The first round of Pondathon II is complete!
In case you missed it, Pondathon II is a year-long story-driven and gardening-themed readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the readathon is to read books to earn plants and decorate your own little garden so that we can restore the forest together. Check out my intro post for more details!
My Pond character, Spud, and I are very excited for all the gardening adventures this year. I’ve got Spud’s character card in the sidebar so you can quickly find all Pondathon updates.
Pondathon is divided into 4 quarters and each quarter into 4 rounds, with different side and companion quests each round. Here’s what I read for the quests and what Spud’s garden looks like after this first round!
I read so much in the last couple weeks! I’ve made a note where the books counted for the side quest.
- Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (side quest – Indigenous, Seabird Island Band)
- Exhibitionist by Molly Cross-Blanchard (SQ – Indigenous, Métis)
- carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee (SQ – Chinese and Scottish)
- I Will See You Again by Lisa Boivin (SQ – Indigenous, Dene)
- Beatrice and Croc Harry by Lawrence Hill (SQ – Black, mixed-race)
- Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag (SQ – Indian)
- Bluets by Maggie Nelson
- My Art is Killing Me and Other Poems by Amber Dawn (SQ – Queer)
Side Quest: Encourage Xialong’s Flowers to Grow
For this quest, we were encouraged to read diverse books (ie. by and about someone with a marginalized identity). The rewards included planter boxes and garden beds, plus a Budding Friend badge for reading 3 diverse books and a sticker set for reading 5. As you can see, Spud got their badge!
Most of my reads were by authors of colour and Indigenous authors so this proved an easy challenge and I hope to continue this trend for the rest of the year.
Companion Quest: Let’s Grow Flowers with Raquel Marie
The first companion quest of the readathon featured visiting author, Raquel Marie, and her upcoming debut, Ophelia After All. This quest played off her book as the main character is a rose gardener, so the challenge was to create a rose based on our favourite book. Here’s my take on Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro:
First time embedding a tweet so if that poses a difficulty for anyone, the images are described on Twitter!
Round 1 Garden
And here’s our garden so far! As you can see, it got very busy very quickly so I may make a new garden for each round, depending on how much I read.
It’s so lovely! CW puts so much work into this readathon and I love all the different plants! Of course, I had to add some potatoes for Spud but I’m looking ahead to the vegetable garden quest.
Gardens around the Pond
I also wanted to share some bloggers’ posts about Pondathon that I’ve enjoyed!
- Caelin @ Reading Past Dark shared an initial update of some of her reads so far and the very cool rose they made for the companion quest!
- Yna @ Yna the Mood Reader based her Pond character off her dog and they’re both so cute! I love her organization system for tracking her progress too.
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate shared recommendations for this latest side quest and will be continuing this series throughout Pondathon! Check out her posts if you need some inspiration!
- Mackenzie @ Colour Me Read posted her Round 1 summary with lots of great reads and a beautiful garden!
How did Round 1 go for you?
If you’re not participating, what would you plant in your garden?
All Pondathon graphics by CW @ The Quiet Pond.