The Villain-a-Thon Reading List

Hello! Welcome (or welcome back). I hope you’re here because you’re participating in the Villain-a-Thon starting next month. Next month, which also happens to be next week. Which is only mildly terrifying. BUT what’s very exciting is this means we get to tackle our villainous TBRs!

I do hope that you reading this means you’re participating. If you are, great! Make sure you’ve read the rules and signed up. I’m still pulling together the prizes but I’m hoping to make them worth it, so it’s taking a little longer.

Okay, let’s get down to the real reason you’re here. You want to know what books you have the option to read, right? Well, here’s your list!

  1. Anything V.E./Victoria Schwab. Yes, I do mean anything. Any of her books. Her books inspired this read-a-thon so any of them will do. I know I’ll be reading Vicious, myself, and hopefully A Gathering of Shadows as well.
  2. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. Kiersten White is another one who writes villains fantastically. This book is one anyone and everyone should read.
  3. Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan. I’ve been screaming about this book since last year. With good reason. The villainous aspects of it . . . they hit every mark possible.
  4. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. Even if you don’t read it for the read-a-thon  you should read it anyway.
  5. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. Comes highly recommended by one of the most well-read people I know. Plus, spooky island monsters!
  6. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman. No one said the villain had to be a POV character.
  7. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I really can’t stress enough how important this book is. You’ll be ready to tear the villain down.
  8. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. No spoilers, but if it comps Game of Thrones you can’t go wrong with it for this one. And you really can’t go wrong with this book.
  9. Heart of Iron by Ashely Poston. You won’t see it coming. Trust me you won’t see this coming.
  10. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I remember reading this for the first time. Fantastic, twisted YA thriller through and through.

A few other books I’d recommend for this read-a-thon (but that won’t count towards your required read from this list): Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, The Fever King by Victoria Lee, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, anything Leigh Bardugo, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, anything Holly Black but especially The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr, and Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (out 9/10).

Also, if you’ve already read everything on this list, message me! Any sequels or other books in any of the series on the list are acceptable replacements. It’s a fairly small list afterall. But I can’t wait to see what you guys choose! The Villain-a-Thon starts exactly a week from today and I’m so excited. Gotta go narrow down my TBR now. Bye!


Author: In the Land of Pages

College Student & Author Sometimes I'll talk about music or my life but most of the time it'll be books, reading, writing & that sort of thing. Recommendations welcome anytime!

7 thoughts on “The Villain-a-Thon Reading List”

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