🏛️ Dark Academia Book Challenge #2

Hosted by bibilly

41 participants, 66 books added

Starts: Thursday, 01 September 2022

Ends: Sunday, 01 January 2023

A challenge centered on the fiction (not the aesthetic) that can be labeled as Dark Academia. Here we're all about moody prose, questionable characters and nontraditional stories. The first DABC took place from September 2021 to August 2022. This is round 2: less prompts, but still presumptuous af ✊

  • Whatever you think can be labeled as DA will count, but here's a personal definition: any minimally ominous book featuring morally grey characters who are on pursuit of knowledge, on a journey of self improvement/discovery, at war with the academic world or just obsessed with someone's work — regardless of setting (including magical schools and the like, but not limited to a campus). It can be a thriller, fantasy, horror, classic or even a contemporary book, YA or adult, fitting the traditional aesthetic or not. Also note that "knowledge", "improvement", "academic" and "work" can be interpreted in many ways.
  • The challenge is to read 5 to 8 DA books, 3 being bonus prompts (if you read a book for more than one prompt no one will know).
  • The themes/prompts are just suggestions to make everything more fun (and to organize my tbr/recommendations list). So those who don't want to stick to them can just fill in the obligatory prompts with random DA books. The goal is to read as much as possible with enjoyment and flexibility.
  • The books in the descriptions are just recommendations! And I'm always updating the lists, but they're mostly based on synopses only, since this is my own DA tbr. (I have read some titles, and I wouldn't actually recommend Killing November and Nevernight, but they do count, so that's why they're listed.)

Challenge prompts