sageuk. Jin Goo is amazing, and I really need to watch it. It follows a clown who shares the same face as the King. After an assassination attempt, the King is further overcome with paranoia, hallucinations and unstable mental health. To recuperate and judge the situation from afar, Ha Sun is forced to “play” as the King. On the poster, Ha Sun is standing on the hanbok/dragon robe worn by Kings.
Read a Book That Features Political Intrigue – Three Dark Crowns; Kendare Blake
Again, another I’ve been meaning to read for a while. This is about three sisters who must fight to the death in a battle for the thrown. For generations, triplets have been born to the royal family, each possessing a coveted magic. In vying for the thrown I can imagine a lot of underhanded tactics, an entourage of potentially untrustworthy aristocrats and high stakes.
The drama I’ve chosen for this prompt is Prime Minister & I (2013).
When I normally watch a drama with political intrigue it’s a sageuk or a Prosecutor centred story about corruption. So instead, I thought I would switch it up and make it less intense political intrigue. Prime Minister & I follows journalist Nam Da Jung (Yoona) who ends up getting involved in a relationship “scandal” with the Prime Minister of Korea Kwon Yool (Lee Bum Soo). To save his career, the pair pretend to date.
Are you taking part in this read-a-thon? Have you enjoyed any of the books or dramas that are on my list? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥