Joining the Pondathon

Am I already signed up for a bunch of reading challenges and readathons? Yes, of course.

Is that going to stop me from joining another one? No, of course.

CW @ The Quiet Pond has and still is clearly putting so much time and energy and care into designing and hosting this readathon, and it really shows! There are so many fun aspects — from the narrative to customizable characters to side quests to the Discord server — and I am so excited to get started.

The Pondathon information (below), and all the art (including the post header, Team Gen header, and character card) were created by the brilliant and hardworking CW.

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!

Gen helps others better in the backlines and is amazing at providing support! Join Team Gen and read backlist books (books published before December 31st 2018) and for every backlist book that you read, you gain 30 points.

TEAM BONUS: For every backlist book that you finish with under 3000 ratings on Goodreads, Gen feels like his work has an impact and is meaningful. Give yourself an extra 10 points!

Since I’m also participating in #StartOnYourShelfathon and Beat the Backlist 2020, and I’ve been wanting to try to focus on indie, self-pub, and other under-hyped books, Team Gen immediately struck me as a good fit. (I also could’ve joined Team Xiaolong … but I am terrible at tracking and submitting daily progress; earning points per book is much easier for me.)

It’s also a good personality match — in a competition or battle, you’d most likely find me in the control room or infirmary. Support roles are as important as any other, and that’s where I tend to have the strongest impact.

You hear a rustling in the bushes. When you turn to look, there’s nothing there — no, wait, there’s something orange among the leaves.

“Hello?” you call cautiously. “You can come out. I don’t mean any harm, promise.”

The tip of an ear emerges, then the rest of a small fox, armed with a bow and quiver. She tucks her book under her arm and straightens her glasses, then offers you a smile. “Hello! Did you come to defend the Pond, too?”


I’m delighted to introduce Wei, Collector of Drafts. Her name means “Tails” in Mandarin — partly a nod to Sonic the Hedgehog’s friend, but mainly because Nine Tails/Tales 😜 — and she loves both story drafts and draft drinks. And puns.

Her weapons of choice are archery, magic, and knowledge. If all else fails, though, a hefty book can be used as a shield or projectile. Her friends are more precious than even her favorite tomes, so Wei will defend them with everything she has.

  • Are you participating in the Pondathon? Feel free to share your signup post link and/or tell me about your character in the comments!
  • Do you like to pick out your TBR for readathons (and reading challenges), or do you prefer to just see what happens?

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