I had so much fun over the week of the summer biannual bibliothon! Despite having to work full time I managed to get lots of reading done. I always enjoy joining in with the bookish community, and while I didn’t participate in any of the blog or Instagram challenges i did dive into as many sprints as possible.
Wrap up stats
Books read: 4
Pages read: 1334
Challenges completed: 5
5 Stars : 2
4 Stars : 1
3 Stars : 0
2 Stars : 0
1.5 Stars: 1
What I read and challenges I completed
Ok the first challenge I kind of cheated. I read The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw back in May… see my May Wrap up. So I counted the challenge of read a group book as complete. Unfortunately, the live show discussion had to be postponed but for those who have read the book and fancy discussing it has been rescheduled to Saturday 28th July at 6:30pm GMT (1:30pm EST/10:30am PST).
Challenge: Try a chapter.
First, if you don’t know what the try a chapter challenge is check out my Blog post where I discuss how and why I choose Lost Boy. I am so glad I did, it had me from the start. I loved every second of this book. Henry doesn’t hold back in twisting and turning beloved characters into something filled with evil and Lost Boy did exactly that. There were times I audibly gasped on the train as events unfolded.
Binti: the night masquerade
Challenge: Own voices – different from you.
This was the conclusion to the Binti novella trilogy and what and ending! This whole series is superbly written. It is just one of the finest examples of good sci-fi and should be heralded as such. The combination of African culture – of which I am very much still learning, always – and the sci-Fi elements meld beautifully into a rich world that just leaps off the pages. I will most definitely be rereading Binti I the future.
Sebastian de Castell
Challenge: Predicted 5 star read
This was so close to a 5 star it was just that little bit slow. I felt it did suffer from 2nd book syndrome as it took such a while to get the actual plot going. The middling areas were filled with awesome humour, mostly due to the squirrel cat, it wasn’t as filled with action as the first which kept it at a 4 star, which is still and awesome rating and I will be diving into char caster next month.
Carve the mark
Challenge: Has been on your TBR shelf for over a year.
This book has problems which I am just not going to talk about as they have been documented by numerous people on goodreads who have more knowledge than I do. Go check them out. Honestly, if it wasn’t a gift I doubt I would have read this book. That being said the story is ok. More than anything it’s just dull! It kind of just plods along and I was never really excited by any aspect. If you take the story by itself and it’s issues do not bother you it is fine just a tad boring.
Another great readathon in what is shaping up to be an awesome reading month. I am looking forward to the next round in winter.